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What's Chia seed good for, if you don't have/want a Chia pet?

Asked by ibstubro (18789points) July 28th, 2014

Someone has given me a large bag of Chia seed, and I was wondering if anyone knew of any uses for it [before I throw it away].

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ibstubro's avatar

Interesting! @snowberry. I didn’t see too much that interested me, but I have gluten-free friends, so I’ll not throw it away.

gailcalled's avatar

I grind up flax seed and chia seeds in a little Krups coffee grinder, put the powder (the consistency of brown sugar) in a jar in the refrigerator and sprinkle several teaspoons on oatmeal, cottage cheese, green salads, scrambled eggs, egg salad or spaghetti sauce whenever I think of it. More benefits from eating chia seeds.

ibstubro's avatar

Raw Chia Falafel is so bizarre I’d be tempted to try it if I had a food processor.
On the other hand, I’d be seriously mad if it ruined a perfectly good, tasty little oyster mushroom.

kritiper's avatar

Supposedly, it’s a herb.

ibstubro's avatar

It’s tiny little seeds that turn to slim when wet, @kritiper. Appetizing, no? Perhaps you’d care for a little Chia Pet Pudding?

gailcalled's avatar

You get a lot of bang for your buck with chia seeds.

“According to the USDA, a one ounce (28 gram) serving of chia seeds contains 9 grams of fat, 5 milligrams of sodium, 11 grams of dietary fiber, 4 grams of protein, 18% of the recommended daily intake of calcium, 27% phosphorus and 30% manganese.[7] These nutrient values are similar to other edible seeds, such as flax or sesame.’ Source

gailcalled's avatar

I often add some ground sesame seeds to my flax/chia mix. It tastes faintly nutty and has a little crunch and is a magical elixer. 2 T. a day will unclog your arteries, stimulate peristalsis, lower your cholesterol, ward off heart disease, cancer and diabetes, and make you younger, thinner and richer. (Milo here: Look at me.)

Kardamom's avatar

It’s a good source of omega 3 fatty acids for vegetarians who don’t eat fish. Like me.

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