What do you think about when you hear, Chia? If you are like a lot of people, the commercial, chia…ch ch ch ch Chia…starts playing in your head. Did you have a chia pet? I did. Little did I know that those tiny chia seeds…the ones that grew the mad “hair” on the little terra cotta figures… are packed with nutrition and a great addition to your raw food diet!
Chia seeds contain more omega 3’s than any other natural source. And unlike flax, you do not have to grind them to release their goodness. They are easily digestible and provide one of the highest degrees of anti-oxidant activity. Because of their unique blend of protein, essential Fats, fiber, complex carbohydrates, and antioxidants, chia is unrivaled among seeds and grains for providing energy to your body. These are just a few of the known benefits of Chia seeds. There is a great article on chia on “The Living and Raw Foods” website. You can access it here: http://www.living-foods.com/articles/chia.html Make sure you buy chia seeds that are meant to be consumed. Don’t eat your pet’s potential hair.
This fruit salad not only contains chia seeds but also walnuts, coconut, craisins, and fruit. This raw food chia salad recipe is a great way to serve up a bowl of health.
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Chia Fruit Salad
- 1 Apple, chopped
- 1 Orange, chopped
- 1/4 C Blueberries
- 1/2 cup unsweetened crasins
- 1/2 C walnuts
- 1/2 C flaked coconut (unsweetened)
- 3 T Agave
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 1 T Chia seeds
Combine all salad ingredients. Whisk the lemon juice into the the agave, stir in the chia seeds and pour over salad. Mix to combine.