13 Awesome Reasons To Eat Chia Seeds Every Day

Posted August 13, 2012

Ever since finishing Gerson Therapy and having my “no seeds” rule lifted, I have been getting stuck into chia seeds. They are versatile little suckers, and they are jam-packed with so much goodness.

Here are a heap of reasons to eat chia:

1. Chia is gluten free

2. It is super high in dietary fibre, making it great for digestion and healing digestion issues.

3. It contains 20% Omega 3 ALA, making it a super food for the brain and heart. Chia has eight times more Omega 3 than salmon!

4. It boasts 20% protein

5. The protein is a complete protein with all 8 essential amino acids

6. It is high in antioxidants (It has a four times higher ORAC value than blueberries)

7. Chia contains five times more calcium than milk

8. Chia contains seven times more vitamin C than oranges

9. It contains three times more iron than spinach

10. It contains twice the potassium content of banana

11. It is food for healthy skin, hair and nails

12. It has a positive impact balancing blood glucose levels (making it awesome for diabetics)

13. Chia makes a great egg replacement. Just combine with water to form a gel, and add it to recipes that call for egg.


Nutritionists recommend that 15g/0.53oz (one tablespoon) of chia is consumed each day. Be sure to drink plenty of water as chia is very high in fiber.


I eat chia seeds sprinkled on my rolled oats for breakfast, in my green smoothies, and in chia puddings like this.

You can also:

+ Sprinkle it raw onto almost any food
+ Add it to breakfast cereals, salads and soups
+ Add it to bread and muffin recipes
+ Mix with water or coconut water to form a thick gel

Click here to see some yummy chia recipes.

Buy chia seeds from your local organic or health food store, or online here.


The wonderful people from the Australian grown chia company The Chia Co have given me 10 x 500g bags of chia seeds to giveaway. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below and answer this question:

What is your favourite way to eat chia?

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I eat chia everyday in my green smoothie, but my *favourite* way to eat it is as a chia pudding. I blend soaked cashews, cacao and medjool dates together with some water to make a delicious nutty liquid. Then I add chia and let it soak up the soupy-goodness overnight, letting it form a goopy pudding-gel. I love having this for breakfast with stewed rhubarb, shredded coconut and toasted almonds on top… Yumza!

elizabeth henneborn says:

I love to melt cacao and dip a 1/2 of banana into it..then dip into some chia seeds and freeze. It is a delish frozen treat and the chia takes on sprinkles :)

Polina says:

the picture doesn’t show chia seeds, these are beans

S says:

No, that is chia ;-)

jodie says:

They are the seeds – it’s just a super close up picture.

Lidia says:

So if chia seeds have so much vitamin C, why on the box says VIT C- 0%

Love, love, love my chia! I sprinkle it on my salads. It looks great too. :)

Lauren says:

I have chia every morning in a shake in it’s gel form (soaked over night in water – or coconut water if I am getting a bit crazy ;) ) with almond milk, spirulina, goji berries, maca, raw cacao and banana! :) It’s like a delicious, thick green banana chocolatey smoothie that gives me the best possible start to my day!

The other day I ran out of chia seeds, and had to go for 6 days without them – well let me tell you I could feel such a drop in my energy, my sugar levels were not as stable, I was hungrier all day, I had a few bad skin breakouts and my stomach/bowels were NOT impressed with me at all and definitely let me know!

Chia seed shave changed my life – and I now always have a spare container of The Chia Co chia seeds in my pantry so there will be no more emergency situations!!!!!!! :)

I have just started eating chia. I haven’t tried any other recipes other than organic raw Cacoa , mashed banana, almond milk, and stevia blended together and then the chia seeds form the mix into a pudding. Yum

Tegan Crowley says:

I love chia!

My absolutely favorite way to consume these babies, is to plop a heaped tea spoon into my green breakfast smoothie, then chuck a tea spoon straight into my gob so I can crunch away whilst blending my smoothie.

M'Le Leach says:

I love soaking them over night and putting fruit, almond milk, and some cinnamon in them in the morning and having it like a breakfast cereal! :) It is so good. Unfortunately, I can’t find anymore Chia seeds right now, so I haven’t been able to enjoy them lately.

eve says:

I must try this, sounds good!

Possum says:

I love to keep a supply of chia seeds in my emergency earthquake kit, as I know I can survive for weeks without food, if I have these babies… They even keep me hydrated.. After all the Aztec Indians used to survive on them on their long treks?!

Natalia says:

My favourite chia recipe is as a dessert substitute! I add 3 tbsp chia seeds to 3/4 cup of almond milk, 1/8 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp agave. Let it sit for 30 minutes in the fridge and it’s like a yummy chia pudding!

Anna Vaschina says:

We love chia pudding. 1 cup of almond milk, 4 tablesp. chia seeds, 1 tablesp. cacao powder, 3 tablesp. maple syrup, mix really well and it sets into a fab choc pudding with all it’s loveliness. Kids love it! :)

Crystal says:

I love my “overnight chia”. 2 TBS chia mixed with 1 cup nut milk, a dash of cinnamon and sweetener of your choice. Put it in the fridge overnight and voila! Mix and eat in the morning. Especially good topped with banana or apple. Yum!

COuellet says:

I eat chia in most everything I make and in smoothies. I also wash my face with it as a gentle exfoliant, I add it to the soaps I make. I drink a blend of Chia, honey, lemon and cayenne in hot water in the am before my workout.
Probably my favorite dish with Chia is black bean, Quinoa, Spinach, Chia, burritos… yum!

Brooke Mason says:

I grind my chia cause I heard thats how to get the most out of it then it goes in the blender with some maca powder, bentonite clay, medicinal mushrooms, honey, frozen banana and or berries, almond or rice milk and some water for a quick blitz that keeps me filled up until at least lunch time!

Laura says:

I love adding chia seeds to my oatmeal and green smoothies!! I sprinkle some on the kids food too!

Emma says:

I find any excuse to use Chia Seeds, I use them every morning in my smoothies, I love the texture and the health benefits are just so astounding.
I love to make Chia Seed puddings, and add them to my porridge recipes as well. They are so versatile and I actually think I am now addicted. Love them. :) Emma x

Carolyn King says:

My dog has a pancreas problem and has lost a lot of weight. I have added chia seeds to her normal food for the last few months, the results have been outstanding. Her coat is lovely and glossy, she has put on weight and has a lot more energy. As for me.. I have chia seeds on everything, but my favorite is mixed with berries and cloudy apple juice.

Rebecca says:

As soon as the health food store clerk told me Chia was Gluten Free I was on board in a flash. I too add it to smoothies or my oats as I’m only a ‘newborn’ to using it. Perhaps I can venture out and be more creative as I read through the answers from others!

ps. Thank you for writing the eBook. I look forward to reading it!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE chia – they are such an amazing little seed. I throw them into just about everything I can think of to boost the goodness in my food. I love using them in my baking – Chia chocolate cake and Chia Choc Chip cookies are 2 of the kids favourites!!

Possum Combes says:

I love to keep a supply of chia seeds in my emergency earthquake kit, as I know I can survive for weeks without food, if I have these babies… They even keep me hydrated.. After all the Aztec Indians used to survive on them on their long treks?!
My favourite way is any way that is convenient at the time!! I add them to a drink for a quick breakfast on the run (even hot chocolate) or my mince when cooking dinner…or even straight out the bag, for a snack…

Jennifer Jansen says:

Honestly, I’ve never had chia seeds. They’re pretty darn expensive? I’ve pick up the bag many times at the store, but talked myself out of buying them. After reading this article, I don’t think I could make a good argument for not giving them a go — but if you’d like to help get me hooked, I certainly would appreciate it!

Elissa says:

I’ve used the same bag of chia seeds for a year – if you only eat a teaspoon or a tablespoon at a time, a bag can last you a fair while, and the health benefits can outweigh the initial cost. :) Just make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day to ensure that you don’t get bloated or constipated – I allowed myself to get distracted writing yesterday after my chia-chocolate smoothie, forgetting to consciously drink enough water and spent the rest of the day bloated because of it. But I still recommend them!

