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Where You Buy Chia Seeds Makes a Difference

Posted on: December 20th, 2012 by admin

There are plenty of places where you can buy chia seeds online but, like any product that you use for its nutritional value, quality matters. At AZChia, a dedicated staff continues to look for the newest information about chia and to make new products that make it more convenient to get the most benefits that chia has to offer. Your success at having a healthier diet rests on your ability to add the seeds to your food on a daily basis, no matter where you are. Products like our new Chia-2-Go Packets are easy to take along and make a part of any meal.

AZChia produces products certified for best agriculture and processing practices. Each chia product you buy from us is kosher, vegan, halal and gluten free. Our research has provided us with a lot of information about chia seeds and the impact they can have on people’s lives. Not only do we use this research to create new and innovative products, we also share a great deal of information about chia seeds on our site. You can learn about the history of chia, how it was and is consumed today, storage conditions and keeping the product safe, how it is grown and much more. We make sure that, when you buy chia seeds from us, you get a high quality product, a wide choice in products, and the information you need to effectively implement chia seeds into a healthy diet.

Omega 3 Fatty Acid is One of the Biggest Chia Seed Benefits

Posted on: December 18th, 2012 by admin

Chia seed has the most Omega 3 fatty acid content of any known plant. Although that, alone, makes it a good product for supplementing a healthy diet, there are additional chia seed benefits that make it an even more nutritious addition to any diet. It also contains natural antioxidants that stabilize the Omega 3, making it a better resource for the nutrient than any other, including fish oil or flaxseed oil. The importance of Omega 3 fatty acids in the diet has become a growing health topic. In addition to their playing an important role in brain function, normal growth and development, they are also believed to aid in the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease.

The variety of chia products available at AZChia makes it easy to enjoy the chia seed benefits in a number of different ways. Use chia in recipes to create healthier dishes. You can sprinkle ground or whole chia seeds on cereal, over salads, mix in yogurt or add to many other foods. The seeds can be mixed with flour to make breads, pizza and other flour-based products or enjoy our ChiaBia organic bars in an assortment of delicious flavors. It doesn’t really matter how you eat the chia, or what form it is in, you will still enjoy the many benefits that the seeds of this unique plant have to offer.

Chia Seeds Nutrition Facts You Need to Know

Posted on: December 13th, 2012 by admin

The reason that chia seeds are such an exceptional addition to a healthy diet is their diversity of nutrients. Founder of AZChia, Dr. Wayne Coates, has been involved in producing chia since 1991. Because of chia seeds nutritional composition, he has continued to research and produce new products that encourage people to take their “daily dose,” even when they are on the go. The four important components found in these exceptional seeds are Omega 3 fatty acids, both soluble and insoluble fiber, antioxidants which reduce inflammation and strengthen the body’s immune system, and protein for building tissue.

Omega 3 fatty acids and fiber have been shown to improve cardiovascular health. Eating chia seeds will allow your body to utilize those nutrients, which will be most beneficial, so that it has a positive effect on your health. The benefits of using chia may be seen as reduced cholesterol levels in some individuals, relief for joint pain in others. Some people have also increased their energy levels and stamina, while others have enjoyed weight loss, due to the fiber content leading to satiety.  Chia seeds nutrition facts are the reason that this is such a good product for so many different people. The different components work in the right way for a number of different conditions.

Chia Recipes Incorporate Healthier Alternatives to Oil or Eggs when Baking

Posted on: December 11th, 2012 by admin

Not only can sprinkling chia seeds directly onto food increase the nutritional value of any dish, with its antioxidants, protein and fiber, but using chia as a substitute for oil or eggs in your baked goods will provide even more benefits. Creating chia recipes is as easy as mixing 1 part (weight) of whole chia seed to 9 parts of water and letting it stand for 30 minutes. The mixture will create a gel that you can use to replace an equal portion of egg or oil in your favorite recipes for cakes, cookies and more.

The only difference between healthy chia recipes and your traditional baking recipes is that the resulting foods will be higher in nutrition, including the healthy omega 3 fatty acid that everyone needs in their diet. The foods modified in this way will also contain less of the unhealthy fats that are present in many types of cooking oils and eggs. When using chia in recipes, you can replace 25%, 50% or 75% of the oil or eggs with chia seed gel, depending on your individual taste and the way the food feels in your mouth.

Five Reasons to Add Chia to Your Diet Today

Posted on: December 6th, 2012 by admin

If you’re just hearing about chia for the first time, you’re in for a treat. While many people can’t help but think of those terra cotta figurines that, when sprinkled with water, appear to grow “hair,” when they hear the word “chia,” most people have no idea just how great chia can be as a healthy addition to your diet. Here are some great reasons why you should try chia seeds today:

1)      Chia seeds are nutritious. Not only do they contain more omega-3 fatty acids than any other natural plant source, they are also loaded with protein, fiber, antioxidants, calcium, and many other vitamins and minerals.

2)      Chia seeds keep you feeling full. Because chia seeds have high soluble fiber levels and can absorb so much water, they help to release natural carbohydrate energy slowly into the bloodstream — so you’ll stay full longer.

