Ancient cultures throughout Central America have long enjoyed chia seeds as a key part of their food and medicine. The seeds were even used as currency. Navitas Naturals Chia Seeds are loaded with omega fats, protein, antioxidants and dietary fiber. They have a mild nutty flavor, and since they absorb liquid, they’re ideal for hydration and feeling full.
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The Mayans and Incans revered the tiny, but nutrient-dense, chia seed as a staple food along with corn and beans. In fact, 'chia' is the Mayan word for 'strength.' You'll find lots of strength in Navitas Naturals Chia Seeds, which contain an abundance of good-for-you nutrients that can be added to virtually any meal.
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- Flour Substitute
Product of Mexico
Chia was cultivated by Aztecs, Incans and Mayans for centuries, and it is now becoming a popular modern crop. Navitas Naturals Chia Seeds come from some of the first certified organic chia seed farms in Mexico. The Mexican state Chiapas was named according to the Nahuatl meaning for ‘Chia River’, signifying evidence of cultivation of chia from early times.
Chia is a fast-growing herb that is part of the mint family. It's white, blue and purple flowers produce small, shiny, oval seeds. To ensure quality, flavor and nutritional integrity, our farming partners follow the strictest growing and processing standards.
- Thickening Gel Texture
- Micronutrient Lineup
- Omega Fatty Acids
- Vitamins, Antioxidants
Have a Chia Boost
Navitas Naturals Chia Seeds are an excellent source of healthy essential fatty acids - containing eight times more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon! Chia seeds are also one of the most digestible plant proteins, an excellent source of dietary fiber, and a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and free-radical fighting antioxidants.
Have a Chia Boost
Chia's superior hydrating capabilities, protein and fiber can keep you feeling full and satisfied for hours.
Chia is a healthy food, not a miracle drug. These statements herein have not been reviewed by the FDA. Navitas Naturals products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.
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Sweet, Nutty & Mild
Chia has been cultivated by and was a key part of the diet for the ancient civilizations of the Aztecs, Incans, and Mayans. The Tarahumara and Chumash people in Mexico roasted, crushed and mixed chia seed with water to make a gel that was consumed as an energy boost or ‘running food’. A common dish among the Tarahumara people is ‘iskiate’, prepared with chia, water, sugar and lime. Aztec traders and warriors are said to have subsisted on chia to endure long expeditions, and even used the seed as a currency in trade.
Navitas Naturals Chia Seeds have a mild nutty flavor. They may be used much like flaxseeds as an egg replacement. Sprinkle a spoonful of chia seeds into oatmeal, granola, cereal or yogurt. They also work very well as a flour substitute and can be used to make hearty breads, crackers and other baked goods.
Chia seeds are very hydrophilic - the seeds have the unusual ability to absorb liquid and form a gel. This makes chia especially good to use as a thickening agent in recipes like soups and smoothies, or enjoyed as a pudding with a touch of sweetener.
Chia Seeds: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the best ways to use chia seeds?
A: Chia seeds are best consumed when made into a gel. Chia gel can be made by combining 4 Tbsp of Chia Seeds with 16oz of water. Chia absorbs up to 10 x it’s weight in water, so it’s always best to drink a lot of water when incorporating chia into your diet.
Q: What is the difference between the Chia Seeds and Chia Powder?
A: The powder is simply a cold-milled version of the whole chia seeds. The nutritional properties by weight are similar. Simply mix a spoonful of this nutritious mildly nutty powder in with oatmeal or yogurt, or enjoy as a gluten-free flour substitute.
Q: Can I use Chia Seeds as an egg replacement, or thickener for smoothies?
A: To replace one egg, mix 2 tablespoons of chia with half a cup of cold water. This makes 1/4 c. of chia gel. This is a different ratio of chia to water than is used in the basic chia gel recipe. Four Tbsp to 2 cups of water can be made to add to smoothies, store leftover gel in the fridge.