Chia seeds may be tiny, but they pack a huge nutritional punch that feature an array of super nutrients, such as magnesium, potassium, heart-healthy fiber, and healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, chia seeds can be sprinkled on cereal and salads for a satisfying crunch or blended with liquid, in which they bind to fill you up and prevent between meal cravings.
Here are seven versatile and surprising ways to enjoy chia seeds…
1. Salad Topper
As mentioned, chia seeds can be absorbed in liquid for a pudding-like texture, or sprinkled atop dishes to lend a satisfying crunch to cereal, fruit salad, yogurt, and fresh veggie salads.
A mere 1-teaspoon of chia seeds weighs in at under 60-calories, plus 3-grams of protein and 5-grams of fiber. They key to the crunch is to sprinkle on your chia seeds right before mowing down so the seeds don’t absorb liquid and become rubbery and gelatinous in texture.