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Chia Seed was revered as a \"super food\" by ancient Mayans and Aztecs. For a nutritional boost, sprinkle these tiny seeds on cereal, add them to baked goods, or eat right out of the bag. Chia seed is high in dietary fiber and contains 2500 mg Omega-3 fatty acids per serving.

We are always keeping things new and exciting around Bob's Red Mill, so the package you have may vary slightly from the one you see here, but we always promise the same wholesome product.



Thousands of years ago, chia seed was a staple in the diets of ancient Mayans and Aztecs. The word chia is derived from the Mayan language, meaning "strength," and Aztec warriors relied on chia seed to boost energy and increase stamina. Today this tiny seed is a favorite of athletes, especially distance runners, who tout it as an endurance enhancing superfood.

Chia seed contains a wealth of fiber—5 grams in just one tablespoon. It is the fiber in chia that causes chia seed to swell when combined with water, creating chia gel. Whether you eat chia gel or just the raw seeds, the hydrophilic action of chia seed will keep you full longer than many other seeds. Amazingly, chia gel can also be used as a substitute for eggs in many baked goods. Use a proportion of 1 to 6 ratio of Chia Seeds to Water to make chia gel. Use approximately one tablespoon of chia gel to replace one large egg in your baked goods.

The mild, nutty flavor of chia seed goes well with both sweet and savory dishes. Use chia seed in puddings and smoothies, sprinkle on top of porridge and salads, and add to baked goods in place of flaxseed meal or poppy seeds. Try our recipe for chia fresca, a refreshing drink perfect for a hot summer day in place of lemonade or use it as pre- or post-workout fuel. Looking for a fool-proof way to get chia into your diet? Make our blueberry refrigerator jam! The gelling nature of chia makes it an ideal (and nutritious) substitute for pectin in jam. No matter the dish, you can increase the nutritional value of any meal with a sprinkle of chia seed.
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Customer Reviews 7 item(s)

best chia seeds
Love them. Very good quality
Review by meme / (Posted on 12/10/2015)
Love, Love, Love!
I use chia seeds in my smoothies with the whey protein as well!
Review by Annie / (Posted on 8/13/2015)
Quick, easy and tastes great!
This bread is so easy to make yet tastes fantastic. I usually make two loaves at a time, which uses one container of buttermilk. Once they've cooled I slice them and freeze them so they're easy to pop into the toaster for a quick breakfast. I often add walnuts which is also delicious. Review by Anne / (Posted on 9/8/2011)
Better than Flax Seed
We toss Chia seeds into our yogurt, our cereal and on top of salads. We don't like fish and find this is a PERFECT source of Omega-3. Review by Carol / (Posted on 6/20/2011)
Simply Delicious!
Lemon Chia Bread! My husband has high cholesterol and we keep our diets limited from sugar. I have made this delicious bread 3 times. He loves it for breakfast! I did change it up though by substituting the butter for organic virgin coconut oil. No Glazing even required. What a delicious treat! Review by Healthnut / (Posted on 5/5/2011)
This is awesome. I was getting sick of the taste of flaxseed, and this has a similar fibre and omega-3 content. Very good egg replacer. I love the recipes here. You can get very creative with this, and it's so healthy. I can't wait to discover more uses. Review by Dean: teenage G / (Posted on 3/9/2011)
Easy to sneak in to recipes
I sneak chia into everything I make for my husband since I read it lowers cholesterol. I had to fess up when he asked how I got the rice so fluffy! Review by elowcost / (Posted on 10/29/2010)
Nutritional Info
Nutrient Facts
Serving Size: 1 Tbsp (13g)
Servings Per Container: 34
Amount Per Serving % Daily

Calories from Fat

Total Fat
4.5 g
7 %
     Saturated Fat
0.5 g
3 %
     Trans Fat
0 g
0 %
0 mg
0 %
0 mg
0 %
Total Carbohydrate
5 g
2 %
     Dietary Fiber
5 g
20 %
0 g
3 g
6 %

Vitamin A
0 %
Vitamin C
0 %
6 %
4 %

* Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Whole Chia Seeds

Manufactured in a facility that also uses tree nuts, soy, wheat, and milk