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KERRI1112 SparkPoints: (18,505)
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4/25/13 12:42 P

I probably over did it in the beginning. I think I was putting close to 2 tbsp in our green smoothies (I usually make enough for two 16 ounce glasses). I should have done what you do and slowly add a little in. Every once in awhile the chia bran will seem to make my stomach upset. I my stomach is rather sensitive at times. I can't eat meat or gluten and I quit doing dairy

Let me know how it goes with growing them. I haven't tried that. Wouldn't that be considered sprouting the seed? I have heard sprouts are super healthy for you.

JGIRL5799 Posts: 561
4/25/13 9:21 A

When you say it has given you cramps, how much have you actually taken or I wonder if it has to do with the brand..

The brand I brought was called spectrum and it is organic kind.. but I am not sure or even know if brands matter.

I guess I have not yet had cramps from it but I do one tablespoon per day, but I split mine up into 3x a day into one teaspoon for each meal.

I love how hearing from others how you use chia seeds...

I just learned how to grow mine and I guess these plants get 7ft tall!

Edited by: JGIRL5799 at: 4/25/2013 (09:22)
KERRI1112 SparkPoints: (18,505)
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4/24/13 9:49 P

I have used chia seeds for about 6 months now. There have been times when they cramp me so I started using chia bran (think its ground up chia seeds). I put them in my morning green smoothies. I bought that kind at our local health food store. I also purchased Nutiva brand chia seeds from Another healthy seed I use everyday is hemp raw seeds. The nutiva brand is great and Nutivas hemp oil is the best I have found so far.

MOTTSIE Posts: 204
4/24/13 6:48 P

I just used chia seeds in place of egg in meatballs. tasty and filling!

MISSSVJS SparkPoints: (41,452)
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4/24/13 4:08 P

I add them to lots of things, but I also make a chia "pudding" by mixing 1-2 tablespoons into some almond or coconut milk, add a bit of real maple syrup and some ground cinnamon - let it sit for several minutes (stirring every now and then) until the chia thickens the milk. It tasty, filling and quite good for you!

4/24/13 1:02 P

I love chia too. I add to oatmeal and smoothies

REGINA_PHALANGE SparkPoints: (17,659)
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4/22/13 5:57 P

I love chia. I add a tablespoon to my juice in the mornings (I have a juicer). I let them sit 5 minutes to gel a bit before drinking. I think they do a great job at keeping my blood sugar stabilized and helping me feel full.

For future reference, you can also get them at GNC or any other vitamin/supplement shop.

JGIRL5799 Posts: 561
4/22/13 4:47 P

yeahhH!! thank you so much for the suggestions..We didn't have a trader joes, but, I ran right away after seeing these posts and was able to get them at my Walgreens down the street!

The package that I brought, said one TABLESPOON, I thought that was too much so if anyone suggest or have been taking the full tablespoon please let me know if that makes a difference..

Today has been my first day on taking Chia seeds and I lovvvvvvve them.. I took1 teaspoon and added them to my yogurt, there is no taste at all, so that was a huge plus, my daughter had aweful cramps and she took them and she claims that is her favorite cramp medication LOLOL I had no idea it was supposed to cure menstrual cramps

I had also a teaspoon just in my water bottle as well for my gym class as well, and plan on adding one more teaspoon during supper time as well.

This is my first day on it and I usually around 2-3pm I have those hunger hits to where I need to eat something... but so far NOTHING... I been feeling full and satisfied.

No pain cramps for me and I even swear I had a bit more energy as well, I didn't have that afternoon slump either..

I love the fact it has more protein, omega in it...

Edited by: JGIRL5799 at: 4/22/2013 (16:50)
GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,786
4/22/13 11:43 A

Miss my chia seeds. I'm in an airport now and can't tell you the brand. Love adding them to my yogurt for a different texture.

CUDA440 SparkPoints: (86,452)
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4/22/13 11:37 A

Yes Oatmeal is a great way to add a bit as well.
I found my local stores, and health food stores have it, but pricey. found the best deal at Costco!


JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
4/22/13 10:28 A

I got mine free from Walgreens awhile ago. They were actually free after Register Rewards. I'm a sucker for free.

So far the only way I've used them is in oatmeal. Here's a great oatmeal recipe that's under 300 calories:

1/3 cup oatmeal
2/3 cup water
1 tbsp chocolate chips
1 tbsp sweetened coconut flakes
1 tbsp chia seeds

Prepare the oatmeal and add the other ingredients. The texture is good...a little nutty and also with that coconut. It's really good and nutritious!

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
4/22/13 10:27 A

If you don't have a natural health store or WHole Foods, you might have to try online.

MOTTSIE Posts: 204
4/22/13 9:32 A

JGIRL- I purchased mine at Trader Joe's & they were pretty reasonably priced. Whole Foods also has them.

JGIRL5799 Posts: 561
4/22/13 8:57 A

Thank you for the replies, what brand do you all use? Where have you gotten them?

I tried walmart and a few other places but was out of luck.. is this something that is at the health food stores or GNC?

That helps so much, I am excited to try these.

MOTTSIE Posts: 204
4/21/13 7:34 P

I bought chia seeds a couple weeks ago, but haven't figured out what to do with them. Now I have some ideas for them! smoothies, oatmeal, egg substitutes...
Thanks for the topic!

KENDILYNN SparkPoints: (22,924)
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4/21/13 5:46 P

Interesting! I was always curious if they needed to be ground up like flax seeds, so I'm glad to find that they don't. The ones in the healh-food aisle of my grocery store come in a rather large bag and they're kind of expensive, so I've been hesitant to try them for fear I might not like them. But we've been making a lot of smoothies, so I might try them out!

CUDA440 SparkPoints: (86,452)
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4/21/13 1:42 P

I use both actually in different things.
The ground flax in my shakes, and chia seeds in my greek yogurt with granola and also sprinkled on my peanut butter to dip my apple slices in.
I like that the chia seeds have more protein, and more omega3's than flax.
I read that blog, and I don't soak mine first, and I have never had cramps from it. BUT I only use 1 TEASPOON in my yogurt and it may already start to soak any liquid before I start to eat it. And the peanut butter I only sprinkle a little bit in.


SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,903
4/21/13 12:47 P

Here's a SparkPeople blog you might find helpful:

Coach Jen

GLOW8211 SparkPoints: (69,786)
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4/21/13 12:22 P

I am expecting my Chia seeds soon. they are by the maker of the NutriBullet will let you know how they are. :-) and how I feel emoticon

FP4HLOSER Posts: 968
4/21/13 10:09 A

JGIRL5799 Posts: 561
4/21/13 9:36 A

One of my friends has been doing Chia Seeds... Usually its the flax seeds that are good, but chia? Just like the Chia pet but you eat these seeds and supposedly they will fill you up and a long time ago the warriors always ate them before a war to keep them full.. SO I do believe it may have some health benefits but they also said there are "fake chia seeds" and real ones..

How do you tell the difference which ones are the best and has anyone tried or used these does this really help!

I am all for natural herbs and seeds over pills and shakes..


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