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    Hi, has anyone tried eating Chia seeds? Dr. Oz recommends them as a "super food" so I thought I would try them. He warns you that you can't eat the seeds meant for the Chia pets since they have pesticides. I went to my vitamin store and bought a little bag for eating. If you put the seeds in water they expand to almost 6 times in volume. I put 4 tablespoons in sugar free jello and ate 1/4 a day. My bowels are really moving very smoothly now and thats new (and good) since its usually sluggish. Anyway, it doesn't help reduce my appetite like Dr. Oz said but since its helping my bowels I think I'll keep taking 1 tbsp a day.
    I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and
    hunger.

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    My husband and I have been adding them to our food for about three months and we love them. They are supposed to be many times more nutritious than flax seeds, and the fiber they provide is a real boon. They have a slightly nutty taste which does not dominate food. We grind ours almost to a powder, as the whole seeds get stuck between teeth and partial plates. I highly recommend them. As you point out, Ivyella, the organic seeds are the ones to buy.
    MS with cervical and thoracic cord lesions

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    • #3
      Bonnette, I am trying to figure out how to eat them. I tried putting them in a food processor to grind but that didn't work. I don't want to put them in a muffin because I am trying to cut down on foods with flour. I have been putting the whole seed in jello and it reminds me of raspberry seeds but I do like chewing it. Any suggestions on other ways to eat them?
      I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and
      hunger.

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      • #4
        Chia pudding. Or mixed with yogurt.

        I make about 2 cups of the paste (1/3 cup chia, 2 1/3 cup water) and use it to swallow all of my meds.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ivyella View Post
          Bonnette, I am trying to figure out how to eat them. I tried putting them in a food processor to grind but that didn't work. I don't want to put them in a muffin because I am trying to cut down on foods with flour. I have been putting the whole seed in jello and it reminds me of raspberry seeds but I do like chewing it. Any suggestions on other ways to eat them?
          We use a dedicated coffee grinder and grind the seeds (1/4 cup at a time) coarsely, until they look about like ground black pepper. Then we sprinkle, spoon or stir them into almost everything, as their taste doesn't compete with other flavors - sprinkled like pepper over food, stirred into soups (1 tbsp per bowl) and sauces, added to oatmeal or cereal, pots of beans or lentils, just about anything you can think of. I don't bake with them, because high heat might damage some of the volatile oils - but we add the seeds to hot food after it comes out of the oven or off the burner.

          As Scaper1 says, you can stir the seeds into water or other liquids to make a paste - and this is an excellent thing to do when you want to thicken foods. The seeds absorb so much water that they are much more efficient than agar or tapioca.

          2 tbsp a day of the seeds are all a person needs to stay regular, too, as the seeds have so much fiber and ability to attract water - we find it's very easy to put that amount on food each day.

          Have fun with them, experiment away!
          MS with cervical and thoracic cord lesions

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          • #6
            So they can't be ground to powder? I was thinking of making a whey protein pudding and trying to add chia grounded into powder so it would be high fiber and high protein.
            And the truth shall set you free.

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            • #7
              I eat these everyday, in cereal, oatmeal and if you're going to bake just soak the seeds in water to make a paste and replace the butter\margarine with the paste to make it low fat.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by NoDecafPlz View Post
                So they can't be ground to powder? I was thinking of making a whey protein pudding and trying to add chia grounded into powder so it would be high fiber and high protein.
                Yes, you can grind them to any consistency you like.
                MS with cervical and thoracic cord lesions

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                • #9
                  I use them in gluten free baking - I soak the seeds in a bit of water till they go all gooey then add a couple of tablespoons of the mix to whatever I'm cooking. It's the best thing I've found for improving the consistency of gluten free foods.

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                  • #10
                    interesting. I have heard that people eat chia seeds.

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                    • #11
                      Chia seeds

                      Hi,
                      I just got a big bag of organic chia seeds. I sprinkled some in the tuna salad that I just made. Didn't notice them in there at all. I plan to sprinkle some in to the meat balls I'm making later. Just wondering if anyone has noticed any of the benefits they are supposed to provide?

                      I hear they are supposed to help you feel full, provide decent protein and fiber ect.....Would love to hear what others have noticed about them.
                      DFW TEXAS- T-10 since March 20th, 1994

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                      • #12
                        I have experienced many of the touted benefits, especially regularity, faster satiation with food, better sleep and more energy. It might take a couple of weeks for you to notice results (some people say a couple of months), but my husband and I noticed the changes almost immediately - and they have been lasting. Hope you find that they help you, too!
                        MS with cervical and thoracic cord lesions

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                        • #13
                          Haven't tried chia seeds, but I've had hemp seeds, which are very similar as I understand it. Mixed up some parsley, tomato and cucumber for a salad, with lemon vinaigrette and a healthy sprinkling of hemp seeds. Mild nutty flavor and lots of protein.

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                          • #14
                            I have been searching a bit to find the benefits of Chia seeds. So here is what I found:
                            • Lose weight without starving
                            • Feel more energized
                            • Balance blood sugar
                            • Contribute omega-3


                            So, looks like they are really useful. Speaking of energy, I once read an article in LATimes about chia seeds. I think these are recommended for athlets to help them going all day with those heavy training routines.

                            I like orininal poster's idea about buying them in seeds. Then you just mix them in water and there you go. You save quite a few bucks. At Vitalyte for example, one small pack costs 7 dollars?! http://www.vitalyte.com/raspberry-chia-surge-4pack.html , which is a bit of a robbery in my view.

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                            • #15
                              I made mine into sugar free jello and I could moniter how much I ate. I just put 4 tablespoons of whole seeds into the cold water, let them sit for 5 minutes and then mixed the hot jello with the cold seed water and it would gel. But, I just had too much cramping at night and couldn't sleep well, even when cutting back to a small amount. Then I got loose stools. So I don't make the jello anymore.
                              I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and
                              hunger.

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