I want you to understand that I get the chia jokes. Really, I do. And while I have still been adding chia to my smoothies daily in spite of the chia jokes, last night I stumbled upon THE validation for my current chia obsession.
And funnily enough, I just blogged about the source a couple of days ago. So, last night I was reading and I came upon a section that talked about how the Tarahumara (i.e. the running people) make a happy drink called Iskiate, that gives them energy the equivalent of Red Bull. And did you know that chia was once as treasured as say...frankincense?
So today I decided to make some Iskiate. I put a tablespoon of chia seeds in about 16 ounces of filtered water (I am going to try it with half coconut water tomorrow) and added a couple of drops of lime oil. I shook it up in my bottle and then stuck it in the fridge to sit for a couple of hours. As the seeds absorbed the water, they expanded a little bit, and spread out as well instead of clumping. Just before drinking it, I added some liquid stevia with peppermint. It tastes like a peppermint lime drink and the chia seeds are sort of slimey and gel-like, but if you don't try to chew them they just make the drink thicker. The drink is lovely and fabulous and would make a GREAT summer drink without the chia seeds, but let's do the analysis of what I am drinking...right now.
9% of daily calcium
4.5g of fiber
Now, I am not telling you that you will lose weight on this. That is not where I am going with my chia experiment. As someone who is almost as old as "All Things Considered", I think it is starting to be important to consider all things as I work to eat foods that will help me to be healthier for the next 40 years.
Plus, if you aren't convinced, yet....