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4.0 out of 5 stars using chia, October 8, 2009
This review is from: Healthworks Chia Seeds Raw Pesticide and Chemical-Free, 2lb (Health and Beauty)
first heard about chia from that "Born to Run" book by Christopher MacDougall (which is an AMAZING mind-blowing book) and I bought into the idea of an energizing superfood. I don't expect to turn into one of the ultramarthon running tarahumara indians, but some boost in my day wouldn't hurt. As a broke college student, any food providing healthy nutrition AND energy is a godsend. I also dehydrate easily in winter, so the water retaining properties of chia also interested me. So far as I've read, heating up chia seeds is not recommended, it affects the chia seeds' ability to retain water at the amazing rate they do. In the book, macdougall mentioned mixing the chia seeds with water and lime juice. So I tried it out in a water bottle, apparently shaking up the gel before it solidifies leaves the substance more liquid-y than gel-like, which is obviously easier to drink out of a bottle, so that didn't bother me. If you want the thick gel so many people recommend, let the chia sit still in the water. The seeds did not compeltely dissolve, so they did look a bit like frog's eggs, but the mixture (2 tbsp chia, the recommended daily amount, with 9 equal parts water, which is about 1 cup plus 2 tbsp, and half a lime squeezed in) tastes just fine. Drinking this chia mix was even surprisingly filling, I don't have a lot of time to eat or even find food that isn't beef, beer, pizza or cheese related, so this held me off until I could get home and eat real food. As for non-red bull related energy sources, Chia has been great.
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Initial post: Oct 12, 2009 2:44:44 PM PDT
Your experience with Chia mirrors my own. 'Born to Run' is an amazing, life-changing book.

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 11:02:44 AM PST
Will Babbit says:
I'm curious why the 4 stars instead of 5 then, if it's truly amazing...
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