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A few times each year we conduct large chia seed orders to help those who want to use chia seed in their diet to obtain pricing that can only be achieved in large group orders. While pricing of chia seed generally ranges from $7.00 to $18.00+ per pound, our pricing has always been about half of the cheapest retail rates. However, recent diminished supplies have significantly altered the ability to buy chia seed for less than $6.00 per pound. To help you decide if you would like to add chia seed  to your pantry or food storage, we prepared the following information and uses guide. 

Traditional Food

Used as a staple by Indians of the southwest and Mexico, chia seed is heralded as a running food that can be carried in small, wet leather pouches at the side of Indians who run long distances. In fact has been used as a high-energy food dating clear back to the Aztecs. Chia seed was an important staple used by Aztec warriors during their many conquests. They could sustain themselves entirely with this seed during 24- hour forced marches or while Indian runners made the long journey from the Colorado river to the California coast to trade their goods. Lightweight and highly nutritious chia seeds were all they carried with them for nourishment, even when traveling long distances. In addition to its uses as a food, because of its exceptional absorption properties chia seeds were also used as a poultice for wounds and injuries that could be easily packed into a wound to prevent infection and to promote healing.

Health Benefits

The following are several commonly known health benefits of the chia seed:

  • Helps to enable ideal body weight
  • Highest source of plant-based omega-3
  • Promotes cardiovascular health
  • Lowers triglyceride levels
  • Lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol levels
  • Increases HDL (good) cholesterol levels
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Increases insulin sensitivity
  • Plays major role in cancer prevention
  • Supports joint function and mobility
  • Helps to strengthen muscles and bones
  • Supports mental health
  • Enables better digestion
  • Is diabetic friendly
  • Helps combat hypoglycemia
  • Is higher in antioxidants than blueberries
  • Contains all 9 essential amino acids (is a complete protein)
  • High in calcium, magnesium, and iron
  • Living seed that is natural and raw
  • Enables stable blood-sugar levels: slows down the digestion of carbohydrates to prevent blood-sugar spikes and when included with our eating recommendations helps to achieve ideal body weight.
  • No offensive taste and integrates seamlessly into any healthful recipe
  • Highly stable and stores long-term without going rancid


Nutritional Profile
Recommended Daily Serving size of 2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds Provides the Following:

Nutrients: Calories: 107
Complete Protein:4.14 grams

Total Fat: 6.56 grams
Saturated Fat: .64 grams
Trans Fat: 0 grams
Monounsaturated Fat: .44 grams
Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.44 grams
Omega 3 (ALA): 4.2 grams
Omega-6 (Linoleic Acid): 1.24 grams
Cholesterol: 0 grams
Carbohydrates: 7.5 grams
Total Dietary Fiber: 8.25 grams
Soluble Fiber: 1.07 grams
Insoluble Fiber: 7.18 grams
Sodium: .42 milligrams
Potassium: 140 milligrams
Calcium: 142.8 milligrams
Iron: 3.28 milligrams
Phosphorus: 213.4 milligrams
Magnesium: 78 milligrams
*Also Exceptionally High in Antioxidants

Other Characteristics and Information

The chia seed is basically odorless and easy to add to any recipe because it takes on the flavors of whatever it is added to. It is also an ideal fiber source because of its unusual capacity to absorb and is considered to have better fiber properties than flaxseeds and wheat bran. It can be used as a thickener in many applications and can even take the place of eggs as a binder. Chia seeds retain their high nutritional value during the bread-making process and can be used as an exceptional addition to breads and replaces the need for oil in the bread. Also, for on-the-go people who still value convenience and speed in food preparation, the chia seed will absorb 9 times its weight in water or other liquids in as few as 10 minutes. From its light and wonderful flavor and nutritional properties, to its ability to blend into any dish, it is a valuable food storage item that is easily incorporated into daily uses. Along with wheat, beans, and water, it is an important food-storage addition.

Chia Seed - Practical Everyday Uses

Observe the label of your favorite commercial salad dressings and you will likely find that you are consuming 120+ calories per tablespoon and they are loaded with omega-6 fatty acids, which throw off a critical balance between omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. For many reasons we need omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in our diets. Unfortunately, extracting these fats from vegetables into concentrated oils is not how nature intended that we consume these essential fats.

Research demonstrates that these fats ought to be consumed most preferably in ratios of 1:1 and that ratios of omega-6 to omega-3s that exceed 4:1 cause the very inflammation in the arteries that lead to strokes and deadly heart disease, today’s number one killer of Americans. In fact, if you are an average American, a full 30% of your calories or 600+ calories per day are consumed from vegetables oils.

