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I'm so excited to be reading this book!
Reading about the people whose passion fueled so many different food fads has helped me put the whole chia thing into perspective, especially when I read this on page 86:
Yes, I'm quoted in it! And so is my Mom! Author David Sax interviewed me almost 2 years ago, and I'm glad to say is still in touch with me.
Buy this book and read not only about chia, acai, and quinuoa, but also about the Blue Ribbon Baconfest and how the "cultural momentum of the bacon trend translated into economic opportunity."
NOTE: This is reposted from Food and Passion, a blog by Zara in Toronto.
NOTE from Margaret: In my opinion, she shouldn't have put it in the food processor...
... I used spiced tea to flavour my experimental Chai Chia Pudding. I also just liked the way that it sounded…
Here’s what I did, which I highly discourage you from trying at home:
1 cup water, 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened), 6 Tbsp Chia seeds (whole), 1 Tbsp brown cane sugar (could use honey or agave syrup as well), 2 Chai tea bags.
Brew the tea in the liquid until nice and flavourful. Add sugar until dissolved and chill until room temperature. Add Chia seeds. stir and chill, stirring occasionally for a few hours. Blend in a food processor until evenly mixed up, and spoon into serving dishes. Let set in fridge about 2 hours. Sprinkle ground cinnamon on top to serve.
If you really like the consistency of snot,
then this recipe is for you! Chia can hold 14 times its weight in water, which turns into a jelly surrounding the seed. It is quite strange and kind of intriguing. There is a myriad of health benefits to take into consideration, but they still remain a funny texture. When I showed my friend what I was doing, he said “well what do you expect, Zara? Look what you put in it!” I laughed out loud and scraped the bowl clean to spite him. It didn’t taste bad at all, but the texture is something that may be an acquired affection.
A lame attempt made with real chia seeds! Seen at Tompkins Square Park, NYC.
Grow-A-Heads are not Chia Pets. They are grass-growing plastic figures, preseeded with rye grass. You soak the head, fill the vase with water, and use the included plastic container as a greenhouse. In about 5-7 days, the grass hair begins to grow from its initial germination. The head of "hair" is fed with water from a wick and lasts a long time. See a review here.
#2, for example:Clinging Quality:
In the process of forming gels, the seeds may also gather up impurities in the liquid. The ancient Aztec people, if they got dirt or ash in their eye in battle, would actually allow a Chia Seed to be dropped into their eye. (This is not recommended, you are not an ancient Aztec warrior) The seed would then go to work absorbing their eye-water and any debris along with it. The seed and debris could then be easily removed and the eye was clear again.
The same thing happens when dry seeds are added to your stomach. Particles, bacteria and liquids are 'captured' when the seeds form their gel.
THIS BOOK COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
Matt, of No Meat Athlete, has adopted much of the diet of the Tarahumara people, the super-marathon runners of Sierra Madre who popularized chia eating among runners, a few years ago. (Read Born to Run.)
You may not be ready to give up meat, but a nice bowl of pinole and chia might be a good way to start your day.
I'm pleased to announce that Matt has finally come out with his book, published October 1. BE THE FIRST to read it:
........From the Amazon blurb............
My daughter has been baking vegan cookies for her boyfriend lately and told me that this works fine. From the website, Vegan Baking:
This recipe makes the equivalent of 1 egg.
3 Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoon white chia seed meal
You basically mix the two together well and let it sit until the gel forms. Go to the website for more details.
There's no reason not to use black chia seeds, and one of the commentors says you can even mix the chia meal in with your dry ingredients and add water to the whole mix. I'm not so sure about that.
Have you found these round hard things among your chia seeds?
I recently received this photo from a reader who wanted to know what they were. She found them in a 6 pound bag of chia seeds that she had bought online.
I referred the question to Dr. Wayne Coates who says that they appear to be weed seeds from wild amaranth or pigweed. They are not harmful but they may have a strong taste. He goes on to say, "That is the problem today many companies . . . are selling absolutely poor quality chia. Either out of ignorance or they do not care."
So buyer, beware! This is animal grade chia and not the best quality.
According to the USDA PLANTS database, chia is naturalized (grows wild) in Florida, Texas and New York. More information is available at the link. The New York occurrence has to be an error. More research is needed.
I am republishing here a post from a discussion that's hosted by "Leisure Guy" at http://leisureguy.wordpress.com/2007/08/14/salba-chia-seed/
Leisure guy, the people at salbasmart should be ashamed of themselves for aligning with Vladimir Vuksan as I have it on the highest authority that Vuksan was a party to an internal inquiry at the University of Toronto on the basis of research impropriety. Most notably, these were the facts that came to light. First Vuksan has a financial ownership interest in Salba via the company Sahis Holdings. This genius even has the company Salba Corp NA registered to his home address. Second, he was found guilty of research misconduct regarding Salba. Third, he perjured himself in his sworn affidavit in the Canadian Court Case Mealla et al v. Salba Corp NA. And finally that he misappropriated research funds from other grants in favor of salba research. But here is the worst part, Vuksan knows full well that he used black Chia seeds in the original research because there were no white seeds available. His original research posters even show the photos of black chia. Vuksan never wanted anyone to know that he had a financial interest because the so called third party research would not have ever been published under those conditions. This is why he had to publish a correction on the research… you can check this with Diabetes Care. The worst part for the consuming public is that the Meallas paid expensive lawyers to suppress these realities from the public. Evidence of this travesty can be seen in the thesis by Amy Lee, one of Vuksans students, in which analytical results towards the back of this thesis show the word Chia crossed out and replaced by the word salba…this can be found on google. I dont represent any competing company which is why you won’t see any advertisements here…I just think its time that consumers really know the truth about this company and those that support them. The lesson here is that all research from Vuksan should be taken under the context that he has financial interests in the outcome and if indeed there was any legitimacy to the results of those findings than certainly any well grown chia should be credited with the same.
NOTE: I have not tried to verify any of these claims, but it does seem as if the author of this complaint is a colleague of Vuksan's who co-authored this paper: “Supplementation of Conventional Therapy with the Novel Grain Salba (Salvia hispanica L.) Improves Major and Emerging Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Type 2 Diabetes: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial,” Vuksan V, Whitham D, et al, Diabetes Care, 2007 Aug 8; [Epub ahead of print].
(Note: these are not my words. I am reposting from this website. A well thought out opinion, IMHO.)
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