9 Ways to Use Chia Seeds

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6/18/2013 6:00 PM   :  51 comments   :  428,957 Views

In honor of Heart Awareness Month, I've gathered up recipes that have the ultimate superfood: chia seeds. Chia seeds are a great source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and proteins. If you have not heard of chia seeds, read "What Can You Do with Chia Seeds? Plenty!" for more information. Don't let giggles and jokes about the kitschy Chia Pet commercials dissuade you. I add chia to almost all recipes these days. I love that it's gluten and alergy-free. Try these chia recipes today. 


Breakfast

Mixed Berry Smoothie with Chia Seeds
Enjoy the natural sweetness of berries with this smoothie.


Pumpkin Chia Seed Muffins
Perfect during the fall or winter, but you can enjoy the taste of pumpkin any time of year!


Chia Raisin Carrot Bran Muffins

These muffins are a great source of fiber.


Lunch

Apple Salad with Chia Dressing
This raw Waldorf salad is delicious served in individual butter lettuce leaf cups.
 
Baked Salmon Patties with Chia Seeds


Dinner

Chia Meatloaf
Not only does this meatloaf taste great, but it's healthy and packed with nutrition.

Quinoa, Chia, Wild Rice and Vegetables


Treats

Tropical Dream Chia Pudding


Chia & Fig Energy Chews


Have you heard of chia seeds? What dishes do you prepare with chia seeds?


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  • 51
    Our Sprouts Market sells them in the bulk section for a much lower price than I have seem in any other store. I've been using chia seeds in overnight oatmeal smoothies but I think I'm going to branch out and try a few of these suggestions. I also might try Chia Seeds in Lemon water (putting together 2 posters ideas :) ) - 7/13/2014   3:37:32 PM
  • 50
    I have been eating chia seeds for at least two years. I add them to my oatmeal and let them soak while I take my morning walk. When I get back from exercising, I cook the oats and chia seed mixture. Add a little honey and some blueberries. Yum! I sometimes add to fruit juice...shake for a minute or two and drink up. Chia helps those of us that struggle with constipation. - 6/22/2014   7:44:42 PM
  • 49
    I was checking out at my local grocery store when I saw the cashier had a bottle of SmartWater with "things" floating in it. I asked her about it, and she told me she used it for weight loss, and it really works. So I went to the local health food store and got some and tried it in a bottle of Hint cucumber water. I thought it was good. My daughters refuse to drink the "buggie water". I drank it before bed, and didn't have and reflux problems. Then next time I was at CostCo (fifty miles away), I saw a huge bag and grabbed it. I started checking the internet and found great ideas. I'm a big tapioca pudding fan, so I'm going to try chia pudding. I buy True Citrus products and mix up a bottle with different flavors and chia seeds. My family is also a big salad eater and I make dressing out of them as well. Gonna try some of these other recipes as well. - 4/24/2014   5:33:44 PM
  • 48
    Chia seeds are awesome! I love making the strawberry chia seed jam. A good place to purchase them is Sunburst superfoods.com. I also add them to my nutribullet drinks daily. - 4/2/2014   11:41:25 AM
  • 47
    I can't use them - they make my lips swell up, and my mouth and throat itch. - 2/23/2014   1:22:30 PM
  • 46
    I bought some Chia seeds after hearing Dr. Oz tout their weight loss properties. Finding out they were high in protein and Omega-3s was a bonus for this post gastric bypass (10 years) patient. I did NOT know they were good for acid reflux, which my hubby suffers from ... and yes, LKG9999, I always hear that jingle in my head! - 1/25/2014   10:55:33 AM
  • 45
    I first discovered chia seed when I began looking for healthier white cheddar cheese popcorn options. I LOVE it, but wanted to find a brand that was better for me than the super-processed, high-sodium and high-fat versions like Lance brand. I found one called Chia Pop, which I have come to LOVE, LOVE LOVE!!! It's only about 110 calories per 3 cups, high in fiber and also has a little protein. And it's made with chia seed and tastes amazing. It's quickly become a not-so-guilty pleasure in my new lifestyle! I find it at the better Krogers - the ones with sizable organic sections (it's IN the organic section). Normal cost is $3.49 a bag where I am, but Kroger often has on sale 2 / $5 which is super helpful. I stock up then.

