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What are Chia Seeds and How Do You Use Them? How to Enjoy this Amazing Superfood!

Chia seeds are getting lots of attention lately – and they deserve it! Find out more on why chia seeds are so wonderful, along with tons of great recipes and ideas on how to include more chia seeds into you life!

Chia seeds are getting lots of attention lately – and they deserve it! Find out more on why chia seeds are so wonderful, along with tons of great recipes and ideas on how to include more chia seeds into your life!

Here at Nutiva, we’re all about finding accessible and beneficial superfoods that are filled to the brim with nutritional value. We were happy to hit the jackpot with chia seeds. Chia seeds are an ancient food  native to South America and absolutely loaded with beneficial nutrients. They are also an incredible superfood because of their versatility. If you haven’t already added chia seeds into your diet, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. Well, we’re here to let you know! No superfood kitchen is complete without this incredible and versatile food.

What’s all the Chia Craze?

Why all the attention on this simple seed? Well, chia seeds have earned their keep as a true ancient superfood. This tiny but mighty seed is packed with omega-3, soluble and insoluble fiber, minerals (more calcium by weight than milk), antioxidants, and protein. It’s a remarkably versatile superfood because it doesn’t have much of a flavor on its own. That means that you can add chia seeds to sweet as well as savory foods and enjoy them each step of the way. Chia seeds are also unique because they swell up to 12 times their weight in liquid in just about 10 minutes!

A simple banana chia pudding with cinnamon on top is a great way to introduce yourself to the unique texture and health benefits of chia. Read on to find more great tips for using chia in sweet and savory dishes.

A simple banana chia pudding with cinnamon on top is a great way to introduce yourself to the unique texture and health benefits of chia. Read on to find more great tips for using chia in sweet and savory dishes.

Chia Seeds in Sweet Foods

If you’re already familiar with chia seeds, you’ve likely used them in sweet foods. Chia pudding is a naturally-sweetened favorite for adults and children alike. It’s incredibly simple to make, so if you haven’t already tried it, it’s time! Check out this simple recipe for an easy overnight pudding that is highly customizable. Chia seeds are also easily added to oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, shakes, and cereal. You can use them as a base for a homemade, healthy chocolate pudding too. Use them to make no-bake pumpkin pie or homemade muffins.

Chia seeds retain water remarkably well. Read on to find out some tips for using this trait in your favorite recipes!

Chia seeds retain water remarkably well. Read on to find out some tips for using this trait in your favorite recipes!

Earlier, we mentioned that chia seeds could retain a great deal of moisture. Not only is this terrific when make chia pudding, but it also means you can prepare your own chia drink at home instead of buying it at the store. Those chia drinks are sometimes loaded with extra sweeteners and not-so-natural ingredients. You can easily avoid this by making it yourself. The chia seed’s amazing water retention also makes chia seeds a shoe-in for an egg replacement in vegan baking! Chia seeds are much like flaxseeds, in that they will form a gelatinous substance that can be substituted in place of eggs in a 1:1 ratio. Chia seeds are a better choice than flaxseed, however, because they have more omega-3 acids. These Essential Fatty Acids have been tied to Alzheimer’s prevention, brain health and anti-inflammatory activity.

Chia Seeds in Savory Foods

Ready to try chia seeds in a new way? Use dry, whole chia seeds like you would poppy seeds and sprinkle them on your salads. Lightly toast some seeds in a pan and use them as a topping in savory dishes like sautéed zucchini or other vegetables. Unlike flaxseeds, chia seeds can be digested easily whole. Take advantage of that and make homemade chia seed crackers! Why not add them in with your next stir-fry? Find out more great ways to try savory chia dishes at the Nutiva Kitchen.

Does Organic Matter?