3)      Chia seeds are energizing. Just a single tablespoon provides a boost of stamina and endurance.

4)      Chia seeds are versatile. Since they have a subtle, nutlike flavor, chia seeds can be simply eaten from the bag. They can also be mixed into many foods, including cereal, salad and yogurt, or added to a smoothie.

5)      Chia seeds are convenient. They can be stored for long periods of time at room temperature, without losing their nutritional value.

So there you have it. There are so many reasons to incorporate chia seeds into your diet — so visit the AZChia store, today.

Chia: The Environmentally-Friendly Crop

Posted on: December 4th, 2012 by admin

While chia is great for your health, both body and mind, many are unaware that chia is also great for the environment. The use of chia seeds as an omega-3 source prevents the depletion of natural fish stocks, as well as eliminates concerns about the accumulation of toxins, like mercury and dioxin, that tend to build up in fish and fish products. And because chia can hold up at room temperature for long periods of time, without expiring, artificial preservatives are not needed when chia seed is used in human or animal diets.

Chia seeds, produced by the chia plant which is a member of the mint family and naturally repels insects eliminates the need for pesticides being used to protect the crop during its growth cycle. When fewer toxins are exposed to the environment, natural wildlife has a chance to thrive, and the ecosystem is not disturbed.  Additionally when consumed, there is no concern about pesticide residues being found on the seeds.

If you’re looking for an alternative to other, less environmentally-friendly sources of Omega-3 fatty acids and other healthy nutrients, it’s time to try chia seeds.

Dieting Without Diet Pills

Posted on: November 29th, 2012 by admin

With all of the dangerous dieting products that are out on the market today, it can be difficult for people trying to stay healthy while losing weight. A common attribute of many diet pills is their ability to expand once they are hit with water. They fill the stomach with gelatin, which creates the illusion that you are full. However, these pills typically contain unnatural ingredients that do more harm than good to your body.

Using chia seeds is a healthier alternative to taking diet pills. Since chia seeds have the ability to absorb many times their weight in water, they expand to nearly nine times their normal size and form a gel-like substance. This also tricks the brain into thinking that you are full, but is a much more natural and safe method for dieting.

Keep in mind that the healthiest diet is a well-balanced one. Instead of counting calories, focus on eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, high quality protein sources and healthy carbs. By maintaining an active lifestyle and eating a well-balanced, nutritional diet, you’ll be on your way to a healthy weight in no time.


Creating a Basic Chia Gel

Posted on: November 27th, 2012 by admin

Due to chia’s hydrophilic structure, the seed has the remarkable capability to absorb many times its weight in water. Take advantage of this, by making a basic chia gel to take alone, add to a smoothie, or even use in baked goods.

Preparing chia gel is a simple, quick process. Add 1/3 cup chia seeds to 2 cups of filtered water, which will make a 6:1 water-to-seed ratio. Warm the water slightly, and put into a container with a tight-fitting lid. Pour the dry chia seeds into the water and shake the container for 15 seconds. Let stand for one minute before shaking again. For a thinner gel consistency, use 3 cups of water for every 1/3 cup chia seeds. Adding more water to chia gel will not only help promote hydration in the body, it will help your body adjust to taking chia seeds.

Since chia gel won’t affect flavor, you can add it to just about anything you would like. Add to drinks, yogurt, jams and jellies, yogurt, puddings, soups, or any other liquid or creamy foods for extra nutritional value. Add the chia gel mixture, up to equal parts by weight, and reap all of the many health benefits that chia seeds have to offer.

Chia Seeds as Part of a Healthy Diet

Posted on: November 21st, 2012 by admin

Lately, there has been more and more research regarding chia being added to food for nutritional gain. This research has shown that, by adding chia to chicken feed, eggs and chicken meat become rich in omega-3 fatty acids. The same applies to cattle being fed chia. Milk and meat will be enriched with omega-3s. Chia can also be added to commercially-prepared infant formulas, baked goods, yogurt, nutrition bars, etc.

Since chia has only a mild, nutlike flavor, it can be easily added to most foods as part of your daily diet. You can sprinkle ground or whole chia seeds on to cereal, in salads, or in yogurt. You can also grind them and mix them with flour, when making muffins or other such baked goods. By adding chia seeds to your diet, you will reap its many health benefits.

Chia Seeds and Free Radicals

Posted on: November 20th, 2012 by admin

Lately, anti-oxidants have been in the news, due to their amazing health benefits. Anti-oxidants help prevent free-radical damage in your body, which can cause problematic conditions such as premature aging and inflammation. Free radicals are introduced to the body from the environment, such as exposure to pollution and other toxins. They react with other molecules in the body, because they consist of unpaired electrons. Because of their reactive nature, free radicals cause damage to cells in the body by reacting with the molecules in cell membranes. Antioxidants neutralize the electric charge of the free radicals and keep your body healthy.

Chia seeds are abundant in anti-oxidants, which is why they stay fresh for so long. Without any chemicals or preservatives, chia seeds will stay fresh and ready to eat for over two years, at room temperature. Chia seeds far surpass known anti-oxidant powerhouses, like blueberries, pomegranates, wine and tea. Stock up, today, with AZChia’s high-quality chia seeds.

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