5 Ways to Charge Up Your Diet with Chia Seeds

March 23rd marks National Chia Seed day — a day dedicated to celebrating this small but mighty seed in all its glory. Rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants, it’s no wonder chia seeds are considered a superfood. Not to mention, they’re rich in protein and fiber — which can help you feel full longer.

Today on the Vibrant Health blog, we’re sharing five ways to mix chia seeds into your diet — from a tropical chia pudding to using them as an egg substitute!

How to Mix Chia Seeds into Your Diet

 

  1. Shake Up Your Breakfast with Chia Pudding
  2. Elevate Your Smoothies & Smoothie Bowls
  3. Mix into Your Salads for Added Crunch
  4. Make a Batch of Energizing Protein Balls
  5. Use Chia Seeds as a Vegan Egg Substitute

 

1. Shake Up Your Breakfast with Chia Pudding

 

Chia pudding is an excellent alternative to your usual oatmeal breakfast! With spring officially here, we’re loving this Mango Chia Seed Pudding — uniquely layered with a refreshing fruit smoothie for a pop of color and flavor!

 

Make it Yourself: Mango Chia Seed Pudding via Vibrant Health

 

2. Elevate Your Smoothies and Smoothie Bowls

 

It’s no secret we love our smoothies and smoothie bowls here at Vibrant Health — and we’re all about packing on the superfoods whenever we can! Simply mix a tablespoon of chia seeds into your smoothie for a powerful nutrient boost.

 

Make it Yourself: Tropical Daydream Smoothie Bowl via Vibrant Health

 

3. Mix into Your Salads for Added Crunch

 

Take your salad game to the next level with, you guessed it, chia seeds! Incorporate into your salad dressings, or mix right in with your greens for extra crunch. You’ll love this vibrant vegan salad — topped off with a refreshing Lemon Chia Seed Dressing!

 

Make it Yourself: Power Salad with Lemon Chia Seeds Dressing via Two Peas & Their Pod

 

4. Make a Batch of Energizing Protein Balls

 

Energy squares and protein balls make for an excellent grab-and-go snack or breakfast on those particularly busy days. Feel free to add chia seeds for a wonderful crunchy texture with an extra protein boost!

Next time you feel a snack attack coming on, whip up a batch of some healthy protein balls to keep on hand. These Max-Out Protein Balls are made with simple ingredients you likely already have around the house — such as rolled oats, almond butter, and honey.

 

Make it Yourself: Max-Out Protein Balls via Vibrant Health

 

5. Use Chia Seeds as a Vegan Egg Substitute

 

As if we needed yet another reason to love these versatile seeds, did you know chia seeds can even be used as an egg substitute (just like flaxseeds)? This is great news for our vegan friends or those of you looking to adopt a more plant-based diet.

Whether you’re whipping up pancakes, muffins, or these hearty oatmeal cups, simply mix your chia seeds with water, and voila — you’ve got your “egg” replacement!

 

Make it Yourself: Vegan Baked Banana Oatmeal Cups via Detoxinista

 

 

DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended as a substitute for advice provided by a competent health care professional. You should not use this information in diagnosing or treating a health problem. No claim or opinion in this blog is intended to be, nor should be construed to be, medical advice. If you are now taking any drugs, prescribed or not, or have a medical condition, please consult a competent physician who is aware of herb/drug interactions before taking any herbal supplements. The information presented herein has not been evaluated by the FDA or the Department of Health and is not intended to diagnose, prevent, cure, mitigate or treat any disease or illness.

 

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