So many people go on about the benefits of chia seeds. We heard it everywhere, and it seems like hipsters can’t get enough of this super dark healthy seed. There’s got to be something to it, right? Turns out, Chia seeds are full of important nutrients including Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, iron, and calcium! But there’s an art to eating chia. Spoiler alert: you shouldn’t eat them dry! Chia seeds absorb loads of liquid, so make sure you soak the seeds before you eat them. Other than that, there are so many mouth-watering ways you can enjoy chia seeds, and here are ten of them.
This is the classic way to eat chia seeds, (and probably the yummiest too!) Just soak them overnight in any kind of milk, whether it’s vegan almond milk or cow’s milk, and it’ll emerge as a heavenly, creamy pudding in the morning. The texture is “Hmm, hmm, good!”
ICE POPS TO MELT FOR
And you thought popsicles couldn’t be healthy? These chia seed ice pops are so easy to make too you’ll stop hanging out at the local ice cream shop for good. Just spoon chia pudding into popsicle molds, and freeze overnight. Enjoy on a summer afternoon or get cozy by the fireplace and cool down your taste buds, the healthy way!
Transform your favorite muffin recipe into an Omega 3 explosion! Simply add a handful of chia seeds to your favorite, low calorie muffin recipe. Just check the consistency, and maybe add a little more liquid as they tend to soak it up. ‘Muffin’ like a good old fashion cheat meal, am I right?
Add a bit of chia seeds to your favorite cookie recipe and you’ve got a great excuse to start eating them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! They’ll be filled with lots of healthy fiber and will have an added extra crunch. It’s chia-licious!
Chia seeds are a fantastic way to make your morning smoothie a little creamier. Just throw them in the blender and whizz it up like usual. They’ll absorb a bit of that excess liquid to thicken your smoothie making it creamy and delicious…. sinfully delicious!
BYE, BYE, BLOATIE!
Feeling a little bloated recently? Who doesn’t?! Get rid of that sluggish feeling with this pre-breakfast drink that was made popular by celebrity trainer, Valerie Water. Just mix up some chia seeds, coconut water, and a teaspoon of supergreens in a glass and drink it down. It’s more efficient than going to the gym. Okay, it’s not, but it tastes better and you can do it from the comfort of your couch!
SPRINKLED ON YOGURT
Upgrade your daily bowl of yogurt by mixing in a teaspoon or two of chia seeds. It’ll add some texture, as well as topping you up with that all-important Omega-3. That’s heaven on earth!
If you haven’t made your own protein bars before, now’s the time to start! They’re super easy to make and way healthier than the store-bought alternatives. Just mix oats, chia seeds, and chopped dates up with melted honey and peanut butter. Shape the mixture into bars and leave it set in the fridge or freezer. Now you’re going to want to work out extra to make room for that third homemade bar you’re about to it!
Fuel your salad with all of the amazing nutrients found in chia seeds. Just mix them into your salad dressing, drizzle over your salad, and get your daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, iron, and calcium. Dress that salad up with chia seeds, and make it rain!
Level up your Sunday morning pancakes with the addition of some super-healthy chia seeds. It’s a great way to add more fiber into your diet, while still enjoying one of your favorite weekend treats. But be careful! One pancake is enough to keep up with your weight loss plans, while two might cost you an extra hour at the gym! Life’s full of tough choices, I know.