Chia SeedsCredit: LiviBui

Ch-ch-ch-chia seeds are quickly becoming the hottest health food.  Being packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and other nutrients, they are known for their health benefits but how exactly do you eat them?  You can eat these versatile seeds basically anyway you want!  

 1. Make a Pudding

Add a 1/4 cup juice to 1/2 tablespoon of Chia seeds (or 1/2 cup with 1 tablespoon depending on how large the serving size) and refrigerate overnight.  Eat the pudding with sliced fruit like berries or mangoes.  Different juices to consider are coconut water, orange juice, or pomegranate juice.  If you prefer a more milky pudding, try substituting the juice with almond milk.  The consistency will be similar to tapioca pudding and the taste will be mainly of the liquid used to make the pudding.

Chia Seed PuddingCredit: @LiviBui

 2. Add Some Crunch to Oatmeal

Sprinkle them over oatmeal, hot cereal or other breakfast item.  Add some to pancake batter for a healthier pancake.  For a colder breakfast item, add the seeds to yogurt instead of granola. 

3. Fortify Fresh Foods

Instead of sunflower seeds add Chia seeds to a Cobb salad or give a little crunch to a fruit salad. 

4. Sprouts for Salads

Place the seeds in a jar and add some water.  Drain off the water after a few minutes and let it sit.  Rinse and drain the seeds every 12 hours or so.  In a few days you will have spouts for a salad.

 5. Something Extra to a Smoothie

Add them to a smoothie for a texture similar to raspberry seeds.  Think outside the box with a tropical papaya smoothie.

Chia Seed SmoothieCredit: Livi Bui

 6. Make a Nutrient Rich Drink

Try a Chia Seed Lemonade by adding a 1/2 tablespoon to a glass of lemonade.  Add them to green tea in the morning for an extra energy booster or in a margarita during a summer picnic. 

7. Add a Power Punch to Baked Goods

Add two tablespoons to the batter of your dozen blueberry muffins or try a lemon Chia muffin instead of a lemon poppy seed muffin.

 8. Need an Egg Substitute?

Grind one tablespoon of seeds in a coffee or spice grinder and mix with three of four tablespoons of water. Let the mixture sit for about 30 minutes until it thickens.  Use the thickened mixture as an egg substitute in a baked good recipe.

9. Thicken A Soup Without Cornstarch

Add a tablespoon to soup or gravy and let it sit until it thickens.

 10. Eat Chia Seeds Raw

For a quick breakfast eat two tablespoons of Chia seeds raw and wash them down with a cup of coffee or green tea.

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