Whole Foods Lifestyle - Chia seeds and flax meal - Anybody use these? How?

02-20-2011, 08:21 PM
I've heard about flax seeds before of course, but only recently heard about chia seeds for the first time (every time I read about them, I must confess that the old "Chia Pet" jingle goes off in my head :)).

Apparently they're both good sources of monounsaturated fats, and also fiber. I've seen Bob's Red Mill ground flax meal at my grocery store, but only seen chia seeds at Whole Foods.

Anybody use these? Any suggestions for how to incorporate them into my diet for a boost of nutrition?

02-20-2011, 08:31 PM
I use flax seeds. I think they taste really good (sort of sesame-seedish), but you do have to grind them to get any benefit from them (otherwise they just pass right through your system whole and undigested).

People will say you should buy them whole and grind them at home in a spice grinder, because they retain the best flavor and nutrition. However, when I did that, I almost never used them. So now I by flax seed or golden flax seed pre-ground and store it in the freezer. I'm more likely to use it pre-ground.

I usually add it to smoothies or oatmeal.

I've bought chia seeds, but haven't used them yet. If you add them to water, they make a gel that can be used as a fat replacer. You can also add them to smoothies, or you can sprout them (sproutpeople.org has directions I believe).

I love sprouting, and sproutpeople.org has a lot of cook information, tips, and they sell seeds too - so many varieties (locally I can usually only find alfalfa, mung bean, and salad mix sprout seeds).

02-20-2011, 08:49 PM
I have a tablespoon of ground flax seeds in my yogurt with berries at night. It tastes like yogurt & granola - yum.

02-20-2011, 09:28 PM
Sometimes I do chia seed pudding which is really easy to do.

02-20-2011, 09:42 PM
Hi Jen,
I eat ground flax, chia seeds & raw cacao nibs daily! I lurve them!!!! I toss all of the above into my dry oats & yogurt & fruit each day, it is a great chewy, crunch, satisfying combo! They are all fiberlicious & have protein too! :) Cha cha cha- chia I sing to myself each morning & yanno I think I may be sproutin a few extra hairs on my head! j/k ;) I buy all of the above which are reasonably priced at vitacost.com, for convenience being I don't have a health food store in my radius! I also keep them all in the refrigerator after opening. I think you will enjoy them too, some people toss them into smoothies, but I am not a smoothie kinda gal.

02-20-2011, 10:47 PM
Sometimes I do chia seed pudding which is really easy to do.

Can you elaborate? Thanks.

02-20-2011, 10:57 PM
Can you elaborate? Thanks.

I do it mostly plain, chia seed, almond milk, some cinnamon, raisins, etc. If you google, you'll find various recipes.

Here is a simple one

And this one is basically the same but with pumpkin added

02-20-2011, 11:10 PM
I second chia pudding :) Although, if you have issues with gelatinous textures, you probably wont like it. It's similar to tapioca pudding to me, if tapioca pudding had more tapioca and less pudding ~

I do add sweetener because I use Unsweetened Almond milk. I also add almond and vanilla extracts and cinnamon. I made a chocolate version too, using chocolate almond milk, cocoa powder, and some cinnamon.

Sometimes I sprinkle chia in my oatmeal, particularly if it's runnier than I'd like. It absorbs some of the extra liquid.

However, I haven't found that it keeps me "full" or "energized" as some books/sites claim. I just use it for the Omega 3 boost since I don't eat much fish...

02-24-2011, 02:25 PM
I use flax meal to replace (some of the) flour when I make banana muffins or pancakes. Just reduce the flour in the recipe by 1/4 cup or 1/2 cup and add that amount of flax meal.

You can also use it to replace an egg in baked goods, you mix a tablespoon of flaxmeal with 3 tablespoons water and throw that in instead of an egg.

I also stir it into oatmeal and yogurt as mentioned above, and you can sprinkle it on a bowl of fruit.

02-25-2011, 09:12 AM
I'm going to have to try the chia pudding now! I usually just put the seeds in my oatmeal for an added nutrition boost.

02-25-2011, 08:23 PM
So the nutrition of the chia seed can be accessed without having to grind them up. They do not just "pass right through"? I can see all kinds of uses for them in thickening even without the nutritional issue. Does anyone have the caloric info handy?

02-25-2011, 09:53 PM
I second chia pudding :) Although, if you have issues with gelatinous textures, you probably wont like it. It's similar to tapioca pudding to me, if tapioca pudding had more tapioca and less pudding ~

Uh, thanks for the warning!! I was almost on the way to the store when I read your comment. Gelatine texture? Yuck.

02-25-2011, 09:55 PM
Well I don't like gelatin but I like chia seed pudding. I would agree that it is similar to tapioca pudding though.

katy trail
02-25-2011, 10:03 PM
i could eat a whole pot of tapioca pudding! that sounds awesome!

