10 Ways to Eat Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are loaded with nutrition and easy to incorporate into your daily meals. Here are 10 creative ways to eat chia seeds every day! 

A few weeks ago I updated my post about the health benefits of chia seeds. As I was editing it I was quickly reminded just how amazing these little seeds are. We always have a mason jar  full of them in the pantry, but sometimes I forget about them. Maybe you’re the same way or maybe you bought a huge bag of chia seeds a while ago but haven’t figured out just want to do with them yet. Or perhaps you’re completely new to chia seeds!

Whatever the case I’m sure this post will give you lots of chia inspiration. From chia pudding to cookies, smoothies and salad dressing — chia seeds don’t add much flavor, but they’re loaded with nutrition (omega-3 fatty acids, protein and fiber) plus their ability to absorb liquid is perfect for thickening things like smoothies, oatmeal and soups. They also work great as an egg substitute in vegan baking.

Chia seeds are loaded with nutrition and easy to incorporate into your daily meals. Here are 10 creative ways to eat chia seeds every day!

Before we get in the kitchen here are a few quick notes to remember about chia seeds:

  • They’re essentially flavorless so they’ll take on the flavor of whatever you pair them with.
  • When combined with liquid, the chia seeds swell and create a thick, gel-like consistency
  • Chia seeds don’t need to be ground (like flaxseeds) to absorb the nutrients, but you’ll occasionally see them ground for certain recipes.

1. Chia Pudding

One of my favorite ways to use chia! Similar to tapioca pudding, chia pudding has a thick, gelatinous texture. Often times the pudding will be sweetened, but you can certainly make it unsweetened as well. It can be made ahead and served for breakfast, snacks or dessert.

Start with this basic chia pudding recipe and then experiment with some of the other flavor combinations.

2. Smoothies

Chia seeds make smoothies extra thick while giving them a boost of healthy fat, protein and fiber.

3. Chia Jam

This is really the only kind of jam I use now! The best part? Chia jam doesn’t need any additional thickening agents or added sugar. It’s super simple, comes together quickly and tastes delicious.

4. Protein Bars

Chia seeds help protein bars stick together and add a good amount of protein, fiber and healthy fats.

5. Overnight Oats

Chia seeds are a staple in my overnight oat recipes because they make them extra thick and add a little texture.

6. Stovetop and Baked Oatmeal

Just like overnight oats, chia seeds give make stovetop oats thick and voluminous for a satisfying breakfast!

7. Cookies and Other Baked Goods

As I mentioned before chia seeds works great as an egg substitute. The basic recipe for a “chia egg” is 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds to 3 Tablespoons of water. Mix the chia seeds and water in a small bowl and let them sit for about 5 minutes to gel up. The mixture will become thick and gelatinous, similar to the texture of an egg.

8. Salads and Salad Dressing

You can sprinkle chia seeds over any salad or add chia seeds to your salad dressing to make it extra thick. They’re also a great sub for poppy seeds.

Try it yourself with this simple lemon chia dressing: 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 teaspoon chia seeds, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, 1 clove minced garlic, 1 teaspoon maple syrup, 1 teaspoon dijon mustard and 1/2 teaspoon dried basil.

9. Yogurt Bowls

Sprinkling chia over yogurt is one of the easiest ways to use them! Just toss them on and dive in!

10. Add to Water or Juice

Adding chia seeds to water and/or juice is a great way to boost your energy and keep you feeling full. One of my favorite drinks is this Lemon Chia Fresca.

What’s your favorite way to use chia seeds? 

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    1. Jean H Griffin
      April 26, 2019 AT 10:35 pm

      I love chia seeds.your info is just what I needed,thank you. I do not understand the meaning of the notification.or why it is there.

    2. Kathleen
      May 17, 2017 AT 8:29 pm

      I have just recently discovered chia seeds and I love them! So far I’ve put them in my oatmeal pb energy bites and overnight oatmeal. I’ll definitely have to give some of these a try!

    3. Three Brits
      April 14, 2017 AT 2:53 am

      This is such an amazing post! We love using chia seeds and this has given us even more reason to use them!!
      Hmmmm now what shall we have for breakfast?!!

    4. alyssa @ life of blyss
      April 11, 2017 AT 12:34 pm

      how’d you know I just had my daily chia seed yogurt bowl at work? 😉

    5. Alison’s Allspice
      April 10, 2017 AT 6:10 pm

      I love chia seeds and use them in most of these ways. I haven’t tried them in oatmeal, it’s on my to do list now, Thanks!

    6. Ted
      April 10, 2017 AT 1:07 pm

      Great post, thanks for compiling and sharing!

    7. jordan @ dancing for donuts
      April 10, 2017 AT 12:43 pm

      these recipes all look so delicious!!!! i’ve been trying to perfect the chia pudding thing, but i can’t decide if i honestly like it or not. that chia jam though sounds perfect – i think that’s next on my to-make list for this week! thanks for sharing 🙂

    8. Emily @ Pizza and Pull-ups
      April 10, 2017 AT 11:06 am

      Thanks for sharing! I love chia pudding and adding them to smoothies and oatmeal, I will have to try making some chia jam.

    9. Chelsea Gloeckner
      April 10, 2017 AT 10:47 am

      This is awesome! Thank you!

    10. Carrie this fit chick
      April 10, 2017 AT 9:32 am

      Definitely loving the baked goods idea. I tried chia pudding once and almost gagged, hah. I just couldn’t handle the gooey- jello texture. Then again, I absolutely hate jello, so that would make sense!

    11. Tori//Gringalicious.com
      April 10, 2017 AT 8:18 am

      This is so awesome and thank you so much for sharing these ideas!

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