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Are Chia Seeds Good For You?

Chia Seeds are a commonly used ingredient in everything from puddings to jams. But what are they? And are chia seeds good for you? Read on to find the answers to all your questions, and some tasty, healthy recipes to make. 

A jar of chia pudding topped with blueberries, with a spoon in it.

In the last few years, chia seeds have become immensely popular. And they’ve become one of my favorite ingredients to cook with. I always have some around the house, and I use them all the time. They’re so affordable, have tons of health benefits, and they’re super easy to use.

But even though they have become popular, they’re still a mysterious ingredient to a lot of people. Many don’t know if chia seeds are good for you, how to store them, and how to cook with them. So it seemed like a good idea for me to answer all your questions about this awesome ingredient that I love so much, and to give you some delicious and easy recipes to try making. 

What Are Chia Seeds?

Chia seeds are small, round, and usually black or grey, and look very similar to poppy seeds, just a tiny bit bigger. They’re the seeds of a type of mint plant that is native to Mexico. In addition to their many benefits, this healthy ingredient is notable because they can absorb up to 12 times their weight in liquid. So while they're very small when dry, they expand quite a bit when soaked. 

What Are the Benefits of Chia Seeds? 

There are so many different benefits to chia seeds. Here are the main ones.

  • Full of nutrients. Chia seeds are loaded with important vitamins and minerals. Among other things, they are full of iron, calcium, phosphorous, copper, and magnesium. And they have lots of alpha-linoleic acid, which is a very important omega-3 fatty acid. 
  • Lots of antioxidants. They also have a ton of antioxidants, including caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, kaempferol, and quercetin. If you’re trying to get more antioxidants in your diet, chia seeds are a great ingredient to use. 
  • Increased heart health. Chia seeds have been proven to be good for your heart health. They’re also loaded with tons of fiber, which helps limit the chances of developing heart disease.
  • Affordable. So many healthy ingredients come with a big price tag, but not chia seeds. They’re super affordable and also easy to find. You can purchase themat almost any grocery store, for just a few dollars. 

Do Chia Seeds Help With Weight Loss? 

Yes! This is an ingredient that is commonly associated with weight loss. The reasoning is quite simple. Because they can absorb so much liquid, they expand in your stomach. That makes you feel more full than you actually are. For people who are trying to cut back on their calorie intake, chia seeds are a great way to do it. A 1-ounce serving has 9.8 grams of fiber and 4.7 grams of protein, but only 138 calories. 

Are Chia Seeds Keto? 

Yes, chia seeds are definitely keto. Because they have so few carbs, they’re an ingredient that’s commonly used in keto diets. A 1-ounce serving only has 12 grams of carbs. 

What Do They Taste Like?

Chia seeds have a very mild flavor. They’re slightly nutty and a little bit bitter, and taste kind of like poppy seeds. They’re also quite crunchy! Because they are so mild in flavor, you can use them in both sweet and savory foods. 

How to Eat Chia Seeds

There are so many different ways that you can eat this healthy ingredient. They work well as a garnish, which you can sprinkle on everything from sandwiches to eggs to ice cream for a little nutritious crunch. You can add them directly to a dish like oatmeal, smoothies, and protein shakes, and they’ll absorb the liquid and add a unique texture. And you can also cook with them by adding them to recipes, or by making one of my favorite foods: chia seed pudding! 

Can Dogs Eat Chia Seeds?

Yes, it’s safe for dogs to eat chia seeds. They provide pretty much the same nutrition to dogs that they provide to humans. They give dogs essential vitamins and minerals, are good for blood sugar levels, and help dogs maintain a healthy weight. They can even make a dog’s coat shinier! However, because they are high in fatty acids, you shouldn’t give your dog too many of them in one sitting. 

How to Store Chia Seeds

Chia seeds have a very long shelf life as long as you store them in a dry airtight container. For best results, don't store them at room temperature for more than a year. However, if you store them in the fridge, they’ll last for 5 years. 

Easy and Healthy Recipes to Try 

Here are some of my favorite recipes. They’re delicious, easy to make, and most importantly, super healthy!

How to Make Chia Pudding

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High Protein Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chia seeds are a common ingredient for people who eat a high-protein diet. This super-healthy recipe might taste like dessert, but it’s loaded with protein from chia seeds, hemp seeds, and almond milk.
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Strawberry Chia Jam

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Jam is one of my favorite things to make with chia seeds. The seeds really add to the texture, while also making a delicious sweet food a bit healthier. This article includes chia seed jam in 4 luscious flavors: peach, strawberry, raspberry, and blueberry.
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Chocolate Raspberry Chia Parfaits

Who doesn’t love a good parfait? This is a recipe I turn to time and time again. It’s a silky smooth maple syrup chia pudding on top of a decadent chocolate banana mousse, topped with raspberries. And yes, it is every bit as good as it sounds!
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Carrot Cake Chia Pudding

High Protein Carrot Cake Chia Pudding

Chia pudding is one of my favorite foods. Carrot cake is also one of my favorite foods. Why not combine them? That’s exactly what this recipe does. It’s super healthy, with hemp hearts, quinoa, and fresh carrots. But it’s also so tasty!
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Overnight oats have quickly become one of the most popular breakfast foods. And it’s not hard to see why! They’re so easy to make, you prep them ahead of time, and they’re as delicious as they are healthy and energizing. They’re a perfect way to start the day, and these 6 recipes with chia seeds are even healthier than your average overnight oats recipe.
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Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa Recipe

Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa

As much as I love overnight oats, I think I love overnight quinoa just as much … or maybe even more! This recipe is the best of both worlds, with quinoa and oats, and it’s absolutely loaded with chia seeds. It also has almonds and almond milk, so there is no shortage of healthy ingredients.
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Who said that delicious drinks need to be unhealthy? This recipe is the perfect refreshing beverage for a hot summer day, and it’s super healthy. It’s just water, chia seeds, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and spirulina powder. How good does that sound?
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