(photo by KSK)
Don’t mess with me and my chia. I’m telling you. Especially not during The Year of the Stomach.
If you’re like me, you first found out about chia via the Chia Pet.
Leave it to America to turn a Superfood into a hair-do.
A three tablespoon serving of chia has 20% of the recommended daily allowance of calcium, and 15% of iron. It also has 5 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber, and is high in antioxidants, magnesium, and omega-3’s.
All in just 150 calories.
My new thing is to take three tablespoons of chia seeds, add a cup of hot water, and drink it like a hearty tea.
Over the summer I put two tablespoons in a cup, filled it with cold water, and left it in the fridge for an hour or so, by which time it turned into a refreshing drink.
You’d think you’d taste the dots, but the water turns the seeds into a thick gel. The first time I tried it I was afraid of a disgusting flavor, but it doesn’t taste like much.
Chia keeps you full for a long time so have some before a long meeting or while travelling. It’s also great to have late at night when you want to eat but don’t really need to.
I’m waiting for an editor’s feedback on an essay I wrote. So I thought I’d pass the time by writing about chia.
Be careful. After hearing about my chia, a friend from Cave Canem grossed her colleague out by drinking chia out of a mason jar throughout the workday.
I drink mine out of a cup I got at the Seconds Warehouse during a Fiestaware tent sale.
If you think it’s gross, one day you’ll see-a. In the future, everyone will drink chia.