10 Healthy Chia Seed Recipes
The Power of Chia
Just because something's little doesn't mean it's not powerful. Case in point: Chia seeds. These little superstars are tiny, but they're loaded with essential nutrients like omega-3s, calcium, potassium and magnesium. If that isn't enough, they're great for keeping hunger at bay; between all the fiber they contain (5 grams per tablespoon) and their liquid-binding power, chia seeds can be a powerful force against the munchies. You can find them in your local supermarket or online (we love Wunder Basket Organic Chia Seeds, Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds, and 365 Everyday Value Organic Black Chia Seeds, all available on Amazon).
Here are 10 great ways to incorporate them into your day.
Make them into pudding
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Use them as a topping
Mix them into muffins (and more)
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Add them to your kid's snacks
Admit it: If you have kids, you dip into their little squeeze packs of fruit (we do it, too). Now get your own with these Mama Chia Squeeze Vitality Snacks, with the added goodness of chia. In flavors like wild raspberry, pomegranate mint and green magic, they're good for grownups on the go ($13.30 for 8, amazon.com). (Your kids might want to try them, too.) These are best for fans of bubble tea, tapioca, or gelatin; if you don't care for that texture, these aren't for you.
Bake them in to bread
Snack on 'em
Chia-packed Health Warrior energy bars ($14 for 15, amazon.com) are a tasty, energizing snack. Flavors include coconut, chocolate peanut butter, acai berry and coffee, so there's something for everyone. Plus, they're sturdy, so they won't get smashed in your purse or gym bag. Have one before or after a workout, with your midmorning coffee, or to stave off the 4 p.m. munchies. With just 100 calories (but 4g fiber), they're satisfying without weighing you down.
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Turn them into a spread
Bread fish, meat, or veggies
Work them into your beauty routine
We love superfoods that also work as beauty products (we're looking at you, coconut oil!). Chia is so good for you inside, it just makes sense that it works on the outside, too. In this scrub by Andalou Naturals ($13, amazon.com), chia seeds work as an exfoliant and buffing agent, leaving you with smoother, brighter skin. If you're more of a DIY person, make your own chia scrub with this recipe by Spa Index.
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