FOOD & DRINK
04/23/2014 07:00 am ET

How Chia Seeds Can Help You Eat Healthier Without Tasting Like It

Food For My Family

Eating healthy has its challenges. With the plethora of pizza, ice cream and chocolate chip cookies that exist in our daily lives, how can we be expected to opt for oatmeal and salads? It's a cruel, cruel world. But to right some of this injustice, we've gathered a handful of healthy recipes that actually taste like something we want to eat. And it's all thanks to chia.

Chia seeds are the latest buzz in the health food craze, and we are beginning to understand why. Chia makes perfect pudding, adds crunch to power bars and can easily be used to replace poppy seeds. While the fact that they are the same seeds of Ch-Ch-Chia can be confusing, you can put your trust in them to feed you well. But don't take our word for it, let the recipes convince you.

  • 1 Mango Smoothie
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  • 2 Lemon & Chia Seed Pull Apart Bread
    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2013/05/lemon-chia-seed-pull-apart-bread.html" target="_blank">Lemon &
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  • 3 Chia Buckwheat Pizza
    <strong>Get the <a href="http://nyoutritious.com/grain-free-chia-buckwheat-pizza/" target="_blank">Chia Buckwheat Pizza recip
    Nyoutritious
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  • 4 Seeded Crispbread Crackers
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    Gourmande In The Kitchen
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  • 5 Vanilla Bean Chia Pudding With Fresh Mint
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    How Sweet It Is
  • 6 Lemon Chia Seed Pancakes with Roasted Strawberries
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  • 7 Coconut Cream Pie Chia Seed Pudding
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  • 8 Chia Seed Sandwich Thins
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  • 9 Raw Chia Seed Jam
    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.petite-kitchen.com/2013/09/raw-chia-seed-jam.html" target="_blank">Raw Chia Seed Jam reci
    Petite Kitchen
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  • 10 Meyer Lemon Chia Seed Muffins
    <strong>Get the <a href="http://thecornerkitchenblog.com/healthier-meyer-lemon-chia-seed-muffins/" target="_blank">Meyer Lemo
    The Corner Kitchen
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  • 11 Mocha Chocolate Chunk Chia Seed Brownies
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  • 12 Honey + Lime + Chia Seed Fruit Salad
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  • 13 Blueberry Cardamom Chia Seed Pudding
    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/18951-blueberry-cardamom-chia-seed-pudding" target="_blank">Blueberry Card
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  • 14 Chocolate & Coconut Chia Seed Mousse
    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/27469-chocolate-coconut-chia-seed-mousse" target="_blank">Chocolate & Coco
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  • 15 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola Bars
    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/01/5-ingredient-peanut-butter-granola-bars/" target="_blank">5 Ingr
    How Sweet It Is
  • 16 Oatmeal With Almond Milk And Chia Seeds
    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/27429-oatmeal-with-almond-milk-and-chia-seeds" target="_blank">Oatmeal wit
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  • 17 Dark Chocolate And Cherry Energy Bars
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  • 18 Quinoa Salad With Feta And Chia Seeds
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    Fifteen Spatulas
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