31 ways to use chia seeds in recipes

31 ways to use chia seeds in recipes

BuzzFeed is amazing. I’m sure many of you are over the whole Facebook quizzes fad (guilty of loving those), but I promise this is not a quiz.

The link I’m sharing with you will change your life. Okay, I’m being dramatic. My day was made when I stumbled upon this wonderful find though.

Check out 31 Healthy and Delicious Ways to Cook with Chia Seeds. There really are some great recipes in the list. I HAVE to try number 11.

Thanks, BuzzFeed, for making my day, yet again. If only you knew how much I enjoy thee…


Let’s get energized!


Chia pudding

I finally bought some chia seeds while in Florida, and, since they leave a dent in the wallet, I wanted to make use of them.

Chia seeds are the epitome of versatile (awesome Pinterest board!). You’ll spend hours searching the infinite recipes online. I found one that I thought was great, so I want to share it with you.

Let me introduce you to what’s bound to be your new go-to breakfast item: chia pudding.

It’s simple. It’s painless. It’s delicious. What’s better than that for breakfast?

The recipe, which I found on the lovely Domesticate Me, calls for ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen right now:

  • chia seeds
  • almond milk
  • yogurt
  • vanilla extract
  • maple syrup
  • kosher salt
  • fruit (optional)
  • granola (optional)
  • nuts (optional)
  • cinnamon (optional)

My spin

I followed the directions for the most part. I used greek yogurt (Fage) and honey instead of maple syrup.

Here’s how it turned out…


Chia PuddingThis was before it was refrigerated over night.
Chia pudding with fruitThis was before I smashed it!

I ran out of time (and embarrassingly ingredients) to really go all out on toppings. It definitely could have used a crunch, but other than that it was extremely good. I’ll be making this again. And again. And again.

Let’s get energized! 🙂

Ch Ch Chia!

Ch Ch Chia…Pets?

Remember Chia Pets? What if I told you that the very seeds used to grow your pet are the very seeds that everyone loves? This isn’t a trick question, promise.

Yes, chia seeds- the ones raved about everywhere– are used in Chia Pets. Hence the name Chia Pets…I told you it wasn’t a trick question.

Nutrition Punch

Despite being used in the hilariously cute plant pet, chia seeds pack a punch in nutrition:


It’s the fiber that creates the gel consistency when combined with liquid! This fiber also makes you feel full, which could help in weight loss. Scientific tests have not shown results in weight loss, however.

They have more than flax seeds!

I want to note that carbs are not bad. Our body needs carbs. This is helpful for those who are on low sugar diets.

Two doctors note in You Staying Young that antioxidant activity in chia seeds is greater than blueberries!

A study found that chia seed loading (think carb loading) for enhances endurance performance lasting greater than 90 minutes.


My vegan friends

For those who are vegan, replace eggs with chia seeds in baked goods. According to Bob’s Red Mill:

  • Substitute approximately 1 tbsp. chia seeds for one large egg


Let’s get energized! 🙂