Chia seeds provide complete protein, as well as antioxidants, vitamins, a variety of minerals such as calcium, and are a rich, plant-based source of omega-3 vs omega 6 fatty acids (ALA). Chia seeds have a high level of soluble and insoluble fiber, and swell up to 15 times their size when mixed with liquids to create a filling gel that provides long-burning fuel as it cleanses your digestive system. Because they are so nutrient-dense and filling, chia seeds can help reduce cravings and keep you on track with your diet. I eat them daily.
The brand of chia seeds I consume and recommend is The Chia Co. It is grown in Western Australia where the land is high unpopulated and the soil is very pure and uncontaminated, which is why they produce a superior chia seed with enhanced levels of Beauty Minerals and nutrients.
What are other ways to eat them other than chia seed delight? I need some more ideas!
I’d like to share some ideas-
Put them in SO delicious coconut yogurt, you can cookies, etc with them instead if flour and butter- its pretty amazing!
Love the picture! What is the difference between white and black chia seeds? Ground seeds and whole seeds? Thanks!
Must try this today!! By the way… it truly helps when you give us the brands you use! Love it! Thanks a bunch!
Thanks Sandra. I always try to pass along products and brands that I love and use!
Such a cute photo! Not many people could look that pretty while eating. 🙂 I love chia seeds so much. The only thing I don’t like is when they get stuck in my teeth. Haha.
Thanks Erin! And yes I always do a little Chia Seed teeth check after eating them. 🙂
What kind do you get? There are quite a few options on the site… black, white, ground? Thanks!
Kristen – I prefer the black chia seeds. I usually get the big container of them.
Do you get the white or black ones (or does it even matter), and YES – I too would like to know other ways to enjoy besides your chia seed delight recipe!!! Are there combining rules that apply to these seeds?
Marian – They are both great, but I prefer the black ones!
Is it okay to add the chia seeds to the Glowing Green Smoothie?
EJ – I do not recommend adding chia seeds to the GGS. If you a smoothie with Chia Seeds you should try my power protein smoothie.
Can you elaborate on why you would not recommend adding chia seeds to the GGS?
Thanks so much for introducing me to chia seeds! I absolutely love eating the chia seed delight!
I have a question….Is it okay to combine avocado and flax seed or chia seeds with your dinner salad or is it bad because you would be combining protein and fat?
Also, sometimes about an hour after eating a salad with avocado I will have millet with a sweet potato mashed together. Is this okay or should I skip the avocado and or flax seeds on my salad on the days that I have the millet and sweet potato…is it even okay that I’m combining the millet and sweet potato? Thanks so much!!!
I don’t think avocado and chia seeds make a good combination. According to the health book I read that also advocates plant-based diet and lifestyle detoxing, mixing these two food results in poor digestion. The book lists avocado under the category of ‘fat and oil’, while seeds as ‘protein’ and it is not a good idea to combine both together.
unless maybe you wait a few hours after the avocado before eating the chia seeds.
Hi Kimberly, I love Chia Seeds. How much chia seeds can you have in a day? THank you, Tricia
Your book has really changed our family’s life, thank you!
Regarding Chia Seeds, I love them and mix them with most things (particularly for the protein and Fatty Acids).
However, I have a health concern. I have been trying to see if CHIA contains lignans or phytoestrogens? Not much has been published officially on this characteristic of chia seeds so I need your help because we eat it with everything!
Some studies have indicated that there is a correlation between the phytoestrogens in soy and breast/prostate cancer and it makes me wonder whether phytoestrogens/lignans are a cause for concern if present in other seeds, beans etc.
God bless you for all the good you do to help others!
Hi, have you heard of Mila chia seeds? According to Mila fanatics they are the “best” chia blend and are refined into a powder for better absorption. But they are more expensive then the brand you recommended… I don’t know which ones to buy?? Or if it is worth spending more on Mila?? Has anyone else tried Mila versus other Chia brands?
Still curious if any of you chia lovers have tried Mila Chila brand and see if it is worth paying more for the ground up seeds and this brand. THANKS so much in advance for the advice 🙂
Yes, I know so many people that have experienced amazing health benefits from the nutrition in Mila. There are studies showing how Mila differs from many of the other chia seeds on the market. Chia can be grown in many climates, but to be highly nutritious it has been proven it must be grown close to the equator. Another huge difference is that Mila is a blend of eight different chia seeds all selected for their nutritional profile and each being different. Each batch of Mila goes through testing to ensure the nutritional profile is what is stated on the bag. There also also other differences. I know people that have eaten other chia and then tried Mila and could not believe the difference. You are paying more as it is a very high quality product with exceptional quality standards.
So, I am a cross country and track runner in high school, and I enjoy the power protein smoothie about two to three times a week after practice. I like to grind the chia seeds in a coffee grinder before I put them in the blender, but I have been wondering whether or not that is okay to do. I started doing that because I didn’t know whether or not I was able to swallow the whole seeds since I have heard that you can from one website, but that you can’t from another. Also, how long do the seeds need to soak before consumption? I have heard from ten minutes to a couple of hours.
Thank you Kim! I cannot find these questions anywhere else.
If I am having the GGJ for breakfast, salad for lunch, and GGS for afternoon snack, when would it be best to add the Chia Seed Smoothie? I really want to include chia seeds in my diet. I love your book, website, and newsletter.
Thank so much!
I would be very curious hear what you have to say about Ashley’s question re: combining avocado and chia seeds in the same meal. I always want to have avocado in my dinner salad, and Chia Seed Delight for dessert! Also, I’d like to include the TBS of flax seed in my dinner salad with avocado, but I’m worried that also is a bad combination. Any thoughts? Thanks Kimberly!
Kim, I have the same question as some of the others… I don’t know when to eat the chia seeds? I usually have the avacado with salad for lunch or veggies and rice, so I wasn’t sure if I should have the chia seeds right after lunch? Or wait for 3 hrs and have some chia seeds and pumpkin seeds (esp if I was going to work out)? but then wouldn’t that be considered snacking?
Would the best time be about an hour after the GGS? Please help.
I usually have it for breakfast actually :DD I’m a Blossoming Beauty…soo I can’t have fruit, soo it’s really nice when everyone else is having fruit smooties 😛 Hope this is helpful 😀
Kimberly says in this article http://kimberlysnyder.net/blog/2011/07/14/the-best-workout-food-for-you/ to eat them at least 3 hours after lunch or as a before dinner snack. Check it out 😉
I read BDF, and you refer to eating chia seeds before or after a long workout (or yoga), but you also mentioned bee pollen as a pre workout snack. Would you say it’s best to take some bee pollen before – workout – and then take some chia seeds before dinner? I am just trying to figure out timing for everything to optimally digest. I am in true beauty phase for the most part – with the exception of still consuming Whole Foods brand hummus. :/
I love Chia but always after using it make my stomach very upset.
Acid reflux. Very bad.
Do you have any suggestions that can help me please.
Have you tried soaking your chia seeds in water before eating them? That will make them easier to digest and hopefully will help to avoid the acid reflux. Hope that helps! Sending you lots of love!