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Aztecs, Mayans and Incans used chia as a staple of their diet as an energy food. Chia seeds were known as the “Indian Running Food” because runners and warriors would use them for sustenance while running long distances or during battle.
So whether you are on the run as an endurance athlete, a parent battling your children to pick up their dirty socks, or just running from class to class, you will find that the amount of energy per square centimeter in this treat is far greater than any energy bar on the market. Do you hit a slump during the middle of the afternoon? Do your eyes feel tired and heavy as you are listening to a lecture on ……..Chia Chews just might help you feel more energized throughout the day and to at least remember the key points to that …… lecture. hehe
They contain essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid, mucin, strontium, 30% protein, Vitamins A, B, E, and D, and minerals including calcium, phosphorus, (stops to take a breath) potassium, sulphur, iron, iodine, copper, zinc, sodium, magnesium, manganese, niacin, thiamine, silicon, and anti-oxidants.” (source – Mountain Rose Herbs)
Deep down, we care about all of this… that’s why we are making our own healthy, raw foods… right? But during our busy, sometimes crazy, day we don’t want to think about all of these things. Think of them as subliminal ingredients. They are working hard to “feed” your body what it needs.
Last year I made Blueberry Lavender Chia Chews and just fell in love with the chewy texture. I am not quite sure what to liken them to but they are dense and chewy but not tough. And talk about a powerhouse of energy for the body. As you can see below, the ingredient list is short and the main body of this treat is chia seeds. All of those tiny seeds, packed into a 1″ square of energy, just bursting at the seams!
The amount of peaches needed will all depend on the size of the fruit you buy . I used 4 large peaches. always purchase extra. If you are not a fan of raw agave, I recommend using raw coconut nectar. Raw honey will remain too sticky in my opinion. Also, you can blend the chia seeds into a powder if you are opposed the texture of the seeds.
yields roughly 24 chia chews