What to do with Chia Seeds

This happens to me all the time. I buy an ingredient for one recipe then don’t use it again until I make that same recipe. As I found myself with a, basically full, bag of chia seeds I set out to find a way to use these healthy, nutrient rich seeds. What I found was how easy it was to incorporate the seeds into foods and recipes I’m already making.

What to do with Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are tiny yet pack nutritious punch to your diet. Only 2 tablespoons contain 10 grams of fiber, 4.4 grams of protein and 137 calories and 18% of your daily recommended calcium. Stats taken from https://nutritiondata.self.com


Chia Pudding:
The most popular way to use chia seeds is to make pudding. Those itty-bitty seeds will soak up nearly 10x their weight! I tried chia pudding a few times, I would let the seeds soak overnight in small individual containers with almond milk. Then add in some honey or agave (or sweetener of your choice) with cinnamon or other spices, then top with fresh cut fruit. This is a great on the go, meal-prep breakfast option. However, the consistency and texture of the pudding isn’t for me, it’s like tapioca pudding, not my jam but TONS of people love it.
You can also add it to your favorite juice to make an energy gel for those long workouts.

Add nutrients to foods you already eat by sprinkling raw chia seeds on any of the following: Use 1 or 2 tablespoons, based on the quantity of food you’re making.
* lettuce salad or shake up in your favorite dressing
* yogurt
* smoothie bowl
* oatmeal

Bake chia seeds into most baked goods: Use 1 or 2 tablespoons, based on the quantity of food you’re making.
*muffins - works with sweet or savory - just add to the batter before baking
*pancakes
*cookies
*cakes
*homemade granola bars
*breads

And my favorite way to use chia seeds is to make peanut butter or coffee and chocolate protein bites!

What to do with Chia Seeds