I love these little guys. They’re versatile (meaning they can be incorporated into numerous recipes and snacks) and nutrient dense. 1 TBS = 60 calories, about 3g of heart healthy fats, 4g fiber, and gives you calcium, iron, and 3g protein (nutrient content varies slightly by brand). They’re toted as the latest “superfood”, but I believe I’ll be using these long after the fad ends….
Check out these 5 yummy ways to use Chia Seeds! #1 is my favorite.
1.) Overnight Chocolate PB No-Cook Oatmeal
Photo credit to Monica at the Yummy Life. See link below for her full recipe.
There are many varieties of overnight oatmeal. I like this particular variety has two of my favorite things, chocolate and peanut butter! I love overnight oatmeal because I’m able to essentially prepare my breakfast the night before. When I wake up, all I have to do is open the fridge and take it out and eat it as is. Doesn’t that look delicious? It’s extremely satisfying with a hefty 10g fiber and 13g protein! Go check out The Yummy Life for the full recipe.
2.) For a quick simple & nutritious snack: Add 1 TBS to a 8oz container of Greek yogurt . I recommend using the Light and Fit brand as it is one of the best low sugar options around, with 80 calories, 12g protein, and 7g sugar (ideal, as many brands have 15g upwards. Light and Fit Greek Vanilla Nonfat Yogurt, 5.3 Ounce — 12 per case.
3.) Strawberry Cheesecake Chia Pudding
Photo Credit: belongs to Stephanie at the Foodie and the Fix – see link below for the full recipe:
One of the most common things to make with chia seeds is actually pudding. This is because chia seeds have this amazing capability to absorb large amounts of liquid, and once fully saturated they take on the consistency of a gel. When making a pudding (such as in this Strawberry Chia Pudding recipe), the chia seeds will continue to soak up water even after all ingredients have been mixed, so even if the consistency is thin at first, the pudding will thicken as it sits!
Check out this awesome recipe at The Foodie and the Fix
4.) Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Chia Smoothie
Smoothies are a quick and easy way to get your nutrition in without a lot of preparation. This isn’t quite a meal replacement shake (not a fan of those anyway, liquid doesn’t fill you up for long! You end up consuming more calories in the long run anyway because you don’t get that satiety from chewing actual food) but its good for those times you’re in between meals where its too close to your next meal to prepare something substantial, but too far away to wait any longer to eat! 🙂 It provides about 180 calories, 4g fiber, 3g protein, and 8g sugar: perfect snack size (its good to keep your snacks around 200 calories, depending on your total meal plan, otherwise they start looking like meals 😉 )
Go to Skinny Taste for the full recipe breakdown.
5. Strawberry Lemonade Chia Drink
You know those chia drinks they sell in the health food section that go for almost 4 bucks per single serving bottle? They taste fantastic, and as I’ve mentioned before chia seeds are extremely nutrient dense making them an excellent food to incorporate into your daily routine, but the recipes are also so simple, that it seems like a crime to buy these thing outright. This is just another one of those things that makes more “cents” to make at home….
Please visit Nouveauraw to enjoy Amie Sue’s full recipe.
Photo credit belongs to RateYourBurn
Want to try them for yourself???
Check these out on Amazon:
At $14.60 per bag, they may seem expensive but wait: chia seeds are extremely nutrient dense, so you are typically only using 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time. This 32oz bag will last you quite a while, 64 servings (using a 1 TBS serving) to be exact, aka ~22 cents per serving. 🙂 They do sell smaller sizes, but it’s not as economical.
If for some reason that’s out of stock, or you don’t want to buy a large quantity (although I’d recommend it when shopping online if you’re paying S&H! More bang for your buck) you can try these White Chia Seeds.
These are $5.80 for a 16oz bag, + S&H. (Again, free with Amazon Prime or if your total order is at least $35.00. )