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The 9 Best Ways to Harness Chia's Power

Aug 5 2015 - 2:35pm

They might be an ancient superfood, but chia seeds are having a moment. High in protein, fiber, calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3s, the little seeds have a lot of qualities to love. Just one ounce (about two tablespoons) provides 11 grams of fiber, four grams of protein, and five grams of omega-3 fatty acids. If you're not sure how to get chia into your diet, here are some healthy and creative ideas.

Debloating Beverage

If you've been feeling sluggish and bloated, it's time for a new morning ritual that includes chia. Celebrity trainer Valerie Waters starts the day with this before-breakfast, pre-workout drink [1] that only calls for three ingredients.

Antioxidant Smoothie

If you find chia's crunchy texture a little off-putting on its own, try tossing them into this refreshing, fiber-filled morning smoothie [2]. After soaking up the liquid, the chia seeds take on a more gel-like texture.

Coconut Chia Pudding

Chia seeds and coconut milk marry for a Paleo-friendly make-ahead pudding [3] that works great for breakfast. Mix together the ingredients the night before, pop it in the fridge, and look forward to a special treat the next day. It's that easy.

Chia Jam and Yogurt

This simple raspberry lime chia combination [4] is the perfect starter recipe for healthy eaters who want to make their own jellies and jams. Serve yours up with your favorite Greek yogurt for a filling breakfast that feels like a treat.

Overnight Oats

Meet the easiest breakfast of all time: overnight oats [5]. It does not get any better than combining a few ingredients together before bed and grabbing a spoon when you're ready to eat. My favorite combination adds chia and almonds to the mix for even more fiber and protein to keep you full all morning long.

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry muffins get an upgrade with this chia-filled recipe [6] for extra nutrition. You'll be glad to know that these tasty muffins are also gluten-free.

Yogurt- and Chia-Covered Frozen Grapes

Freeze a batch of these yogurt- and chia-covered grapes [7] to curb ice cream cravings the next time they strike. Refreshing, sweet, and chia-powered, these are the perfect calorie-conscious Summer treat.

Chia-Seed Pizza Crust

Bring chia's power to everyone's favorite dinner: pizza. This whole-wheat chia-filled crust [8] has a garlicky flavor you'll love.

Lemon Dressing

This lemon chia dressing [9] is a riff on flavors of classic poppyseed dressing — only amped up with the addition of chia.

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