02-26-2011, 11:44 AM
I use to use chiaseeds and make the chia seed gel. Very filling, low calorie, and healthy to eat chiaseed gel. The seeds absorb water so it forms a gel when you place them in water and then you eat the gel. It has no taste (thats a good thing to me.) Cuz when you make the gel its mainly water. I heard its very beneficial to people you are hungry people cuz it fills you up if you eat the gel with your meal. Im not a very hungry person though so I didnt really need it but it will help you eat less. Good luck:)

03-08-2011, 08:56 PM
I use Chia seeds mainly in breakfast. I put them on my cereal, in yogurt, on top of pancakes, you name it. They are also great on garden salads, or add to tuna or even scrambled eggs. They really have no flavour, I just use them for their great benefits. I know some people bake with them too which I might try. Chia is also a complete protein which means it has the essential amino acids. The list of benefits could go on and on. I also add flax to all the above stuff too. Flax does add a earthy nutty flavour but very subtle and the benefits again are fantastic.

03-09-2011, 06:09 PM
Does anyone know where I can find "chia seeds"??? Walmart certainly don't have it!:mad: Help please... I want...cha cha cha chia!:)

03-09-2011, 09:06 PM
Health food stores, bulk stores will usually carry them. If you don't have anything like that around you check online.

03-09-2011, 09:48 PM
Joyful - I found mine at Whole Foods, in the bulk bins. That might be a good way to get a small amount to see if you like them. WF also had chia seeds in bags. I think I saw Bob's Red Mill and Nutria-something brands.

03-10-2011, 10:27 AM
I couldn't find any chia seeds in the store, so I got mine on amazon. I'm not sure how the price online compares to in-store, but I get free shipping with amazon prime, so maybe it evened out.

03-10-2011, 12:49 PM
I get mine at Swanson Vitamins online.

03-11-2011, 04:12 AM
I read somewhere here on 3FC that sometimes Mexican grocery stores carry chia seeds with the spices (the little flat bags) and kept my eyes peeled. I eventually found them at a Cardenas for something like 69 cents. I've also seen them at Whole Foods in canisters (for some reason they don't have them in bulk here), but sometimes spending $20 at once on them was a little steep (although you obviously get more than the little 69 cent bags, lol). I haven't done anything with them yet except to mix them in my smoothies. Oh, and I did add them once to my cranberry juice, not bad! I'll have to check out the recipes for the pudding. :)

I've been able to find ground flax at Trader Joe's pretty cheap, and I've even found it at Walmart in the baking/flour section. I keep the bag refrigerated after opening.

I've yet to try cocoa nibs but have read about some of the benefits. I've been wanting to pick some up.

03-12-2011, 12:14 AM
Thanks alot ladies!:hug: I'm going to try my local whole foods store...if they don't have it...I'm going ON-LINE!!! Seems I end up shopping more and more online for stuff these days.:)

03-12-2011, 08:11 AM
Just wanted to say, I've been using flaxmeal for a couple of weeks now, and like it in my Greek yogurt, often combined with fruit and/or dry oats (I'm a raw oats fan). A 2 Tbs. serving is 60 calories and bigger than I thought it would be.

This morning I finally broke open the bag of chia seeds, and used 1 Tbs. of them in my yogurt. They had no discernible taste to me, but were slightly crunchy, sort of like sesame seeds.

I am NOT a tapioca fan, but maybe I'll try the chia pudding for tomorrow. If I don't like it, it's still good to know I can eat them just sprinkled over stuff.

Thanks for all the suggestions! Joyful - I hope you find them!

03-12-2011, 02:05 PM
I had heard about a cereal called holy crap. So I looked into it and made my own. I add equal parts of chia, hemp seeds and buckwheat. I add two tablespoons of it to a 1/4 cup yogurt and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then I mix in 1/3 cup of granola sometimes. It's my favorite breakfast and I eat it almost daily. I made enough for several months for $20 and it's much cheaper than the store bought stuff.

I bought all of the stuff at a health food store. Chia is also sold at shoppers drug mart.

03-16-2011, 11:31 AM
Does anyone know where I can find "chia seeds"??? Walmart certainly don't have it!:mad: Help please... I want...cha cha cha chia!:)

Because I can't resist being a smart@ss:

1. Find a store that sells chia pets.
2. Throw out the pet.
3. Save the seeds.

(says Saef, who's now waiting for people to tell her that other Amazing TV Offers! have health benefits. Maybe I'll one day be adding Silly Sand to my oatmeal.)

03-18-2011, 10:53 AM
I've never eaten chia seeds but I do love flax. I love making the "Muffin in a Minute" with ground flax. It makes a very filling breakfast. It's something I still eat even though I don't do low carb anymore.

03-20-2011, 06:36 PM
I LOVE flax seeds. I add them to everything, my yogurt, smoothies, cereal, pasta sauces, and pizza. I definitely have felt better since I decided to add them to my diet. My bm are more regular, my skin is nicer, my nails are stronger and I can definitely tell a difference in my hair.

03-29-2011, 04:01 PM
I finally bought some CHA CHA CHA CHIA!!!:D Found it at my local whole foods in bulk bins.

Thanks again ladies!....cha cha cha cha chia!;) Sorry, but can't help myself.:)

03-31-2011, 09:54 AM
K...finally ate some CHA CHA CHA CHIA! It has NO TASTE and if I didn't watch myself sprinkle some onto my chili lunch yesterday, I would never even know it was there! But this morning...its effects were MASSIVE!:eek: :lol:

Thanks CHIA!:D