It’s like when you hear a word or phrase that’s unusual and suddenly you’re seeing it everywhere. Well once I heard about Chia seeds I saw them everywhere.
I didn’t even realize they were edible, and beyond the jingle, “chichichia ChiaPET!” I’d never even heard of them; until I read “Born to Run”. The author raves about the energy boost he received after drinking the seeds mixed with honey and lemon juice. After that I was seeing online articles, and ads for the seeds everywhere.
So I looked into it and found that Chia Fresca is a rather common (uncommon) drink/gelatinous, edible substance. Everywhere I looked people raved about the health and energy benefits of consuming Chia seeds. There are recipes for making chia cereals, chia pastes, chia salads, chia on eggs, chia tortillas, chia in oatmeal, chia in pinole, and on panjangglers, pantakers, and drums! (sorry, that last bit was channeling the Grinch that Stole Christmas.)
Anyway, So I decided to give it a shot and see for myself. First off, my local Fry’s is not exactly the best place to start for “exotic” foods, much less exotic health foods, so I decided to try Trader Joes, Sunflower market, etc; you know, the hippy places. When that failed I ordered the seeds on line. (though it does kind of give you pause when even the hippies in a hippy-dippy, earthy-crunchy community don’t know about it.)
The seeds arrived last night and I decided to make myself a Chia Fresca, with a little Hawaiian punch for breakfast. The seeds don’t taste like anything. As for their texture, the longer they set in water the more of a jelly like coating develops and the softer the seeds become.
But its still a little odd "drinking" seeds (eat slash drink this). But it wasn’t unpleasant tasting.
However, I haven’t really noticed a marked improvement in my energy level. The book and websites, all claimed a nearly instantaneous change. (However, it could also be that the author in the book was nearly delirious with heat exhaustion in the Mexican desert when he tried the drink, and the website articles are all written by super health nuts who do not sully their bodily temples with caffeinated soda. So the effects could be more noticeable and exaggerated for them.)
Maybe if I give the seeds a little time, perhaps it will make a difference in a week or two. But if nothing else it does give me a freakish exploit to discuss at work. (and I ordered two bags, so it’s going to take a while to finish them off.)