All of Nutiva’s chia seeds, whether the dark, white, or milled variety, are certified organic.  We believe that this is incredibly important because conventional chia seeds are often sprayed with pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Though there is no GMO variety of chia seeds (yet), many growers still spray their crop of chia seeds with harmful chemicals. Our seeds are grown organically and certified by the USDA. Not only is it important to go for organic chia seeds for the health of you and your family, it is also important for the health of our water systems, plants, animals and the planet as a whole. Get some great deals on Nutiva’s certified organic chia seeds by signing up for our Healthy Lifestyle Newsletter at the bottom of this post.

What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy chia seeds? Let us know in the comments section below!

Comments

  1. Michelle says:

    I like to eat them raw,sometimes i mix them with oatmeal yogurt

  2. I have a few. I love to add it to oatmeal, to cookie batter and even in tomato sauces like spaghetti or pizza sauces.

  3. I like to mix plain yogurt, banana, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and pomegranate seeds for a semi-sweet snack.

  4. I use chia seeds in a glass of kombucha, it’s
    a natural energy drink! Very filling too.

  5. I suffer with painful arthritis. osteo

    • I have mild arthritis and peri osteo and how much do you eat to get relief?

      • The Nutiva Team says:

        Hi Kina,
        We’re sorry to hear about your arthritis and osteo pain. We do not dispense medical advice, as we’re a natural foods company. We recommend that you consult your practitioner about this. Best wishes.

  6. I put it in oatmeal, smoothies and homemade granola. I never thought of it as a salad topping.

  7. I add chia seeds to my salad dressings. A perfect thickener!

  8. I prefer to pulverize chia first, then use in soup, dressings, sauces, smoothies, ice cream recipes.

  9. Is this product helping to burn fat? Fat buster???

    Cheers,

    Dianna

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hello Dianna,
      We speak only of the nutritional benefits of Chia Seeds and our other products. Fat burning and other weight-loss questions are extremely difficult and dangerous to answer. The key to weight loss, is naturally, a healthy, well-balanced diet and good exercise. We’d recommend that you consult with your natural health practitioner with questions regarding what weight-loss approach would be best for your body type and history.

  10. I love chia seeds! I throw them in smoothies, I make pudding and even jam with them. They are so versatile and healthy. Great on overnight oats too.

  11. I eat them every day…sprinkle on or in most everything. I have a problem with my knees and the Omega 3 oils help my knee discomfort a great deal. It’s surprising how much they help relieve the pain. So I sprinkle them in salads, in soups, even on my peanut butter toast in the morning.

  12. Hello, do you need to soak the chia seeds before you add them to whatever you’re going to add then to?

    • Hi Alyssa – Thanks for your question. If you’re going to use chia seeds in baking, or as an egg substitute, we do recommend soaking chia seeds for about 10 minutes, before you add them to recipes. Additionally, some Nutiva fans tells us that soaking prior to use makes for better digestion. You might choose to do so before adding chia seeds to smoothies and other recipes. Thanks!

  13. I ve heard that flax seed looses its value when it gets cooked. Actually Im not even sure at what temperature the value of the flax seed depleates. Do chia seeds lose any of its value when it is under warm/hot temperatures. I hear a lot about shakes but not a lot about baking. O.K., Ive heard a little bit but what does the research say. Im not interested in buying a great product and then bringing it home and ruining it. Love this product! We get a small spoon of honey and cover it with chia seeds. It curves the sweet tooth. Dee

  14. Jesus Fonseca says:

    Do you grind the seeds before putting them in a drink?

  15. teresa salazar says:

    how much water can you drink after eating chia seeds ?

  16. Jeanette says:

    Hi – I am just doing some research on chia seeds and looking to put it in my family’s meals; however I’m unsure what amout you would add to recipes. I see one person stated that they even add it to spaghetti sauces, etc. If I want to put it in a 9 x 13 casserole how much should I put in?

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Jeanette – One serving of chia is a tablespoon. It would, of course, depend on what else you put in the dish, but we suggest between 1-3 tablespoons could be added to a casserole or sauce for the added nutrient benefits of chia.

  17. jessie cooksey says:

    where can i buy organic chi seed ?

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