6 Reasons Why We Love Chia Seeds

At SimpleGreenSmoothies.com we love, love, love chia seeds. These tiny little seeds pack a powerful punch of nutrition. The light crunchy taste and extra dose of fiber make these seeds a perfect green smoothie topping. In the image above, we froze coconut water with chia seeds in ice cube trays to add to our green smoothies– so yummy! Now we invite Angela Stanford, a holistic nutritionist, to discuss why she loves chia seeds too.


Why we love chia seeds!

Written by contributor Angela Stanford, MBA, RD, RYT of Vital Nutrition & Wellness

I love chia for so many reasons! I recommend it to my clients because these simple seeds are a superfood packed full of nutritional health benefits, and I personally enjoy baking with chia as I am constantly in my kitchen adapting recipes to become allergy-free and vegan friendly.


1. Excellent Egg Substitute – I work with many clients who have allergies to eggs or have chosen vegan lifestyle, and they still want to eat baked goods. When mixed with water, chia seeds become an excellent binding agent that can be used in place of eggs when baking. For one egg, mix 3 tbsp water with 1 tbsp ground chia. Stir and let sit for 5-10 minutes. For a large egg, use 4 tbsp water.

2. Vegan and Allergy Friendly – Chia seeds are free from all common allergens, including gluten and offer a vegan source of omega fatty acids along with easily digestible protein.

3. Supports Digestive Tract Function – Chia is packed with soluble fiber along with vitamins and minerals that aid in normal digestive tract function. This fiber helps move food along the digestive tract and aides in the absorption of nutrients and elimination of toxins.

4. High in Antioxidants – Chia contains high levels of antioxidants. ORAC1 testing found chia higher even than flax seeds or blueberries!

5. Good Source of Calcium – Chia seeds are rich in calcium, containing more calcium by weight than whole milk. Plus, they contain the trace minerals magnesium and boron, which aid in the absorption of calcium and its’ utilization by the body.

6. Versatile – Chia seeds have a mild, nut-like flavor, are easily digested, do not have to be ground like flaxseeds in order to reap their omega-3 benefits. Sprinkle the seeds on salads, stir-fries and oatmeal, soak in nut, rice or soy milks and enjoy as beverages and puddings, or combine with water and use in baked goods in place of eggs. They are so east to use and store. Keep them in the refrigerator and grind as needed. If you buy them ground, use within 3-4 months.


Recipes using chia seeds

The chia seed was eaten by Aztecs for strength and was a main staple food along with corn and beans. Here are a few of my favorite chia seed recipes simple enough that kids can make and enjoy them too!


Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Put all ingredients in a mason jar or other glass container with a secure lid and shake thoroughly. Store in refrigerator overnight. Top with chopped nuts and your choice of chopped/ sliced fruit. Sliced strawberries and sliced almonds are my favorite! Triple the recipe to share with friends and family!


5 tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened almond)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
splash of natural sweetener (vanilla beans, honey, maple syrup)

*note: If you use sweetened or vanilla flavored milk, you can cut back on the agave.

Adapted from a recipe by Jillian Bobowicz, Yoga Instructor at Bloom Retreat


Vanilla Chia Delight

Mix chia seeds and soymilk in a glass. Cover and pop it into the refrigerator for an hour. Remove from fridge and drink right from the glass. The chia soaks up the soymilk, so this drink reminds me of tapioca pudding. Also try stirring in a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg for an equally delicious drink!


2 tablespoons chia seeds
4 ounce vanilla soymilk


Kiwi Berry Punch

I always keep several bags of frozen berries in my freezer. Berries are natural sweet immunity boosters, low-calorie, and full of antioxidants. Berry consumption has been linked to diabetes and cancer prevention. Full Kiwi Berry Punch recipe here.


2 cups spinach, fresh
2 cups water
1 cup blueberries, frozen
1 cup mixed berries, frozen
1 banana
1 kiwi
1/2 avocado
2 tablespoon chia seeds (sprinkle on top)

*Use organic ingredients whenever possible. These recipes are Vegan and Gluten-free.

Angela offers nutrition counseling, teaches workshops combining yoga and mindful eating, and helps people start edible backyard and patio gardens. To learn more about Angela, visit Vital Nutrition & Wellness.


Where can you buy chia seeds?

We are often asked where do you find chia seeds? I personally buy mine from Trader Joes, but you can find them at any local health food store like Whole Foods or Sprouts. You can also buy chia seeds on Amazon.

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53 Responses to “6 Reasons Why We Love Chia Seeds”

  1. Dana 11.13.2015 at 8:37 pm #

    Can i drink these green smoothies for breakfast/lunch/and dinner?? Is there a limit on how many in a day? Im just starting and I’m trying to lose a little poundage :)

    • SGS Rawkstar 11.16.2015 at 12:48 pm #

      Hi Dana,

      Our goal for you is to add one (16oz) green smoothie to your day in addition to your normal diet. By adding green smoothies to your diet we’re hoping to fuel your body with fresh fruits + leafy greens, but weight loss can be a happy accident. Did you know our co-founder Jadah lost over 25lbs in three months by replacing one meal with a green smoothie. Learn more about here story here…


      You can replace up to two meals with a green smoothie. We suggest adding healthy fats + protein to ensure you’re getting a complete meal. Learn more about our favorite meal replacement booster combos here…


      Reach out with any questions!

  2. betsey 9.13.2015 at 1:04 pm #

    Is there a benefit to whole vs ground chia seeds? The selection at the store today was huge! Any advice is appreciated :)

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.14.2015 at 12:26 pm #

      Hi Betsey,

      Both are great options, and have equal nutritional value! I personally love adding whole chia seeds to my green smoothie after blending, it adds a great crunch!

  3. Natasha 9.11.2015 at 3:47 pm #

    I’m new to the green smoothie thing and was wondering if I can make a batch and keep it in the fridge in mason jars for the week? I use chia seeds, spinach, fruits, yogurt and milk since I like it creamier. Is the okay to do?

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.14.2015 at 12:22 pm #

      Hi Natasha,

      Great question! Green smoothies will keep in an airtight container for up to two days. We suggest adding a small amount of lemon juice to help preserve all of your smoothie’s green goodness! And separation is totally natural (because our recipes are free of any nasty additives), so give your smoothie a quick shake before enjoying…

      Looking to make your mornings easier? Check out our prep tips here…


      Adding milk + yogurt is perfect, if that’s what works for you! We personally avoid dairy, it’s the highest undiagnosed food allergy. Looking for a creamy smoothie, try blendin’ with almond or coconut milk. Or check out these tips for a thick + creamy green smoothie…


  4. Amanda 9.1.2015 at 1:37 pm #

    Hello! I am just starting on my weight loss journey and have started using chia seeds in my smoothies. Does it matter if they are blended with everything else or just sprinkled in?

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.2.2015 at 5:45 am #

      Hi Amanda,

      Great question! You really can’t go wrong. We enjoy blendin’ chia seeds, stirring them in, + sprinkling them on top. I personally love the added crunch you get by sprinkling them on top, it adds a great texture!

      Reach out with any questions! We’d love to help you along your weight loss journey!

      Cheers to health, happiness, + leafy greens!

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