Annemarie says:

This comment of the bloating & constipation, doesnt sound like one would want to try chia seeds. I didnt see anyone else comment about this. Is this a common factor in eating chia. I want to try them, but not sure if this is something that would happen.

Melissa says:

I love mixing chia seeds into my smoothies and morning rolled oats/spelt! I’ve got my husband hooked, too!

Melissa Schultz says:

Whoops! Forgot to include my full name! Still love chia seeds in smoothies and mixed in with morning oats/spelt!

Inge Schaefer says:

I have never tried Chia and if I did it would be on my breakfast cereal. Currently I have LSA (linseed, soy and almond) Grounded.

Deanna says:

Hi – I have not yet started to eat chia seeds. Your description says I’m sure going to though.

Autumn says:

My favourite way to have chia seeds is with my oats every morning! A good brekky gets my day rolling!

Amy says:

In the past two weeks my digestion system seems to have a mind of its own, I researched Chia seeds and was so curious…almost bought them at Whole Foods today but wasn’t sure what to buy and ended up with trusted Flax Seeds. If only, I saw this a few hours before I would have just plunged into Chia. Thanks so much for your great ideas, info, recipes. Hooray!

Nicci says:

I’ve only had chia seeds once, in a smoothie, but now that I’ve had a quick look at the recipes on The Chia Co site I’m definitely going to start using them more often.

Ioanna says:

I discovered chia suffering a chronic disease called ulcerative colitis. I’m on an anti inflammatory diet which is basically gluten, dairy, yeast, sugar and tomato/mushroom and most meat free .
I bake banana muffins according to the diet wth coconut and add chia for a nice crunch and texture effect. Everyone loves my muffins and they also hold the secret goodness of chia seeds . A healthy, sweet and allergen free boost wth a good cuppa!

Leenie says:

We love chia! My husband and I like to squeeze the juice from 2 or 3 fresh limes into a tall glass and fill with cold water (He adds a little agave syrup to his.) then stir in a Tbsp. of chia and allow it to sit a thicken a little. Then, bottoms up! We have it daily.

Sam Gray says:

I honestly am yet to try Chia Seeds! :O Having just recently been introduced to Quinoa I have always noticed the two sitting side by side in health food shops and have been intrigued to try, will definitely have to now! And I would most likely try them on my weetbix or oats of a morning which up until now I have plain and boring!

Victoria says:

I add chia to my gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, FODMAP-friendly banana bread for extra crunch and nutrition. I eat it with almond and chia spread and it even passes the husband test!

1 cup buckwheat flour
1 cup almond meal
1 cup chia seeds
1 teaspoon baking powder
Half teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Half teaspoon salt
Teaspoon cinnamon
Half cup frozen or fresh berries
2 eggs (or egg substitute like flax seeds and water or…CHIA and water!)
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
2 cups (about 4) really overripe mashed bananas

1. Mix dry ingredients (except sesame seeds) together
2. Add fruit and egg/egg substitute and mix to make a stiff batter
3. Top with sesame seeds
4. Put in greased loaf pan and bake at 150C for about an hour
5. Let it cool – if you can!

Zoë says:

My favourite way to eat chia is to put it in my morning super-brekies!! I make them by blending soaked buckwheat, berries, coconut milk, acai powder, coconut flesh topped with Chia, cinnamon and shredded coconut!! Yum Yum Yum!

Love your site, thanks for all the information and inspiration!


I love Chia seeds. I sprinkle it on everything, so much so that it’s becoming a little bit of a joke!
My favourite way is to add it to homemade sugar-free chocolate.
Mix 1 cup coconut oil with 1/2 cup cacao, 2 tablespoons of rice milk, 3 teaspoons stevia, 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, 1/4 cup shredded coconut and a pinch of salt. Mix together and spoon into ice cube tray and freeze. You can play with this recipe to suit your taste, add more cacao or stevia if you need it.
Seriously this is amazing!

Leanne says:

Hate to admit this but I’ve never actually eaten chia but I am definitely wanting to start because of all those great health benefits! I really like the idea of putting it in green smoothies!

CB says:

I have 2 teaspoons of chia seeds in a big glass of water – mix it up, leave it to sit for a little bit, mix again then drink it down! Nice and easy!

diane Cooper says:

Thankyou for such a simple way to enjoy chia

Karen says:

I love to eat chia every morning in my oats! It’s just not complete without it. Now I have my Mum eating it too!

lynda mcdonald says:

In my green smoothies which my 3 kids now love as well !!

julie Wakely says:

My favourite way to eat chia is sprinlked on natural yoghurt for crunch with some raw honey. Just watch out for seeds between your teeth- have been caught out with a ‘Chia grin’ in work before!!

Becky says:

I love it in smoothies or use it to roll my nut balls in.

Marion Allan says:

LOVE LOVE LOVE my chia seeds!!! I use them in soooo many things from Cacao & Chia Seed Almond Cake to pumpkin & chia crackers to smoothies but when my 18 year old son says to me ‘mum can you make some chia pudding for dessert?’ I get super excited because I know he is feeling the benefits too. Our 2 favourite ways to make pudding are either soaked in almond or coconut milk blended with cacao & a little coconut palm sugar or soaked in our ‘milk’ with vanilla and cinnamon. Then we use a fresh fruit couli to layer between the chia pudding for a parfait extraordinarie!!!

Robyn Van Der Vorst says:

For breakfast I have CADA and yoghurt, which I have really loved, BUT in the last few months have started sprinkling chia seeds on top and have loved it even more. Just can’t get enough of it.

Alethea says:

I have them each morning either in a smoothie with banana, pea protein, lsa, oat milk & ice – makes a sweet filling breakfast! Or with oats, fresh berries, lsa & natural yoghurt, yum!

niki says:

I add chai to my porridge every morning. Every Sunday I grind up a batch of almonds, chai seeds, coconut, papitas, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. (sometimes I add extras but this is the basics that I always use). I store in a glass jar in the fridge so it stays fresh all week. Every morning I make porridge for myself and my 2 boys and sprinkle this on it. (I also add organic bananas for myself. For the boys I add 1/2 teaspoon of organic raw honey, organic banana and frozen organic berries. I find this really fills them up, is very healthy and they love it)

Gabriel Coucill says:

Thank you once again Jess, your information as always is invaluable . I have used Chia seeds for years on my porridge every morning! I didn’t know it was so versatile or that the nutritional value was so great. Will be experimenting with it now , thanks to all your followers great and varied suggestions .Gabi

Teresa says:

I’ve been wanting to try chia seeds for a long time, and now, after reading other comments, I definitely do! I

michelle says:

I love chia in my fruit smoothies. You have to drink it quick though or else the chia gets all sticky and sticks to your teeth! Totally worth it for such a health boost.

Lucky says:

Hi Jess,
We are looking to buy the cheapest wholesale organic produce in bulk and am wondering how you buy all your more uncommon items (for lack of a better word), like stevia, maca power, coconut oil etc. Do you get them from local health shops or online? We want the best deals because we are currently buying them from Go Vita but we won’t be able to sustain that and I so do really want more healthy foods in our diet and feel hard done by we are priced out of it. Do you buy your chia seeds from The Chia Co?
Thanks, Lucy

I use chia in my home made gluten free bread; but I think I’ll start putting into my post-cardio smoothies as well.

I have to admit that my favourite way to eat chia seeds is ground and sprinkled over my porridge too, but lately I’ve been mixing them with basil, parmesan, grated garlic and hydrated cous cous (made with vegetarian stock), for an amazing side dish.

Bec says:

I LOVE Chia puddings for breakfast and/or dessert!

Melissa says:

Hi, I don’t have a favourite recipe because I have never tried Chia seeds, but would love to. I have looked at all Jess’s recipes and can’t wait to try them!
P.S – I think you are so inspirational Jess!!

Sherrill says:

Hi Jess,

I love eating chia seeds in my green smoothies.

Thanks for all you do.

