| April 4, 2013

Chia seeds are a trendy ingredient making their way into a wide variety of foods and beverages —and experts say it's for good reason.

"They're really high in omega-3 fatty acids which are really important fats that we usually don't get enough of in our diets," explains Monica Reinagel, author of "Nutrition Diva's Secrets for a Healthy Diet: What to Eat, What to Avoid and What to Stop Worrying About."

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One way to incorporate chia seeds into your meal plans is by making chia pudding.

Check out the  video above to see how the seeds puff up to get that consistency.

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Breakfast or Snack
Prep Time: 
2 minutes
Total Time: 
30 minutes
1 serving


  • 1/2 cup almond milk, or 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (with almond milk), or 3 tbsp chia seeds (with pomegranate juice)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (if using almond milk)
  • Fresh fruit


  1. Mix ingredients together with a spoon and let sit for 30 minutes, or until mixture has pudding-like consistency.