One of the most common ways to consume Chia seeds is to make a Chia gel. To make Chia gel, place 1/3 cup Chia seeds into a sealable container, add 2 cups of water, and whisk briskly. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes, and then whisk again before placing into the refrigerator. The mixture will turn into a gel, and will last up to 3 weeks, if refrigerated. The recommended dosage is 3 Tablespoons 3 times per day, and the gel may be incorporated into jam, cereal, yogurt, smoothies, or any other foods for consumption. One pound of Chia will make approximately 24 cups of gel, which will last over a month, if consumed at the recommended amount of 3 tablespoons of gel 3 times per day.
Chia seeds can be ground into a powder and added to smoothies, used in baking or cooking, or substituted for Flax seeds in recipes. They have a pleasant nutty flavor. Refrigerate Chia after grinding it.
Anyone who has ever owned a Chia Pet knows that Chia seeds sprout quickly and easily. They are ready to eat in 5-6 days. Click here for detailed instructions on how to sprout chia seeds at www.sproutpeople.com
Chia Gel with Applesauce:
Mix your Chia Gel with unsweetened applesauce. Add Stevia to taste. You can also add some cinnamon for extra flavor. A pinch of salt is optional.
Chia Gel with Berries:
Mix your Chia Gel with unsweetened applesauce. Defrost your favorite frozen berry. Mix the berries into the Chia Gel. Add Stevia to taste. A pinch of salt is optional.
If you are eating your chia seed dry or sprinkling it into your cereal be sure to drink a cup of water. The large fiber content of the seed can cause constipation if you are not hydrated.