Chia seeds are a great source of omega 3s and are also wonderful to use in baking as an egg substitute. However, chia seeds on their own can be a bit strange; they expand when exposed to water and create a gel-like texture that can feel strange to eat. If you’re wanting to incorporate these powerful seeds into your diet, check out the tips below!
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This week, we’re bringing delicious ways to incorporate chia seeds into your diet with ingredients that are fully vegan and plant-based!
Sprinkle Seeds in Oatmeal
Source: Healthy Chia Breakfast Parfait
If you’re not a fan of chia pudding, try adding some chia seeds to your oatmeal or into your salad! In your oatmeal, the seeds will expand and blend into the dish, so you won’t get as much of the uncomfortable gel texture. If this is new for you, try a few chia seeds at a time before adding more. You can also try out these chia puddings that have a bit more texture added to them to help you adjust!
- Healthy Chia Breakfast Parfait by Vicky Coates
- Blueberry Chia Pudding by Helyn Dunn
- Caramel Mocha Overnight Oats with Whipped Coffee by Shanika Graham-White
- Eggnog Overnight Oats by Caroline Doucet
- Peanut Butter Cookie Baked Oatmeal by Lauren Smith
Use Chia Seeds in Baking and Snacks
Chia seeds are wonderful to replace eggs in baking. Make sure you double-check the recipe you’re using to see if chia seeds can be a good fit. Usually, you can use a chia egg in place of a flax egg. Chia eggs work best in quick bread recipes, pancakes and waffles (although you may get their crunch in your final product), and granola. Using chia seeds in these ways is a great way to hide chia seeds into your dish so you’re not facing them head-on in each bite.
- Healthy Spelt, Oats, Chia and Flax Seed Crisps by Julie Zimmer
- Raw Lemon Bars With Chia Seeds by Helyn Dunn
- Lemon Chia Poppyseed Cookies by Helyn Dunn
- Raw Chia Caramel Pecan Pie by Emily von Euw
- Sweet Potato Maple Mousse Pie by Annie Oliverio
Add them to Smoothies or Juices
Source: Cucumber Basil Chia Fresca
When in doubt, adding chia seeds into your smoothies is a wonderful way to incorporate them into your diet. The chia seeds can be added at the end for extra texture, or you can blend them right into the smoothie itself. Either way, you’re getting their wonderful benefits.
- Cucumber Basil Chia Fresca by Claire Ragozzino
- Chia Ginger Fresca by Jesse Lane Lee
- Berry Chia Smoothie With Cacao Drizzle by Emily von Euw
- Green Superfood Detox Smoothie by Julie Van den Kerchove
- Mango Chia Seed Smoothie by Shanika Graham-White
Add them to Salad Dressings and Dips
Like adding chia seeds into a salad, you can also add chia seeds into a salad dressing itself. This can add some extra smoothness to your dressing since the chia seeds will expand. To prevent your salad dressing from being too thick, make sure you’re not adding too many chia seeds. They’ll work well in these recipes!
- Copycat Ranch: Creamy Cucumber Herb Dressing by Lindsay Clarke
- Wholesome Winter Bowl with Miso Ginger Dressing by Dominique Ebra
- Carrot and Fennel Salad with Creamy Grapefruit Dressing by Katia Martin
Make A Jam or Spread
Source: Ten-Minute Chia Jam
Making a jam or spread with chia seeds can be a perfect solution to incorporating them into your diet. Eating them like this might feel like the best way to enjoy them since many spreads had a seedy texture, like raspberry jam.
- Ten-Minute Chia Jam by Julie Zimmer
- Almond Cookies with Chia Seed Jam by Sara Oliveira
- Blueberry Grape Chia Seed Refrigerator Jam by Helyn Dunn
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