Chia seed - whole

Herbs: Chia Seeds - Whole, Organically Grown

Common Name: Chia
Latin Name: Salvia
Origin: Canada

Organically harvested, raw and non-GMO!

These seeds are known as “Indian Running Food” - Aztecs used this as a high energy endurance food during their conquests. “Chia” is the Mayan word for strength.

The Chia seed is one of the richest plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, an anti-inflammatory agent that is good for healthy skin and involved in the cholesterol metabolism function. It is an excellent source of natural antioxidants, protein, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, potassium, zinc, copper, and iron. In fact, Chia contains six times more iron than spinach. Also, it’s gluten free.

Chia seeds have been known to:

  • increase energy and strength
  • heighten endurance
  • level blood sugar
  • promote intestinal regularity
  • These seeds can be ground and mixed with flour to make breads, but it is not necessary to grind Chia seed as they can be taken whole. They can be added to foods like cereals, juices, broths, salads, and yogurt. Also, Chia seeds will last for years without refrigeration.


    Chia Seeds Recipes:

    1. Agua Fresca de chia (Chilled Chia Water)
    Ingredients:
    1/2 c. lime juice
    1 c. sugar OR 1/4 - 1/3 c. agave nectar
    10 c. water
    1/3 - 1/2 c. Chia seeds
    Several sprigs fresh sage for garnish
    Directions:
    Pour lime juice and sugar into the water and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the Chia seeds to the above ingredients. Shake or stir vigorously. Garnish with the sage sprigs. Serve in tall glasses over ice. (Best prepared just before serving. The longer the chia seeds are in the water, the thicker and more gel-like the beverage becomes.)

    2. Smoothies/Blended Drinks
    Basic recipe:
    1/2 - 1 c. liquid of choice (apple juice, orange juice, coffee, yogurt, milk, water, etc.)
    1 banana, fresh or frozen in 1" pieces
    1/4 c. fresh or frozen fruit of choice (strawberries, cherries, blueberries, etc.)
    1 Tbls. Chia seeds
    1 Tbls. seeds or nuts (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, flax seeds, soaked almonds or brazil nuts)
    Directions:
    Blend and serve.The more fruit you add the thicker the drink. With a 1/4 cup of liquid you can create a pudding-like dessert from any fresh fruit and liquid of your choice.

    3. Pumpkin Bread with Chia Seeds
    Ingredients:
    1/4 c. butter, softened
    3/4 c. sugar
    2 eggs
    1/2 - 3/4 teas. orange extract
    1 c. canned pumpkin (or fresh)
    1 & 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
    2 teas. baking powder
    3/4 teas. baking soda
    1/2 teas. salt
    2 Tbls. Chia seeds
    1 & 1/2 teas. cinnamon powder
    3/4 teas. ginger powder
    1/4 teas. ground nutmeg
    1/2 c. raisins
    1/3 c. chopped peacans
    3 Tbls. apricot spreadable fruit
    Pecan halves or chopped pecans (optional)
    Directions:
    Beat butter and sugar till blended in mixer bowl; beat in eggs, orange extract and pumpkin. Mix in combined flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, chia seeds and spices; mix in raisins and chopped pecans. Spread batter evenly in greased loaf pan 8.5×4.5×2.5 inches. Bake bread in preheated 350F oven until browned for about 50 to 60 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool bread in pan 5 minutes; remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Heat spreadable fruit until melted in small saucepan; brush on bread and garnish with pecans.

    4. Cocoa Chia Brownies
    Ingredients:
    2 c. sugar
    1 c. flour
    1/2 c. cocoa
    1 c. walnuts or pecans
    1 & 1/2 c. Chia seeds
    4 eggs
    1 c. butter, melted and cooled
    2 teas. vanilla
    Directions:
    Mix dry ingredients in one bowl and stir well. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl and mix well. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients' bowl and gently mix until flour is well incorporated. Pour into greased 9×13 inch pan. Bake at 325F for approximately 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

    5. Chia Gel
    Make chia gel (8-9 parts water to 1 part chia seeds) by soaking chia seeds in water for at least 12 hours. It's best to make small batches. Use clean quart-sized jars filled with three cups water. Stir the water while adding one-third cup chia seeds. Avoid clumping by stirring several times within 10 minutes until chia seeds are well blended and do not separate from the water. Store gel in refrigerator for 12 hours. Chia gel can be added to many foods and drinks. Try using half chia gel and half juice (of any kind). Can also be added to salad dressings, dips, spreads, soups, etc.

