Rediscovered Chia

Posted November 12, 2009 by markvanni
Categories: Chia Seeds


So this blog about my chia pet kind of failed. The chia kitty was a success, but then I forgot to water it for a few days, so it died:(

However, I have rediscovered chia seeds after reading about it in Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. I followed a recipe I found online and this far it is delicious. Don’t really feel any beneficial effects as I have not gone running yet (have a knee injury).

Here is the recipe:

To make 1 glass:
8 oz of water
2.0-2.5 teaspoons of Chia Seeds
1 lime to squeeze
2 teaspoons of sugar (or however much you want to sweeten the taste, I found two works best for me).
Mix water, sugar, and juice from the lime until dissolved. Add Chia Seeds and shake or stir. Serve it chilled.



Posted January 7, 2009 by markvanni
Categories: Kitten Chia

I’ve been delinquent in updating everyone on the status of my kitten chia.  I’m back on the wagon for now and should have some new pics up.  We’ve got some serious green chia going on.

Day Eight

Posted January 1, 2009 by markvanni
Categories: Kitten Chia


Success!  I see fields of green…




Day Seven

Posted December 31, 2008 by markvanni
Categories: Kitten Chia


Photo Courtesy of Sheeva Ghassemi


Photo Courtesy of Sheeva Ghassemi

*Photos Courtesy of Sheeva Ghassemi

Day Six

Posted December 30, 2008 by markvanni
Categories: Kitten Chia






Day Five

Posted December 29, 2008 by markvanni
Categories: Kitten Chia

Like watching grass grow.


Most of the seeds have developed little sprouts as shown in the photo below.

Up Close

I’m concerned that I don’t have enough seed coverage, so I’m fearing that it’ll look nothing like this:

Full Coat Chia

Behind the Chia

Posted December 28, 2008 by markvanni
Categories: Kitten Chia

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The Chia Pet Story: How Do They Do It?

Since there isn’t any major growth breakthroughs yet, I thought I’d discuss the elaborate process that is required to bring a Chia Pet to life.

Chia Pets are handmade by artisans using techniques passed down from the Indians of ancient Mexico.  Each Chia Pet is sculpted from rich terra-cotta clay.  The multi-stage process takes several days for shaping, drying, kiln firing and finishing.

Chia (salvia hispanica) was popular among the Aztecs.  It was eaten as food and included in medicines.  Chia seeds were ground into flour and pressed for oil.

I don’t know if I believe all that, but it sounds nice.

How to Make a Unique Chia Pet: Apparently you can make your own, homemade Chia Pet using a woman’s nylon