Chia Seeds for Kids

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Kids can eat chia seeds for brain power as they are almost flavorless and easy to digest. Superfood chia seeds are very tiny, with five times more calcium than milk, three times more antioxidants than blueberries, three times more iron than spinach, and eight times more Omega 3s than salmon. Inca, Aztec and Mayan kids were eating chia seeds as a vital energy food centuries ago. Chia seeds are able to retain nine times their weight in water when left to soak for 15 minutes. They swell up and form a jellylike protective layer around themselves. Because chia seeds readily dissolve in water to create this gel, they are a healthy thickening addition to smoothies, puddings, yogurt, oatmeal, and baked goods. Chia seeds are low in calories and high in fiber. Kids can mix 2 cups of water with 4 tablespoons of chia seeds in a glass mason jar for 15 minutes, shake the jar vigorously, and let stand for another 15 minutes, creating 2 ½ cups of chia gel. It will store in the refrigerator for a week. Kid Chefs can add 2 to 4 tbsp of chia gel to one smoothie for a power packed nutrition boost.

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