5 New Ways to Use Chia Seeds

By Amie Valpone

5 New Ways to Use Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a great way to create healthy, protein-rich recipes in a flash without extra ingredients. Load up on these super seeds, and toss them into everything from water to oatmeal. For these recipes, I used Barlean’s organic chia seeds because they’re not ground—they’re whole seeds and easy to use in each of these recipes.

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Make your own energy drink. Add 2 tbsp. whole chia seeds to 1 cup of water and let sit for 5 minutes until thickened. Add maple syrup or honey and freshly squeezed lemon juice for an easy protein boost pre- or post-workout.

Protein Topper. Add a spoonful of chia seeds to morning cereal or porridge, such as cooked quinoa, millet, or oatmeal, with almond milk. Sprinkle on top for breakfast and serve with dried fruit.

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Chia Jam. Combine 1 cup berries, 1 tbsp. chia seeds, and 1 tbsp. warm water; blend in a food processor until it forms a jelly consistency, then transfer to a sealed jar and spread onto gluten-free toast and crackers. Store jam in a sealed container in the fridge for up to five days.

Salad dressings. Add 1/2 tsp. chia seeds to your favorite salad dressing for a protein boost and texture. Add more water or oil to your dressing if needed to thin it out because chia seeds absorb water!

photo: Kim Danny

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