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9 Ways to Use Chia Seeds

By , SparkPeople Blogger
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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Comments

KATHYJO56 11/23/2018
I love chia seeds in just about anything you can use them Report
JOHNMARTINMILES 11/14/2018
Ver-y in-ter-est-ing! Report
PATRICIAANN46 11/13/2018
Thank You for a great article. Report
EVILCECIL 10/24/2018
Good to know, thanks. Report
DEE107 7/31/2018
thanks for sharing Report
DARKOCEAN 6/24/2018
My friends put them on their morning oatmeal. I looked at the grocery store and couldn't find them, where the heck are they sold at? Report
KHALIA2 5/12/2018
I love salmon. so I will probably try that one with the chia seeds. Report
BILLTHOMSON 3/30/2018
I have been using chia seeds as much as I can in the past year. this article is really helpful Report
CMFARRELL36 3/12/2018
I mix chia seeds into yogurt, scrambled eggs, soups, stews, some sauces. I've never noticed any particular taste from them. Report
DJ4HEALTH 3/9/2018
Have them and now I have more recipes to use them in! Thanks! Report
ARMY_MOM17 2/28/2018
... purchased chi seeds for my smoothie's...nice to know of their other uses... Report
I might try the chia bars. Report
I have to agree with some others on Chia seeds - what to do with them - toss them. Ugh. I've tried to think more positively but chia "pets" aside I just do not like them. Report
I am trying to use chia seeds but don't really like them, at least as is, sprinkled on whatever I am eating. I find they stick to my teeth and gums when they swell up with water. So I have relegated them to smoothies. Thank you for some other ideas! Report
I use them in muffins, pancakes, waffles, quick breads, veggie burgers, veggie "meat"balls & loafs. We toss them into sandwich wraps or pitas, yogurt, oatmeal, spreads and dips. I also use them in dishes with quinoa, couscous, rice & other grains. They are really versatile. Report
I love the flavor of chia seeds. I'm happy to see some recipes. I usually eat them in Greek yogurt. Report
4LMHJCR
I was looking for some ways to use chia seeds - thanks so very much Report
I didn't know it could be used in meatloaf!!!! Report
They're fairly high fiber so start small. 1/2 -1 cup mashed fruit, 1 T. Chia seeds, let it sit a few minutes = instant jam. Berries work really well.
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EXERCISEMOM1
I sprinkle some on top of lettuce based salads. Report
add a sprinkle to warm oatmeal Report
By soaking chia seeds in water for a few hours before consuming them in recipes, stomach/abdominal cramps are avoided. Report
SPARKINGRAMMY
I sprinkle chia seeds on my avocado toast Report
MM4WL2016
I had negative side effects from chia seeds. I would never have suspected them being the problem. I'd added them to several meals over a few weeks. I will never eat them again. Report
I'm so happy I found his article. There are several ideas I will be trying in the near future. Report
BARBARA1934
chia seeds are in a coconut cereal I love, get it at Aldis or walmart Report
I make Lemon Chia Fresca from the back of bob's redmill package. You soak chia seeds in water over night then squeeze the juice from lemons and mix them with some sweetner, I choose maple syrup or honey. You then mix it all together with a sparkling water! It is quite refreshing.
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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 :) ) Report
REDGIRL54
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
I can't use them - they make my lips swell up, and my mouth and throat itch. Report
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! Report
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! Report
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. Report
I am going to try the chia dressing today!
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HKLULU1
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. Report
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. Report
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! Report
ALILDUCKLING
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. Report
KRIS328
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!!! Report
SARRARAZ
need to try them Report
DAYNALAMBRIGHT
I sprinkle them and hemp seeds in my cottage cheese and eat it with fresh fruit. Report
CRISTALCONNORS
Never tried this but very easy ideas. Going to try this out. Report
I have never tried them Report
Just discovered them. I make awesome Lemon Chia Seed Pancakes with them. No eggs and no fat and they are so good! Report
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. Report
SHARONCAPPS
I have never tried them but some of these recipes look great and I will certainly give them a try. Thanks for sharing. Report
ILLINITEACHER52
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! Report