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Bob's Red Mill Chia Seeds, 16-oz. Bags (Count of 4)
- Chia Seeds provide a nutritional boost comparable only to flaxseed in Omega 3 and dietary fiber content
- Omega 3; nutritious; dietary fiber
- Chia seeds can be eaten right out of the bag, sprinkled on hot cereal and used in baking
- Grown in Australia
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Size: 64 oz
From the Manufacturer
Seeds for Life
- 100% whole chia seeds.
- Excellent source of fiber.
- 3 g of protein per serving.
- 2900 mg Omega 3 fatty acids per serving.
- 1100 mg Omega 6 fatty acids per serving.
- Gluten free (R5 ELISA Gluten Assay tested).
- Great in smoothies.
Bob’s Red Mill Chia Seed
Grains of Discovery
Thousands 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 meaning 'strength'. 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. Use chia seed in smoothies and puddings, sprinkle on top of oatmeal and salads, and add to baked goods for a nutritional boost.
Blueberry Chia Jam
This refrigerator jam takes advantage of the gelling quality of chia seed, using it as a nutrient-rich substitute for pectin.
Combine berries and agave in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until berries begin to soften and burst, about 5 minutes. Add chia seeds and cook, stirring often, until very thick, about 15 minutes. Stir often. Remove from heat and let cool. Stir in vanilla extract. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes 10 servings.
— Recipe copyright Bob’s Red Mill 2015.
- 3 cups fresh Blueberries
- 1/4 cup Agave Nectar
- 1/4 cup Chia Seeds
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
About Bob's Red Mill
Founded in 1978 by Bob Moore (the man whose picture is on every package!), Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods is a leader in nutritious, organic, gluten-free and stone ground foods. Their mission to promote 'whole grains for every meal of the day' is backed by a diverse line featuring hundreds of products including whole grains, flours, cereals, baking mixes, beans, seeds and more. With a dedicated gluten-free manufacturing facility, strict quality control protocols and an in-house gluten testing laboratory, Bob’s Red Mill is a trusted source for safe gluten-free products. Bob’s Red Mill is based in Milwaukie, Oregon.
Manufactured in a facility that also uses tree nuts, soy, wheat and milk.
Whole Chia Seed
Keeps best refrigerated or frozen.
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*According to studies, Chia possesses the highest percentage of the polyunsaturated fatty acids(linolenic and linoleic) of all crops. Chia seeds contain 60% omega 3 fatty acids.
*The protein content of Chia is higher that other nutritional grains. Unlike other grains, it is a complete protein, meaning that it has the appropriate balance of all essential amino acids. About 19 to 23% of chia seeds weight is protein.
*Chia seeds are high in fiber, a 15 gm serving of chia seeds will provide 4 to 5 gm of fiber. Our body requires at least 35 gm of fiber a day to stay healthy.
*Chia seeds contain boron which is essential for bone health.
*Chia seeds are rich in calcium, about 2 oz of chia seeds contains 600 mg of Calcium, as compared to 120 mg for a cup of milk.
*Chia seeds have 2 times more potassium than banana.
*Chia seeds have 3 times more antioxidants than blueberries
Regardless of the astonishing nutritional values of Chia seeds, it also tastes very good. My girlfriend and I make a big pot of "steel cut" oatmeal at night (the quick way is throw a cup of oats in 4 cups of boiling water and just let it sit overnight), put in a good helping of Chia seeds, and the next morning you have a wonderful breakfast that could last all week depending on how many people are eating it. Feel free to add a little cinnamon, peanut butter, fruit, or your own oatmeal favorite additions.
There are many other recipes for eating Chia, but oatmeal is my personal favorite.Read more ›
These chia seeds are just fine - they taste good, they are easy to use, and they are a great value in a 4-pack. Even though the shelf life is long, I bag up the 1 lb bags that I am not using and put them in the freezer. For the bag that currently use, I put the seeds in a container and keep them in the refrigerator, although you can keep them on the shelf. Since there are no markets near us where I can purchase chia seeds in either packages or in bulk, being able to purchase 4 lbs in 1 lb bags was great.
Uses: add to oatmeal, add to smoothies, add to cookies - you can add to most things that you cook if your family will let you! I've added to my hot tea, too. Can be used in sauces or soups and will not only add the nutrition of the chia seeds, but also thicken the dish. Keep this in mind if you don't want things too thick! Will be completely in chili, stew, spaghetti sauce although you will be able to see the seeds in lighter colored foods. If any taste is added it is so mild that you barely notice it.
For me personally, I've learned to do the bulk of my chia seed consumption in the morning as it really gives me more energy. If I have very much later in the day then I don't want to go to bed. Honestly, after eating these for a couple of weeks, there was a marked increase in my energy and I've been able to keep going and do more than I have in ages. Where I used to be able to clean maybe one room of the house and then be worn out, now I can clean the whole house and I'm still feeling good when I get done -- it is quite noticable.
So from a health perspective, these are wonderful. So how do they taste? They taste a bit like sesame seeds, a little nutty but fairly neutral. They are fairly adaptable and can be used in all kinds of food (I've been adding them to yogurt and smoothies). They should be good in baked goods and in any recipe that uses sesame seeds.
These should be stored in a fridge or freezer to prevent them from going rancid.
These were a hit with the family and Chia seeds will become a diet staple.
The seeds are fresh, and they seem to mix better than other brands I've tried because these seeds are slightly smaller than the other brands I've used.
What nutritional benefits do we derive when we eat chia seeds whole without chewing and crushing them? We get the benefit of the vast majority of the soluble fiber, which becomes food for the good bacteria in our intestines. The good bacteria (lactobacilli, bifidobacteria, and Bacillus subtilis) manufacture dozens of beneficial chemicals which prevent heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, diarrhea, and constipation.
Swallowing chia seeds whole without chewing also gives us the nutritional benefit from the vast majority of the lignans contained in chia seeds. The black, outer shell of chia seeds is where chia seeds store the vast majority of their lignans. The good bacteria in our intestines help us to digest these lignans by converting them into lignan metabolites, thereby converting the black color of the outer shell of whole chia seeds into a white color.
However, swallowing chia seeds whole without chewing will lose the nutritional benefit from more than 100 beneficial phytochemicals inside each chia seed, including the cholesterol-lowering phytosterols and numerous beneficial antioxidants.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great purchase! I use chia seeds in so many things like smoothies, oatmeal, etc. The quality and price sold me.Published 15 days ago by Lena McDonald
Love these chia seeds. They are well packaged and fresh. Kept the extra bags in the freezer and they seem to hold up just fine. Read morePublished 18 days ago by D B Consumer
I love Greek Yogurt for breakfast. This winter I have been on a kick to change my breakfasts up a notch and I have been mixing up great things the night before. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Julie W. Snyder
I add these to a lot of my food, but I especially add them to my toddler's food. It makes me feel better about her living off rice and crackers when she's getting some extra... Read morePublished 1 month ago by A.M.
Chia seeds provide me with great fiber, these work well for what I need. I love the brand, always count on good quality with Bob's Red Mill. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cyn57
Chia is great as a source of fiber and I use it pretty much every day (as an addition to hot cereal, soup or salad). Read morePublished 1 month ago by FrequentBuyer