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Discovering Ancient Grains: What is Chia Seed?

5/29/2013 9:37:00 AM

Tags: ancient grains, chia, chia seed, gluten-free, drinks, fresca, spritzer, Bob's Red Mill

discover chia seedThousands of years ago, chia seed was a staple in the diets of ancient Mayans and Aztecs. The word chia is derived from the Mayan word for “strength,” and Aztec warriors relied on chia seed to boost energy and increase stamina. Today this tiny seed is a favorite of athletes, especially distance runners, who tout it as an endurance-enhancing superfood. The mild, nutty flavor goes well with both sweet and savory dishes. Use chia seed in puddings and smoothies, sprinkle on top of porridge and salads, and add to baked goods in place of flaxseed meal or poppy seeds.

Lemon Chia Fresca Recipe

This refreshing spritzer is a bubbly adaptation of a traditional Mexican beverage.

Lemon Chia Fresca 

• 1 tablespoon chia seed
• 1/2 cup water
• Juice of 1 lemon
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 32 ounces club soda
• Lemon wedges, to garnish

Combine chia seed and water in a bowl. Refrigerate overnight. Combine lemon juice and sugar in a saucepan and heat just until granules dissolve. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Fill 4 tall glasses with ice. Divide chia seed and lemon syrup evenly between the glasses. Top with club soda. Garnish with lemon wedges. Makes 4 servings.


Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, a distinctive stone grinding miller of whole grains, was founded in 1978 with the mission of moving people back to the basics with healthy whole grains, high-fiber and complex carbohydrates. Bob’s Red Mill, now an employee-owned company, offers a diverse line of more than 400 all natural, organic and gluten-free flours, cereals, meals and mixes for pancakes, breads and soups that are available throughout the world.  With its dedicated gluten-free manufacturing facility and strict organic protocols, the company has emerged as a leader in providing safe and delicious natural, organic and gluten-free products.



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