9 Ways to Use Chia Seeds

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6/18/2013 6:00 PM   :  59 comments   :  650,604 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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  • 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
  • 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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