So, Chia Seeds! I recently did not run a half-marathon I signed up for, reason being… getting married the weekend before really took it out of me? Er… maybe it was actually my rapid drop-off in training schedule :D However, as far as running and learning to love to run whilst reading Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen–I began to drink (usually just before a run) Chia mixed in with water or a sweet tea (Mmm, sweet tea). I guess you could say they look like floating hard-shelled dead bugs, but for some reason, it just reminds me of my half-asian childhood and drinking really weird things. So, it was really easy to start drinking this as the only taste that may be perceptible would be a slight… nuttiness (said the nut).
What are chia seeds and why do you find yourself singing the “Ch-ch-ch-chia!” jingle for a Chia Pet? First off, yes, the chia seeds that you can consume and drink are from the same chia plant… they grow super fast! It’s also considered a super food. So, as per usual, the following is a definition from Wikipedia regarding Chia Seeds and why they are just plain good for you (more so than even flax seeds):
Chia is grown commercially for its seed, a food that is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, since the seeds yield 25-30% extractable oil, mostly α-linolenic acid (ALA). It also is a source of antioxidants and a variety of amino acids. Chia seeds are typically small ovals with a diameter of about 1 mm (0.039 in). They are mottle-colored with brown, gray, black and white. Chia seeds typically contain 20% protein, 34% oil, 25% dietary fiber (mostly soluble with high molecular weight), and significant levels of antioxidants (chlorogenic and caffeic acids, myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol flavonols). The oil from chia seeds contains a very high concentration of omega-3 fatty acid — approximately 64%. Chia seeds contain no gluten and trace levels of sodium.
Chia seed may be eaten raw as a whole seed and is an excellent source of omega-3 and dietary fiber (both insoluble and soluble). Ground chia seed is sometimes added to pinole, a coarse flour made from toasted maize kernels. Chia seeds placed in water or fruit juice is consumed in Mexico and known as chia fresca. The soaked seeds are gelatinous in texture and are used in gruels, porridges and puddings. Ground chia seed is used in baked goods including breads, cakes and biscuits.
Chia sprouts are used in a similar manner as alfalfa sprouts in salads, sandwiches and other dishes. Chia sprouts are sometimes grown on porous clay figurines which has led to the popular U.S. cultural icon of the Chia Pet.
I have found a plethora of info on various sites (not just the sketchy one’s mind you!) regarding the chia seed and its quality for giving a person energy, so that’s really the main reason I started having a spoonful in a glass of water before running. But yeah, my image up at the top of this post is of the chia seeds I just threw into a glass of water with honey. I was really just testing out the camera on my new phone! It’s a Samsung Fascinate (what service provider to link to… hmm…)
Anyway, if you hate running or count yourself in the class of, “Oh, I’m just not a runner.” I just want to take the time to say, think again! Not only did I usually get pain in my knees (bad genes, definitely my dad’s side of the family), but my back would pinch (I have a medical issue I was born with… it’s no big deal, but it’s a legitimate excuse for not getting drafted!)… and, are there any other whiny things I could say that I did? I know I definitely like to whine a lot when running the first 5-10 minutes. Interestingly, if I was having a conversation with old me it would probably sound something like this:
New Mindset: I definitely like to whine a lot when running the first 5-10 minutes.
Old Mindset: Whaaaaaaaa-t?! Ha, I am so DONE after 10 minutes. You sound like you plan on running longer. I can’t do that. Bad knees… cankles.
New Mindset: Oh yah (my fake South Dakota accent), I used to be like that too. But then I read —(time for a commercial break; and while I don’t work for these people, I just can’t seem to stop myself from promoting them! I am what you would call a free, word-of-mouth advertising… specialist!) — Born to Run
by Christopher McDougall and I re-taught myself how to run. It talks about barefoot running and how we peeps (Mm! Peeps!) can run for long distances.
Old Mindset: Wow. How neat. (Old me begins to look for a way out, away from crazy lady number #me). I have to go thaw some fish in the freezer, wish I could stay and chat! Nice talking to you, though.
New Mindset: Oh, but! I mean I don’t run barefoot! Wait come back… sigh. Mmm, look a cup of chia fresca (I wander off with pony tailed hair a-swooshing back and forth).
Blah blah blah, Chia, it’s what’s for dinner.
I’ve been able to find it at Wholefoods, some natural food stores (Chester likes to call them dirty hippy stores)… as well as online. Like some of these:
I currently have this kind.
I first tried this kind, really liked it and the packaging (it’s better priced online versus Wholefoods)