How To Use Chia Seeds

If this is the first you are hearing about chia seeds I am SO excited to introduce you to such a unique food!

We have been using chia seeds in our home for a long time now. To the kids they are “sprinkles” (along with hemp seeds & flax seeds) and to me they are DELICIOUS.

For those knew to chia seeds, this is what they look like:

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They look weird (and kind of like little bugs or dinosaur eggs) but I promise you they are WORTH adding into your diet. Let me share a little about WHY we love chia seeds.

Full of nutrients in a tiny little package

In 1 ounce of chia seeds you are getting:

  • 4.4g of protein

  • 10.6g of fiber

  • 177 mg of Calcium (18% DV)

  • 8.6g of fat (13% DV coming partially from omegas which is AWESOME)

  • 30% DV of Manganese

  • 27% DV of Phosphorus

Nutritional date source

HIGH IN PLANT-BASED PROTEIN & AMINO ACIDS

If you read my previous post about plant-based proteins, you may remember me talking about plant foods that contain high amounts of protein but specifically mentioning those classified as COMPLETE proteins.

READ: 19 Non-Meat Protein Sources

Well friends, chia seeds are one of those COMPLETE proteins!

And while they only contain “a small amount” of protein per ounce, once you see the list of AMAZING ways to incorporate chia seeds, you’ll see that the protein count can quickly add up.

Chia seeds are a great way to add protein, amino acids, and antioxidants to your meals.

Chia seeds are a great way to add protein, amino acids, and antioxidants to your meals.

Filling & Convenient

When I know I will be out and about and have limited time to grab food, I make sure to have something with chia seeds to help curb my hunger. Typically I will scoop some into a mason jar, add ice, water (or juice if you prefer), and fruit, put on the lid and go. When you do this, and shake periodically until the chia seeds get gelatinous, they make a lovely and filling drink!

Another thing is that they are convenient. You don’t need to cook them or even grind them (although some people prefer this - I find it unnecessary) They even make chia seeds in adorable little travel sized containers! What a great way to always have a protein source with you.

You can also grab bars like these for 12g of protein! (ps: use the code Ambassador0067 for 30% off and free shipping!)

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Delicious and Versitle

Let’s get into the fun stuff…RECIPES! There are so many unique ways to utilize chia seeds and I’ll share a handful of them below.

DRINKS

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FOOD

bAsic USES

  • Sprinkle on ALL varieties of toast

  • Add on smoothie bowl

  • Mix in with oatmeal

  • As an egg replacer (called a “chia egg”)

READ: How to make a chia egg

Chia eggs are great for vegan baking!

Chia eggs are great for vegan baking!

You may be asking yourself if you really need to include these in your diet. No, you don’t. But if you follow a plant-based vegan diet, they are an easy way to add protein, especially for little ones!

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Have you had chia seeds before? How do you use them?


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