    6. Super Garlic Dressing
    Ingredients:
    1 Tbls. Chia seeds
    3 Tbls. water
    2 cloves garlic
    1 Tbls. mustard powder
    2 Tbls. raw apple cider vinegar
    2 Tbls. extra virgin olive oil
    1 teas. salt
    Directions:
    Let the chia seeds sit in the water for a few minutes until they become gelled. Grate the garlic with a very fine grater. Add the garlic into the chia gel. Add the mustard powder, vinegar, oil and salt. Whisk until well-combined. If it is thicker than you'd like, add a little more water. This is also good with lemon juice in place of the vinegar. Serve over any type of salad.

    7. Chocolate Truffles
    Ingredients:
    1 c. raw walnuts
    1/2 c. pitted dates
    4 Tbls. raw carob
    1/4 c. coconut water
    1/2 Tbls. chia seeds
    Directions:
    Blend the walnuts and dates in a food processor until it reaches a smooth texture. Mix the carob, coconut water and chia seed. Add to nut and date mixture and stir well. Form into balls using your hands. Place on cookie sheet and chill until firm.

    THE BEST OF THE REST
    1. Sprinkle in with Grape Nuts and/or Trail Mix (about 1 teas. chia seeds).
    2. Blend in chia seeds with salad dressing.
    3. Mix chia seeds into yogurt.
    4. Add to stews and slow-cooker recipes.
    5. Chia seeds are terrific added to many foods. Sprinkle into salads, oatmeal, couscous, eggs, muffins, quesadillas, sandwiches, soups, etc.

    (Recipes from getchia)


    Customer Reviews

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    High Energy Chia Breakfast Smoothie
    by Sally Olson on Mar 8, 2014

    I just stopped by to order more Chia Seed. Whole organic Chia seeds from Bulk Herb Store are a KEY ingredient in our daily breakfast smoothies. We toss into the blender about 2 TBSP of Chia, fresh and frozen fruit, almond milk, Greek yogurt, and fresh kale. I've noticed a REAL improvement in my energy. And I need all I can get to keep this homestead humming along ;) .

    Loove these!
    by Andrea on Feb 21, 2014

    I tried chia seeds for the first time last month. WOW! I can't believe how good i feel on them. My husband keeps commenting on how much energy i have. I eat them every day, sometimes three times a day. My two year old asks for chia seeds on his cereal :) Love them. Ordering more.

    Chia seeds
    by Cheryl on Jan 5, 2014

    Can these chia seeds be sprouted and harvested?

      Re: Chia seeds
      by Bulk Herb Store on Jan 13, 2014

      Hello, Chia seeds can be sprouted if only given a small amount of water since they congeal when mixed with water. However it is not worth harvesting them since the sprouts are tiny. Thanks!

    Chia seeds
    by Stephanie on Jan 27, 2013

    Can you eat them while pregnant or nursing?

      Re: Chia seeds
      by Bulk Herb Store on Apr 3, 2013

      Yes, Chia seed is great for pregnant and nursing mamas!

    Whole Chia Seed
    by Anonymous on Sep 9, 2012

    Oh my Goodness! Is all I can say!! Any digestive issues I was having are GONE! My son is also borderline iron deficient. . .no more!

    I mix chia seed in almond milk, or yogurt, or smoothies, put them in small or medium canning jars and refrigerate overnight. . .they are now the go to treat in my house! Leftover coffee?? Same thing. .. LOVE YOUR CHIA!

    LOVE Chia Seeds...
    by Anonymous on Jul 23, 2012

    This is the perfect energy food. I blend them in smoothies, add them on top of PB banana crackers, and even dip a each bite of a banana in them for a yummy energy food. Eat them before you run... you'll be able to tell the difference!

    Energy!
    by Anonymous on May 9, 2012

    I love these chia seeds! When I remember to add them to my breakfast in the morning, I'm able to keep going all day, without the afternoon slump I always get otherwise.

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