    Since discovering chia seed from that popcorn, I now purchase cold-mill ground chia see and add it to my green smoothies each morning and night. Since a serving is 2 tbsp, I add 1 tbsp to my morning smoothie and 1 to my evening smoothie. Between that and the popcorn, I get plenty in a day and feel a lot better for it! - 1/11/2014   6:58:30 PM
  • 44
    Chia sseeds are a phenomenal source of Omega 3s and this year became a daily part of my diet. I add them to green smoothies every morning and am always looking for new ways to incorporate them. It helps that they are now available at Costco. - 12/27/2013   9:03:33 AM
  • 43
    I am going to try the chia dressing today!
    - 11/23/2013   6:50:34 AM
  • HKLULU1
    42
    Chia seeds pack a nutritional punch. i hate eating fish so i get my Omega 3s chia and flax seeds. They are high fiber so build yourself up slowly or you will have diarreha. I suffer from IBS and these have helped get my frequent loose stools under control because of the high fiber. Sorry if that is TMI. - 11/16/2013   6:27:09 AM
  • 41
    I am yet to try them myself, but I did see them at Ocean State Job Lot. If you are not from the New England area this is a store similar to Big Lots. They offer close out (not outdated) merchandise at a discounted price. They have Chia, Flax seed, etc. That way you can get the benefits without the expense. Maybe I'll try the Chia next time; now I'm on Flax seed. - 10/22/2013   4:15:16 PM
  • 40
    I really want to try them, but I always balk at the price. Maybe I should just bite the bullet. The health benefits should outweigh the cost! - 10/22/2013   1:03:41 PM
  • ALILDUCKLING
    39
    Warning, I have a friend who has a lot of allergies - They had a very severe reaction to chia seeds recipe. Diarahhea, etc. Had to miss work a few days. - 9/27/2013   3:06:37 PM
  • KRIS328
    38
    I put them in my yogurt every morning and whenever I make a smoothie, they are in there. I have put them in hamburgers and I put them in my homemade granola bars. There are a few sites out there with lots of suggestions on what to do with them. There is one that has over 40 uses for them!!! - 6/27/2013   8:26:07 PM
  • SARRARAZ
    37
    need to try them - 6/19/2013   8:38:30 PM
  • DAYNALAMBRIGHT
    36
    I sprinkle them and hemp seeds in my cottage cheese and eat it with fresh fruit. - 6/19/2013   5:43:06 PM
  • CRISTALCONNORS
    35
    Never tried this but very easy ideas. Going to try this out. - 6/19/2013   1:16:18 PM
  • 34
    I have never tried them - 6/19/2013   11:43:12 AM
  • 33
    Just discovered them. I make awesome Lemon Chia Seed Pancakes with them. No eggs and no fat and they are so good! - 6/19/2013   11:21:08 AM
  • GCWILLI1
    32
    Just saw these on the show "Chopped" last night! Thanks for this post now I can see them in a very real cooking method...something that I might actually eat/drink. Thanks again. - 6/19/2013   9:02:26 AM
  • SHARONCAPPS
    31
    I have never tried them but some of these recipes look great and I will certainly give them a try. Thanks for sharing. - 6/19/2013   8:52:27 AM
  • ILLINITEACHER52
    30
    Prevention magazine had a recipe for Quick Strawberry Jam using chia seeds - 1 pound of ripe strawberries (put in a bowl and mash with a fork) Stir in 2 T lemon juice, 2 T chia seeds and 1 T honey, Cover and chill set for about 45 minutes. Keep chilled and use within 2 weeks, It was delicious on almond meal pancakes! - 6/19/2013   8:49:26 AM
  • CLARITZAO
    29
    I use them in my shakes. Love them. Can't wait to try the Chia Meatloaf. - 6/19/2013   3:54:16 AM
  • 28
    ~LOVE~ Chia Seeds! - 6/19/2013   3:49:04 AM
  • 27
    Never tried them. - 6/19/2013   2:47:42 AM
  • 26
    Lots of good ideas, but I especially like the pumpkin chia seed muffins. - 6/18/2013   9:49:06 PM
  • 25
    I 'plump' chia seeds and then make an after workout lemonade with them, w/juice of one lemon, 1 T. honey, 1 packet emergency, T of chia seeds and RO water. Perfectly refreshing! - 6/18/2013   8:49:34 PM
  • KLENARDSON
    24
    Great tips - thanks! - 6/18/2013   7:34:33 PM
  • 23
    I just sprinkle a tablespoonful on my cereal each morning. - 6/8/2013   9:11:42 PM
  • SHARONCAPPS
    22
    Very nice. Some of those recipes look wonderful. - 6/1/2013   3:53:18 PM
  • ICEANGEL0531
    21
    I put Chia seeds in just about everthing. I like to make the gel and add to ground turkey, sauces, yogurt, smoothies, the uses are endless. I also add flax seeds with the Chia. - 3/30/2013   11:25:42 AM
  • 20
    I have never tried Chia seeds. Maybe I will now! - 3/23/2013   7:10:24 AM
  • 19
    I have been making refrigerator oatmeal. You put 1/4 c old fashioned oats, 1/4 c plain or vanilla greek yogurt, 1/4 c milk, 1/4 c fruit of choice, 2 T honey, maybe some vanilla flavoring, and CHIA SEEDS in a covered dish at night in to the fridge. In the morning your breakfast is ready! It can be eaten cold or warmed up. - 3/21/2013   9:30:47 PM
  • 18
    I haven't tried anything fancy! I eat swallow them down about a teaspoon at a time with water. Looking forward to trying the Quinoa dish.

