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22 Exciting Ways To Cook With Chia Seeds

No need to be scared of these bad boys. Because really, they're food's perfect accessory.

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8. Mini Morning Egg Bites

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There is so much goodness going on in these lil egg bites. Take 'em on your morning commute, or maybe even have them as brinner (breakfast for dinner, obvs). Recipe here.

12. Cherry Limeade Chia Fresca

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An extremely delicious way to stay refreshed during any summer heat. You let the chia seeds soak up all the cherry lime-y goodness to get all good and gel-y. Recipe here.

22. 3-Minute Vegan Maple Oatmeal Cookie

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Mixing ground chia (or flax) seeds with water creates an easy egg substitute. Also, this recipe takes THREE minutes to make, so you have no excuse not to try it out!

So, what do chia seeds actually do for you?

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• Chia belonged to the diets of the Mayans and the Aztecs; in fact, "chia" got its name from the Mayan word for "strength."

• There are nearly 11 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein per each 1-ounce serving. (That's about 42% of your recommended daily intake of fiber, which is poop-er important.)

• The powerful seed also has a ton of the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids; this is good, because we cannot produce them on our own, and they help keep us pretty.

• An ounce of chia seeds also contains about 18% of your recommended daily calcium intake. This is three times more than a serving of skim milk would give you!

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