5 Uses for Chia Seeds

If one of your goals is to eat healthier, you may have, like me, grabbed something that you had heard about at the store simply because you had heard it was so good for you.  Then you got home, put it in the pantry, and let it sit there in the dark because you realized you really didn’t know what to do with it.

Chia seeds are one of those health foods that I grabbed, only to sit in the pantry for a long time.  Like any new food, there can be a bit of a learning curve until I feel familiar enough with it to use it in regular cooking.

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After trying a few new recipes, chia seeds have been brought out of the pantry to become a staple in our house.

Did you grab a bag of chia seeds and now you don’t know what to do with them? Instead of letting them sit in the pantry, here are five yummy, easy ways to use them.

  1.  Add to oatmeal.  They add a bit of texture and a hint of nutty flavor.  Plus they add a boost of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for you.  Just a spoonful can elevate your oatmeal to something much more interesting and healthy than your normal bowl.
  2. Make a pudding.  Have you tried chia-seed pudding yet?  It is a great dessert or breakfast.  The texture is similar to tapioca, which might be an adjustment for non-tapioca eaters like myself, but I really love it.  I particularly love mine with made with vanilla almond milk, cinnamon, and topped with pomegranate seeds.
  3. Use as an egg substitute.  This only works if you are baking, but it is a very handy and healthy substitute. Simply add 1 Tablespoon of Chia seeds to 3 tablespoons of water and let sit for about 10-15 minutes before adding in place of eggs to a quick bread or cake.
  4. Stir into a smoothie.  Add a boost of nutrition to your homemade smoothie by adding a spoonful–or a scoop!–to any flavor of smoothie.  It’s an easy way to take your smoothie to the next level.
  5. Use them in breading. Add a spoonful to your favorite breading recipe for a little extra texture and a lot more health (especially if you are baking, not frying, your breaded meat or veggie).

If you try chia seeds, I’m betting that you’ll really like them.  Of course, if you don’t, you can always turn them into a Chia pet!

Do you have a favorite use for chia seeds, or are you trying them for the first time?

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