Chia seeds are incredibly nutrient dense. Not only are they a complete protein, they’re full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals (including calcium) and fiber. They also grow up to 15 times their size and make a gel-like consistency when mixed with liquids (hence the popularity of chia bowls) and are both filling and good for digestion. But there’s yet another reason chia seeds have become popular, particularly for breakfast — they’re a great pre-work snack. It’s said that Aztec and Inca warriors and the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyon, who regularly run hundreds of miles, eat them for stamina and strength (this was chronicled in the cult read Born to Run and served as the inspiration behind Health Warrior Chia Bars). If chia seeds are good enough for a tribal warrior, they have to be good enough to get us through our morning Pilates session.
Wondering how to eat chia seeds? We turned to some of our favorite health and wellness foodies to get their best recipes that give you all the benefits of chia seeds.
Sakara Life Creamy Mango Chia Pudding (serves 2)
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup Organic Black Chia Seeds
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- Organic Coconut Flakes
Directions: In a jar or sealable container combine the almond milk, chia seeds, agave nectar, 1 tablespoon maple syrup and ground ginger. Stir together until combined, cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, place the peeled and cut up mango plus 1 tablespoon maple syrup in a food processor or blender and mix until creamy and smooth. Mix mango puree with chia pudding and place in two bowls. Top with a splash of almond milk, sprinkle with blueberries and coconut flakes.