These protein-rich gems do more than add crunch like a smoothie bowl topping. Versatile and tasty, chia seeds contain many antioxidants, including quercetin, kaempferol and chlorogenic acid, all associated with the prevention of lung and prostate cancer. Chia seeds are high in fiber, potentially reducing the risk of colorectal cancer.
Look for chia seeds packed or in bulk bins in your market. Use chia seeds to thicken a nutritious pudding, such as this matcha chicha pudding by Claudia Thompson-Felty, PhD, RD. Try the chia seeds in this bowl flavored orange and tangerine from Amy Gorin, MS, RD. Another fun way to use chia seeds is in jams, so take a look at this lemon-raspberry chia jam from Julie Harrington, RD
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