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Chia Recipes: Pudding, Drinks, Healthy Snacks And More

03/14/2014 05:29 EDT | Updated 09/22/2015 01:59 EDT

WHAT WE'RE COOKING THIS WEEK: Chia seeds

If you haven't jumped on 2013's chia band wagon yet, you're missing out. This powerful seed, with an endless roster of health benefits, can be added to everything from homemade smoothies to granola bars.

Chia seeds are a great source of healthy omega-3 fats and fibre, and can boost energy levels and help digestion. And because they don't have a particular taste, you can add them to your cereals or blend them with your meals — you won't even taste the difference.

In case you missed it, last week we packed seaweed.

WEEKLY SHOPPING LIST:

Here's what you need to buy this week, while the other necessary ingredients (like pepper, salt and oils) are likely already in your kitchen.

  • Coconut milk
  • Chia seeds
  • Mangoes
  • Mint
  • Sesame seeds
  • Coconut yogurt
  • Lime juice
  • Vanilla seeds
  • Almonds
  • Cashew meals
  • Dates
  • Cacao nibs
  • Maple syrup
  • Dried cherries
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Flax seed
  • Almond milk
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Spinach

Pack It: 5 Chia Recipes For The Week

Monday: Coconut Chia Pudding

The perfect summer concoction, this recipe include mangoes, fresh mint and coconut milk. Get the recipe from Tales of a Kitchen here.

Tuesday: Chia Cherry Crunch Bites

This is probably the healthiest thing you can eat in ball-form. These cherry bites have everything from superfoods to protein powder. Get the recipe from Running To The Kitchen here.

Wednesday: Homemade Mary’s Gone Crackers

Made with rice (yes, rice) these crackers are vegan, organic and gluten-free. Get the full recipe from my Whole Food Life here.

Thursday: Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

OK, save this one for dessert! If you're craving pie and miss fall, this recipe is just for you. Get the recipe from Fannetastic Food here.

Friday: Banana, Chia, Spinach Smoothie

Don't get scared of the word spinach — this smoothie packs great taste and nutrients.Get the recipe from What's Gaby Cooking here.

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