Midge says:

Love adding Chia Seeds to my Chickpea and Lentil patties. YUM

Kelly says:

Loving all the cool ideas of how to eat chia seeds! I love them in my porridge in the morning, salads or green smoothies :D

I love to eat chia seeds in my oatmeal! :)

Clare says:

I haven’t eatin chia seeds yet, i just recently have been learning about them but i am going to get some (or win some :) and put them into my smoothie and try this fantastic vhia pudding recipe i keep hearing about!

Nick says:

I love chia seeds! I use it to thicken up overnight oats…my favorite breakfast!

Kate says:

Im only just beginning to get my eating sorted again, and haven’t had a chance to try working with them in recipes myself yet. I first discovered them recently in some delicious apricot and oat bars and have been looking to find out about them since. Can’t wait to try them in smoothies!

Elisa says:

my favorite way to eat chia seeds is in a smoothie. I just add a tablespoon to my morning smoothie and that provides me with protein and fiber:)

anastasia says:

I add a teaspoon to my daily smoothie!
I love adding some to coconut milk for an instant pudding! yum!
but great tip on the egg replacement – i needed an egg yesterday and realised I didnt have any at home, so added half a banana instead!

Nigel Coates says:

It just wouldn’t be a good morning museli without chia seeds! Nigel :)

Bree Harris says:

I have chia seeds with my oats every morning and add them to my favourite treat (chocolate smoothie)
I am looking forward to trying many more ways with Chia after reading all the above posts!

Kibby says:

Hi Jess, I adore chia seeds too. I’ve got some raw onion bread going in the dehydrator right now that has chia seeds in it! Freaking delicious! Also, I made some raw almond pulp crackers using chia seeds in the ingredients. So tasty and nutritious! I will be posting recipes this week on my blog.
I usually have chia seeds in my daily green smoothie every morning. Sometimes, when working or not, I have another smoothie later in the day – again adding chia seeds for hydration and energy. I use chia seeds every day in some form or fashion – pudding, smoothies, crackers, bread, hydrating energy water (water, chia seeds, spirulina), etc. LOVE those little buggers!!
I also adore your blog and philosophy on life, food and more! You are on my blog roll and would love for you to come over and get to know me. Have a great day!

Julie Archer says:

Sometimes, I like to just take a heaping table spoon and stuff it in my mouth for fun! It’s a challenge to chew and swallow them- they stick to the roof of you mouth. Can’t really talk.. Its funny and make my 6yr old daughter laughter too! Nice start to the morning. She likes hers on her oats. : )

Brittany says:

My favorite is chia breakfast pudding with chia, unsweetened almond milk, goji berries, maca powder, mesquite powder, raw cacao nibs and cinnamon mixed and left over night to soak and become stodgy. Then in the morning, add organic coconut pieces and perhaps some stewed apple or fresh banana.. Delish! I also take little packets of chia when I travel to make sure I get enough fibre, protein which can be hard at times when you are on the road!

Jen says:

Hi Jess! I make coconut chia “porridge” (or pudding) for breakfast. I blend the flesh and water of a young coconut, put a cup of the blended coconut in a bowl and add chia seeds, let them gel for a little while, and then add in whatever I feel like – goji berries, soaked nuts or fresh fruit. Yum!

Kelly Purton says:

I started eating Chia Seeds about 7 years ago. I love to put them in everything!! I eat them on my oats in the mornings, but I also love to sprinkle on my salads for lunch, add to my smoothies, and anything really. For a great little treat, I also use them to coat my raw fudge balls which are delicious little truffles that contain only three ingridents – dates, walnuts and cacao! YUMMY!!

@ Kelly Your fudge balls sound great. Don’t suppose you could tell me the quantities? I make Go Go balls with almonds, raisins, cacao, dates, cinnamon, and orange oil. It would be nice to have a change. Avril :-)

Melissa Godar says:

I’ve never actually eaten chia seeds, but have been wanting to. I’m hoping it will make a difference in the way my skin looks. I’m also excited that it can be used as an egg replacer.

Joni says:

I ❤ chia in my morning smoothie!

Judith says:

I love adding a tablespoon of soaked chia to my oats in the morning with raw cashews, toasted pepitas, cinnamon and stevia!

Lauren says:

I <3 how when the seeds are soaked they turn into gel! I use it as an oil supplement or on my breakfast with fruit and granola and during Winter on my soups. <3 Super Seeds

Katie says:

I love to make jams using berries, honey, lemon juice and chai to set :) YUM!

Tia says:

Chia porridge (chia and water) with delicious almond mylk, goji berries, blueberry powder and flaxseeds. Yummy!

Samantha says:

I love putting Chia in all my smoothies and water! Most recently I’ve been experimenting putting them in anything from a nice bananut loaf to my black-bean burgers on the grill. It’s such a versatile little seed. Chia, where have you been all my life?!

Amanda Owen says:

Hey Jess
Thanks for the super informative post (as usual!)
I love Loving Earth Chia Seeds in my morning museli – activated buckwheat, raw oats, shredded coconut, activated sunflower seeds, goji berries and chia seeds soaked overnight in coconut water – then add berries, rice milk, almond/walnut butter and cacao in the morning :-)

I also just made a frittata (of sorts) last night by using chia seed gel in place of eggs, grated veggies, some coconut flower and baking powder (and some cheese on top since I am not vegan) – it was trial and error and it was delicious!
How do you store your seeds Jess? Also, do you know if they retain their amazing benefits when cooked?
Thanks again Jess :-)

Renee says:

love chia seeds in my super food smoothies!!!

Sheila says:

In addition to adding Chia seeds to my smoothies I also use them in my afternoon snack of csliced apples dipped in sunflower butter or almond butter then lightly dipped in chia seeds. It is my favorite energizing snack that I feel good about eating.

Erin B says:

I start each day with half of a lemon squeezed into a glass of water to help jumpstart my digestive system. Since I discovered chia seeds a few months ago, I also add a spoonful of those in too to really get a healthy start to my day!

Jade says:

Oh great! I always used to add Chia Seeds to my smoothie but I stopped because although I knew they were a superfood, I wasn’t 100% sure if they were worth adding in. Now I know they are so will grab some! :-)

Anna says:

I have it every day in my breakfast smoothies or sprinkled on oats

Well, I have not yet tried Chia, but reading your articles has inspired me to give it a try for my health and to maybe slip it into foods for my family and grandchildren.

Amanda Owen says:

Just noticed that ‘The Chia Co’ chia seeds are grown in WA Australia! Thanks for the local resource Jess!

Michele says:

My daughter makes a hearty, healthy and wholesome breakfast as follows:

1. 1/4 cup steel cut oatmeal
2. 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of organic chia seeds
3. 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of organic goji berries
4. 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of organic cacao nibs

Michele says:

My daughter makes a healthy, hearty and wholesome breakfast for us to start the day as follows:

1. 1/4 cup of steel cut oatmeal (cooked with filtered water)
2. Add 1 Tablespoon of organic chia seeds
3. Add 1 Tablespoon of organic goji berries
4. Add 1 Tablespoon of organic cacao nibs
5. Add 1 Table spoon of organic cacao powder
6. Add Sucanat (as desired)
7. Add fresh organic blueberries (if available)
8. Add a generous dash of organic cinnamon
9. Add a little raw milk (or raw cream) and stir
10. Enjoy!

Wow! I had no idea they were THAT good.

I love them in a fresh smoothie with pineapple, spinach, apple, banana and parsley.

Yvonne says:

i love to put them in puddings and even make chia cereal with them SO YUMMY

Samantha Marshall says:

I love to mix my chia seeds in my natural yoghurt. Mix the chia seeds into the yoghurt and let sit for at least 1/2 hour…yum!!

I eat Chia every day in smoothies and ‘puddings’ my daughter (2) and I have ‘smoothie moustache’ comps and she loves it!

fiona says:

I add them to my porridge too along with some honey :) I also put them in my home made spelt bread and muffins for the kids

Ali Mayers says:

LOVE chia seeds! Really yummy sprinkled over a bowl of raw granola, almond milk and sliced apple.

Kristine says:

I have Chia everyday but my all time favourite is mixed in my porridge with diced pear, banana & LSA.

