So remember that big two pound bag of chia seed I talked about on Thursday?
Since then (and even before that), I’ve received several questions about what chia seed is, where to buy it, and how to use it. Ever since I discovered chia seed a few months ago, I’ve been a huge fan.
Let’s talk about the what, the where, and the how!
- What is chia seed?
“Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family that grows abundantly in southern Mexico.” [source]
Chia seed has been considered one of the newest “super foods” for its excellent nutritional benefits. It is packed with omega-3s, rich in fiber, and high in antioxidants.
- Where can I buy chia seed?
I haven’t been able to find it in our local grocery store yet (I live in a smaller town though), so I usually buy it from Sunflower Market or Whole Foods. You can also buy it online.
- How do I use chia seed?
Be creative! You can use chia seed in anyway you can think of. Some of my favorite ways to use chia seed is in my overnight oats, smoothies, hot oatmeal, breads and muffins, yogurt, cereal, and on toast.
Here is a quick rundown of the nutritional stats for one tablespoon of chia seed:
- 68 calories
- Total Fat: 4.5 grams
- Saturated Fat: <1 gram
- Trans Fat: 0 grams
- Cholesterol: 0 grams
- Sodium: 2.5 mg
- Carbohydrates: 6 grams
- Dietary Fiber: 5.5 grams
- Sugar: 0 grams
- Protein 2 grams
Not bad, eh? Now go enjoy some of that ch-ch-ch-chia!
- What are some of your favorite ways to use chia seed?
- What are you up to today?