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Superfood Snapshot: Chia

The Basics

Native to South America, Chia is a species of flowering plant typically grown and harvested for its seeds. Chia seeds may be small, but they’re packed with valuable nutrients not often found in other foods. They’re high in antioxidants, Omega-3s, protein and dietary fiber. Plus, chia seeds are naturally gluten-free.

Nutiva Superfood Snapshot Chia kitchen.nutiva.com
Unlike flax seeds, chia seeds don’t need to be ground in order for the body to absorb the nutrients, making it easy to add them to your food and drinks.  You can find chia seeds in two varieties: white or black. There is no difference in health benefits or taste, just the color!

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Using It At Home

These super seeds are unique from other seeds, not only because of their nutrition profile, but for their ability to form a gel when combined with water. Mix 1 Tbsp. of chia seed with 3 Tbsp. of water, let sit, and you have a vegan egg replacement for your baking recipes! You can find more baking tips here.

Running out of fast and healthy breakfast ideas? Add a sprinkle of chia seed to your oatmeal, yogurt or smoothie as an easy way to gain texture and nutrients in your morning meal. Chia pudding is another great option for an on-the-go breakfast that you can create with only 5 ingredients! Check out our Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding recipe here.

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Why We Love It

With the help of chia seed, it’s simple to improve your Omega-3, antioxidant, magnesium, calcium and potassium intake! Mix a spoonful into your cereal or yogurt, or top off your morning smoothie with a dash of chia seed—either way, you’ll be increasing your intake of essential minerals and protein.  Boasting 15x more magnesium than broccoli and 30% more antioxidants than blueberries, it’s easy to see why we’re crazy about these little seeds!

Nutiva Chia Seed kitchen.nutiva.com

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  1. Kathy says:

    Once you have mixed the chia seed with water, how do you store it and how long is it good for?

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Hi, Kathy! Simply place the combination in the fridge so that it can solidify. You should eat it within a couple days. Enjoy!

  2. Bobby says:

    Is there an expiration date on chia seeds? I had some awhile back and no date on pkg but concerned about freshness and I threw it away. Bad me. Thank you.

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Hi, Bobby! Yes, there is an expiration date.

  3. Chandra says:

    In South India , Dosa made with rice batter is a popular breakfast item. Can we just sprinkle Chia seeds on batter spread? Should we soak the seeds in water in water for a while before we sprinkle them on rice batter?

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Hi Chandra,
      You do not need to soak the chia seeds first. Enjoy your dosa!

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