    taken before bedtime helps with my heartburn - 3/21/2013   3:15:13 PM
  • PAL2010
    17
    Lovely! Thank you. - 3/19/2013   4:28:43 PM
  • LOREIN73
    16
    Here in Mexico it's very popular to have Lemonade and add a handful of chia seeds to the pithcer. Kid's love it (Mine call it lemonade with bugs) If you let it gel a little bit, it's great if you have heartburn and acid reflux. They also claim to help reduce cholesterol (probably because of the fiber) and it helps you feel satisfied. - 3/17/2013   11:15:42 PM
  • FITGIRL253
    15
    I love chia seeds! I add them to my yogurt but also just add a tablespoon to a glass of water and it helps fill you up. Just drink it fast before it gels! It's an anti inflammatory so it also helps with my stomach issues. For me it's amazing! - 3/8/2013   12:29:59 AM
  • 14
    I found Chia seeds in the bulk section of a local grocery store. If you wish to give them a try, that is the way to go. You can get as little or as much as you like. - 3/3/2013   5:21:31 PM
  • 13
    where does one purchase chia seeds. i sure have never seen them being sold for food. - 2/27/2013   9:15:35 PM
  • 12
    I use Flaxseed. - 2/14/2013   12:25:45 AM
  • 11
    I Love my Chia seeds. Every morning I have 1/2 cup fibre twigs style cereal,topped with a 'good' granola 1/4 cup with nuts & seeds , a heaping tablespoon of chia seeds and a 1/2 cup frozen blueberries. I usually measure this out at night and shove in the fridge then pour warmed milk over it in morning, or nuke the whole lot. The thawing blueberries soak the chia and amplify the blueberry flavour. At least 29 mornings out of 30 per month. I need the fibre and this gives over 25 g in one meal - 2/13/2013   12:49:10 PM
  • 10
    Am I the only one now stuck with the "Ch-ch-ch-chia!" song in their heads after reading this blog? ;-) - 2/13/2013   12:34:10 PM
  • 9
    I had to stop using flax-seed as it was making my IBS even more unbearable than it is........my question is will these do the same thing??? Don't want to experiment if you know what I mean..........I have more things to do than to sit on the toilet seat all day. Anyone know the answer to this please let me know on my Sparkpage please??? Thank you - 2/13/2013   10:42:52 AM
  • 8
    What a great article - I bought chia seeds a while ago, but thought my uses were fairly limited. I'll have to try some of these ideas. - 2/13/2013   10:06:23 AM
  • 7
    I use chia seeds in place of flaxseed in my smoothies and my breakfast cereal mix (Engine 2-Rip's Big bowl) and I make an easy chocolate chia pudding
    Mix
    1 cup of your favorite vegan milk
    1-2 Tbsp cocao powder
    1-2 Tbsp chia seeds
    1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
    a bit of your favorite sweetener (to taste).
    Stir well and let it soak in the fridge for a couple of hours. The result is almost like a tapioca pudding. - 2/13/2013   9:43:08 AM
  • 6
    I didn't even know Chia Seeds were food! Now I gotta know what they're like. :) - 2/13/2013   9:22:40 AM
  • 5
    I never knew this. Awesome. Thanks! - 2/12/2013   8:01:58 PM
  • 4
    I love Chia seeds! Thanks for the great recipes! - 2/12/2013   7:13:08 PM
  • 3
    I just bought Chia seeds today for the first time, on the advice of a SparkFriend! Can't wait to try them! - 2/12/2013   7:11:52 PM
  • 2
    Other than in smoothies on occasion, I haven't known how else to "enjoy" my Chia seeds. Thanks for the recipes. I will be trying them soon! - 2/12/2013   7:06:02 PM

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