Karen says:

I sprinkle Chia seeds on my porridge every day. i also dish up this tasty breakfast to my 2yr old and 3 yr old. it is a delicious and healthy breakfast.
i mix banana, strawberries and sultanas through the porridge, then sprinkle chia seeds on top.

i’ve even tried mixing the chia seeds with water and drinking it. it’s actually not bad. like swallowing passionfruit seeds. not as disgusting as i first thought it would be.

Maryanna Campbell says:

I put chia seeds in my green smoothie or sprinkle them on my rolled oats.

Amy Kennedy says:

My kids and I love chia seeds in our morning smoothies.

Nick Corney says:

I’ve been adding Chia seeds to my morning smoothie for a while now, but just recently i’ve started making a “raw energy slice” –
wiz 2 cups of nuts, i use almonds, walnuts and pecans, in a food processor until crushed up a bit, add a cup of cacao nibs. Take them out and set aside.
Add 4 cups of dates to the food processor and wiz until they make a paste.
Add the nut mix back in, add 2 tablespoons of peanut paste, and 100 grams of chia seeds.
Line a slice tin with baking paper, then press the mix into the slice tin, pushing it down as much as you can.
Refridgerate overnight, and it’s good to go!

Lynette says:

Been on the Chia wagon for a while now, love it so many different ways…. from in my smoothie, on my cereal, to in my home made bird seed energy bars. I think I have photocopied the energy bar recipe about 100 times, everyone loves it including my hard working farming husband who needs lots of long lasting energy. Chia seeds are my little wonder grains and I love how they make me feel. May god bless this amazing little gem!!

@ Lynne I don’t suppose you would be willing to share your seed bar recipe with me. Need all the ideas I can for healthy choices. Trying to get rid of my RA. Avril :-)

Hi Jess,
I have 3 heaped dessert spoons of chia seeds in my breakfast every morning.
My porridge consists of chia, psyllium, freshly ground quinoa & flaxseed, almond meal, sultanas, himalayan rock salt, a little homey. Before my porridge I have apple cider vinegar, cod liver oil and a heaped tea-spoon of coconut oil.
Besides being good for skin, hair and nails, I believe it is good for our eyes too.
Kind regards, Lyall

Erin Reis says:

I eat my chia in a home made pudding.
I use home made almond milk
chia seeds
some agave nectar
lemon zest
shake it all together and let it chill a few hours and Yum…

I also mix chia seeds with fresh unpasturaized pomegrant juice, some fresh juiced apple and lemon, and ginger.. SuperDrink::))

Rachel says:

I love chia seeds in every way – but here’s how I started out using them

Chia Power Porridge

Put into your favourite morning mug…
1-2 dessert sp of chia (ground/unground doesn’t matter)
1 tsp chlorella
Handful of Dark berries
2cm Raw grated Ginger
1 tsp raw cold extracted honey or Maple syrup

Add 1/3 cup of cold water to make a paste then add 2/3 cup boiled water
to make warm porridge

NB do not use just boiling water as it will damage the omega 3…

Really u can add anything to chia (or add THEM to anything) (or munch them as they are straight from the jar) as witnessed by this deluge of posts!

Lucy Ippolito says:

I enjoy a mix of chia seeds with a few dashes of cinnamon and frozen blueberries in a cup of almond milk. I use my immersion blender ( it’s a hand held blender) to blend it up in a big plastic cup and eat like a thick smoothie. My picky kids absolutely LOVE it!

Kerry Turnahm says:

Hi, We have been using chia over a year now. Our favourite way is eat chia is also in a chia pudding with homemade almond milk & coconut cream,cocao/or vanilla,toasted shredded coconut,chocolate mint, cinnamon,stevia drops. Kids love it too!

Liz says:

Every morning I enjoy my chia seeds with natural yogurt, pepitas, sunflower seeds, cranberries and sultanas. Yummo!

Brigitte Catalano says:

I love chia seeds sprinkled over oats as well as adding it to smoothies for that extra bit of fiber! It’s also great to make a gel and use as a binding agent for a wonderful vegan creation.

Hannah McCaughan says:

I LOVE chia seeds so many uses, my all time favourite is in bircher muesli soaked overnight with kefir, buckwheat, oats, pepitas, goji’s, cinnamon and water. In the morning slice banana on top & you have a very yummy, healthy breakfast.

Franny says:

I sprinkle chia everyday on my porridge. I also put it in smoothies and sprinkle on to of my oat cakes. I love the idea of using it as a replacement for eggs. *singing* Chia Chia here I go again, my my how can I resist you! xx

Franny Francis-Piper says:

Woops- My full name is Franny Francis-Piper.

Jael Palma says:

Easy, frozen banana with 1 cup of water, cinnamon, and 2 tbp chia seed and blend…. PUDDING ¡¡¡

Tania Alyce says:

I put chia seeds in my oatbran each morning, i also love making Choc chia pudding using your recipe Jess!! My 10 month old son has various food allergies so I add chia to his dinner each night to ensure he gets the benefits of them too :)

wilma says:

Just got two hot sourdough loafs out of the oven packed with chia and other goodies. Since I bake my own bread I know for sure what’s going in there is healthy!

Ainslie says:

I love eating chia seeds in museli that I make for added eye candy and yumminess. It makes attractive looking teeth when they get stuck on them :D

Rachel Olsen says:

I use chia seeds to “beef” up my green smoothies and also my porridge. :)

Rachel Olsen

Cindy Atkinson says:

I love chia in a muesli bar. My mother in-law puts a spoonful in her juice every morning.

I looooooooooove chia seeds!!! My fav way to have them besides my porridge everyday is as a pudding! I soak them overnight with almond or oat milk and then add fresh coconut flakes, cacao, cacao nibs and a touch of stevia! Yummmmmmmo :) I currently amo getting everyone on board love these little miracle seeds!!

Heather Wingrove says:

I eat chia in the morning, I eat chia at noon,
I eat chia in the evening, sometimes right off the spoon,
in smoothies, porridge, quinoa, with fruit, and very soon
in all the new recipe ideas here guaranteed to make you swoon.
Heather Wingrove

Nada Amam says:

I can attest to their nutritional value greatly. As a Muslim, I am currently adhering to the month of Ramadan. In this month I fast from sunrise to sunset. I abstain from food and all liquids. In the morning before sunrise I have a bowl of porridge with 2 big tablespoons of chia seeds. I have found these seeds to make my fast extremely easy as they provide me sustenance for the whole day. When I break my fast I have a date with a bowl of soup with another 2 tablespoons of chia seeds followed by a nutritional dinner and of course some sweets!

I have been fasting for over 25 years now and have found it difficult in the past. But this year I believe the chia seeds have helped me dramatically within this period of detoxification for the mind, body and soul.

Julia Finnane says:

Love chia seeds! My favourite way is just sprinkled on porridge with blueberries or banana but definitely want to try a chia pudding soon.

Joanne McPhee says:

Chia is an amazing little powerhouse of nutrition. So wonderful to support Aussie farmers too.
With two young boys, I’m always looking for ways to increase our health and my energy levels.
We go through a bit of chia!

I make a porridge for the family by placing steel cuts oats (or use rolled oats) in a saucepan with 2 tbls chia seeds,1 of linseeds and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Pour water over to cover by an inch and let rest overnight to enhance digestion. Heat and simmer for 5-8 mins. I usually incorporate some dried fruit for sweetness such as sultanas, chopped medool dates, chopped dried apricots or cranberries or fresh fruit such as banana, blueberries or stewed fruit on top to serve.
I’d also recommend making chocolate and beetroot chia cake which was a winner in our house and chia puddings are always a favourite too.

Angie says:

I like to make a hydrating sports drink with Chia seeds, a squirt of lemon or lime, a pinch of salt and a tea spoon of honey or maple syrup. You can run and bike for hours with this as your fuel. Enjoy. x

Lauren Ware says:

Haha, as I read this post I am currently eating 1.5 teaspoons of chia seeds in my steel-cut oatmeal with strawberries! Great to reap all those benefits first thing in the morning!

