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Beyond Pudding: 3 Amazing Chia Seed Recipes

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    Miranda Hammer — a registered dietician, nutritional nerd, and founder of Crunchy Radish — is constantly in pursuit of the most wholesome foods out there. Ahead, she shares some of her must-know, feel-good recipes.
    We all remember "ch-ch-ch-chia" — but these little seeds aren't just for sprouting a plant. Chia seeds are multidimensional; they can become gelatinous, creating texture for puddings, or they can remain in crunchy-seed form when sprinkled on salad, yogurt, or oatmeal. What makes these little seedlings super? They are loaded with anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Inflammation is caused by environmental and internal stressors that lead the body to engage in a defensive response. And, over time, an inflammatory state can be detrimental to your health. GI diseases (such as Crohn’s, IBS, and celiac disease), along with arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer's are all related to a pro-inflammatory state.

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    Chia seeds are cardiovascular-protective; they help lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure. They're also a fiber-rich powerhouse, containing up to 10 grams of fiber in two tablespoons (so, you may want to be near a restroom following consumption). Plus, chia seeds contain iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc — which are beneficial for everyone, but especially for people who follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. Here are a few unique, delicious ways to utilize these super-seeds.

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