Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Crazy Chia Seed Dressings? Crazy Good!

A few weeks ago, Debby, The Healthy Librarian, did a post about a new idea that she had: using Chia Seed as the thickener in salad dressings instead of nuts. Debby calls them "Crazy" dressings because the concept is so out there, so different, that she thinks it's crazy. But once word of these dressings gets out, no one is going to be calling them crazy.

So many of us are trying to limit the volume of nuts that we eat, either keeping it to an ounce or two per day (a la Dr. Fuhrman's recommendations) or eliminating most nuts altogether (a la Dr. Esselstyn's recommendations). And many, if not most, oil-free salad dressings contain either nuts in their whole form, or tahini, which is ground sesame seeds.

So of course I was intrigued by the idea of a dressing thickened by chia. It's not that chia is calorie or fat free, it's not. It's just that the fat that is in chia is the uber healthy and rare kind--omega 3.

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