Greetings! This is for those of you who are concerned about the amount of protein and calcium in vegan/ vegetarian diets. One who consumes a variety of fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes will absolutely thrive and meet nutritional needs!
However, I said variety, (and I said vegetables :D) this means we may have to try something unfamiliar at times and that is what I did today!!!
I just have to share something, I have just discovered chia seeds, that's right, you may remember the Chia Pet from the 80's the pet that grows!!??!! Yeah that one, well the seeds are edible and nutritious! (don't eat your Chia pet though!!!)
I received a free sample in an order from The Raw Food World and decided to try it today. So what I did is put about 2 Tbls. into a 16 oz. glass of water last night. Lo and behold the seeds formed a gel, it has a slight taste similar to coconut water. I am sitting here drinking it as I type. I will definitely be experimenting with recipes in the future but for now here is some info from ChiaForHealth.com ;
"High in Protein Chia seed is a complete source of dietary protein, providing all the essential amino acids. Compared to other seeds and grains, chia seed provides the highest source of protein, between 19 to 23 percent protein by weight. One of the unique qualities of the chia seed is its ability to absorb more than nine times its volume in water or other liquid. This ability can prolong hydration and retain electrolytes in body fluids, especially during exertion or exercise. Normal fluid retention ensures electrolyte dispersion across cell membranes, maintains fluid balances, and aids normal cellular function."
Angela Stokes the Raw Food Goddess!!! Has a great page of info on Chia along with recipes Here.
In health, Peace and Blessings, Love Always!!!!