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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.
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.
The following are several commonly known health benefits of the chia seed:
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.
i was very disappointed to miss out on the last order because of the changes and I didn't receive the notice of the change in price and missed ou completely! Is there any one close to Wa? I guess from the list it would be Boise Id?
Kimberly Betts said:
i was very disappointed to miss out on the last order because of the changes and I didn't receive the notice of the change in price and missed ou completely! Is there any one close to Wa? I guess from the list it would be Boise Id?guess Im too late to get a reply!