View Full Version : Chia and hemp seeds?
11-25-2007, 09:09 PM
Hello, i just ordered some chia and hemp seeds...i was just wondering nice ways to incorporate them into my raw diet? Also, does the chia seeds need to be hydrated before use? Thanks!
11-25-2007, 11:42 PM
To get the most out of chia seeds, they do need to be soaked overnight in water.
I don't have any recipes. I just eat them.
Nurse in the Raw
11-26-2007, 09:38 AM
If the chia are soaked, you can add them to any sauces, dressings and smoothies. You can also add them to guacamole and marinara. I sprinkle mine whole on salads.
11-26-2007, 01:34 PM
Hi, so if i understand you correctly, you have to soak the chia seeds, then you can use them in salads or you can use them in salads unsoaked? Also, what about hemp seeds, do they need to be soaked? Thanks!
11-26-2007, 02:58 PM
I use chia seeds whole and unsoaked.....they're mmm mmm good, and so good for you. You can soak them too.....but they'll turn into a sort of "gel".....I can't handle that texture (makes me want to yak), so I like 'em dry. If you buy the shelled hemp seeds, which is the only way they're sold as raw, there's no need for soaking.....they're not like a "seed" really, they look sort of like quinoa, only not like a "bead"....they're very small and in half rounds.....like confetti! These are yumm-o, and you can sprinkle them on salads, in smoothies, anything.
Lady Green Jeans
11-26-2007, 03:05 PM
Interesting thread. Have been enjoying hemp seeds sprinkled on my salads--ymmmm. Great source of proetein from what I've read.
Bought the chia seeds and have not remembered to do anything with them. Not real fond of the gel quality, so may eiether incorporate them in a recipe of try them unsoaked.
11-26-2007, 03:24 PM
Hemp seeds are really yum - I eat them on their own, on salads and I use them in a lot of recipes instead of nuts.
11-26-2007, 03:53 PM
Cool, thanks!! I have just ordered 1 lb of chia seeds and now i will order 1 lb of hemp seeds...they both sound great!
11-26-2007, 03:56 PM
I've read that chias don't need to be soaked to receive the benefits; however, I've also read that, to be sure, it's best to grind them first, just like flax seeds, which must be ground in order to obtain the nutrients.
To be safe, I grind mine, even after soaking, if I want the benefits; for a jelly or other textural desire in which the nutritional benefit is of no consequence, I will just soak.
11-26-2007, 06:36 PM
I like the chia gel on fruit salads! You can put the gel in smoothies or soups too.
11-26-2007, 07:26 PM
I grind the seeds and keep them in a small jar in my freezer. I add a T. to my smoothies every morning.....lots of great benefits.
Nurse in the Raw
11-26-2007, 10:06 PM
My sister grinds them and puts them powder in vegetable capsules and takes them several times a day. I just eat them but I guess swallowing them like a pill is okay too....goes to the same place.
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