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Old 07-03-2013, 07:22 AM   #1
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Chia!!!

I know there are Chia threads on the LCF board, but if you're like me and rarely venture out of the JUDDD forums, you might not have heard of it. I am excited to try some recipes and mainly pudding--vanilla and chocolate. Aside from the powerhouse of nutrients Chia seeds have, it seems they also have a thickening quality and possibly a great satiating aspect as well. There are some good recipes here on the board, and on the net. Post some recipes that you've tried and let's all sing, "Chi chi chi CHia!"



chia seed pudding

serves 2
1 ¼ cups unsweetened almond milk
3 pitted dates or sweetener of choice, to taste
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2-2 ½ Tablespoons raw cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder (if making chocolate pudding), depending on how chocolaty you like it
¼ cup chia seeds
  1. Place almond milk, dates, vanilla and cacao in blender and process until dates are pulverized. A Vitamix does a great job with this. If your blender leaves the dates too chunky, you can strain the mixture before adding it to the chia seeds.
  2. Pour chia seeds into a medium container and add almond milk mixture. Stir immediately to combine otherwise you may end up with blobs of chia seeds. Allow to sit on countertop and stir every 5 minutes. After 15 minutes, it should have thickened.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour. I usually do this the night before. Stays in the fridge for as long as your almond milk would. Fun to add toppings like fresh fruit, coconut or chopped nuts.
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:23 AM   #2
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These look delicious! What is Chia, and where do you get it? Is it low in calories?
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It is a seed that supposedly has been used by humans for centuries, and prized for it's nutrients and filling qualities. I have read varying nutritional information regarding calories, but I choose to believe 1 T is 40 calories. There's plenty of info on the net too, if you're into research.
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Ummm, never heard of this? The pictures look good, though. Of course it's a DD, so they would look good.
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Chi chi chi CHIA!

Thanks a lot Cindy....I'll spend the next day and a half with that song running through my mind!
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I used to use chia quite a bit when I was low carb. I've made the pudding, and it's pretty good. What I really liked to do was put a T in a bottle of water, shake it up, let it sit for a while, then add Mio berry/pomegranate flavoring. The texture of the seed in the water, along with the flavoring, made me feel like I was drinking a pomegranate.

Most of the calorie counts I've seen, including the one on my package, say about 70 calories for 1 T. That's why I quit using it on JUDDD. Not worth the calories, IMHO.
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For the nutrients and anti-aging qualities alone, I am very interested in trying it, no matter the calorie count. 1 T is almost all you need in any one-serving recipe. It really is DD and UD friendly, if you're careful. It's reportedly great for weight loss, so although the calories may sound high, the filling quality they add to recipes keep you from over-eating.

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Not to be too gross, but does it give you gas like fiber stuff? I can't eat a lot of fibrous things due to digestive disease.
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It looks and sounds very interesting, Cindy. Thanks for sharing!
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I love chia seeds in the almond milk. I got them in the health food section at my local grocery.
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Not to be too gross, but does it give you gas like fiber stuff? I can't eat a lot of fibrous things due to digestive disease.
I copied the recipe in my OP, and I haven't actually tried them yet. I read that you should start with a small amount to see how it affects you. It is full of fiber, so I would expect it to have some of the same effects as other fibrous foods. It's full of Omega 3s too and other good stuff for your body, so I think it would be worth it to try it at least.

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I copied the recipe in my OP, and I haven't actually tried them yet. I read that you should start with a small amount to see how it affects you. It is full of fiber, so I would expect it to have some of the same effects as other fibrous foods. It's full of Omega 3s too and other good stuff for your body, so I think it would be worth it to try it at least.
Okay, thanks. I may try it in tiny amounts just to see. Eventually. Those pudding pics make it look like it may give the pudding a rice pudding texture, which I adore.
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Some say it has a tapioca pudding texture, and that is similar to rice pudding (texture) isn't it? I've also read that you should stir it about every 10 to 15 min for a hour or so, or it might clump up. Also, that it gets so thick you may have to add some water or more almond milk when you eat it. I can't wait to buy some and try it!

ETA: Another use that I read about (there are tons!) is adding it to very lean meats, like ground turkey, when you're cooking and it adds juiciness and better texture, without changing the flavor.

