It may be cliché, but amazing things really do come in small packages. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, for example, is a mere 4’9″ and the powerful MacBook Air weighs just 2.96 pounds! Chia seeds—which are about as big as a freckle—are another small-but-fierce source of amazingness.For starters, they’re loaded with essential nutrients like omega-3s, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Chia also packs an impressive three grams of protein and five grams of hunger-crushing fiber per tablespoon. And since the seed forms a gel when mixed with water (they can hold up to 10 times their weight in liquid), they digest slowly, making them a powerful force against the munchies—which is great news for those looking to control portions and cravings.
With that in mind, it seems like we should all make an effort to make our meals a bit more satiating with the help of the almighty chia seed! From chia pudding to chia-infused nut butter and everything in between, here are 23 great ways to incorporate them into your daily diet. And if you love this, then you’ll love our 25 Ways to Lose Weight with Oatmeal, too!
For some extra nutrition, spoon some chia seeds into your favorite detox water. If you’re looking for something that’s a bit sweet—but still healthy—create a concoction called chia fresca by combining 1 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon or lime juice, and 2 teaspoons of honey. Let the seeds soak overnight before slurping it all down.
Olive oil and spices are commonly used to amp up the taste of baked sweet potatoes. Almond butter, bananas, and chia seeds? Not so much. But Monique of Ambitious Kitchen loves this off-the-beaten-track combination on her orange spuds. Snag her breakfast recipehere to find out how to pull together her signature morning meal.