How to Eat Chia Seeds
Chia seeds have a mild, nutty taste and can easily be added to most dishes as a garnish. However, chewing small seeds like flax or chia generally doesn’t make the omega-3s and other nutrients readily available for digestion and absorption. The best way to access their vitamins and minerals is to either grind or soak them in order to take advantage of chia seeds benefits.
How to Soak: To soak chia seeds, simply mix them in a 1:10 ratio of chia to water and let them sit for between 30 minutes to two hours. This equates to about 1.5 tablespoons of chia seeds in one cup of water, and although it doesn’t have to be exact, you do want it to gel all the way and not be too watery.
Since chia seeds can hold up to 12 times their weight in water, soaking your chia seeds in water is a great way to prevent dehydration. However, if you choose not to soak them, they can also absorb water from your body during digestion, so be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated.