Are we eating Chia Seeds the right way???

13 Nov

I have mentioned to you how I boost my morning smoothies adding a bunch of super powerful foods, like chia.  But I must admit I usually just add the dry chia seeds right into the smoothie when I make it in the mornings.  However, this method of adding chia seeds to my morning smoothie might not be the best way to work the goodness of chia into my daily routine.

Are u eating chia seeds the right way

My friend Cristina, who trains for marathons alongside me, lost a lot of weight training for the Chicago Marathon.  I haven’t seen her in while and when I complimented her on her new figure she credited chia seeds.  I told her I also had chia seeds in my smoothies, but I could not credit any weight loss to it.

Actually, one of my main complaints of adding chia seeds to my morning  smoothies was that they got stuck on my teeth sometimes and if I didn’t brush my teeth right away, in a matter of hours I could feel little pieces of gelatinous seeds stuck to my teeth (thank goodness I mostly work from home!!!!!!).  Not fun or pretty at all!!!!

She told me her secret was to soak chia seeds overnight in some water and then in the morning, add the juice of ¼ lemon and eat those chia seeds on an empty stomach.    Really???

Chia seeds with Lemon Juice

I have been doing it for a few weeks now and I must say that I really like it…  before I go to bed I place 1 tbs of chia seeds in a small bowl with some water.  I never measure the water…  but I swirl it a bit to make sure all the seeds are wet.  I leave the bowl on the kitchen counter until the morning, when I just squirt the juice of ¼ lemon and I eat the gelatinized chia seeds with a spoon.  I do this especially before I run in the mornings.  I then, after I return from running,  have a full breakfast and I add other stuff to my morning smoothie – like maca, goji powder, ground flaxseeds, etc. 

I have not noticed that much weight loss…  but in other trainings for ½ marathons I have gained some weight, and this time around I haven’t and my skinny jeans fit the same way.  Before, when I was training, my skinny jeans would not go over my hips, for some reason…  so something is indeed working.

Have you been also eating chia the wrong way?


4 Responses to “Are we eating Chia Seeds the right way???”

  1. SoulFoodMomma November 13, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    Great article, I have wanted to use these seeds for awhile, and just found them at my local store, thanks for posting a really great way to use them. That was always my concern with them, I figured they would a little hard, but thanks for posting.

    • KarmaFree Cooking November 13, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

      Gracias!!!!! Try it yourself and let me know about your experience!!!

  2. Prema Narayan February 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

    Can Chia seeds be eaten in empty stomach?? I take soaked in water chia seeds mixed with honey every night now for past 2 weeks and awaiting results by a month …I want to know does Chia seeds soaked in water be eaten in empty stomach and does this type of eating spoil the hunger …as one should not stop hunger by taking in empty stomach these chia treatment. Please advise and correct me with your advice.
    Thanx v much
    Prema narayan

    • KarmaFree Cooking February 5, 2018 at 11:24 am #

      Yes… chica seeds can be eaten on an empty stomach. I do it frequently… I believe I share that on my blog post. But I soak in water overnight, to allow the seeds to gelatinize and plump up. a few minutes will not do it. it does not curb my appetite… but the protein content does something and I find I experience less inflammation when I exercise.

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