I use chia seeds in my daily smoothie & add in all my other supplements. A delicious dessert that is very easy to make is add chai seeds to coconut water,nutmeg & cinnamon. You can also add coconut palm sugar or agave nectar to sweeten. To make a change also add some berries it’s yummy :-)

Cindy says:

I have been wanting to try chia seeds for quite awhile now. Winning some would sure be a great way to get started!

Kim says:

I love chia pudding!!

Sangeeta vicky Neerunjun says:

I soak them in water and include them in my raw veggies salads. They can also be included in smoothies. I also make a drink with 3 spoonfuls of wheatgerm, 2 spoonfuls lin seeds, 1 small spoon of sesame seeds and a little powdered cloves. Another idea is to grind them together with Lin seed, sesame seed and organic coconut oil, it makes a very good butter to spread on your toast or on anything you used to put butter. Also you can add chia seeds to your pulses and gravies, not too much just a little to get the good omega 3 content. Just remember that they should not be boiled because it will eliminate all the good benefits of the seeds. Also remember to drink the water you soaked chia in.

Jess I love your site. Thank you for all your inspirational posts. I find it difficult to eat chia pudding. I put it in my homemade muesli. I have never found it to be yummy. But will try to be more versatile after all these fab ideas :-)

I like to grind up chia seeds with my flax seeds and put them on almost anything! In oatmeal, on cereal, on salads, on pasta dishes. I use it like most people would salt. Just sprinkle it on whatever I’m eating!

Sure thing I want to win some chia!
Haven’t afforded to buy it in a long, long time.

I prefer to eat my chia in my morning breakfast porridge or in my daily super smoothie, together with bee pollen, spinach, avocado, cacao, berries, +++.

Kath says:

A “mini” chia smoothie is great as a post workout snack. I mix a tablespoon of chia seeds, a scoop of protein powder, a generous sprinkle of cinnamon in some almond milk. All into my fave mug and I eat it with a spoon. Yum!
Then smile at everyone with the seeds firmly wedged between your teeth!!

Jess says:

I’ve never tried it before but I guess I’d start with sprinkling it on my porridge / museli. Just thought I’d throw my hat into the ring! Thanks for the chance to win :)

Jess x

I put them in my green smoothies, love them in GT’s Raspberry Chia Kombucha, but my favorite way is to just sprinkle them over a bowl of blueberries and walnuts and then pour in some almond milk. They form a delicious goopy gel in the bottom of the bowl that I love to scrape out with a spoon–my prize at the end!

Audrey says:

I love to add chia seeds to my overnight oats.

Ulrika says:

I find these nutritional comparisons interesting but a bit misleading. To me it isn’t really relevant how much nutritional value a particular food item has per gram but rather how much you get from a normal portion. Since you can only eat a tablespoon a day it won’t reach the levels of nutrients found in say salmon, dairy et.c. by far. At least not from the numbers I got when I looked it up before. :)

I have never eaten chia seeds. Maybe someday I’ll try ‘em

Alison Stoodley says:

Love chia on my cereal in the morning but after reading these comments have many more recipes to try, thanks!

Kathy Moore says:

Chia is just so versatile & because of its mega health benefits I add it to almost everything ….smoothies, soups, stirfries,salads,baked&raw bikkies, slices, puddings,brekkies….you name it…. my current favourite is an avocado, garlic,rocket, parsley,tomato, cayenne, turmeric,chia, dukkah,sea salt ,olive oil ( +sometimes lemon/lime juice) mix….as is ,or in a wrap …strong flavours but I love it!

Jorja Woodward says:

Sounds delicious! I’m going to try that salad!

Laura says:

I always add chia seeds to my morning smoothie!

sarah dean says:

I’m Guilty of never having tried Chia seeds! But after reading that article it’s top of the shopping list! What a action packed little seed. Can’t wait to add to my smoothie and soup! Thank u

Denise Lees says:

I love Chia seeds I put them in our daily smoothies and love to add to my granola yogurt bowl I also add them to my granola nut mixes!!!! too Fun!!!

Stephanie Blaszak says:

Love chia seeds on top of my breakie toast with avocado and fresh lemon juice. I also add it to all my smoothies and salads :-)

Diane Hart says:

I love my ch-ch-ch-chia in my green smoothies. Easiest way for me to get a tablespoon into my diet a day. I really feel the energy drop without them.

Olex says:

I’ve never eaten them, so I don’t have a favorite way yet.

Christina says:

I have never had Chia, hence my interest. I have been wanting to eat healthier for awhile. Not gonna lie, I am interested in the possible freebie offer. I would love to try it.

Kymber says:

just started eating chia seeds…so limited still in how/what I eat them in. But my favorite way right now is plain greek yogurt with blueberries and chia seeds…YUM.

leeroy joyce says:

I really love Chia seeds on my salads.
I have grown to crave the peppery bite of the Chia on top of my fresh salads. I just love it on my veggies, the contrast and brightness.
I believe this is the perfect way to have Chia seeds, period.

I put chia seeds in my morning smoothies.

Jorja Woodward says:

(Great Post Jess!!!)

My favourite way to eat chia is every possible way!
Since discovering the one billion health benefits of chia I have given it a cameo appearance in almost every meal! From smoothies, to muffins to cookies, to salads, to (my personal favourite) my fruit salads with yoghurt, passionfruit and a large sprinkle of chia! I’ve found it also makes food look a little bit more special. My sister used to tell me that it looked like I was having yoghurt with ants in it, then I realed off a few health benefits of the wonderful chia seed and now she does it too!

Thanks Jess,
Jorja xxx

Jackie Miller says:

My favorite way to eat Chia seeds is…use a slow cooker overnight, add Chia seeds, steel cut oats, blueberries, and organic soy milk. Yummy! Great breakfast.

Sonia says:

In my breakie smoothie!

1 cup unsweetened organic almond milk
1/2 cup frozen berries
1/2 banana
1 tablespoon CHIA SEEDS!
1 scoop sun warrior rice protein

Kaye says:

Hi Jess, Can you tell me which colour chia seeds you take – white or brown/black?
Thanks for the great info on this little seed. I had no idea how good it was.
Best wishes, Kaye

Jess says:

Kaye » Hi Kaye, I take all of them! They are all pretty similar. I’ve just finished a bag of black ones. x

Shaz Emmerson says:

Having a slow transit bowel, Chia seeds are my friend;)

For Breakfast I have Quinoa flakes & Oats soaked in hot water.
Then add Chia seeds & mix together with yoghurt.
Top with Blueberries …. Yummo

I also love Chia seeds in salads, sauces & sprinkled on veges too.

Harley says:

Cha,Cha,Cha,Chia …… I put it on everything …… Juices,smoothies,cereal & Yakisoba …. Pudding sounds good. When I can I use them and hemp seeds on Salad. Good on ya, Mate.

Marilyn says:

My favourite way to eat chia seeds is just to sprinkle them on salads, so good!!

Chantal says:

I love including chia seeds in:
– a baked burguhl salad – along with caramalised onion, fresh parsley, mint, roasted almonds and pomegranate seeds – and a Tblsp of Chia seeds – yummy dinner accompaniment
– kale smoothie with cacao, maca powder, frozen banana, coconut milk, half an avocado, icecubes and about half a Tblsp of chia seeds in a blender – yum start to the day
– date/ cacao/ fig/ goji berry/ acai powder/ chia seed balls – covered in dessicated coconut or chia seeds – yummy snack
Also – loving all the recipes and ideas flowing above – so much inspiration. xx

Alison Skinn says:

I add chia with just about everything- my morning porridge, with soup for lunch or in risotto for dinner and smoothies in between.

Ashlee says:

My favourite way to eat chia is on my oats in the morning. I cannot eat oats plain, I’m not sure why but I just don’t think my brain can handle anything that boring in the morning! I need to add chia, berries or banana to my oats to even begin to be interested in eating them.

Sara says:

I have never tried chia. But now it’s on top of my list !

IdaPie says:

Used to be chia-hooked a few years ago and I still love them but they’re pretty expensive here in Norway I reckon so as the poor student I am I’ve ‘shelfed’ them for the time being.
I was just wondering one thing tho – Does the body break them down ? I mean, they have that (awesome) slimy coating so I was thinking if we need to grind them in order to extract all the goodies that lies within?!
Probably, but I’m still pondering this :]

Shadiah Villegas says:

I love Chia seeds! I like to sprinkle them on my salads and soups or mix them into my smoothies.

