7. As a Nutritious Topping

Nutritious Topping

To add some crunch to salads, sprinkle some chia seeds on them right before eating. In addition to protein and fiber, chia seeds contain magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium. Their slightly nutty flavor is a great accompaniment to leafy greens and chopped veggies. Chia seeds can also be ground and mixed with bread crumbs to form a crunchy coating for chicken or fish.

6. Mix into Yogurt or Oatmeal

Chia Inyogurt

For an extra boost of energy, stir chia seeds into your oatmeal or yogurt along with fresh fruit and nuts. Maryanne of The Little Epicurean makes a delicious No Cook Overnight Chia Seed Oatmeal. To make this recipe, you will need old fashioned rolled oats, chia seeds, your favorite milk, dried coconut, and salt. Store this mixture in your refrigerator overnight and sprinkle on your favorite toppings the next morning for a healthy, delicious breakfast.

5. As an Egg Alternative

Egg Alternative

For a vegan alternative to eggs, grind 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and mix with 3 tablespoons of water. Allow this mixture to sit for 10 minutes. This can be used in place of an egg as a binder in cookies, breads, muffins, cakes, waffles, and more. Check out Detoxinista for a mouth-watering recipe for Vegan Peanut Butter Temptations that includes the chia seed egg substitute.

Related: 12 Delightful Health Benefits of Oatmeal
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