Chia seeds are said to have:
helps transfer calcium into your bones,
They are a complete source of protein, providing all the essential amino acids in an easily digestible form. They are also a fabulous source of soluble fibre.
So I picked up a big container of them (to the tune of $14.99) and almost immediately forgot I had 'em.
On Thursday I remembered, and read up on what to DO with my wonderful chia seeds. The best suggestion I found was making "chia gel." This involves stirring 1/3 cup of chia seeds into 2 cups of filtered water and letting them sit at least 10 minutes (with a suggestion that letting 'em sit longer releases more of the nutrition.) Chia gel, I learned, is essentially flavorless and can be stirred into lots and lots of things, where it "distributes" the flavor rather than "absorbing" it. Why would I add chia gel?
- for all that wonderful nutrition as listed above
- it helps fill one up for fewer hunger pangs between meals
- chia seeds hold 9 times their weight in water, helping the body with hydration and stamina
- they are supposed to have a detoxifying/cleansing effect on the body as well
Here's what the tiny chia seeds look like in their container:
|I made the gel in a quart jar, as it keeps up to something like 3 weeks in the fridge. Canning funnel came in handy for working with those tiny seeds, which are all staticky and want to go everywhere.|
Here's what the gel looked like the next morning;
And then I added a lot of frozen fruit, and let it sit for about 45 minutes while I got ready for work before hitting the "on" button:
2 bananas, a bunch of mango, some blueberries, a few cherries, a few mandarin oranges, and a few strawberries. YUMMO. When I first started blending, there was a lot of black and I thought the smoothie might come out looking nasty. But it's pretty, don't you think?
I took it to work with me and it lasted for a couple of hours. Really, REALLY good. I'll be happy to use the chia gel some more.
On a non-food related front, today I did the Duck Creek bike path again, and at the spot that I thought was the absolute end, another cyclist passed me as I climbed a particularly steep part. Then she disappeared around a corner I hadn't seen, so I followed her...and found more bike path! Eventually I came to the end of it, at a sign announcing that I was in Riverdale.
At that point I had a few minutes that were reminiscent for me of my many great bus adventures in Chicago. I had a pretty good idea that I was somewhere near the river front path (as in, along the Mississippi River) but I didn't know how to get there. I've studied the maps online repeatedly, but have just never been able to quite work out how or where the 2 paths might converge. I used my iphone but the map was confusing. I debated...might be better to just turn and go back the way I came. But instead I turned on my bus adventurer skills and did the basics:
- Trust that all will be well, and don't panic.
- Look - watch - allow time to really SEE. (It's easy on bus or bike adventures to miss important details, if one gets in a hurry or doesn't pay intent attention.)
- Listen intently, trusting that hearing will come.
- Try - don't just stand there forever - and know that backtracking and trying again is acceptable and often necessary.
Great stuff. And my ride rounded out to 26 miles. Not bad for a ride squeezed in at the end of an otherwise busy day.
Hope your Saturday made you smile as well!