Yes, I've used them mainly for the health benefits. If you're looking to use them to keep you full, I've found that making a thick chia pudding works much better than anything else. Chia seeds absorb up to 9 times their weight in liquid, but I usually use a 1:6 ratio. So for example, combine 1/3 cup chia seeds with 2 cups liquid (I like almond milk) in a jar, close lid, and shake to mix. You can also add cinnamom, cocoa powder, or a little sweetener if you like. Let that sit overnight and the next morning you'll have a nice, thick mixture. Anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 cup of this pudding usually does the trick for me! There are many chia pudding recipes online.
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2/6/13 2:30 P
I use chia seeds on a daily basis. I put them in everything including my oatmeal.
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I like flaxseeds, I've heard good things about chia, but haven't tried them. Sounds interesting but the fact they "gel" in H2O sounds icky. Good luck!!
2/6/13 2:16 P
I use both chia seeds and flax seeds- I love the little crunch of them in my greek yogurt, or a teaspoon in my morning smoothie. They are a little sprinkle of added health! Just be sure to count them.
I love the idea of chia seeds on peanut butter- I'm going to mix some in with my PB2 tomorrow.
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2/6/13 1:17 P
chia seeds are gd for you but it does not top Flax Seed ... Flax seed is still proven better for you than another seed.
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I sprinkle a pinch on my 2 TBSP of peanut butter to dip my apple slices on, and 1 tsp of them in my greek yogurt with honey, cinnamon, and granola. I like them for the fiber, protein, omega's. My mom found a 2 lb bag at costco for $11.
I put 1 tablespoon of chia seeds in my water bottle twice a day. They sort of gel up and add some body to my water. Maybe it doesn't seem to slosh around inside as much and make me feel as rumbly inside? But I wouldn't say it fills me up. They are a great source of fiber, some protein, and omegas, all of which I tend to run low on though.
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2/6/13 6:46 A
wasn't impressed with them and gave them to a friend.
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I add them to my "one minute flax muffin" in the morning. Makes a nice crunch
I like them soaked in tea or hot water for the health benefits. I have never noticed a weightloss increase.
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2/5/13 9:02 P
I use hemp hearts (hulled seeds). Beautiful protein count and a perfect balance (naturally) of omega 3&6. They can be added to anything, but my favorite is in smoothies or sprinkled on yogurt or mixed into homemade granola
Chia seeds are a healthy food-- but they're just a food. Adding them to what you eat won't do anything to help you lose weight (and might hinder you if you don't account for the calories.) Using them *instead* of something else that's higher in calories or less healthy *might* help, but you use so little that the difference won't be huge.
If you decide to try them, don't buy any special "weight-loss chia." Just go to a regular, well-stocked store and buy them from the bulk bins. They should cost under $10 a pound, but some web sites are selling them for $30 and up. The expensive ones aren't any better and may also lead to problems with credit card fraud or "auto-subscription" fine print.
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