Kate Muller says:

I have chia every morning, either in my smoothie with banana, berries, coconut oil, Vitalgreens, 180 Nutrition protein powder, olive leaf extract, natural yoghurt and rice milk, or in my porridge with rice milk, shredded coconut, dates and cinnamon!

Christine Gonzalez says:

Take a banana, dip it in peanut butter, then dip it in chia seeds. NOMS! :D

Jenny says:

I love chia in my cacao & banana smoothies

Melinda says:

Hi Jess. I’ve been loving chia seeds, but was recently told they can cause swelling of the pancreas. I haven’t been able to find any supporting evidence on-line and wondered if you have ever heard of this contraindication? Thanks Mel

Jessica says:

I mix chia seeds with my hummus and dip veggies and black bean chips in it! That’s my favorite way to incorporate it (because I am a hummus fiend), closely followed by putting it in my kombucha. Talk about cleansing, lol!


Cadie says:

I love to eat chia in a bowl with some coconut milk, cinnamon, and raw cacao powder. Let it turn into a pudding and it tastes great!

Ashley Halseth says:

I love chia seeds as an egg replacer in my banana bread! It gives my banana bread a great texture and holds it all together wonderfully. I also love putting it in my green juices.

Shannon Steffler says:

I haven’t tried them yet, and I’ve wanted to. Seeing how much more nurtient dense they are makes me want them EVERY single day for my family. We have FIVE girls :-D Hope I win by some miracle!!!!!!!!!!!

Catriona says:

I make a version of Fairy Bread with organic rye bread spread with honey and black & white chia seeds as ‘sprinkles’. My 20 month old loves them and they are so much better for him (and me) than traditional fairy bread. ‘

Lawrence says:

I have been taking Chia seeds and protein powder to maintain my diet. These are the best Nutrition foods for everyone.. I hope many families are taking this foods for their daily life

I love to put Chia on my breakfast mix of flaxseed oil and cottage cheese whipped together( this was devised by a German biochemist named Dr Joanna Gudrig who found that cancer loves and is fed by sugar and the best way to neutralise it is with sulphur and apparently the combining of the two ingredients forms sulphur.] I then sweeten with agave nectar and add lots of berries,kiwifruit ,strawberries and anything in season,topped with 15g of chia and passionfruit. Seriously yummy and among lots of other things I am doing to keep my mds at bay and it’s working!!

Barbara says:

I am continously learning about the uses and benefits of chia as evidenced by the comments posted above. So far I’ve made a breakfast pudding with chia, almond milk, mesquite powder and spirulina. I top it off with a banana or strawberries.

Karla says:

My daughter and I LOVE chia soaked overnight in Chocolate Almond Milk – simple and delightful!

Catherine Weinraub says:

I have only tried chia seeds in my smoothies and on salads. Clearly I need to get on board with trying new recipes. I love the enthusiasm shared on this board and thanks for all the ideas!!!!

Olivia says:

Chia seed pudding! Best thing ever. Simple as that :)

Amber says:

Thanks for the great post! In our household we LOVE chia seeds. I’m a busy mum of three gorgeous girls and every morning we all enjoy chia seeds. I have them on my porridge and my 4yr old and 2yr old have them on their cereal. They call them ‘ant poo’ and every morning ask for ‘ant poo’ on their cereal! I can’t wait until my 6 month old can enjoy them too!

Trudy says:

I discovered chia seeds about six months ago and LOVE them! My favorite ritual every day is to take a 20 oz. bottle, fill it with purified water, put half a packet of Eco-Drink (vitamin powder) and 1/2 tablespoon of chia seeds. I shake it up and wait a few minutes. I do this twice a day and drink my chia with my vitamin water. It’s delicious. It helps me get more water every day, plus I just love the texture of the chia seeds after they expand! It’s quite a treat each day! :)

Caroline says:

My favorite is Banana, apple and chia seeds drink, it’s by a company that produces healthy drins butbim about to start making it myself
The drink is like a wake up party in your mouth!

Sandy says:

I add chia seeds to any muffin recipe that I happen to be using every week. I add them just before cooking so that they crunch will be there. I love the crunch they give. I even added them to my banana pudding the other day and loved, loved, loved it. My husband fixes oatmeal, honey, cinnamon, dark chocolate and chia seeds for his breakfast on weekends. We both enjoy adding chia seeds to lots of things we eat.

Susan says:

Thanks for the informative post on chia seeds, Jessica. I haven’t yet tried them, but after reading of the benefits and the variety of ways they can be taken I’ll be buying some.

Juncal perez iglesias says:

I work as long haul cabin crew, so I always carry chia seeds on my flights after a friend recommended to me. I put 2 teaspoons of chia in a 1.5L bottle of water and it keeps me going for a 6-7h flight. a great way to keep me motivated to drink the whole bottle!

Sloan says:

I was always a little nervous eating Chia, hearing about the gel. I figured that I wouldn’t like it. But I tried a trial pack in a drink and it was awesome! I love them!

jennifer says:

I have found my way to chia bread as have allergy to wheat and a whole list of foods and just so look forward to my chia toast in mornings we have just bought pkt chia seeds and looking forward to all the health benefits and thank everyone for the different ways they enjoy their chia

jennifer says:

Dont know of many kids parties without fairy bread….. a sprinkle of chia seeds
over fairy bread would have to take the gilt out of lollie bread …..I would even sprinkle over their ice creams …..I also make a pretty good fried rice
I now sprinkle chia seeds over top for health benefits and crunch

Ciro velasco says:

I use the chia seed on everything i eat, it has increased my energy and my training it so much better. P.s. Love your blog.

rosaline soon says:

I take chia seeds with almost anything everyday. Really awesome! I have a cup of chia seeds drink on my dinning table and take a sip every now and then. It is heavenly.

John Pollard says:

I love my daily dose of chia seeds and have tried them in many different ways but now I simply swallow a tablespoon full of them like medicine and wash them down with a glass of O.J. or other 100% fruit juice in the morning before my light breakfast and coffee.

Mohamad Issa says:

I have the Chia seeds blended with soya milk+dates+one apple as a breakfast every morning. one full big cup keeps me going till lunch time. i make sure i drink minimun of one liter of water.

my three kids enjoy this drink every morning before they go to school so to make sure they start a healthy day. my wife loves too.

I also mix it with pure honey and have a coffee spoon every morning if i dont have to do the drink before i leave to work.

kylie sykes says:

I like to grow the seeds and use them where ever I use sprouts.

Therese says:

I am addicted to my breakfast of 5 grain oats, along with quinoa flakes, flaxseed oil, and of course chia! This keeps me going for hours! Love my chia!! ~ Therese

Chris says:

I always put the chia seeds in a bottle of water the previous night and drink it the following day. It really helps improve my health.

Tim Barnett says:

I’ve never tried them, but hopefully for leaving this comment i’ll win some & get into the Chia craze!!!

Shannon De Pasquale says:

I eat chia in greek yoghurt. I usually mix in banana or bluberries as well..

It is also great in a breakfast smoothie as it fills you up and gets you ready for the day!

annette exon says:

I am desperate for chia seeds…have been told there is a worldwide shortage…off to google how
to grow them…..

Lydia La La says:

After reading some of the comments I will be back to write out some recipes.

I just love my Chia either in yoghurt or soaked in a glass of water with a little lemon as a drink. I’m off the The Australian Chia site to order 3 kgs so I don’t run out again as I have now. I was not aware of ALL the nutrients available in the seeds.

lerene colwell says:

cant wait to start on it, the idea of taking chia seeds makes me feel healthy already =)

Mercul Vrij says:

I Just love my Chia either in oatmeal or mixed with mango juice as a drink.
Chia is good for my health, I love it as a every day must have meal.

Anne says:

I make a delicious seed bread (google Bob’s Red Mill recipe for quick seed bread). Delicious as toast with cocoanut spread in the morning. I used to be able to buy chia in the regular supermarkets but since it has become trendy I have to plan ahead an buy on the internet since there seems to be a world shortage.

