You may have had a casual relationship with them so far, but it’s time to start using chia seeds for weight loss and dig a little deeper into the power of these amazing little superfood seeds. For starters, they’re loaded with essential nutrients like omega-3s, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Chia seeds also pack an impressive three grams of protein and five grams of hunger-crushing fiber per tablespoon. Since the seeds form a gel when mixed with a liquid (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.
1. Pour Some Into Your Detox Water
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.
2. Sprinkle Onto Sweet Potatoes
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.
3. Mix It Into Applesauce
Unsweetened applesauce may be better than the sweetened variety, but with just 3 grams of fiber and less than a half a gram of protein per cup, it’s not always filling. If you’re a fan of this fruity snack, make it one that’s better for your appetite and waistline by mixing in some taste-free chia seeds.
4. Top Off A Fruit Salad
Make your morning fruit salad more satisfying by topping your bowl of fresh fruit with some filling chia seeds. Thanks to its healthy fats and fiber content, this breakfast addition will help keep your energy levels soaring well into the afternoon. “[Chia seeds] won’t cause spikes and drops in blood sugar or insulin levels, preventing cravings and overeating later,” Carolyn Brown, MS, RD explains.
5. Add It To Dressing
About a year ago, health food company, Hilary’s came out with a delicious ranch chia dressing that was teeming with omega-3s. If you can’t find the bottle in your local grocery store, simply whip up a dressing featuring chia seeds. Add the seeds to your go-to dressing recipe.
6. Add Them To Avocado Toast
Already a big fan of avocado toast? Great! Elevate your creations to the next level by sprinkling on some crunchy chia. If nothing else, the pretty specks of seeds atop the green mountain of avocado will earn you some extra likes on your Instagram #FoodPorn post.
7. Make Them Into Pudding
While many people think of chia as a topping, it can hold its own as a main dish, too. And not to mention, chia pudding is one of the tastiest ways to work this amazing superfood into your daily diet.