What is chia?
Chia is a tiny seed of the plant Salvia hispanica L. grown
in the cool, mountainous regions of Mexico and South
The marvelous chia has just recently been rediscovered after
being forgotten for many years or only known
through the popular “chia pets”.
What a pity that this nutritious chia seed that sustained
the mighty Aztec and Mayan warriors when they traveled
or battled all day was neglected for so long.
In the past five years, research has uncovered amazing health
benefits from this tiny seed.
The reason I am including this post on this blog is that Chia is
a perfect food for preventing or reversing osteoporosis, because it…
- …is a perfect source of plant-based, complete protein?
- …has 13 times more magnesium than broccoli?
- …has 5 times more calcium than an equal amount of milk?
- …ounce for ounce, has 8 times more omega-3 fatty acids than wild Alaskan salmon
- …contains boron which is needed for bones? – ( a necessity for the metabolism of calcium, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus)
There are many ways to add chia into your healthy diet. I
have posted a site for free chia seed recipes at…
Chia Seed Recipes 4 U.
I am including a recipe for baking with chia to make…
Zuchini – Chia Seed Muffins
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds (no need to grind like flax)
- 1 cup whole wheat or whole grain flour or 1/2 cup whole wheat flour + 1/2 cup ground chia seeds
- 1/2 cup unbleached flour
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 cups (cooked and well drained) zucchini
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup high-quality extra virgin olive or coconut oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup xylitol or erythritol sugar
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla
- 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
- 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon air dried sea salt
Mix dry ingredients in bowl. Mix wet ingredients in separate bowl.
Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients and spoon into greased or
paper lined muffin tins.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted
into center of muffin comes out clean.
There are many other ways to use these nutrition-packed chia seeds –
in brownies, pancakes, smoothies, etc.
Before the news gets out and there is a run on Chia Seeds, you
can purchase yours online. The best source I have found is at:
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and the above information has not
been evaluated by the FDA. It is offered strictly for educational
purposes. Please consult your health care professional for medical advice.
Also, I will receive some compensation if you purchase from the above site.
However, it is the still the best value I have found and the product I buy
for my own use.