By Karina | August 3, 2011
So you can also eat chia seeds! I first read about them in the book Born to Run. Chia is traditionally from Mexico, and in Born to Run they are the preferred athletic fuel of the Tarahumara endurance runners. They are full of Omega 3 fatty acids and a perfect protein, and depending on who you talk to they will give you more energy or just fill you up so you don’t eat everything in sight. So that got me thinking – are chia seeds a super food, or a diet fad? See, I’m really skeptical of the whole “you’ll be so full with the x/y/z that you won’t eat too much during the day” concept – I find that when trying to lose weight I rarely have hunger pangs, but have to overcome bad habits.
I did order a bag of chia seeds from Rancho Gordo, though, the last time I bought beans. What can I say? I’m super curious!
So I mixed up the chia into a Chia Fresca (scroll down for recipe) and gave it a shot in the evening when I was watching Eight at football practice from 6-8 and also going for a run at the neighboring track. Now, I’m pretty out of shape and it was hot and humid, so I can’t say that the chia gave me any extra energy – but it did tide me over until about 8:30 or 9 for dinner, which was really nice.
I’m still wondering, though – are chia seeds worth the hype? I mean, environmentally, this is something that must be shipped from Mexico. Depending on where you live they may or may not be a good food choice for you. On the other hand, if you’re an athlete with high caloric needs during training, chia is a good supplement – and you can make your own energy bars and fuel gels with chia, and avoid the packaging, additives, and waste that most single-serve sports food comes with. This makes chia a more thoughtful choice because using it avoids waste and chemicals.
So, dear readers? Any experience with chia? superfood or superfad?
[[Chia Pet pic from flickr user DailyCraft via creative commons license.]]
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