Chia Seeds: A Tiny Powerhouse for Sustainability
by Tess Pennington
by Tess Pennington: Pet
Food Alternatives for Long-Term Emergencies
to think about the Chia seed without getting a mental image of a
Chia pet. I always imagine the crazy looking clay sheep with wild
greenery sprouting out all over it that used to sit in my college
In all actuality,
the Chia seed is much more than part of a novelty planter though
it is a tiny little powerhouse that can add a lot of benefits
to your long-term food storage while only taking up a small amount
of space. The word Chia is actually the Mayan word for
strength. In ancient cultures, they are considered the food of the
warrior because of their nutrient density and ability to sustain
running messengers for long durations without other food.
Adding a serving
of the nearly tasteless seeds to a meal can more than double the
nutrition you receive! Chia seeds contain boron and Omega-3 and
Omega-6 fatty acids. They are also nutritional dynamos that blow
away many other sources of nutrients. They contain:
- 2x the
protein of other seeds
- 5x the calcium
- 2x the potassium
- 3x the antioxidants
- 3x the iron
Chia seeds absorb 9-12 times their weight in water, thus helping
you stay hydrated longer.
The Chia plant
is part of the salvia family, but the seeds are very bland and nearly
tasteless. The versatility of these are also a plus when you add
them to your recipes. You can use Chia seeds either wet or dry.
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joined the Dallas chapter of the American Red Cross in 1999 Tess
worked as an Armed Forces Emergency Services Center specialist and
is well versed in emergency and disaster management and response.
You can follow her regular updates on Preparedness,
and a host of other topics at ReadyNutrition.com.
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