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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Wed, 01-23-2013 - 9:31am

Daisy - I use a blender.  I haven't made any in awhile because of the weather.

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Wed, 01-23-2013 - 9:17am

Haven't really noticed the difference with the chia seeds - a little thicker, maybe, but not a ton.

We have a Vitamix blender for smoothies. It cost a mint, but it is so worth it!. Zips through frozen fruit in seconds. I have been running it longer to get the chia seeds ground up better.

We always use the Greek yogurt - buy it in bulk from Costco, along with the frozen strawberries and blueberries. Tasty. Don't get the spinach there, though.

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Wed, 01-23-2013 - 8:09am

I want to try them too...

Snady - I was thinking you were going to tell Cara that she could tear off the green shoots on the chia-pet and put  THOSE in her smoothie.... lol. 

One question...... do y'all use a blender for your smoothies or do you have a smoothie maker?

It is darn cold here the past few days and I cannot imagine drinking a frozen drink in it..... does it make you even colder?

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Wed, 01-23-2013 - 6:24am

I am thinking like the protein boost in Greek versus regular yogurt, they make a smoothie more filling.   I am looking forward to trying them.

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Tue, 01-22-2013 - 8:39pm
  • Cara if you don't like the seeds in your smoothies you can use them to make one of these -

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Tue, 01-22-2013 - 6:06pm

They have lots of fibre,protein, and omega! all sorts of good stuff!

http://www.livestrong.com/article/72936-nutritional-information-ground-chia-seeds/

CHIA SEEDS (Salvia hispanica L.) are one of Nature’s perfect foods, containing essential fatty acids (an excellent vegetarian source of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid), protein, soluble fiber, protective antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and more.

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Tue, 01-22-2013 - 12:10pm

Check Pinterest for the top ten benefits of Chia seeds.  They just are not for growing "hair" on clay pets!

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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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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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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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