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5 Ways to use Chia Seeds


Chia seeds are all the rage today and with good reason. These seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition. Dietitian Debbie Guild shows us some fun, and easy ways to use chia in everyday foods and meals.




Chia seeds are a good source of fiber, omega-3 fats and antioxidants which may be beneficial as disease fighters.



Fiber


The recommended fiber intake for adults is 25-35 grams a day. Most adults are not getting enough fiber. Chia seeds provide 4 grams of fiber in a 1-tablespoon serving. Use chia seeds on oatmeal or other cereals for some additional fiber.



Omega-3 Fats


Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fats. But did you know chia seeds are a good source of omega-3 fats as well? Chia seeds are a great food source of omega-3 fats, especially for those viewers who do not like fish.



Antioxidants


The antioxidant activity in chia seeds is higher than in many other foods.



5 Uses for Chia






  • Refrigerator oatmeal





  • Pudding





  • Smoothies





  • Yogurt Parfaits





  • Tomato or Vegetable Juice




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Superfood Triple Berry Chia Pudding






All You Need:





1 cup unsweetened almond/coconut milk beverage (used Almond Breeze)



3/4 cup fresh blueberries, blackberries and raspberries



2 tablespoons chia seeds



5-6 drops liquid stevia (or sugar/honey to taste)



All You Do:





1.Combine the Almond Breeze almond-coconut milk together with the fruit and chia seeds in a glass jar with a lid.

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