Remember Chia Pets? The little clay animal bodies that you could grown "fur" on? As a kid, I totally wanted one! I never got one. So sad.
The Chia Pet's torso portion is covered in small grooves in which moistened chia seeds are positioned. The moistened chia seeds produce a thick, gel-like paste which binds the seeds to the clay surface. When the seeds sprout your clay creature grows "fur".
Chia seed are popular in South America as a healthy food source. The sprouts are used in a similar manner as alfalfa sprouts in salad.They can be eaten raw as a whole seed or ground up and mixed in with flour and used in baked goods including breads, cakes and biscuits. The soaked seeds are gelatinous in texture and are used in gruels, porridges and puddings. Chia seeds are a good source of protein, fats and fiber.
I was at a local shop picking up some thing-a-ma-jiggers, doo-dads and whoosie-what-sis-es when I spied this little box of fun.
It was just a dollar so I picked it up for my son. Never let it be said that I deprived my child of a Chia Pet-like thing-a-bob.
When I got it home I looked at it closer and I was like . . . I can make this! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!