So, I have finally "Americanized" the Chia seed into a performance enhancement power gel.

Here is my recipe:

1/3 cup chia seeds
2 cups water
one packet of Emergen-C (your favorite flavor)

Mix the chia seeds and water in a big bowl using a wisk. Place in the refrigerator and wisk every 5-10 minutes until the mixture starts to solidify and form a gel.

Then take one of your gel flasks that you use on your long runs ~ 8-9 ounce container. Pour in the Emergen-C packet and add JUST enough water to mix the Emergen-C powder. At this point, spoon in the Chia gel and shake. Experiment with the amount of water and Emergen-C to create the strength of flavor and gel consistency to your liking.

Try it out on your next run.

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Comment by Eric Orton on July 6, 2009 at 8:25am
Hey there Lemay - I have only used the black and have not come across any literature that says one is superior over the other. I will let ya know if I stumble upon anything new on this - E
Comment by J-F lemay on July 5, 2009 at 9:27am
hey! there's two kinds of chia seeds the white and the black ones! witch one do you use?
I'm downig 1 cup fo the white stuff everyday and since my overall energy level is going up (magical)
I just wonder what is best white or black magic!!!
Comment by Eric Orton on June 30, 2009 at 11:46am
Welcome Lorraine - I would stick with the Chia and just experiment based on my recommended recipe for performance - E
Comment by Lorraine Stroh on June 30, 2009 at 6:03am
Hey Eric. Thanks for the recipe. I was looking to purchase the chia seed on the internet and boy did I get way too much info. Salba vs Chia, where the chia is grow and so on. Any thoughts on which to stick with or does it really matter?
Comment by Thomas Orf on June 29, 2009 at 6:13pm
Thank you brother. I did some research on the internet about this, and then went to Whole Foods today at lunch and bought a bag. After each of my morning runs, I put various frozen fruits, orange juice, milk, frozen brocolli, and 1 scoop of protein power in a blender an blend it up and drink it. I'll now cut out the brocolli and add a tbsp of the chia seeds in it. I'll see how this goes. As always, thanks for sharing this with us.
Comment by Eric Orton on June 29, 2009 at 12:37pm
Hey Thomas - How's the training going?? Chia is something you should try, especially for your 100 mile training, as it is choked full of omega 3 and helps slows down carbohydrate absorption...which could really help the ultar runner. View this as a gel alternative - E
Comment by Thomas Orf on June 28, 2009 at 2:27pm
Sorry, but I'm a little confused what this would be for? Does this have the same essential things to replace a gel that we might use by Hammer or Gu, or is this something in addition to take with them? Being an ultrarunner, is this something I would want to experiement with, or would this be for someone running distances of a marathon or less?
Comment by Jason Long on June 26, 2009 at 7:32am
Thanks for the recipe, Eric. I was at Whole Foods last night, so I picked up some Emergen-C and some chia seeds. If anyone else goes looking for chia seeds at Whole Foods, you want to look for a package labeled "Salba" - I found it in the aisle with the grains and rices.

I haven't tried the gel recipe yet, but I just made a smoothie with various berries, a banana, apple juice, Emergen-C, and a couple spoonfuls of chia seeds - probably the healthiest 20 oz. I've ever consumed :-)

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