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Chia Seeds

jaykaymay0915jaykaymay0915 Member Posts: 1 Member Member Posts: 1 Member
What food group are Chia Seeds?
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  • Rhumax67Rhumax67 Member Posts: 191 Member Member Posts: 191 Member
    Seeds are considered protein group, about 4 g per oz. & other good things. Google chia nutrition
  • kimny72kimny72 Member Posts: 15,888 Member Member Posts: 15,888 Member
    What food group are Chia Seeds?

    The USDA puts nuts & seeds in the protein group, although they provide way more fat. I think most people who include chia as a nutritional strategy are looking for the healthy fat and fiber, and a little protein is the bonus.
  • anapal1anapal1 Member Posts: 8 Member Member Posts: 8 Member
    I've never had chia seeds... are they any good?
  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Member Posts: 7,425 Member Member Posts: 7,425 Member
    There are lots of different ways to break down the groups, and the USDA/food guides have done it different ways at different times.

    Personally, I think of foods in the following groups:

    Protein (meat, egg, dairy, and beans/lentils if being used for the protein source)
    Starch (pretty obvious, grains, potatoes, sweet potato, beans/lentils)
    Vegetables (non starchy)
    Fruit
    Nuts/Seeds
    Added fats
    Higher cal desserts and snack foods

    So with this breakdown, they are in nuts/seeds, which I personally try to have at least a serving of a day, although you have to watch the calories from them given they are calorie dense (and more healthy fats than protein IMO).
  • cathipacathipa Member Posts: 2,992 Member Member Posts: 2,992 Member
    anapal1 wrote: »
    I've never had chia seeds... are they any good?

    By themselves there really isn't much flavor. They absorb 10x their weight in fluid so they make a great egg replacement, jelly or pudding. They are high in fiber and omegas.
  • mitch16mitch16 Member Posts: 2,115 Member Member Posts: 2,115 Member
    anapal1 wrote: »
    I've never had chia seeds... are they any good?

    I don't think they really taste like much, but for me it comes down to a texture issue
    cathipa wrote: »
    anapal1 wrote: »
    I've never had chia seeds... are they any good?

    By themselves there really isn't much flavor. They absorb 10x their weight in fluid so they make a great egg replacement, jelly or pudding. They are high in fiber and omegas.

    I don't think they really taste like much, but for me it comes down to a texture issue--they become a little slimy when they absorb fluid. I can tolerate tapioca but not chia.
  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Member Posts: 7,425 Member Member Posts: 7,425 Member
    I really like chia puddings. That's pretty much my only exposure to them.
  • BarbaraHelen2013BarbaraHelen2013 Member Posts: 1,603 Member Member Posts: 1,603 Member
    I recently experimented with Chia Seeds, in a grain free bread recipe. Basically a bunch of quinoa, chia seeds, water, a little oil, lemon and baking powder.

    I’m really glad it was just as a curiousity, rather than any need for grain free on my part because whilst I was quite impressed by how it looked and it cut like a heavy rye loaf or similar but I’m afraid to say it went in the bin after I ate a half slice. The lack of flavour in the chia and the texture of them made for a very unpleasant mouth feel.

    It left me wondering why anyone would choose to ingest something with no flavour when it doesn’t add anything to your diet that you can’t get elsewhere with more pleasure! A triumph on behalf of marketing! 😉
  • amusedmonkeyamusedmonkey Member Posts: 10,243 Member Member Posts: 10,243 Member
    I recently experimented with Chia Seeds, in a grain free bread recipe. Basically a bunch of quinoa, chia seeds, water, a little oil, lemon and baking powder.

    I’m really glad it was just as a curiousity, rather than any need for grain free on my part because whilst I was quite impressed by how it looked and it cut like a heavy rye loaf or similar but I’m afraid to say it went in the bin after I ate a half slice. The lack of flavour in the chia and the texture of them made for a very unpleasant mouth feel.

