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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Chia Fresca!

Many of you asked me about Chia seeds. Here you go :-)

Chia seeds were originally cultivated by an ancient Aztecs, the seeds are still used in Mexico as described and popularized in a book Born to Run by Chris McDougall.

I found Chia seeds at Whole Foods on Cambie, Capers on W. 4th and Choices on W. 16th.
Bob's Red Mill brand seems to offer the best value, $9.99 for a 450g.

Chia seeds provide a great source of fats, proteins and fiber.

That's a simple recipe to make a Chia Fresca drink that is perfect before or after a run:
  • Add 2 tablespoons of Chia seeds to 10 oz of water. I'm using Classico Pasta sauce jar as it has an engraved scale in ounces to make measurement easier

  • Stir and wait 3 minutes
  • Stir again and wait for another 3 minutes
  • After approximately 6 minutes, the seeds will form a gel

  • Add 2 tablespoons of lime juice or 2-4 oz of sports drink

  • Shake well and serve

Enjoy it!

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