The good thing about house sitting is you get to eat all the food!!! (within reason) I mean if it is going to go off before the residence get home, eat it. They will just have to throw it out when they get home any way. So I raided the fridge and found a chia pod. The ingredients were chia gel, coconut milk and banana. I have NEVER had chia before but I have heard about it and all the good things that go with it. I started googling what chia gel was. It is literally chia in water (or another liquid).
So I remembered that I had chia in the cupboard. Now I am experimenting. I have some soaking in water, for everyday use. Some soaking in coconut milk, for snacks like the chia pod (even though the above was made with water and coconut milk was and added later). And strangely some in Orange juice (Orange C from Browns in Australia). I got the idea from a web page I read here. And Wellness Mama explains 10 uses for Chia, but there are so many more uses.
(clockwise from top left: Water, Coconut Milk, Orange Juice)
So it has not been thirty (30) minutes soaking. The water is a nice thick gel, the coconut milk has thickened up considerably but not like the water, and the orange juice is slightly thick. still resembles chia seeds in orange juice. If you don't want to see the seeds you can use the white ones, I only had black on hand. They both have the same dietary benefits, it only depends on if you want to see them in your food as to which one you buy.
Now that I have the 'gel' time to make some snacks :)