Once famous for sprouting fuzzy green coats on clay figures, chia seeds are now revered for their nutritional powers. They have more omega-3s than salmon, more calcium than milk, and tons of protein and fiber.
Because they're so high in fiber, it's best not to eat more than one tablespoon of the seeds per day. Plus, chia seeds can be so effective at lowering blood pressure that it's wise to talk to a doctor before trying out chia if you take blood pressure medication or have naturally low blood pressure.
Chia seeds can be sprinkled whole on virtually anything. When soaked, chia absorbs up to 30 times its weight in water, forming a gel that can help thicken a jam and turn milk into pudding. Here are nine fun ways to use the versatile seeds.