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

Vegan Healthy Chia Breakfast Parfait

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!

Use Chia Seeds in Baking and Snacks

Vegan Healthy Spelt, Oats, Chia and Flax Seed Crisps

Source: Healthy Spelt, Oats, Chia and Flax Seed Crisps

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.

Add them to Smoothies or Juices

Vegan Cucumber Basil Chia Fresca

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.

Add them to Salad Dressings and Dips

Vegan Copycat Ranch: Creamy Cucumber Herb Dressing

Source: Copycat Ranch: Creamy Cucumber Herb Dressing

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!

Make A Jam or Spread

Vegan Ten-Minute Chia Jam

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.

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