Sally says:

Question- I have chia every day in porridge and as pudding. We cook about three tbsp chia at 90 degrees with the oats for nine mins in thermomix, but I’m wondering if I’m destroying any nutrients???? Should I be sprinkling on at endi instead? I’m just not sure my kids would eat the crunchy version!

Jess says:

Sally » Hi Sally, both of these are okay. I’m pretty sure that chia seeds retain their goodness when cooked. x

Sally says:

Thanks Jess- good to know. My kids handled the ‘crunch’ when i added them raw this morning which was a surprise!

Maxine says:

Hi. I just watched your Food For Thought video with the four of you and cried through half of it. At 47, I have been 95% vegetarian for years, but always craving meat here and there. I started gaining weight 5 years ago and in order to shift it, did lots of research and reading and became vegan, then raw vegan, did juice fasting and reduced everything that was enjoyable. The result? I got fatter and fatter, I broke my ankle in 5 places for no good reason, became highly emotional, had Candida overgrowth out of control and eventually became depressed. The entire time I did all this I felt like I was starving. I eventually started eating bread and grains again because I needed to feel satisfied. What did my head in was the fact that I was 90% vegan, not eating very much grain or fruit at all, no sugar, and just about all organic produce and still putting on weight. I went to an alternative-thinking doctor and he put me on a ketogenic diet, which is very close to Paleo. A week today and I was still struggling emotionally with the decision, but having listened to you guys, my entire being has just gone, “Aaaaaaahhh”. THANK YOU! I get it now.

Jess says:

Maxine » Wow, thank you so much for sharing your story Maxine!! It just goes to show that we really do need to listen to our bodies – they know better than our heads. Wishing you all the best, and congratulations on this break through. x

Racheal Porteous says:

I Love chia seeds, they are my new addiction, I add a teaspoon to my bottles 1 litre bottles of water, great when you a busy person on the run. But was just wondering if is there such thing is too much chia seeds? They motivate me to drink more water throughout the day, I normally have about 4 teaspoon per day.

Just curious to know the difference between white and black chia seeds??? My health food store stocks both and I was wandering if there are any specific benefits for either color, thanks

Jess says:

Sam Chmielewski » Both have the same nutritional value. As far as I know, there is not much of a difference :)

Bec says:

Chia seeds are so easy to eat , I don’t think they have much of a flavour or taste, not that I mind, all the benefits they give me and cheap too :)

Yep says:

Actually, Chia seeds contain no Vitamin C, so reviewing point #8 would make sense !
Love my chia in all forms

Jess says:

Yep » According to many sources, chia seeds do contain vitamin C. Here is one reference: http://www.powersuperfoods.com.au/chia-seeds.html :)

Smart says:

Chia does have some vitamin C however, I agree that point 8 does need to be reviewed/removed.
It is a misconception that Chia has no vitamin C or has 7 times the vitamin C of oranges, both claims are false.
The website nutritiondata.self.com is often quoted as showing that Chia has no vitamin C the website also claims that the data comes from the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference but it looks like they made an error copying the data.
There are also ‘many’ sources which claim Chia has from the as 7 times the Vitamin C of oranges, these are all advertising claims of which are not substantiated.
The USDA shows that Chi has 1.6mg of Vitamin C per 100grams but oranges have 97.5mg of Vitamin C (Sources: http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/3655 and http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/2361) so oranges actually have over 60 times the Vitamin C of Chia.
There are many good reasons for eating Chia seeds, though the vitamin C is not one of them, so don’t give-up eating your oranges yet.

Carol says:

I have just learned about chia seeds and bought a packet today. my concern is that they are seeds and does the hard crispy coating/shell disolve once eaten.

i love experimenting with chia seeds. My favorite recipe is from https://healthyrevelations.wordpress.com

there are also awesome extremely healthy breakfast recipes that taste just like dessert

April says:

I am just getting on board the chia seed train. If I use chia seeds in baked goods what is the recommended amount to use and do I need to decrease any of the other ingredients? I’m thinking of breads and/or breakfast muffins.

CD says:

Check this fact – DHA vs ALA are different. It contains 20% Omega 3 ALA, making it a super food for the brain and heart. Chia has eight times more Omega 3 than salmon!

estée says:

Chia is the best thing ever! Lately I’ve been eating them in jams (strawberry and blueberry) and it’s incredible how delicious they are. Here’s how I’ve been making my “faux jams”. https://vimeo.com/62029252

Love chia seeds! We discovered them a couple of months ago when we made the transition to a clean diet and were looking for healthy food options. Love to soak it overnight and put it in to our green smoothies or even in our raw buckwheat porridge. Love your site!

In my country Mexico we know the benefits long time ago, it’s usual drink chia seeds with natural lemonade or Hibiscus flower fresh drink…also in salads, with chocolate or with yoghurt

Kathy says:

I have seen back chia seeds and original brownish . Is there a difference in their uses.

Me says:

What is the difference between black or white chia thanx

Dawn says:

Could you please share where you purchase your chia seeds, I’m having difficulty finding them? I’m in Sydney, N Parramatta. Thanks for your help, and great info here on your site!

Grace says:

Frozen yogurt and yogurt omgg it’s amazing

Wayne says:

I am currently on a high protein, low carb diet so I can burn body fat while trying to gain good lean muscle gain, I am currently weight training 3 times a week with a day of cardio, how would using chia seeds impact on my overall goal . I am also using a flax , sunflower and pumpkin seeds blend . Thank you

Jack Powell says:

wow thats amazing thanks :)

Justin says:

Chia Seeds are an amazing super food and I think we have only just begun to realise how nutritionally amazing they are! So easy to include in your diet. Our customers at Cheap Super Foods have used them in everything from pizza dough to jelly!

Lorraine says:

I make chia seed capsules with my capsules maker and just swallow 2 three times a day with a full glass of water

kerrie says:

Hi I have been using chia seeds for a month now I dont seem to be getting a result from it yet. I have used it in most of your suggested ways can you help me more as I want to get results and keep eating chia seeds. thanks

Sally Odgers says:

Here’s my current favourite breakfast dish. Fill a bowl 2/3 full of mixed frozen berries. Microwave for 3 mins to thaw. Add one egg, 1 dst sp of flour and 1 heaped tsp chia. Mix well. Microwave for 3 mins. YUM.

Nola Hall says:

I have just been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, which I am convinced was bought on through accidentally imbibing shellfish over a period of a week. I am extremely allergic to shellfish & all the reactions I get from eating , touching or smelling it are the same as what I am experiencing now. My cousin has suggested Chia seeds. Will Chia seeds be helpful or harmful to me?

Wendy Sharpe says:

“It contains 20% Omega 3 ALA, making it a super food for the brain and heart. Chia has eight times more Omega 3 than salmon!”
The above claim is totally misleading as Omega ALA is totally different to Omega DHA which is in Salmon. Only a very small amount is converted to DHA.

Diane Cooper says:

I sprinkle chia seeds and flax seeds on my Greek Yogurt.

I believe it helped lower my fasting glucose number from 132 to 98 in a little less than 30 days. I use 2 Tbsps every day!

Hi Jess! I just borrowed/amended part of your ‘reasons to eat Chia’ for my blog. It’s referenced back to your blog but please let me know if there’s any copywrite infringement (http://kitchencounselling.com/2013/11/03/quirky-community-gatherings-and-chia-pudding-two-of-my-favourite-things/hope not, I was in a hurry though so am just checking:). Thank you for all the sharing you do. Best wishes to you:) Nicola

Kirtika says:

I like chia seed

Jon O'Shea says:

Hi Jess – great site you’ve got here, only just found it! I’m a huge advocate of Chia seeds, glad to see you you’re in the same boat. Cheers, Jon.

Carzee says:

The Creator God of the Universe is my purpose in life…blessing me with everything I need to live a pure life before Him, and fill by body with good things, like chia seeds! :))
Thank u all for sharing your wonderful ideas using these unique lil seeds. We are new consumers!