Vegetables oils are excessively high in omega-6 fatty acids. Consuming just 100 calories of vegetable oil in a day will throw off the ratio discussed above to a dangerous level. Because of our use of vegetables oils, the average American now consumes 20+ parts omega-6 fatty acids to every one part of omega-3 fatty acid. This poor ratio causes gross inflammation and subsequent lesions in the arteries. So how should we flavor a healthful salad?

When it comes to making yummy dressings, dips, and spreads we like to blend a few healthful whole foods together to create the flavors we enjoy over our toast or over our salads, or even as desserts. There is no reason to sacrifice one’s health or enjoyment and it takes just minutes to do these things. As you enjoy these dressings, just substitute chia seed as your thickener of choice. It absorbs nine times its size in fluids and can turn a runny dressing into any desired thickness, based upon how much chia seed is added.

We add just two tablespoons of chia seed per cup of runny dressing and depending upon the natural thickness of any blend of whole foods we may use as little as one-half tablespoon to create just the right thickness. Two tablespoons represents a daily serving of chia seed and adds only 107 calories to the cup of dressing. 

Chia Seed Recipes

If you have never used chia seed, stop in at any health-food store and buy a little and use it to thicken any of our salad dressings, or hummus and pulse dips. It is also a wonderful addition to any of our drinks (see drink videos here or drink recipes here). If you would like to participate in our current order then click on the order form that follows. 

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Please ask your friends who want to purchase chia seed to use the signup feature on this website to become members so they can be easily communicated with regarding the arrival of chia seed at the various pick-up locations. The following locations have a group leader willing to handle to distribution of the chia seed:

American Fork, UT-- Colleen Simmons

West Jordan, UT-- Emily Saddler

Provo, UT-- Patsy Darby

St. George Area, UT -- Janie Hawley

Roy- Ogden Area, UT -- Carlene Sommer

Springville, UT-- Dawn Shiley

Eagle Mountain, UT -- Connie Williams

South West SLC, UT-- Michelle Endemano

Logan, UT-- Marsha Adams

Boise, ID-- Cheryl Storrs

Houston, TX-- Marlyn Diderickson

Sacramento Area, CA-- Danielle Madsen

Tampa, FL--Deb Holtom

Chicago, IL--Lori Peterson

If you don't see your area here and would like to be a group leader for your area its not to late. Just let us know. We must have at least 20 bags ordered from any area in order to ship to that area. Let your family and friends know and any one else you think might want to order with us.

If one of these areas is close to you, Just write on the bottom of your order form where you want to pick up. I'll make sure you get in the group closest to you.

The order deadline is April 21st. If you live outside UT you still have to include the sales tax (3%) because we are making the purchase in UT and we have to pay the tax.

Thanks,

Colleen Simmons

How do I order Chia seeds

Janice Foster

Beaver Utah

Click on the Chia Seed Order Form April 2012 link above and follow the easy instructions on the form.

Janice Foster said:

How do I order Chia seeds

Janice Foster

Beaver Utah

If I live in Southern California, would you suggest having the Chia Seeds sent to me, or would it not be price appropriate because of the shipping fees?  At this point, I am not able to get a group here together of 20 orders.

Also, would you still incorporate Flax Seeds at the same same as eating Chia Seeds, or just eat one or the other? Is Chia Seeds more desirable than Flax Seeds?

What city are you in in So. California? We've had group buys there before, perhaps others will take an interest knowing they are not the only ones. Jim

I would be interested in a bag, what would shipping would be to Bonney Lake, wa 98391

I would be interested in ordering as well. Are there any groups in Mesa, AZ doing a group order?



James Simmons said:

What city are you in in So. California? We've had group buys there before, perhaps others will take an interest knowing they are not the only ones. Jim

We mentioned ordering Chia Seeds. I am in Orange County; the city of Orange. Is there an order being placed here in my area; I would like to order if so?

Is there a group in Evanston, WY?  I would be interested in ordering, if so.

what would the shipping be to Bonney Lake Wa, 98391 for 1 bag. Thanks, Kim B

We can not send just one bag. If you have family or friends that would be willing to pick up for you in one of the listed locations you can order from that location, or you can try to get a group together where you are. We need at least 20 bags ordered from any one location to ship to that location.

Kimberly Betts said:

I would be interested in a bag, what would shipping would be to Bonney Lake, wa 98391

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