Chia Seeds in a 2 Gallon Plastic Food Grade Bucket - 10 lbs.
Chia seeds are among the most potent functional foods on the planet. Harvested from salvia hispanica plants, chia seeds have been in use by the peoples of Central and South America for thousands of years, as far back as the times of the ancient Mayans and Aztecs. Chia seeds were used by their warriors as a perfect food source and an energy booster, bringing them on their long marches through the jungles and always eating some before going into battle.
Chia seeds are rich in protein, carbohydrates, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and dietary fiber, making it one of the most nutrient dense foods in nature. The seeds can be used to prevent or help treat a number of illnesses and conditions. They can be used by dieters who want to lose weight, diabetics who want a natural method of blood sugar level control, athletes striving for greater endurance, or anybody who just wants to eat right and stay healthy.
Chia seeds come in two colors. There are black seeds and there are white seeds. Black seeds are far more common, making up every 6 out of every 7 chia seeds. Contrary to popular belief, black chia seeds and white chia seeds are nutritionally identical, though some recent studies indicate that black chia seeds might contain a slightly higher level of antioxidants.
These seeds are grown organically using 100% natural methods. Our black chia seeds are GMO, pesticide, herbicide, and gluten free.
In order to enjoy all the health and nutritional benefits of chia seeds, it is recommended that at least 1 to 4 table spoons be consumed daily. The chia seed’s tiny size and mild nutty flavor make it easy to integrate into any dish, and also lends itself well to culinary experimentation. The seeds can be ground into flour and used to make baked goods and as a thickener for soups. It can also be added to water or a favorite beverage, and allowed to turn into a gel to consume as a novel snack item. They can also be sprinkled directly onto food or even consumed directly on their own. Chia seeds are also gluten-free, which makes it a prime source of nutrition for people suffering from celiac disease.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to prepare chia seeds is to turn it into a gel by simply adding it to water or any preferred beverage, such as a juice or sports drink. The complex fiber structure of the seeds will absorb a lot of water, turning into a gel with the passage of about 15 minutes. You won’t need to use too many seeds – the chia will absorb up to 10 times its own weight in water. One cup of chia seeds can absorb 6 cups of water, though more or less can be used depending on your preference. This gel can then be consumed on its own, or used as an additional ingredient in protein shakes, smoothies, and any other blended drinks. This gel can also be used to bulk up the nutritional value of many dishes. It can be used as a thickener for sauces, dips, and salad dressings. It can be mixed in equal parts with jams, jellies, and other fruit preserves. The mild tasting gel will have very little impact on any dish’s flavor, making it an ideal extender. The gel can be made in batches and then stored in plastic containers and refrigerated for up to two weeks.
A two gallon bucket contains 10 lbs. of chia seed. This food grade bucket can be reused several times!