A Wooden Spoon holding Chia Seeds

Three great recipes that use chia seeds

Chia seeds are the latest superfood we should all be including in our diets. Studies have found the little black seeds can reduce our risk of heart disease and even ward off weight gain!

Bursting with omega-3 essential fatty acids, they’re also rich in protein, fibre, and magnesium.

Simply sprinkle chia on your cereal, yoghurt or salads, or follow the recipes below for three great ways to enjoy them.

1. Chia Lemonade

Good for: sugar-free refreshment

Serves 1

Nutrients per serving:

Energy Total fat Saturates Protein Fibre Carbs Sugar Salt
59 kcal 3.1 g 0.3 g 2 g 3.9 g 1.7 g 1 g 0 g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds *

  • 4 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice *

  • 180ml still spring or mineral water

  • 1 tsp stevia to taste
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Method

Step 1
Mix the lemon juice and water and add powdered stevia.

Step 2
Stir in the chia seeds and leave for 10 minutes in the fridge. When added to liquid and left to stand, chia seeds form a gel.

Step 3
Mix again and serve.

2. Chia Porridge

Good for: going grain-free

Serves 1

Nutrients per serving:

Energy Total fat Saturates Protein Fibre Carbs Sugar Salt
216 kcal 15 g 1.4 g 9 g 14 g 3.8 g 2 g 0.31 g

Ingredients

* Available at Holland & Barrett

Method

Step 1
Put all the ingredients except the almonds into a bowl. Stir continuously for one minute so the seeds don’t clump together.

Step 2
Refrigerate overnight and add a little more almond milk in the morning to loosen it up, or leave to soak for 15 minutes, sprinkle over the almonds and enjoy for breakfast.

Step 3
Want it warm? Tip the bowl’s contents into a pan and heat up gently for 3–5 minutes and eat straight away (no need to chill overnight). Adjust the sweetness with a little agave syrup, if needed, or garnish with fresh fruit, nuts, and seeds.

Taken from Honestly Healthy for Life: Healthy Alternatives for Everyday Eating by Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson (Jacqui Small, £25).

3. Chia vinaigrette


Good for: livening up your healthy salads

Serves 4

Nutrients per serving:

Energy Total fat Saturates Protein Fibre Carbs Sugar Salt
191 kcal 16 g 2.2 g 1 g 2 g 9.9 g 9.5 g 0.01 g

Ingredients

  • 60ml olive oil

  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar *

  • 2 tbsp honey or vegan alternative

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

  • 2 tsp chia seeds *
  • Salt & pepper
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Method

Step 1
Mix all ingredients together in a cup apart from the salt and pepper.

Step 2
Once well blended, add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3
Cover and place in the fridge until you want to use it.

Step 4
Toss this chia seed vinaigrette over green salads or mix into grain dishes for a nutritious and zesty kick.

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This article has been adapted from longer features appearing in Healthy, the Holland & Barrett magazine. Advice is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP before trying any remedies.

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