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6 Tasty Ways to Enjoy Chia Seeds

Mar 28 2014 - 3:24pm

They might be an ancient superfood, but chia seeds are having a moment. High in protein, fiber, calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3s, the little seeds have a lot of qualities to love. Just one ounce (about two tablespoons) provides 11 grams of fiber, four grams of protein, and five grams of omega-3 fatty acids. If you're not sure how to get chia into your diet, here are some healthy and creative ideas.

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Lemon Dressing

This lemon chia dressing [2] is a riff on flavors of classic poppyseed dressing — only amped up with the addition of chia.

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Debloating Beverage

If you've been feeling sluggish and bloated, it's time for a new morning ritual that includes chia. Celebrity trainer Valerie Waters starts the day with this before-breakfast, pre-workout drink [4] that only calls for three ingredients.

Photo: Leta Shy

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry muffins get an upgrade with this chia-filled recipe [5] for extra nutrient power. You'll be glad to know that these tasty muffins are also gluten-free.

Photo: Jaime Young

Antioxidant Smoothie

If you find chia's crunchy texture a little off-putting on its own, try tossing them into this refreshing, fiber-filled morning smoothie [6]. After soaking up the liquid, the chia seeds take on a more gel-like texture.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Coconut Chia Pudding

Chia seeds and coconut milk marry for a Paleo-friendly make-ahead pudding [7] that works great for breakfast. Mix together the ingredients the night before, pop it in the fridge, and look forward to a special treat the next day. It's that easy.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Sprinkles on Fruit and Yogurt

If you're looking for a quick omega-3 punch in your snack, you can simply sprinkle seeds on your fruit, mix them into your yogurt, or make a delicious combination of the two!

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