    It left me wondering why anyone would choose to ingest something with no flavour when it doesn’t add anything to your diet that you can’t get elsewhere with more pleasure! A triumph on behalf of marketing! 😉

    I like making pudding with them. I find them fun to eat, like a bubble tea that you eat instead of drink. To me, it does have a subtle seed flavor which I like. I don't eat them often because they are high in calories, but I like them sometimes. The marketing got me curious, the fun made me an occasional customer. Some people don't like the texture, I don't mind it.
  • missysippy930missysippy930 Member Posts: 2,487 Member Member Posts: 2,487 Member
    I like the texture. Reminds me of poppy seeds. I mix them in yogurt, oatmeal, sprinkle on salads for added nutrients and not many calories.
  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Member Posts: 7,425 Member Member Posts: 7,425 Member
    I recently experimented with Chia Seeds, in a grain free bread recipe. Basically a bunch of quinoa, chia seeds, water, a little oil, lemon and baking powder.

    I’m really glad it was just as a curiousity, rather than any need for grain free on my part because whilst I was quite impressed by how it looked and it cut like a heavy rye loaf or similar but I’m afraid to say it went in the bin after I ate a half slice. The lack of flavour in the chia and the texture of them made for a very unpleasant mouth feel.

    It left me wondering why anyone would choose to ingest something with no flavour when it doesn’t add anything to your diet that you can’t get elsewhere with more pleasure! A triumph on behalf of marketing! 😉

    I like making pudding with them. I find them fun to eat, like a bubble tea that you eat instead of drink. To me, it does have a subtle seed flavor which I like. I don't eat them often because they are high in calories, but I like them sometimes. The marketing got me curious, the fun made me an occasional customer. Some people don't like the texture, I don't mind it.

    This describes exactly why I like them. It wasn't about the marketing -- I happened to see a chia pudding somewhere (I think Pret) and tried it and liked it so made a few at home. I don't eat them any other way and haven't been eating sweets so haven't bothered making the pudding lately.

    I do think nuts and seeds are healthy in general. I typically stick with eating the ones I like best plain, but I'm not opposed to adding some flax or hemp seed to a smoothie for a bit of fat and protein, despite the fact it adds cals and no particular taste. (I think the chia wouldn't work for me in that because of the texture.) I think they'd be good in oatmeal.
    edited October 2019
  • Ironwoman1111Ironwoman1111 Member Posts: 2,132 Member Member Posts: 2,132 Member
    Growing up I always had chia seeds in homemade beverages you can add it to whatever you want and in baking. They don’t taste like anything. In drinks their texture is like pearl tea or bubble tea.
  • nooshi713nooshi713 Member Posts: 4,560 Member Member Posts: 4,560 Member
    I use them in my green smoothies. Great source of fiber.
  • stv1520stv1520 Member, Premium Posts: 187 Member Member, Premium Posts: 187 Member
    Pour them in my Greek yogurt. No taste, a little crunch but I enjoy it.
  • amusedmonkeyamusedmonkey Member Posts: 10,243 Member Member Posts: 10,243 Member
    Had some soaked in bitter lemon drink. No fancy recipe, just chia seeds and bitter lemon. If you like the drink, the seeds go really well with the bitterness.
  • whmscllwhmscll Member Posts: 2,248 Member Member Posts: 2,248 Member
    They are a great source of fiber, protein and omega 3s. Eat them mixed in with something to mask the taste/texture, like oatmeal., if you don’t like them on their own. Or eat ground flaxseed instead, which has many of the same benefits.
  • bearly63bearly63 Member, Premium Posts: 734 Member Member, Premium Posts: 734 Member
    Great for smoothies! They just add a little texture and some good macros. Same for ground flax seeds. I might have to add some to my oatmeal periodically.
  • snowflake954snowflake954 Member Posts: 6,619 Member Member Posts: 6,619 Member
    I use them in my mug cakes and overnite oats--just a little since they are high calorie. They soak up liquid so they're useful in things I don't like too runny.
  • amandarawr06amandarawr06 Member Posts: 251 Member Member Posts: 251 Member
    I put them in my smoothie every morning - they have no flavour but I add them for the nutritional benefits
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Member Posts: 24,300 Member Member Posts: 24,300 Member
    anapal1 wrote: »
    I've never had chia seeds... are they any good?

    I use them mostly in smoothies for the fiber. They are good at helping to keep me full. I soak them in a little water first, otherwise they stick to my teeth.

    They have no discernible flavor.
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