Chia Seeds: Superfood Recipes from Readers

Chia Bart Simpson

Did you know that the very same chia seeds that you use to create awesome Chia Pets are actually a healthy source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and a number of other vitamins and minerals? Not only that, they’re pretty darned tasty!

A member of the mint family, according to Dr. Weil, chia seeds are packed full of “calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.” They’ve got more omega-3’s than flax seeds, and they’re versatile to boot! From smoothies and crackers to beverages, there are tons of ways to work a little chia into your diet.

The seeds have a nutty flavor and a nice crunch, if you leave them whole.

After adding a couple of tablespoons to a smoothie with delicious results, I asked you guys on Facebook and on Twitter about your favorite ways to use chia seeds. Here’s what you had to say!

Chia Seed Recipes

Timi Caswell makes “dehydrated crackers with them and my son eats half of the batch before they’re even done!”

Tolisa Ford likes whipping up “a chia/cacao drink with almond milk, sprinkled with cinnamon and cardamom pods. I call it my “Chia Chai.” It’s great afternoon pick-me-up!”

Gretchen Gauss uses chia seeds to beef up her morning bowl of oatmeal.

@shesays514 had a couple of suggestions:

Love chia seeds! I add them to oatmeal and sometimes sprinkle over toast & whatever nutbutter I have a hankerin for.

Chia seeds are SO good soaked. have you had chia pudding? life changing

There’s a local juice bar here in Atlanta that mixes chia seeds into tangerine juice and lets it soak. Chia seeds form a gel when you soak them, and the result is like a healthier version of bubble tea! I’m not sure what the chia seeds to juice ratio is, but it shouldn’t take too many seeds, since they bulk up so much when you soak them.

Unlike flax seeds, you don’t need to grind chia seeds to get the health benefits. An ounce of chia seeds contains just 137 calories, 9 grams of fat, and a whopping 11 grams of dietary fiber!

Have you guys run across any tasty chia seed recipes? Let’s keep the conversation going in the comments!

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