Beauty Food: Chia Seeds

chia seedsAnyone ‘memba chia pets?  Those terracotta  dogs and  horses that “grew” fuzzy green leaves?  Now it turns out  that these chia seeds my be potential nutritional rock stars.

Chia seeds   are related to the mint family and have been around  since the time of the Aztecs.   You will  find three different types of chia seeds in the health food store. THe white and black seeds  have the same nutritional rofile, while brown seeds are not quite ripe. Gluten free chia seeds are high in calcium, fiber and anti-oxidants.  And good news, they  can  be eaten safely  if you have a nut allergy, adding crunch  to salads and baked goods.

These tiny seeds are also extremely high in linoleic acid– the  vegetable oil most closely linked to fewer wrinkles and younger looking skin. Some experts believe that chia seeds  have a significant health benefits including  lower cholesterol. weight loss, better insulin regulation  and lower triglycerides .  However real eveidnece of these benefits  are  not there yeat so its not wise to count on chia seeds  to manage these health problems.

 Cooking With Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are taseless but can add a bit of crunch to a wide range of recipes.  Given the season, I’m  sharing a perfect pumpkin pancake recipe  that is adapted from a dish I  found on the Nestle website.

Chia- Pumpkin Pancakes

Ingredients:  2 cups of Bisquick, 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 2 cups milk, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree ( unflavored), 2 tablespoon brown sugar, 2tablespoons sweet butter, melted, 2 tablespoons chia  seeds,

Directions:  Combine flour  and cinnamon in a large bowl.   Mix  milk, eggs, brown sugar, and butter and mix into  dry ingredients.  Stir until  ingredients are blended.  Let the btter rest for 15 minutes and then add chia seeds.  Spray a griddle with Pam, heat and  ppour  1/4 cup batter onto hot  griddle pan.  Watch acrefully and turn with the edges are brown and the surface is covered with bubbles.   Serve with  pure maple syrup.

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