Marc says:

I have used Chia every day for years, seeds or ground. I add to homemade soups, homemade pasta sauces and to my juice pulp breads (mixed with water substituted for eggs) after juicing. I’ve never experienced bloating or constipation if I don’t drink enough water. In fact, I’ve noticed it keeps me regular regardless of the amount of water I consume.

Irena says:

Chia seeds have lots of great nutrients but they definitely dont’ have more vitamin C than orange, more iron than kale and more potassium than banana. I wish they did!

Brian Vincent says:

I bought white chia seeds. There is no vitamin C listed. Is this a typo in your benefits listing about the chia seeds?

Mikaela R says:

I absolutely love Chia Seeds from The Chia Co. I mix them in with my porridge every morning and I feel so much healthier and active. I also have a stomach disorder too and the Chia seeds have actually made it a lot better! I hardly get pain anymore. Also I used to get really bad breakouts and now I get none at all! Chia seeds are honestly the best. If you’re looking for a reason to try them, this is it. They’re amazing.

Mikaela R says:

I feel so much healthier after eating Chia Seeds from The Chia Co. They are quite costly but it’s worth it. The health benefits are amazing and you feel so much better. You can add them to anything! I add them to my porridge in the morning and it tastes delicious.

Manuel Gonzalez says:

Where did you get the info? specially that Chia has more vitamin C than an Orange,


Shelley says:

I’m doing the Whole Life Challenge and I’m trying to develop a good “protein shake” with only whole ingredients. If I were to use coconut milk, a banana, some frozen berries and chia seeds-how much chia should I use? Also, is it ok to consume more than 1tbsp of chia a day?

April says:

I just started with chia, and I love them. They’re so easy to add to everything! My 4 year old has become quite picky and even he likes them sprinkled on yogurt or added to his cereal. I added them to a chocolate cake the other day, and it was improved. I can’t say enough about these little seeds.

rebecca says:

I honestly can not stand them, the gel… not for me I just take a teaspoon put it in my mouth and down it with 2 cups of water. at least its easy to do and done fast. I can really see a difference in my digestion from the fiber.

James zannis says:

Put them into flapjacks.

Aurelie says:

Hello Jess, thank you for this article I love chia seeds also! just one thing about the omega 3 content, only very little amount of ALA present in chia and flax can be converted into EPA or DHA (the form of omega 3 that is usable by the human body) many people cannot convert any of it sadly. I would not rely on them for omega 3 intake….peace :)

I won’t more advantage of chia seeds

Jared says:

These are great reasons for eating chia seeds. Thanks for sharing these Wellness Warrior! I especially want to try your chia recipes! Chia seeds are definitely a very nutritious food (read my article The Health Benefits of Chia Seeds to see the detailed nutrition facts), but there is actually surprisingly little research regarding chia’a health effects on humans. I don’t think it matters though, because as you’ve pointed out, there are atleast 13 reasons to eat them! :D

Peter says:

What do you mean by “it boasts 20% protein”

Gladys Santana says:

I have acne would b suitable for me..since this it is reach of proteins

AK says:

Can you eat too many chia seeds? I drink 4 tablespoons of chia plus 1 tablespoon of organic india psyllium fiber in some juice every morning.

AK says:

Can you eat too many chia seeds? I drink 4 tablespoons of chia each morning in some juice mixed with water.

Ashleigh says:

My favourite way to eat chia seeds is in home made protein balls!
It has all the benefits of the chia seed as well it tasting amazing!

Masson says:

Single Whole Grain Toast, Chia seed & water gel spread, Sliced avocado, Sweet Chilli Tuna, Splash of Hemp Seed Oil to finish.

ruth says:

I eat chia seeds over watermelon for breakfast and it fills me up till lunchtime.
I had two bananas without chia for breakfast and i was hungry by lunchtime.WOW.It’s amazing.

Shaun hogg says:

Always have 1-2 tablespoons on my egg sandwiches everyday feel amazing and they have No taste which I like would defo recommend drink plenty of water though or you feel so bloated lol

Rhonda says:

Hi Jess: What are your thoughts about flaxseeds?

Josephat katuto says:

It blesses my heart understanding the nutritional value in chia seeds because my wife was diagnosed with diabetes and God is seeing us through by having this information with us she had to call all the way from Kenya for me to able to get Google and access this information thank so much for providing such an information.Regards Josephat

Di smith says:

I eat chia daily, I soak the seeds in almond milk and serve with fresh fruit and honey! Delicious, and keeps u going four hours

Katherine says:

I have chia seeds everyday for breakfast sprinkled on top of blueberries, greek yogurt and rolled oats but my favourite way to have it is to blend frozen mango, chia seeds and coconut milk together. It makes a thick yummy treat perfect for anytime of the day!

I’m finding Chia really useful for morning breakfast, keeping me a lot more full during the day. One of the great things is that is does keep us full for longer, a bonus if we are trying to shred unwanted kilo’s. One of my favourite smoothies is:

1 cup almond milk (cold pressed)
Frozen blueberries
2 cups spinach
1 Banana
1/4 cup walnuts
5 ice cubes

Really yum! :)

yesenia says:

in yogurt

David says:

I eat chia seeds during breakfast as a topping for my fruits… delicious!

christine slade says:

Fist time eating chia,delicious i know i am going to be hooked

gail says:

I love to mix 2 tsps chia seed into a glass (1 cup or so) of coconut water– my favorite brand is Thirsty Buddha, has a nice nutty flavour– and then add a squeeze of lemon and allow the seeds to hydrate for 10mins or so…. so tasty… It is better at room temperature as the flavour of the coconut water is best when not too cold.. I am not one to leave the house with a water bottle or coffee thermos in my hand, but since getting hooked on this drink, I never leave home without this drink prepped!!

Meighan says:

I drink a tall glass of chia seed water everyday. I actually really enjoy the gel texture. It’s super filling, and the more I drink it the less likely I am to snack on things I shouldn’t.

Sierra Hoffmann says:

Does it change the nutritional value if I don’t soak the chai seeds before baking in brownies?

Josh Godoy says:

Great information. I think i consume more than the recommended amount of chia. Is it bad to consume too much chia?

I take it with my green smoothie but i add about 5 tablespoons.

Is that bad for me?

Jorge says:

I put small handfuls of chia seeds in my hand at a time, then whip them into my mouth, and then I swallow some sips of water to wash them down really quickly. With this method I don’t taste them and I don’t have to chew them, and the water that I drink after each mouthful will naturally expand the chia seeds in my stomach. Chia done easily!

Katrina del Percio says:

I simply sprinkle them and n my morning yogurt!

Lauren dell says:

Hi, just a quick question, why do you say that chia has 7 times more vitamin c than oranges? Where is your research from? I don’t think it does, and if that is an inaccuracy then how do the other stats hold up?

leonardo says:

@ Polina- those are chia seeds mami, I never seen beans that look like that

Troll says:

I guess that I am the only one wondering where the ninth essential amino acid is, because there are 9, not 8 as the article says.

Cendy Perez says:

So if you drink it with warm water and stir simple and easy can you still lose weight like that? How many times you have to drink it three time a day or twice a day??

Jen Olsen says:

I have tried chia two ways and love it. I love to put about a tablespoon in my yogurt with some fruit and also eat it with my steel cut oats. I generally add two tablespoons with my oats, blend in some cinnamon and honey, add a coconut/almond milk blend, and it gives me energy and sustained blood sugar all morning! I will have to try grinding it and putting in smoothies!

Leslie says:

Ive been enjoying chia seeds for about ten yrs now. My best recipe makes them easy to digest and so yummy . I call it my keifir pudding : 1cp keifir 1Tb chia seeds 1/4-1/2 cp chopped fruit (i use cherrys n blueberries) a sprinkle of turmeric 1/4 te cinnamon a sprinkle of cyenne pepper . Mix well, sit in fridge six hours up to overnight. The seeds n spices will have bloomed and ready to gp to work . Its crunchy n yummy. Sometimes I add a lil honey or raw organic coconut oil. Enjoy!

Leslie smith says:

I love putt chia seeds in my almond soy milk. It makes awesome pudding.