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I like a few in my yogurt but they are expensive and I haven't been to the health food store in a long time and I am out. Plus they were an UD treat only for me.
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I have made the chia pudding with almond milk - just put into a mason jar, shake and wait overnight while the chia seeds expand and gel up in a pudding like substance. My calorie count on the bag gives 65 calories per 1 Tbsp. You are right, LG about the omega 3, fiber - all good stuff. I found Bob's Red Mill chia seeds in the typical grocery store. And yes, they are the same ones that grow hair on weird objects in little terra cotta pots!
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I don't see the big deal about the calories, really. 2 T is 140, so about 15 for almond milk, 0 for vanilla, 0 for sweetener. It's not really dessert, it's a small meal, so I'd be willing to forego a meal on a DD for a bowl of this stuff. The dates would only add 20 cals per date, and if you wanted chocolate pudding, 10 cals per T. Definitely do-able, and extremely nutritious.

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We each assign "value" to the calories we're allotted. I don't eat lots of things on UDs OR DDs because the amount of calories just isn't worth it to me. That's too many calories for me, but may not be for you. I tried it, didn't like it "enough" for the hit to my calorie budget. No biggie.
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Well, I haven't tried it yet, but if I like it I could eat instead of Wendy's chili for about the same calories. I can see where if you don't care for it, it wouldn't be worth it.

Also, on UDs it's far less caloric than a typical dessert or ice cream. At least the ones I eat.

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We all know I'm not giving up my Wendy's chili for something <gasp> healthy!
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Dawn give up Wendy's Chili?!!
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For the nutrients and anti-aging qualities alone, I am very interested in trying it, no matter the calorie count. 1 T is almost all you need in any one-serving recipe. It really is DD and UD friendly, if you're careful. It's reportedly great for weight loss, so although the calories may sound high, the filling quality they add to recipes keep you from over-eating.
It was featured on CBN recently. The 700 Club. They called it the "superfood that can make you skinny". I have since forgotten the doc who advocates it and is very passionate about it. And no, it wasn't Dr Oz Ok, just googled and on the cbn site it said Dr Arnot calls it "lab band surgery in a seed". His book is "The Aztec Diet". Nice little article, if you want to read it.
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These look delicious! What is Chia, and where do you get it? Is it low in calories?
I bought some in my Kroger grocery store. They have a natural food section and it was there. I actually bought some on manager's special. Then store it in the freezer. Have not had the urge to try it yet, though. I should!!! Even doing what Dawn posted with chia sounds really yummy!
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It was featured on CBN recently. The 700 Club. They called it the "superfood that can make you skinny". I have since forgotten the doc who advocates it and is very passionate about it. And no, it wasn't Dr Oz Ok, just googled and on the cbn site it said Dr Arnot calls it "lab band surgery in a seed". His book is "The Aztec Diet". Nice little article, if you want to read it.
Very interesting! Now I really have to get some! I don't expect to have any trouble finding it...Definitely at Walmart, I'm pretty certain. Possibly at some of the grocery stores too.
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Interestingly, I found my first bag at Walgreen's. I love it!
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I looked at it at Stop & Shop today. It was $9.99 for a pound bag. I'll keep it in mind.
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I hear cats thinks it's a delicacy too. I see that they have them at Walgreens...might check there this week some time.
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Carly that's a good price. Walgreens was like $15 or so...
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Whole Foods has them in their bulk section. I can't remember the price, but I think it was significantly less than $10/pd.
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I get them at Trader Joe's. Its 5.99 but I don't remember how many oz the bags are.

I tried making the pudding and it was okay. You do have to stir it every 15 min for about an hour or it clumps all up. And chopping the dates fine enough was a real pain for me. I need a substitute for the dates.

I have a tsp in SF yogurt along with a few mushed up raspberries. Its really yummo. I have it when I crave ice cream, which is quite often!

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Darn, if it's just OK, I don't want to spend the money lol. I think you can use any kind of sweetener that you like, instead of the dates. You can also strain the milk/dates/vanilla/cocoa after you blend it (before adding chia seeds), if the dates aren't pulverized enough. Anyway, do you think that was the reason it wasn't all that good?
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