Wednesday, October 30, 2013

ch-ch-ch-chia!

unless you've been living  under a rock, you've heard of chia seeds.  whether they're used to grow "hair" on tacky christmas presents
mixed in with baked goods,
puddings,
or other foods, chia seeds are everywhere.  at least twice a day, i consume them.

first, in the morning, i mix them in with my greek yogurt and raw cashews.  delicious.  then, as the day drags on, i drink them.  yes, drink them.  my all-time favorite way to benefit from these little nuggets is to mix them in with flavored water.

commonly known as chia fresca, this drink is not anything new.  essentially, you mix in chia seeds with citrus water and that's that!  but here is how i make mine

using the juice of a few lemons mixed with water, i heat the mixture to near boiling point and then add a few bags of tazo passion herb tea.  once infused, i let the mixture chill in my refrigerator until i'm ready to drink it.  that morning, i'll add about 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to my water bottle and i let the magic happen.  the hard chia seeds will start to absorb the liquid....and the flavor...and get all gelatinous.  and that, my friends, is how i make my own chia protein water!  this protein water boasts 8 grams of protein, all 8 essential amino acids, and to put it into perspective a little bit, each 2 tablespoons of chia seeds offers:
    • five times the omega-3 content of a 1/4 cup serving of walnuts
    • twice the iron and magnesium of a cup of spinach
    • as much calcium as a half-cup of milk
    • as much potassium as a third of a banana
    • more than twice the fiber of a cup of oatmeal
read more on the benefits of incorporating chia seeds into your own diet in this amazing bodybuilding.com article found ::here::

eat clean.  live lean.  live better.  live longer.

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