If you’re 30+ you probably remember the intense marketing around “chia pets” where you put chia seeds on a pottery pup and watched it grow for entertainment! If you haven’t tried eating the seeds, making gel, or using chia in drinks and food, you’re missing a great health booster and it’s been called a dieter’s dream!
What’s cool about chia?
- It’s a great source of protein with all the essential amino acids
- You can eat a typical serving of food and consume about half the calories
- The seeds are a great fiber source when soaked in water for about 15 minutes and slow the conversion of carbs to sugar down by creating a barrier between the carbs and the digestive enzymes
- They’re gluten free!
So, to make a simple gel, simply put about 1/3 cup into 2 cups of water. (or fix whatever amount and ration you want.)
If you let it set up to 2-3 hours, you’ll get maximum gel and any lumps will have broken down. You can store in the fridge up to 2 weeks. If you’re in a hurry, just eat some seeds or soak some for about 15 minutes.
If you’re using a fat loss program such as a concentrated whey supplement (not like the meal replacement whey powders), this is a great thing to add to your mix! Low glycemic eating including green smoothies, the powder, and some chia seed gel! In case you haven’t heard of this new technology for fat loss (it’s just been released in the U.K.) but available for some months in the U.S., Japan, and Australia, it’s been clinically tested to help target fat loss and spare lean muscle when combined with low glycemic eating and proper exercise. Write to me for more scoop on this if you’re really keen on dropping inches and not just losing weight.