Chia Seeds, Whole
Chia seeds are tiny black seeds, smaller than millet and typically contain 20% protein, 34% oil, 25% dietary fiber, and significant levels of antioxidants. The oil from chia seeds contains a very high concentration of omega-3 fatty acid - about 64%.
Chia seed may be eaten raw as a dietary fiber and omega-3 supplement. Grinding chia seeds produces a meal which can be made into porridge or cakes, breads, and biscuits. Chia seeds can be soaked in water or fruit juice. Soaked Chia seeds are gelatinous in texture and are used in gruels, porridges and puddings.
- Chia sprouts can be used like alfalfa sprouts in salads, sandwiches and other dishes.