4. In Chia Jam

In Chia Jam

Make your own antioxidant-packed chia jam by combining 2 cups of mashed berries, ¼ cup of chia seeds, and a touch of pure maple syrup. Cook over medium heat until the jam thickens. Enjoy on whole-wheat toast, multi-grain crackers, or stirred into oatmeal or yogurt. Chia jam can also be spread on pancakes, waffles, or biscuits.

3. In Energy Bars

In Energy Bars

To enjoy a delicious energy boost on the go, look for packaged energy bars containing chia seeds at your local market. Better yet, make a batch of your own chia seed energy bars at home. The Minimalist Baker has a recipe for Super Seedy Granola Bars that can be whipped up in less than half an hour. These bars contain rolled oats, nuts, dates, seeds, nut butter, and maple syrup. Give your oven a break and mix up Allrecipe’s No Cook Energy Balls in just minutes. These delicious bites require only nut butter, chia and flax seeds, oats, chocolate chips, honey, and vanilla.

Related: 7 Nutrient Rich Seeds You Should Eat

2. To Thicken Gravy or Stews

Thicken Gravy

The chia seed’s ability to absorb water makes it a great thickening agent for gravies, soups, or stews. Mix ground chia seeds into your cheese sauce when making homemade macaroni and cheese. If you enjoy making your own hot sauce, add ground chia seeds as a thickener. This prevents pureed hot peppers and spices from sinking to the bottom of the sauce. Chia seeds also work as thickening agents in hamburgers or meatballs in place of eggs or bread crumbs.

1. In Homemade Salad Dressing

Salad Dressing

The pre-packaged and highly processed salad dressing on grocery store shelves seem convenient. However, it really doesn’t take much time to stir up a healthier version at home. Mix up chia seeds with olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper to make a citrusy salad dressing that packs a punch of protein.

Related: 12 Delightful Reasons to Eat More Chia Seeds
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