9 Ways to Use Chia Seeds


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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. 


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.


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


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

Quinoa, Chia, Wild Rice and Vegetables


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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  • 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
    Lovely! Thank you. - 3/19/2013   4:28:43 PM
  • LOREIN73
    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
    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
    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
  • 1
    I starting using Chia Seeds last year because I had heard they were very nutritious, and also expanded in your stomach to help you feel full longer. I have only been using it sprinkled on some of my meals and always on my oatmeal in the morning along with a Dash of Flax (Flaxseed). The Chia Seeds have a very mild kind of nutty flavor to them which makes it easy to sprinkle on most dishes without knowing its there. They are a little crunchy but I happen to like it. You can soak them in water and they will expand and get soft if you prefer that texture instead. Supposedly, you can use them in gravies, and recipes as thickening agents. I haven't been very adventurous, but seeing this article has motivated me to try some of these recipes and a few I have stashed away!
    I can't wait to try them! - 2/12/2013   4:04:50 PM

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