Monday, May 7, 2012

A Wow Survival Food You Must Try

Finally got to see the Super Moon...through trees as it came over the mountain.Wasn't waiting up for a better view which was good as it got cloudy again. We're under a rain threat all week. One good thing is it makes weed pulling easy, and we have lots of them.....they are growing up behind you as quick as you pull the ones in front of you. Have an agreement with the Weed Spirit energy and that hey can have all this ground except the small area we use for walks gardening and buildings. If they allow I will allow otherwise they go if they infringe. There have been years they did a good job of honored this, but this year the rogues are out of hand. Yesterday had a serious conversation with their spirit energy since they've even been given more space. (the lawn opposite our patio space is being returned to a Retired Lawn.) It won't happen all at once as the horses are going to need the grass clippings, but will be gradual. Have pulled some ground ivy, which was take over, to allow other planted ground cover survival. Then behind itplanted Chia seed. Chia is the Mayan word for strength, and the Aztecs survived on it. If it grows it will be self planting, I'll have the seed to harvest and a wonderful supply with big savings. Figure it's one of the most valued things we can plant. It takes no tending as it grows like a field crop. Mayan and Aztec used it ground into flour. Which makes it a good survival food rather than others types needing more tending. When it blossoms you cup a container under the flower stalk, tap and shake the tiny seeds out. They are black to white, the size of sand grains, but hard so are best ground up for digesting rather than eaten whole. Store it whole in air tight jar till ready to use and it last much longer than others grains safely.

You can put it in almost anything, it's nearly tasteless. Rather than
cook it I sprinkle on yogurt and in gravy to thicken.
2 times the protein of any other seed or grain,
5 times the calcium of milk, plus boron which is a trace mineral that
helps transfer calcium into your bones,
2 times the amount of potassium as bananas,
3 times the reported antioxidant strength of blueberries
3 times more iron than spinach
*Copious amounts of omega 3 and omega 6, which are essential fatty acids...
*Complete source of protein, providing all the essential amino acids
*Fabulous source of soluble fibre.
*Like flax, chia is highly 'hydrophilic' - the seeds absorb water and create a mucilaginous gel. They can hold 9-12 times their weight in water and they absorb it very rapidly - in under 10 minutes.
*They support heart, skin, hair and nail health growing new cells.
*High antioxidant content, the seeds stay stable for longer 3 or 4 years.
*Called a dieter's dream food because when added to foods, it bulks them up, displacing calories and fat without diluting the flaver.
*Creates a physical barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down, which slows the conversion of carbs into sugar. That means the energy from the food is released steadily, resulting in more endurance.Great benefit to diabetics
*Chia seed protein contains no gluten.
What more could you ask ~~ it really is a whole food...
* I'm going to try it as a sprout too you can Grow these on soil or a blanket, on a burlap bag, on virtually any moisture retaining medium (as minimal as paper towel or fabric - like cheesecloth) you can think of.

With the rain we are getting there should be a good crop outside and the idea of sprouts to add to salad is a great addition inside. I think adding to cooked foods too will be helpful adding food value and cutting the cost of our raising food bill as these go along way to extending our food.

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