First, repeat after me: IM ICKED OUT BY THE GEL WHICH CHIA BECOMES AFTER IT HANGS OUT IN WATER FOR A BIT.
Next? embrace the ick.
Now? let us attempt to move beyond. to see past the goo and attempt to find a goolution, if you will, to our feelings of “I know I *should*” and “Good G-d I simply can NOT.”
By way of example I shall share with you one of my favorite chia emails & offer some suggestions (here’s where I toss it back at you as well, Oh Bumbling Band. If youve tried the chia and have BETTER THOUGHTS please to chime in!)
Chia Experiment #1: Eating them straight as you suggested. Seemed like it should be easy enough, because they look a lot like poppy seeds. And then they turned to goo. And stuck to my teeth.
As my husband would be the first to eagerly point out: Im a food oddity. This is, indeed, what happens when they’re eaten out of the bag (and why my morning routine includes lots of flossing time). This isnt the way to go for most people as besides the prohibitive cost of good dental floss the goo-turnage can be quite unpleasant.
I’d definitely not switch from this to DRINKING the chia (& my husband would also point out that if *I* think something is nasty then it must be immensely so) as, in my opinion, it’s like chugging goo (anything referred to in the literature as thick mucilage MisFit is NOT drinking no matter how faTIZtastic it may be for her.)
Chia Experiment #2: Sprinkling them on husband’s bagel. His comment was that it was fortunate that he had nowhere to be and easy access to the restroom.
Ok. Let’s get a giggle in here and move on to MY question: This never happened to me. Anyone else? Perhaps it was really a shock to his system but chia is supposed to only contain 9 grams of fiber in *four* teaspoons so it shouldnt have that type of an impact (do not be shy. comment under a pseudonym if need be but please to share yer experiences)!
Chia Experiment #3: Dissolving them in water. They have swollen and turned fuzzy. It looks like the reject vat at a fertility clinic. I don’t think I can drink this.
Please to see the above—MizFit is RIGHT WITH YOU.
Now, I have a little bit of information (drumroll please). A tip which has made MY chiaperience FAR more pleasant. FAR (increase sound of drums rolling).
Something which according to my research should not impact the integrity of the chia–but since Im a MizFit and not a scientist I can not wholly verify (sound of drums ceasing to roll and then figuring what the heck and commencing once again):
TOAST YOUR CHIA.
Heat a small pan, use low heat, and lightly toast the chia seeds. The result? seeds which wont gel yet still have all the fiber and other benefits.
Chia Experiment #4: Possibly a very expensive Chia Pet????
Oh emailer–I promise you we can do better than that.
Perhaps this mightcould be experiment number four?
Make berry chia jelly. Make some chia gel and mix into your favorite jelly using a 50/50 mixture.
Example 1/4 cup of chia gel to 1/4 cup of your jelly. Less calories and MORE fiber & omega 3’s than are normally found in your toasttoppingtreat.
Or this *treat* adjustment/addition? (please to serve this to compay & report back)
Add 2 Tablespoons of chia seed to the liquid in cake mixes, brownie mixes (I know. Box mixes are the devil. Yell at me in the comments), or other homemade batters of your choosing . Bake and eat yer chia. (again, all the research Ive found indicates it’s OK to heat chia—that you arent destroying its properties)
That’s what Ive got, People.
Have you tried the chia*? Wanna share your experiences? Hit us up in the comments.
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Hidalgo Foods has generously offered to send a half-pound bag of chia to one randomly drawn commenter below—–so git to remarking!
*I know you have. Really. Pick today as the day you delurk yourself. Do it for the greater good of the MizFits. Please?
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