"I don't understand how to eat chia seeds. Like... do I just sprinkle them on salad?"
Updated: Mar 26
Chia seeds absorb an exorbitant amount of water.
When you sprinkle them dry onto your food, they will have no choice but to absorb the water inside of your stomach. And you reeeeeally don't want that.
Let me tell you a story.
A few years ago, I decided that chia seeds were going to be my new food trend.
I have a habit of doing this with supplements as well. I overindulge until I get bored and move onto the next shiny supplement.
On this particular day, I decided to sprinkle chia seeds onto my breakfast bowl, and then later onto my salad, and then finally onto my creamy cashew sauce that topped a big bowl of roasted veggies.
I was so proud of myself. I already ate healthy, but now I was stepping it up with my serious commitment to sprinkling chia on any and every meal I could.
Fast forward to the next day, when out of nowhere, I doubled over in extreme pain, absolutely sure that something was wrong with my insides.
I went to a walk-in clinic for the second time in my life, and explained my excruciating pain to the doctor.
She knocked on my stomach, told me in so many words that I was hella constipated, and sent me on my way.
I went home, drank way to much Senna Leaf tea hoping to clear myself out (I'm not recommending this), and prayed that in the morning I would be back to normal.
I honestly can't remember at what point I finally felt normal again, but after that day I have NEVER innocently sprinkled chia seeds on anything.
Instead, soak them in a glass jar with some apple cider vinegar, which helps to break down the phytic acid, then stir in a scoop to cereal bowls, salads, sauces, drink, etc.
Because chia seeds absorb so much liquid, when they've been pre-soaked they have the added advantage of surprise hydration instead of dangerously shocking dehydration.