5 new ways to eat chia

In the quest for more omega-3s, chia seeds are a popular pick for those who eschew fish. They’re also brimming with fiber, antioxidants, and serve as a good source of plant-based protein. But don’t settle for simply sprinkling it atop smoothies. Here are five innovative ways to add the health staple to your diet.

1. Pair it with kombucha.

Add a tablespoon of chia seeds to a bottle of gut-friendly kombucha, recommends Adam Eskin, founder and CEO of Digg Inn. “It’s quick, easy and gives you an early morning boost,” he says.

2. Use it to elevate plant milk.

Two tablespoons yields six grams of protein, making the total protein content nearly that of cow’s milk. Plus, it adds 10 grams of digestion-friendly fiber.

3. Make a bowl.

Stirring a couple tablespoons into Greek yogurt and mashed fresh fruit will give it an even thicker texture.

4. Add it to oatmeal.

Chia is a great way to develop a rich, thick consistency for overnight oats.

5. Use it in lieu of flour.

Traditionally, the fruit in a berry crisp is tossed with flour before baking for the pie filling consistency. However, swapping flour for chia not only adds a nutritional boost but it's a helpful switch if you (or your guests) are gluten-free.