There’s good reason chia seeds have been on everyone’s minds these days. These tiny seeds are high in protein, fiber, calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3s, but there are a right and wrong way to eat them, and one man recently learned the hard way.
#1 Chia Water
To make chia water, soak 1/4 cup (40 grams) of chia seeds in 4 cups (1 liter) of water for 20–30 minutes.
#2 Juice-Soaked Chia
If you like to run or bike, no doubt you’re familiar with energy gels designed to keep you going during prolonged exercise. Some of those products are healthy enough, but others are loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients, and may upset your stomach. Chia seeds—with their power to turn liquids into gels—to the rescue. We like this recipe by running blogger I Run On Nutrition, which combines chia seeds with tart cherry juice, orange juice, salt and honey for an all-natural boost.