Yes, it’s true! You can actually grow your own chia seeds.
To do this,
- place a handful of the chia seeds you already have on hand (you do not need to purchase special seeds in order to grow your own chia plants)
- soak them in warm water for about 15 minutes
- transfer them to a bed of potting soil to sprout
Chia plants will need light, rich soil, as well as abundant water and sunshine to grow well, and given their tropical origins, may not be suitable for growing in all climates.
Pay special attention to your plants to ensure that they aren’t damaged by weeds, insects or animal pests, and then wait until the leaves of the plants are fully opened before harvesting your chia seeds.
These seeds can be collected and stored in a cool, dry environment (preferably a clear jar or container) in order to provide you with a safe, healthy source of chia seeds for months to come.
Now how amazing is that!
Chia seed growing kit
You can always purchase a pre-made kit ready with everything you need to get you started like one of these Chia Growing Kits – Indoor or Outdoor. And if you are feeling super healthy, take a look at the wheatgrass growing kit too! So easy to harvest and even easier to get healthy!
If you are just getting started with Chia, take a look at this huge list of healthy ways to slowly introduce Chia Seeds into your daily diet. But it’s also worthwhile reading this too, as some people can suffer from very rare and unexpected side effects of chia seeds.
Must Read: How To Eat Chia Seeds and AVOID getting bloated or constipated!
Although chia seeds hold the potential to dramatically improve health and reduce chronic symptoms in the people who take them regularly, adding a new element to your diet should always be undertaken with caution. Though there are very few scientific studies demonstrating particularly negative chia seed side effects, there are a few concerns you’ll want to be aware of.
Increase in fibre
The first is the set of symptoms that can result in rapidly increasing the amount of fiber in your diet. This process isn’t unique to chia seeds – whether dramatically increase your fruit, vegetable, seed or bean intake, you’re going to experience some unpleasant side effects until your body adapts to the new levels of nutrients it’s receiving.
The most common complaint is an increase in flatulence. Fortunately, this can be eliminated entirely by slowly increasing the amount of chia seeds you consume on a daily basis.
Read these tips: How to Eat Chia Seeds Without Getting Constipated or Bloated
Don’t start by adding a heaping serving of chia seeds to every meal – instead, consider starting with a half serving of the seeds at breakfast and working up your daily intake as your body adapts.
Here are 50 healthy ways to introduce Chia seeds to your diet daily
Bleeding and Drop in Blood Pressure
Due to their high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, chia seeds can act as a blood thinner. People who are taking prescription blood thinners (such as Warfarin), are scheduled for surgery, or are on an aspirin regimen should avoid eating chia seeds or at least talk to their doctor before adding chia to their diet. An overdose of blood thinners may lead to excessive bleeding, which in turn may have severe negative consequences for your health.
People with low blood pressure should also consult a qualified health care professional before adding chia seeds to their eating plan as chia seeds appear to be capable of lowering diastolic blood pressure (DBP) to alarming levels.
Association to mustard seed reaction
People who have a history of negative reactions to mustard seeds should proceed carefully too, as side effects produced by these kernels are often seen following chia seed consumption as well.
Chia seeds and pregnancy
Pregnant women are likewise advised to avoid chia seeds throughout their pregnancies as well, given the lack of scientific research into how their children may be affected. Lactating mothers should also keep away from chia seeds as not enough research has been conducted to date.
Although uncommon, an allergic reaction to chia seeds is possible. Symptoms of chia seed allergy may include rashes, hives and watery eyes. Also more severe symptoms associated with food allergies may occur, including trouble breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, and swelling of the tongue.
There is some evidence that cross-reactivity exists between chia seeds and certain foods that are taxonomically close to chia, such as oregano and thyme which – like chia – belong to the Labiatae family of plants.
Here’s a fun fact for you!
Do you know that the remaining stick of a bunch of grapes is called the bunchstem!
Yes, the structure holding the grapes is called the bunchstem. Each individual stem holding one grape is called a pedicel.
There you go, you learn something new every day!
If you are following a Paleo lifestyle, here are some quick and easy breakfast ideas without eggs.
Whether you are intolerant to eggs, or just cannot stomach a heavy meal first thing in the morning, it is good to know that there are plenty of breakfast meal ideas that do not have eggs. When you are trying to follow a Paleo lifestyle there is a call for lots of eggs and whilst they do have a time and a place, sometimes you just need a change.
Here are 11 breakfast ideas that are healthy and have no eggs in sight!
- Chia puddings – chia seeds have enormous health benefits and also help you stay full for longer!
- Vegetable fritters – a great way to use up your left over vegetables.
- Bacon, avocado and tomato – need I say anymore! YUMM
- Smoothies – keep your mix more vegetables than fruit and you cannot go wrong!
- Muesli – this can be pre made with nuts and seeds and becomes a fabulous fulfilling meal
- Leftovers – yes you can have dinner for breakfast
- Guacamole on seed crackers – healthy fats in avocado are awesome!
- Blueberry pancakes using almond flour and coconut milk – so simple and so great
- Coconut yoghurt – this is also relatively easy to make if you cannot source a local store bought variety.
- Handful of (activated) nuts and some berries – activated nuts are easy to make yourself!
- Broth – broth, or stock (as some call it) is full of nutrients and could very well replace your morning coffee.
What’s your favourite breakfast meal? Share your tips or recipes below! Photos welcome too!