Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds

I got several emails asking what the black specks were in my post Tangy Salad Dressing post.

Some asked if they were poppy seeds.

Well they kinda look like them from afar.

Nope, they are Chia Seeds.

Yes..Cha-Cha-Cha-Chia seeds. The same Chia seeds you would use to spread on your ceramic Sponge Bob head and watch grown into hair. Same ones.

Turns out you can eat them and they are CRAZY good for you.

A total superfood.

Chia Seeds have

  • 2 x more Omega-3 than walnuts
  • 3 x more Fiber than Oatmeal
  • 5 x more Calcium than Whole Milk
  • 39% more Fiber than Flax

A serving size is 3 tablespoons. Honestly, I don’t think I could eat 3 tablespoons. I could maybe do half that in a smoothie.

I throw a palmful in my salads. Easy peasy nutrition!They don’t really have much flavor at all. But they add texture.

The seeds poof up a little bit, so I imagine when you add these to your food like yogurt, smoothies or salads they would keep you fuller.

Thanks to Dole for sending me a big ol jar of Chia Seeds. I was not required to post about them, but since I got a few emails, I thought I would share the knowledge.

They are starting to pop up in the nutrition isle of the store. Click Here to find Dole Nutrition Plus  Chia Seeds near you.

And the winners of my Our Best Bites Cookbook Giveaway is…. KariAnn

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Comments

  1. 1

    What? I won?? Yayyy me!! :) I will email you my info! Also, I love chia seeds!

  2. 2

    Love love love chia seeds! Never thought of putting them in salad dressing… brilliant.

  3. 3

    Shut the front door. That is so cool!!!

  4. 4

    I love Chia seeds! I first heard about them last year from Oh She Glows blog, when she used them as a chili thickener! I usually just stir them into my oatmeal. Such an easy way to get some nutrition in between all the cupcakes and cookies :)

  5. 5

    I first learned about chia seeds and what a phenomenal superfood they are after reading the book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race The World Has Never Seen (a fascinating book, even if you have zero interest in running).

    I add chia seeds to my yogurt, oatmeal, granola, salads…the possibilites are endless!

  6. 6

    I have been wanting to try chia seeds-thanks for the push to do it! :)

  7. 7

    woah, wait, i won?! awesome, i never win these things! i’ll send you my info, thanks a ton!

  8. 8

    This post was really informative! I never realized how healthy chia seeds are :)