Friday, August 16, 2013

Chia Seeds For Survival Snacks

If the thought of chia seeds makes you think of those silly little figures in clay pots called Chia Pets, you are not alone. They were advertised on late night TV with the Chia...Chia...Chia... theme. You can actually still find them for sale sometimes.

Yes, You Can Eat Chia Seeds And Sprouts 

But chia seeds are actually serious stuff. They were treasured by native American civilizations, like the Maya, Aztecs, and Incas, for several unique properties. They could stave off dehydration, provide a filling and healthy snack, and even be used medicinally. In fact, fierce warriors would carry chia seeds with them as they went on campaigns because they were good for endurance and sustenance. These seeds contain just about the perfect balance of fat, protein, and carbohydrates for both quick and sustained energy.

For many years, the production of chia seeds declined because the Spanish thought they were only treasured because of the Mayan's religious practices. This reduced the supply of this vital and versatile food. Eventually their use did spread north of the border in the American Southwest. Now they are back in vogue with athletes and healthy eaters though.

You can find them in both commercially prepared and home made chia seed hydration and energy drinks. They were popularized in a documentary about famous Mexican runners. That movie was called Born to Run, and you should catch it on Netflix some time.

These seeds can also be eaten raw, used in recipes, and they make a great setting agent for pudding and jams. In fact, the use of chia seeds for preppers emergency food is starting to catch on.It is hard to find a lot of other food that is that easy to store and packs as as much essential fatty acid, antioxidants, protein, vitamins, and minerals into a little case.

  • One advantage is that they can be eaten raw. 
  • They can also be mixed with liquid to form a drink or gel that is a great hydration drink. 
  • And again, they can be used to set or thicken other types of food.

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