What in the world is Chia?

Posted by Gran Pacifica on Feb 6, 2014 4:41:00 PM

All that comes to mind is a "chia pet". Now that I am living in Nicaragua, I have discovered this healthy little seed. Chia is the seed from a mint plant that has many health benefits. They contain Omega 3 fatty acids, alpha-linoleic and linoleic acid, mucin, strontium, 30% protein, Vitamins A, B, E, and D, and minerals including calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, iron, iodine, copper, zinc, sodium, magnesium, manganese, niacin, thiamine, silicon, and anti-oxidants.

I like to soak them in water where they become gelatinous and then I add them to smoothies and recently I have discovered how to use them in baking.

These banana muffins are delicious!!

Try it you wil not regret!!

2 cups whole-wheat flour
1-cup wheat bran
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
¼ cup chia seeds
3 eggs
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup agave nectar
4 ripe bananas, mashed
1 1/2 TBS coconut oil
1 cup chopped walnuts

Topping:
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. brown sugar
Walnuts, chopped

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Makes 20 muffins

By Carol Cobb

 

Gran Pacifica

Written by Gran Pacifica

Gran Pacifica is a master planned community of over 2500 acres and 3.5 miles of Pacific coast line an hour west of Managua in Nicaragua. The company focuses on providing their international and domestic clientele with communities that feature first-rate amenities and infrastructure including underground utilities, paved streets and sidewalks. Gran Pacifica's primary demographic is North American Retirees and vacation homes in Nicaragua owners who enjoy living in a robust beach and golf community.

Topics: Living In Nicaragua