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I bought some chia seeds in Trader Joe's yesterday, remembering some discussions we had on this forum about how they're a good dietary choice.

But I don't remember what people were saying they were DOING with the chia seeds.

Recipes and tips appreciated.


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There were a couple of pudding recipes

2 1/2cups Almond Milk,  1/2 cup chia seeds,  4dates (simmered in water till soft)

Blend till dried fruit is well mixed  and liquid refrig till set. (about 20min)

You can add coco, or carob power.


I left mine plan, it is more like a tapioca then pudding, but I liked it.

I've got some frozen fruit which I need to use, Thinking I might puree the fruit and add the chia and see what happen.

Someone put and Individual serving   1/2cut almond milk and 2tsp of seeds
flavor as you like.

You should be able to make a gravy using meat juices following the same recipes but I haven't tried that yet.

Sorry I don't remember who posted the recipes.. but I think Drea is another one who liked it.


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They are a traditional staple in Iraq where I come from, we call it chai balengo, I mix some with water, add saffron strings to it and a little sugar, it becomes thick and mucousy when you stir it..very healthy drink....it's funny how the west is only just discovering the healthy stuff we've had for centuries in the east ..another one is buffalo milk lol


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I add chia seeds to mince, when I cook it.. It adds fibre without carbs
Also easy to stir into anything really... You can grind them & use as flour or soak & use in place of egg in baking
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They are a traditional staple in Iraq where I come from, we call it chai balengo, I mix some with water, add saffron strings to it and a little sugar, it becomes thick and mucousy when you stir it..very healthy drink....it's funny how the west is only just discovering the healthy stuff we've had for centuries in the east ..another one is buffalo milk lol

I think it is pretty neat that Dr. D. is introducing the whole world to things they have never heard of before!!  



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They are a traditional staple in Iraq where I come from, we call it chai balengo, I mix some with water, add saffron strings to it and a little sugar, it becomes thick and mucousy when you stir it..very healthy drink....it's funny how the west is only just discovering the healthy stuff we've had for centuries in the east ..another one is buffalo milk lol


About how much chia seeds to how much liquid? Is this about the thickness of a  milkshake?

Would it work to add some to a single-serve bottle of iced tea (homemade) for a snack/light breakfast?


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I add a level tablespoon to a glass of water and keep stirring, adding to iced tea sounds like a great idea.., it will thicken the liquid, the longer you let it stand the thicker it will become and by next day it's probably quite thick ..saffron strings make it taste like tea and adds the yellow colour and I also use some sugar, it's a very refreshing summer drink


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I think it is pretty neat that Dr. D. is introducing the whole world to things they have never heard of before!!  



Yes true, and it's all basic natural foods ..I read about chia seeds last year and I didn't know they were the balengo seeds we used in Iraq until I bought them and showed my husband who was like oh that's chai balengo are they called chia in English?? Lol


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funny how the west is only just discovering the healthy stuff we've had for centuries in the east


chia has been around in Latin America for centuries as well


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Was thinking that Lola.. Didn't the Aztecs use them on their long marches - both for food, rehydration & " money"?
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the heaping tablespoon of chia I add to my smoothie will eventually set like pudding if I place the extra in the fridge in a ramekin  


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Yes Lola the ones I  bought here are packed in Peru !


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Yes Lola the ones I  bought here are imported from Peru


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Didn't the Aztecs use them...


so they say...amaranth as well


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Ruthiegirl,

What section did you find these in at TJ's?.  I've been wanting to buy some but their so expensive!!!.  


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Nuts.com and vitacost.com have them. I don't consider them expensive at all at their prices considering how nutritious they are. I buy other things from them so the shipping is not a concern with me. Vitacost shipping is free if your total is $49, and they sell thousands of foods, supplements, etc.


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Nuts.com and vitacost.com have them. I don't consider them expensive at all at their prices considering how nutritious they are. I buy other things from them so the shipping is not a concern with me. Vitacost shipping is free if your total is $49, and they sell thousands of foods, supplements, etc.


A way to get free shipping and other promotional codes from all of these supplement companies
is to google "promotional code, Vitacost (or wherever you might want to  shop)...Often companies
are offering additional savings that won't be published on their site...I save money on most purchases by doing this. Many different vendors/options/savings are out there....if you have the
time and patience to search.


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Yes, I use these sometimes too. Of course, they will send numerous promos in emails too.


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Almond Chocolate Chia Mousse Cake

Preheat oven to 350F.

Soak 1/2 cup chia seeds in 1 cup water for 15 minutes. (I used Bob's Red Mill)

Melt in heavy pan on low heat:
        7 oz dark (70% cocoa) chocolate  (I used Trader Joe's)
        1/2 cup unsalted butter
Let it cool.

Separate 5 eggs which have been at room temp. (If cold from fridge, set them in warm water for 3-4 minutes before cracking them.)

Beat the egg whites with 1/3 cup maple syrup until it stands in soft peaks. Set aside.

Beat egg yolks with 2/3 cup honey or maple syrup or agave, until light.

Add 1 tsp almond extract to egg yolks.

Add and mix in chocolate and butter.

Add 2 cups almond flour or ground almonds. (I used Trader Joe's)  --or substitute hazelnut flour.

Add and stir in chia seeds.

Fold in egg whites.

Pour into 9" springform pan that has been lined and greased. (I spray the pan, and line only the bottom with parchment, which I also spray)

Bake for 40-45 minutes. Cool for 30 minutes before releasing spring.

Note: I adapted this recipe from one on the Bob's Red Mill chia seed package.




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prunella, thanks for your recipe ....I don't think you mentioned when to add the chia seeds..


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I prefer to grind a Tb of chia seeds and add to my morning smoothie.  It thickens it without the use of banana.  And since I only use 1/4 C yogurt, it adds creaminess also.



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Ruthiegirl,

What section did you find these in at TJ's?.  I've been wanting to buy some but their so expensive!!!.  


They were in the section with the cereals, flax seeds, etc. It was $4.99 for a tiny bag, but a little goes a long way. One tablespoon (soaked in about 1/4 cup of liquid) is satisfying for an afternoon snack, helping hold me over until dinnertime. If I eat a tablespoon per day, that tiny bag will last me 10 days, so it's really not as expensive as it seems.

I've been eating mine with rose hips and a little dried dulse. It's not the tastiest but it's satisfying and a good way to remember to eat my vitamin C and iodine.


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Yep - they are a good substitute for a snack or a breakfast on the go... I added too many to the mince the other night, as I needed plenty to soak up the tomato liquid... Unfortunately my husband ate the entire 2 servings of dinner & had an *I've had too much fibre* experience the next morning, right when he was preparing for a major presentation just before work

Cake looks good Prunella... Cheers!!
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My chia recipe is similar to BTypeAus. I drink about 1/5 from my half liter water bottle and add about 2-3 heaping tablespoons of chia. Let it sit overnight and fill up the rest of the bottle with juice of lemons (or just lemon juice) and honey. The honey makes it taste closer to a lemon ice tea rather than lemonade. It almost tastes similar to the canned lemon flavored lipton tea without the nasty chemicals! I find it refreshing. That is all I drink at my desk now. I toss in a tablespoon to a mug of milk kefir in the morning.


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