What Do You Do With Chia Seeds?

Chia seeds are for more than growing a chia pet Mr. T. (Which I never had and would still to this day love to own.) Chia seeds are the hot healthy food trend of the moment. While they are not the weight loss miracle many claim them to be, they do have a number of health benefits. According to WebMD, one ounce of chia seeds have:

139 calories

4 grams of protein

9 grams of fat (a great source of Omega 3s!)

12 grams of carbs (11 of which are fiber)

They have a nutty flavor and, unlike flaxseed, do not have to be ground up to be properly digested by the body. The fiber helps keep you feeling full and they are a great plant based source of essential fatty acids. They are not a miracle food but they are a wise addition to your daily diet.

But how?

I admit I am a rookie with chia seeds. My recipe is very simple. I mix 1 tbsp chia seeds with 1 tbsp water and let them sit for about 10 minutes. Then I add them to ½ cup thawed frozen blueberries. I mash them up and put them on my Vanilla Coconut Protein Pancakes .

Luckily I have friends who are more creative. Once again my FitFluential teammates have come to my rescue with some great chia seed recipes.

What Do You Do With Chia Seeds?photo by Lindsey
  • Lindsey from the Lean Green Blog makes amazing Quinoa Breakfast Bars. Chia and quinoa combine with the egg to give these bars plenty of protein to go along with healthy fat from the chia seeds and peanut butter. The recipe makes 6 bars giving you a balanced and quick breakfast all week long.
What Do You Do With Chia Seeds?photo by Sarah
  • How about a quick strawberry jam for your toast or peanut butter sandwich? Sarah at the Fit Cookie has the easiest jam recipe ever!
What Do You Do With Chia Seeds?photo by Laura
  • Another great breakfast idea comes from Laura at Sprint2theTable. Try some pudding for breakfast. Chocolate Breakfast Pudding is creamy low sugar protein packed pudding. Sounds like a perfect breakfast on a cozy weekend morning at home.

What about you? Do you have a secret chia recipe you would be willing to share? Or maybe a photo of your chia pet?

  • Sprint2theTable

    Thank you so much for the mention! I make a ton of chia puddings – they are a great way to get nutrients in first thing! Right now I’m digging my peach cobbler one. Will be sad to see peach season in GA end!

  • Sarah J. Darlow-Parker

    Thanks for sharing my recipe! I also love using ground chia seeds as an egg replacer in some baked goods. We use 1 Tablespoon ground chia to 3 Tablespoons water to make one “chia” egg since my kids and I have egg allergies :)

  • http://www.thrivepersonalfitness.com/ Pamela Hernandez

    Thank you both for sharing!

  • Jody R. Goldenfield

    Chia love due to Carla – MizFit. I have read & saved a lot of chia recipes & now your protein pancake one! I mix mine into my natural PB & nut butters & flax too! Why buy it that way when you can mix in your own! :) Course I put in oatmeal & many other things! :)

  • http://www.thrivepersonalfitness.com/ Pamela Hernandez

    I’ve thought about working on a vegan pancake because they do make such good egg replacers. PB sounds like a great idea! Thanks!

  • http://www.workoutnirvana.com/ WorkoutNirvana

    Thanks for the recipes. I finally started putting chia seeds in green smoothies this year and love the flavor and health benefits.

  • Shira Miller

    Loved that breakfast bar recipe! Have to admit that I haven’t done much with chia seeds yet.though I might have to remedy that by adding some to my next vitamix smoothie!

  • http://www.marandacarvell.com/ Maranda

    I toss a tablespoon in my morning smoothie, and also use them as an egg replacer in baking (since my daughter and I are allergic to eggs). Works great.

  • http://primefitnessforwomen.com/ Mary C. Weaver, CSCS

    That quinoa breakfast-bar recipe might actually get some chia seeds into my food plan. :-)

  • Jennifer Speer

    I actually love Chia seeds! I have been known to bust out Lindsay’s breakfast bars (nephews love them and have no idea it’s healthy) and I honestly throw them in anything I can think of. If you do any over night oatmeal it makes a great addition to it for some added nutrients. I also just plop a few in my eggs when I am making them. While doing all of my long distance running I need good healthy fillers so I don’t pig out on simple carbs and chia seeds help! I must try the jam and pudding though…yummy looking!

  • Toni Church

    I usually just add chia seeds to my yogurt, nothing fancy!! Thanks for sharing these other recipes.

  • http://www.thrivepersonalfitness.com/ Pamela Hernandez

    Vitamix! I am jealous. It’s on my wish list.

  • http://www.thrivepersonalfitness.com/ Pamela Hernandez

    I was going to try to make some vegan pancakes with them as the eggs.

  • http://www.thrivepersonalfitness.com/ Pamela Hernandez

    Give them a try. :) You’ll love them.

  • http://www.thrivepersonalfitness.com/ Pamela Hernandez

    The “jam” goes on my pancakes and helps me get through long rides and runs. I really think they make a difference.

  • http://www.thrivepersonalfitness.com/ Pamela Hernandez

    Doesn’t have to be fancy to be good!

  • http://www.thrivepersonalfitness.com/ Pamela Hernandez

    I hear a lot of people with egg allergies use them. They are great as a vegan substitute too.

  • http://www.thrivepersonalfitness.com/ Pamela Hernandez

    Have you tried a chia fizz?

  • http://www.workoutnirvana.com/ WorkoutNirvana

    Nope what’s that?

  • http://www.thrivepersonalfitness.com/ Pamela Hernandez

    I think it’s lime, stevia (or other sweetener) and sparking water. I hear it’s pretty good.