28 Responses to “Try Chia Seeds: mini-mission”


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  1. Hey Courtney,

    I had never even heard of chia seeds until I saw them on here and I am quite into my diet and nutrition!
    I am a bit of a fan of eating local food though, different races have different digestive systems (for example Asians tend to have more amylase in their saliva so digest carbs very well – hence high rice content is good!) Possibly, being in the UK sunlower/pumpkin seeds may suit me better as I can grow them in my garden? Not sure, something I think about a lot, liking these posts:)

    The healthy food I love the most is broccoli, I can’t eat enough of it and get wierd cravings if I haven’t eaten it for a couple of days!

    • Courtney Carver

      Kate, I didn’t really think about it, but you are so right about different foods being right for different digestive systems geographically. I think that Chia Seeds most resemble Flax seeds though, and have different health properties than pumpkin or sunflower seeds. I haven’t researched it enough to know for sure but will look into it.

  2. Wow – I’ve never heard of Chia seeds except in the “Chia Pet” context. After reading your blog, I checked it out online and there’s a lot of buzz about their beneficial properties. I’m going to try it out. Thanks for the scoop!

    • Courtney Carver

      Sheri, Chia Seeds are readily available at local health food stores and Whole Foods. I just put a scoop in my oatmeal this morning! Thanks for commenting and glad to find your blog! Take Care, Courtney

  3. Maureen O'Neill

    I have just heard about chia seeds and am very impressed.
    Could someone please tell me how long it takes before the benefits of chia seeds are apparent,
    Many thanks.

    • Courtney Carver

      Maureen, That is a great question. I am going to put it out there to an expert and get back to you! Thanks for reading.

  4. Tracy

    I actually just learned that you can use chia seeds as an egg replacement in vegan (or healthy) baking. You take 1 T. chia seeds and add 1/8th cup water. Let them soak for a minute or two and then add to whatever you’re making. It worked great!

  5. Kelly Murphy

    Hey! Just wondered to you eat the seeds or grow them like the Chia pets and THEN eat the greens?

    • dazywings

      these chia are not the same as the chia pet seeds. these are tiny tiny seeds, that I enjoy adding to water, usually with a hit of lemon juice-So good!

  6. Wonderful post about Chia Seeds! I am having an Event on my blog on cooking with seeds, and I chose Chia seeds! I would like to link back to your post and maybe you can participate too! =)

  7. I’m so glad you mentioned chia seeds. I hadn’t heard of them until I was going through a rough time last spring after deciding to go off a potent anti-depressant cold turkey. I would never do that again but was left with stomach issues and anxiety.

    A friend gave me some chia seeds, and I began putting them in my smoothie each morning. I couldn’t have gotten through that rough patch without the chia seeds and can’t imagine going without now. They’re not too pricey. I bought some at a health store for awhile then discovered Costco carries them pretty cheaply: $6.50 for a two-pound bag!

    Will try your smoothie recipe – it sounds delicious!

  8. mbhands04@yahoo.com

    If you add them to your water, do you just drink the water or also the seeds?

    • Courtney Carver

      You drink the water with the seeds in it.

    • dazywings

      drink the seeds and the water. I started out slow as it isn’t a typical taste for me. I’d drink 3/4ths of a water bottle, then add like a 1/2tsp of them. shake. wait 10 minutes for them to “gel” and then drink. try with a hit of lemon juice for some added flavor. I am up to a 1/2 bottle of this and love it. the seeds become semi chewy, though I just drink it down. you can just add them and drink it immediately, but then you should be sure to have some liquid in your tummy, as they absorb 10x their size

  9. Abby

    It’s great to have the ‘syrup’ for traditional Persian sharbat (sherbet, our ice cream-like dessert has NOTHING on this stuff), a sort of sweet drink made with all kinds of delicious ingredients, but chia seeds are a common one, around to mix in your water to make water more interesting & tempting to drink. I am trying to cut soda out of my diet completely, but I have that sweet tooth, so I use sugar in this to help cut the cravings. A good link is http://en.petitchef.com/recipes/10-sharbat-families-fid-580747 – it doesn’t specifically mention chia seeds, but you can use the basic premise.

  10. Jaci

    Wonderful post. I’ve been enjoying the benefits of Chia seeds for almost two years now. I came across them by accident when reading about super foods. Before that point, like another reader, I had only heard of the Chia pet. How things change.

  11. Ada

    I’m from El Salvador and I grew up drink the chai fresca drink. Eating chai was a part of my life I didn’t realize how good it is for you.

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