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Old 08-18-2012, 05:13 PM   #1
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Chia Lovers Input Please!

I have been reading a few IF blogs and ran across one that spoke of drinking a chia drink that has 40 cals on DD. So, I started searching on Whole Foods and Sprouts and found "Mama Chia" . It comes in some amazing flavors such as Blackberry Hibiscus – Cherry Lime – Cranberry Lemonade – Raspberry Passion - Coconut Mango – Kiwi Lime – Guava Mamma – Grapefruit Ginger
One of the best reviews says that he can drink it in the morning and remains refreshed and energized and doesn't have the need to eat or even have much hunger till later in the day. Would love to hear from other healthy Chia lovers!

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My idea is to try and replicate the store bought drink and make my own specialty refreshing drinks. I am thinking
something along the line of Kiwi/Lime and Chia. It wouldn't be too difficult and would be amazingly healthy, plus cost saving!

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I have chia and am picking up more when I go to Eugene. I've been eating it atop greek yogurt and have added it to gluc pudding and a shake from the DD recipes.

I am curious to know the ingredients and what you discover.

chia is good stuff.
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I put it in water & add Mio...berry/pom is my fave.
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I don't do artificial stuff so I either make chia in unsweetened almond milk with stevia as a staple for down days with one cup to one tablespoon ratio and up to 3 drops stevia or chia fresca which is the original Mexican drink with fresh citrus stevia and chia. Organic berry and veg juice dilute with lots of water makes a great chia drink too with very low cals. Always fills me up and gives me loads of energy. If you want kombucha and chia you can grow your own kombucha easily on the counter in a big jar. And no weird processing or heat sealing. No artificial colors or flavors or sweeteners which are all terrifying. And for pennies a pint jar instead of three to five bucks.
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Kid bumped me off the computer again!

I just looked up the Mama Chia website...for some reason, I had assumed this was a dry mix...

Making your own drinks would of course be much cheaper. Any cold drink like herbal tea, lemonade, etc is nice.
I've added the seeds to oatmeal and used it to make puddings, too.
(Adds volume without carbs.)

I bought a bunch when I started JUDDD, because I figured it would be good & filling on DDs. Haven't really found it to be so, personally; but I've read that native American hunters and messenger-runners would rely on chia seeds for nourishment, and to prevent dehydration. So, supposedly, a person could survive solely on chia & water.

They're not really low in calories, but I take them for the omega-3s.
I've also read that you don't have to chew them to get the nutrition from them.

Bob's Red Mill has a good price on chia; I was ordering them online, but found a Shop-Rite near me that has an extensive BRM section. One pound for $7.49.
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I put it in water & add Mio...berry/pom is my fave.
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Kid bumped me off the computer again!

I just looked up the Mama Chia website...for some reason, I had assumed this was a dry mix...

Making your own drinks would of course be much cheaper. Any cold drink like herbal tea, lemonade, etc is nice.
I've added the seeds to oatmeal and used it to make puddings, too.
(Adds volume without carbs.)

I bought a bunch when I started JUDDD, because I figured it would be good & filling on DDs. Haven't really found it to be so, personally; but I've read that native American hunters and messenger-runners would rely on chia seeds for nourishment, and to prevent dehydration. So, supposedly, a person could survive solely on chia & water.

They're not really low in calories, but I take them for the omega-3s.
I've also read that you don't have to chew them to get the nutrition from them.

Bob's Red Mill has a good price on chia; I was ordering them online, but found a Shop-Rite near me that has an extensive BRM section. One pound for $7.49.
Both of these have been my experience. I love them in water with Mio berry/pomegranate. It makes me feel like I'm eating a pomegranate. However, I stopped using them when I started JUDDD because I don't want to waste my DD calories on something that's not going to fill me up, and I enjoy so much else on UDs I can't seem to fit in the Chia.
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I love chia drinks. Every work morning I take a bottle of water add 1-2 tablespoons of chia (I find in the bulk section of my grocery store way cheaper than sprouts) and add a stick package of any sugar free drink mixes,,, I love the SF Hawiian punch, and lemonade...Just be sure to shake it really well
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Thanks for all of the advice budds.

PJ, I will see if I can find the Bob Mills brand and I was already thinking along this same idea with creating a refreshing drink.

Dawn, I was wondering if it would really give me the energy for DD or if it would cause me to want to eat? I guess if I don't try it, I won't know?

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Calories

A 1 tbsp. serving of chia seeds provides 65 calories. Chia seeds absorb many times their weight in liquid, however, so 1 tbsp. of chia seed may result in a serving of 1/2 cup or more if the seeds have been soaked in water, juice or milk.
Basic Nutrition

A 1 tbsp. serving of chia seeds provides 7.5 g of carbohydrates, 5 g of fat and 2.5 g of protein. Chia is a gluten-free food that has more protein than rice, oats, wheat and other grains. Chia seeds provide more heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids than any other plant food. They are also high in fiber -- you'll get 2 g of fiber in each tablespoon.
Vitamins and Minerals

Chia seeds provide 8 percent of the daily requirement for iron, calcium, phosphorus and thiamin. You'll also get 5 percent of the daily requirement for zinc and vitamin B6. Chia seeds also contain vitamin C, magnesium, niacin, folate and riboflavin.
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I really like the Nutiva organic white seeds, I think they gel better and clump less.
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I love chia tea, I have only tried the ready made tea bags though. How do you make your own?
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Umm, are you thinking about chai, not chia?

Chia gets rather slimy, not sure it would work in a teabag.
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Oh yeah ha I thought it was the same thing!
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