Chia seeds?

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Chia seeds?
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Sun, 01-20-2013 - 4:23pm

Mel - was it you who uses chia seeds in your smoothies?

I am wondering if you soak them or not (and for how long) and if it makes your smoothies super thick? I was reading a bit online and some people seem to soak them and others not, but they say to drink your smoothie right away so it doesn't thicken up too much. How quickly is "right away"? I am usually done with mine in 15 minutes or so, but Riley can take awhile longer.... don't want to turn him off smoothies.

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Sun, 01-20-2013 - 7:34pm

Not Mel - but I do put Chia seeds in my smoothies.  Sometimes I soak them and sometimes I do not.  I happent LOVE the thickness they give.  They are so GOOD for you it does not matter if they "explode".  I made baked oatmeal yesterday for breakfast today and put some in.  Hard to tell any difference.  Hope this helps but use them Cara because they are "super" good for you!

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Sun, 01-20-2013 - 8:46pm
Where can you buy them? Regular grocery stores like Krogers, or Whole Foods type places?

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Sun, 01-20-2013 - 9:14pm

I thought my Fred Meyer (Kroger) would have them in the bulk bins, but they didn't. They have a big health food/natural foods section. There was a one pound bag of Bob's Redmill chia seeds, but it was almost twelve bucks, so I didn't get them.  I want to be sure we like them before I buy that much. I saw someone mention that they got them in bulk at WinCo. I hate that store, but may try it to see if they have them. I bet Trader Joe's will have them, but they don't have bulk foods. Will look into that if I strike out at WinCo.

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Sun, 01-20-2013 - 9:18pm
I'd love to try them. We got a Trader Joe's last summer. Might be a good excuse to try it.

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Mon, 01-21-2013 - 6:57am

Yup Trader Joe's carries them.  So does Whole Foods.  They are pretty easy to find most places because they are pretty popular right now.  Most grocery stores have them in the health food department.  I have even seen them in Target.  Not seen them in bulk any place.  They are not cheap but a little goes a long way.  When you soak them they turn into a tapioca type consistency.  I found just putting them into the blender with the rest of what ever I am making my smoothie with and then just letting the whole thing sit for a while works just as well.  You can also mix some into yogurt.  

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Mon, 01-21-2013 - 7:19am
I was thinking of trying them too... in fact, I seen something on Pinterest about them which I pinned. We do not have a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods so I hope I can find them at Kroger or Walmart.

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Mon, 01-21-2013 - 9:16am

They are pretty much everywhere now.  Not that hard to find at all.  

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Mon, 01-21-2013 - 10:33am

I dont soak them.... I add them with the rest of the ingredients and just blend them up! I have noticed that if I make a smoothie while DH is out, and put his in the fridge it gets really thick!

I buy mine online, only because this town sucks for shopping, and its actually cheaper for me to buy them online.... Im sure you guys have more of a variety in the USA....  Up here they sell it in the health food section of the store.....

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Mon, 01-21-2013 - 5:52pm

sandyp2002 wrote:
<p>They are pretty much everywhere now.  Not that hard to find at all.  </p>

That is what I thought, but I stopped at WinCo and they had a spot on the shelf with the bulk spices, but they were out. None anywhere else in the store. Then I went to TopFoods, and they didn't have them at all. Wound up at Trader Joes. They had them, but I had to ask someone to find them. They have them in with the vitamins. I thought that was weird - I found the flax seed with the oatmeal. Thought they would be with the flours or the nuts and seeds.  They had a smaller package, so I got it. If we like them I will just get the pound bag at Fred Meyers next time!

I added a half tablespoon to my smoothie for lunch, and didn't notice much difference, so I will add a full tablespoon next time. Will definitely add them on top of the fruit and yogurt next time instead of on top of the spinach. The blender flung the seeds all up the sides and it was a PITA to get them mixed back in. When I added them to my recipe in MFP it says they add five grams of fat, though! I am not too impressed with THAT. My smoothie used to be fat-free! Undecided

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Tue, 01-22-2013 - 9:07am

Besides a thickener what's the point of them?  Healthy?  Protein?  FIber? 

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