Welcome to the first installment of my new series: Get The Scoop. Yes, it is punny. Get The Scoop is going to be an informing segment about trending foods, spices, condiments,pretty much anything edible. My goal during Get The Scoop will be to give you, my viewers, the most important information about a given food including what it is, where to buy it, why to eat it and how to eat it. I plan on alternating Fridays with reviews and Get The Scoop. Let me know your thoughts!
Get the Scoop on: Chia Seeds
What are Chia Seeds? Yes, chia seeds you eat are the same thing as ch-ch-ch-chia seeds. Freaky, I know. But, who doesn’t love a good Chia Pet? Chia are the seeds of a flowering plant that happens to be in the mint family.
Where can you buy Chia Seeds? Up until recently, you could only find them in health food store like Whole Foods. However, because of their growth and sudden popularity, you can find them almost anywhere including Trader Joe’s and Costco. If you would like to purchase some online, you can do so, here!
Why should you eat Chia Seeds? Everyone can benefit from eating chia seeds but those who are on a low carb diet can especially. Chia seeds are a lot of bang for your calorie buck. At 60 calories per tablespoon, they bring 6 grams of fiber to the table. So what? Well, low carbers often lack fiber because of the high amounts of animal proteins such as meat, dairy and eggs that are consumed. These foods contain very little fiber. Chia seeds can help in that aspect. They are also full of vitamins and antioxidants. Chia seeds are known to give you energy. Anceitn Aztec and Mayan legend has it that their warriors would keep chia seeds in their cheeks and eat them slowly for energy.
How can you eat Chia Seeds? Chia seeds are super versatile! I love to mix them in drinks, add them to yogurt, or blend them into smoothies. Though, my personal favorite way is to make my Chia Iced Tea. Here is how I do it:
1. Add one tablespoon of chia seeds to a half cup of water. Mix and allow to sit for at least an hour (stiring every 20 minutes or so). You can also cover your seeds, place them in the fridge and let them soak overnight.
2. You will be left with a gel like substance. It looks nasty but its exactly what you want!
3. Brew up your favorite tea. I love this Yogi Tangerine, its tea-riffic. I then transfer to tea to a water bottle and pop it in the freezer so that it cools down. You can also add ice to it to cool it off.
5. Add your chia seeds to your tea.
6. Shake!… your money maker.
7. Enjoy! You can store this in the fridge for up to 24 hours or enjoy right away! I like mine super cold so I let it cool off for quite a while before drinking it.
This is my knock-off Mama Chia and it is delicious! You will become addicted.
I hope you learned a little about chia seeds today! If you like this new Get The Scoop segment, let me know! Also, if there are any foods you are curious about and would like to see on Get The Scoop, leave them in the comments. I hope to see ya with some chia!