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In ancient Mexico, the Aztecs based their diet on
Corn, Beans, Amaranth & Chia seeds. They cultivated and enjoyed the health benefits of
the amazing low-carb Chia plant as both green and grain. Today's
scientists have learned that eating chia seeds
gives you a boost of energy that lasts, and it increases your stamina and
endurance. A single tablespoon of chia seeds was said to sustain an Aztec
warrior for an entire day! It is no surprise that when the Spanish conquered the
Aztecs, they made Chia cultivation illegal! Today our Chia usually comes from
Mexico or Australia.
Chia Seeds have been called 'The Ancient Super Food of the Aztecs. The grain is useful both ground and unground. Chia seed is all natural, free of trans fats and it is naturally gluten-free. Grown without pesticides or GMO, Chia is the richest plant source of Omega-3 and fiber that nature can provide. Chia seeds offer six times more calcium than whole milk, three times more iron than spinach and fifteen times more magnesium than broccoli...now that is what I call a superfood!
What Can Chia Do for You?
Traditional Native American Foods for Better Health
Many Oklahoma citizens enjoy studying the history of native American peoples. In addition to learning more about their family genealogies, many are interested in recapturing the best elements of the ancient American Indian life styles.
The modern Native American diet is high in fat, refined starches and sugars.
In an effort to combat diabetes and childhood obesity among Native Americans, many researchers are advocating a return to older ways and more traditional Native American dietary items. Chia seeds appear to be one of the Aztec Empire's best secrets for good health.
The Health Benefits of Eating Chia Seeds
You can eat chia seeds straight from the
bag, mix them with a favorite drink, add them to cereal or salad, and just about
anything else. Chia seeds have a very long shelf life without the need of
What About My Chia Pet®?
Chia seeds are too sticky for conventional sprouting jars, but the seeds do sprout very easily when spread out on earthenware jars. Using earthenware to sprout chia seeds like on the Chia Pets started in Mexico in the Chiapas region. In fact, Chiapas was named after the chia seed and means "Water of Chia". The Mexicans have long enjoyed eating the sprouts of the Chia. They taste like watercress and are full of vitamins and minerals, just like the seeds.
It is NOT recommended that people eat the seeds that arrive with their Chia Pets as they are not necessarily food grade seeds. However, the sprouts that grow on your chia pet make excellent micro-greens for sandwiches, snacks and meals.
Using Chia Seeds and Chia Greens in Modern Diets
You can enhance the flavor and nutrition of
many foods by adding chia seeds, chia gel or ground chia seeds. Try adding
either black or white Chia Seeds to: cereal, yogurt, salad, muffin, cookies,
pancakes, cottage cheese, soup, sandwiches, oatmeal, salsas, smoothies and more!
Grab yourself a book on chia to learn more! My favorite chia seed
mixture is to mix a scoop of chia seeds in with some Activia Peach Yogurt and a
sprinkle of Groovy Granola. I find it keeps me more regular than the fiber pills
I was taking, with none of the upset tummy side effects.
Here is a Quick & Easy Chia Seed Recipe
Chia Seed Recipe for Salad Dressing:
You Can Benefit from Adding Chia Seed to Your Diet
The Chia plant is a member of the plant
genus called Salvia (sage). With over 700 different species of salvia
identified, it is easy to get confused. This page is about Chia Seeds, used for
improving health through adding the whole gain, low carb, gluten-free, seeds to
a wide variety of foods. Salvia Hispanica, or chia, is grown commercially for
its seed, a food that is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and a
variety of amino acids.
Drink Your Chia Seeds
Soaking your chia seeds in water or fruit juice makes a drink called
Chia Fresca. YouTube offers a helpful video on making your own Chia Fresca at
YouTube - How to make Chia Fresca. Drinking Chia Fresca has been hugely
popular in Mexico and Central America for centuries.
Chia Seed Recipe
Super Seeder Toast
Mix equal amounts of chia, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. Add a little ground
Buying Chia Seeds in Okmulgee
Tuesday, April 15, 2009
The Nutrition Shoppe on 6th Street in downtown Okmulgee, Oklahoma has a well-stocked section of chia seeds, ground chia and other chia related products. Darrel, the owner of the Nutrition Shoppe is also very knowledgeable on ways to get this exciting new health food into your diet. The Nutrition Shoppe stocks both white chia seeds and black chia seeds, which most experts agree are nutritionally equal.
Featuring an array of tempting traditional Native recipes and
no-nonsense practical advice about health and fitness, Recovering Our Ancestors'
Gardens, by the acclaimed Choctaw author and scholar Devon Abbott Mihesuah,
draws on the rich indigenous heritages of our continent to offer a helpful guide
to a healthier life.
The Magic of Chia: Revival of an Ancient Wonder Food
Today, canoeing, kayaking and rafting are returning to popularity in Oklahoma. Since my wife and I started kayaking, we have spoken to hundreds of local folks who are trying their hand at this exciting and healthy sport.
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