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Can you please send me some recipes that use chia seeds?

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March 26, 2012 at 11:03 AM

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You know - I've only had these once, but I've been seeing a lot more people talking about them lately. The way I had them was in a fancy cold watermelon soup at the charity dinner, but I've seen them since then in smoothies.

I haven't seen chia seeds at my grocery store, but I have flax seed at home that I like to sprinkle on my salad or in PB&J sandwich for a little crunch and added nutrition. I suppose the same could be done with the chia seeds!

Erin Froehlich answered
March 26, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Chia seeds are becoming increasingly popular. I first experimented with them in Southern California nearly 2 years ago and now I am finding them at every health food store I venture into. This seed, much like flax seeds, is rich in omega-3 fats, antioxidants, fiber, protein and minerals - making it an excellent addition to your diet.

I have simply added chia seeds to my morning smoothie, oatmeal, breakfast muffins, and even as a nutty addition to a salad. You can certainly swap whole chia seeds for ground flax seeds in any of the recipes I have posted on Dietitian's Dish or for specifically chia recipes, check out this site for some tasty recommendations: http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/meal-ideas/quick-and-easy-chia-seed-recipes

Cheers to Chia!

Jessica

Jessica Corwin MPH RDN Health Coach answered
March 27, 2012 at 8:20 PM

It's really easy to eat a tablespoon or two in your morning cereal. If you stick with something like Kashi Go Lean Crunch, Raisin Bran, or Grape Nuts, you'll barely notice them. I find that I like them best when I put them in the milk first, let them soften up for 30 seconds or so, then add my cereal. Chia seeds absorb a lot of liquid!

sprouty answered
April 2, 2012 at 9:09 AM

A new use I've found for flax seeds, that could probably work for chia seeds as well, is a really simple dish I make for lunch based off an appetizer at a great japanese style restaurant I tried.

It's called "gome ae", but it's basically just cooked greens with a little soy and sesame seed oil. I take frozen spinach, give it a quick "s" with the soy sauce, drizzle just a little bit of sesame seed oil - a little goes a long way with that stuff- give it an "s" or two of sriracha for some added spice a flavor - chop up some tofu (or sometimes chopped up scrambled egg if I have more time) and add a handful of flax seeds. I'll fill up a glad sandwich container, and nuke it in the microwave at lunch. I round it out with a grapefruit to eat after (like I do with every other lunch!) and I'm stuffed. :)

I like the flax seeds this way because like Seth said, they soften up with the liquid in the microwave.

Erin Froehlich answered
April 23, 2012 at 4:09 PM

goes through two packages of frozen spinach per week lol

Erin Froehlich answered
April 23, 2012 at 4:14 PM
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