Get all the health benefits of Chia Seeds by simply adding them to any food or drink.  Chia Seed Gel (below) is the easiest way to drink the seeds.  Also, try sprinkling them onto oatmeal, salads, cereals, yogurt, soups, pasta, casseroles, eggs, smoothies, or any foods to add nutritional value.

​Add Chia Seeds to any drink to get the omega-3 and fiber benefits.  In some liquids the seeds will form a gel and in other liquids it will not form a gel but the hard seeds will soften up.  Try the Chia Fresca drink below used by the ancient Aztecs as an energy source.


10 EASY (NO Cooking)
ways to get the health benefits of chia seeds in one day

Breakfast
1) Add to morning orange juice or smoothies
2) Sprinkle onto fried eggs or mix in with your omelette
3) Soak Chia Seeds in milk and add to cereal or oatmeal
4) Add to any fruit (grapefruit, oranges, bananas, etc.)








Lunch
5) Stir Chia into your salad dressings, preferably soak for ten minutes before applying

Dinner 
6) Add Chia Seeds to thicken soups
7) Sprinkle over pasta, chicken, beef or fish

Dessert
8) Add to ice cream (sprinkle-like texture without the sugar) or puddings for extra  nutrition











Snacks
9) Mix Chia Seeds with peanut butter, almond butter or Nutella then spread over crackers
10) Add to yogurt




​Chia Seed Gel Drink
1 Tbs Nature's Approved® Organic Chia Seeds
1 cup water (less or more depending on consistency you like)

Soak 5 minutes

Drink by itself or add to any food or drink. Store leftovers in refrigerator



Cherry Limeade Chia Fresca
1/2 cup cherry juice (or any juice)
1 cup water
3 tablespoons Chia Seeds
2 tablespoon honey (or other sweetner)
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

​Mix well and serve cold.




Chia Fruit Oatmeal
Chia Gel
2Tbs Nature's Approved® Organic Chia Seeds
1 ¼ cups of water
Stir Chia Seeds into water and let sit while making the oatmeal.

Oatmeal
3Tbs Nature's Approved® Organic Virgin Coconut Oil  
3 Cups Organic Oatmeal
1 Cup Frozen Blueberries
1 Granny Smith Apple Sliced Thin (or any cooking apple)
1 Cup Raisins
2 Banana Slices
3 Cups Fruit Juice (apple, blueberry, or apricot)
Water to adjust consistency

Add the coconut oil to a large non stick fry pan and heat on high. Add oatmeal and juice. Sir until oatmeal is simmering. Add apple slices, blueberries, raisins, banana slices then and cook for a total of 25 minutes. After oatmeal is fully cooked, mix in Chia Gel and sprinkle in more chia seeds onto finished oatmeal according to taste. Store left over in the in refrigerator and heat when needed. (Can make a week’s breakfast at a time.)




Chia Seed Muffins
3 Tbs Nature's Approved®  Organic Chia Seeds
½ Cup Butter
2 Eggs
1 ½ Tsp Vanilla
¼ Tsp Baking Soda
¼ Cup Sugar
¼ Tsp Cinnamon
¾ Cup Sugar
¾ Cup Sour Cream
2 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
Cream butter and sugar.  

Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla.  In separate bowl combine flour, Chia Seeds, salt and baking soda and add to creamed mixture.  Fill greased muffin tins.  Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.  Bake 20 minutes in preheated 375° oven.




Raw Sweet Chia Crackers
4 tablespoons chia seeds 
1 cup water 
1 ripe banana
1 ripe apple
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 

Combine ingredients in blender and process until smooth. 
Allow to sit for about 20 minutes until mixture begins to gel. 
Spread mixture about 1/8 in thick on teflon sheet.
Dehydrate at 105F for about 6 hours. 
Turn over and dehydrate another several hours until a cracker like consistency is reached




Chia Fresca Drink
1 Tbs chia seeds (more or less depending on preference)
1 cup water
dash of sugar (or use any sweetner or sweet juice)
Lime

Add chia to water and wait five minutes to form gel.
Add sweetner and squirt of lime

Limes are full of vitamin C, vitamin B6, folic acid, phytochemical (antioxidants), potassium, flavonoids, and limonene.  They also make water alkaline.  Read the below for a great story about the energizing effects of chia fresca.













































Recipes
Three Cheers for Chia!

Born to Run
by Christopher McDougall
-while on his hunt to learn about the Tarahumara tribe hidden in Mexico’s Copper Canyon

  “Great… What is it?”
  “Iskiate.”
  That sounded familiar… and then I remembered. The indomitable Lumholtz had once staggered into a Tarahumara home looking for food while he was in the middle of a grueling expedition. Looming ahead was a mountain he had to summit by nightfall. Lumholtz was exhausted and despairing; there was no way he had the strength left for the climb.
  “I arrived late one afternoon at a cave where a woman was just making this drink,” Lumholtz later wrote. “I was very tired and at a loss how to climb the mountain-side to my camp, some two thousand feet above. But after having satisfied my hunger and thirst with some iskiate,” he went on, “I at once felt new strength, and, to my own astonishment, climbed the great height without much effort. After this I always found iskiate a friend in need, so strengthening and refreshing that I may almost claim it as a discovery.”
  Home-brewed Red Bull!! Now this I had to try…
  Months later, I’d learn that iskiate is otherwise known as chia fresco—“chilly chia.” It’s brewed up by dissolving chia seeds in water with a little sugar and a squirt of lime. In terms of nutritional content, a tablespoon of chia is like a smoothie made from salmon, spinach, and human growth hormone. As tiny as those seeds are, they’re superpacked with omega-3s, omega-6s, protein, calcium, iron, zinc, fiber, and antioxidants. If you had to pick just one desert-island food, you couldn’t do much better than chia, at least if you were interested in building muscle, lowering cholesterol, and reducing your risk of heart disease; after a few months on the chia diet, you could probably swim home. Chia was once so treasured, the Aztecs used to deliver it to their king in homage. Aztec runners used to chomp chia seeds as their epic runs from Arizona to the Pacific Ocean. The Mexican state of Chiapas is actually named after the seed; it used to rank right up there with corn and beans as a cash crop. Despite its liquid-gold status, chia is ridiculously easy to grow; if you own a Chia Pet, in fact, you’re only a few steps away from your own batch of devil drink.
  And a damn tasty devil drink at that… the iskiate went down like fruit punch with a nice limey tang. Maybe the excitement of the hunt had something to do with it, but within minutes, I felt fantastic. Even the low throbbing headache I’d had all morning from sleeping on a frosty dirt floor the night before had vanished. (p.43-44)


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