Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Chia Seeds for Baby

Posted by 4 years ago 22 Comments

I recently bought my first bag of Chia seeds seeing them at a local grocery store. I don’t know too too much about them but their nutritional profile intrigued me. One ounce contains 137 calories, 9g of fat, 11g of fiber, 4g of protein. I’m no expert but that’s seems pretty ideal for baby. Especially considering the fat it contains is an Omega 3 Fatty Acid.

I first tried them by sprinkling on homemade french toast. Both kids didn’t even notice. Happily eating their boosted breakfast.

Then I added them to a smoothie (this one to be exact) and it thickened it to fun shake consistency.

That’s when the baby caught a glimpse.

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Side note: He was not only eating them but I also give him a little smoothie mixed with his whole milk. So he was drinking chia, spinach, bananas and blueberries. I sneaky like that. ;)

Anyway, how can I say no to a face like this?

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So I put some on his tray.

He played, of course, but more importantly he ate. Or at least tried to eat. Those are small little buggers!

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In the end I don’t think it’s about how much he consumed.

He explored…

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And had FUN!

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Was there a mess?


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But he got to experience a completely new texture.

Totally worth it for that and this face alone…

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    May 21, 2012

    so cute! fyi, you can also make an egg replacement by using chia (or flax) Reply


    May 21, 2012

    I've heard the flax trick! Didn't think of using Chia. I have to admit though, I don't normally need an egg replacement. I'm kind of an egg freak. :) Reply


    May 21, 2012

    I love chia seeds, and I try to be sneaky when I add them to things so my husband doesn't catch on. My favorite it sprinkling them on top of oatmeal or waffles with almond butter. Love that your little boy loves them as well! Reply

    Lara Gustafson

    May 22, 2012

    That is the cutest. I am going to try that with my 2 year old. She keeps bringing sand in from the sand box. I have Chia seeds already from previous recipes. It looks like he is playing with sand. If you are intersted. Use the Chia Seeds for Flourless banana bread. Her wesite is: Some great ideas. Also you can make your own strawbery Jam with the chia seeds. Endless possiblities. Thanks, Lara Reply


    May 22, 2012

    If you don't crush or grind the seeds, do they just pass through the digestive system without being digested? If so, you're wasting all that great nutrition. Reply


      March 1, 2014

      I've done some research on these before trying them for myself tonight for the first time. From what I have read, unlike flax seeds, you do not need to grind these seeds for the full nutritional benefit.


    May 22, 2012

    Too cute! Glad they didn't freak the baby or kiddo out. Once in your mouth, they get all jelly like and weird, but I think baby was to engrossed to be grossed out! lol Reply


    May 22, 2012

    Ah, that would explain how they get digested, Veronica. Reply


    May 22, 2012

    Karol - One of the reasons I bought them was because they don't need to be grinded like flax, but even if they did the little bit wasted is still a texture exercise for baby. So many kids are scared or turned off by odd textures, the more they are exposed the better and more willing they may be to try things later in life. Reply


    May 22, 2012

    My husband has put chia in his morning oatmeal concoction ever since I read about them online maybe a year or more ago. I sometimes put them into my smoothies or into my morning egg/pancake dish. I just got back from a road trip and brought chia to put into my yogurt that I took for breakfasts, hoping the fiber would, ahem, keep things moving while I was traveling. Reply


    May 22, 2012

    Aside from being nutritious, the seeds are great fun to grow! Remember the Chia pets? As I used my last dozen of eggs, I carefully broke them towards the top, rinsing & saving in the carton.....then sat down with the grands, carefully coloring faces on the shells with markers.....added a little dirt with some chia seeds and watched them grow hair!! The littles LOVED watering & watching their dozen of egg peeps grow green "hair"! Can also give them a hair cut, using those sprouts in salad! Give it a try.....I guarantee you'll have HaPPy kiddo's! ;) Reply


    May 22, 2012

    we're egg freaks too ;) but sometimes when I'm baking I'll run out and need an extra egg. this does the trick! or sometimes I'll replace one egg with flax. the texture exercise is great though! I know so many kids that freak out when they come across something a little different. I can't believe how big your baby is getting!! Reply

    Mid South Moma

    May 22, 2012

    How old is he now, I have lost track. Reply


    May 22, 2012

    I add chia seeds to my pancake batter. Delish! Reply


    May 22, 2012

    He's 14 months. :) Reply

    Caroline Calcote

    May 23, 2012

    Cutest pictures on GreenLiteBites ever! Reply

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

    May 28, 2012

    So cute! I keep a small container at chia seeds at work and sprinkle it on most everything. Oatmeal, yogurt, peanut butter toast, whatever. I like the crunch it gives. Reply


    May 29, 2012

    I add them to smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal ... and this week, added chia to some almond milk chocolate pudding cups I bought. Reply

    Lauren T

    June 1, 2012

    That is incredibly adorable :) What a cute little boy, especially when his face is covered in chia seeds :) Reply


    August 13, 2012

    Chia seeds really need to be soaked in water to make a gel around them and you also need to be sure you consume plenty of water throughout the day; otherwise, they can be constipating. I know this through my 5 year old's experience with them. I was sprinkling them in his yogurt, on his pancakes, on salad, etc. I didn't know about gelling them at the time. I also didn't know that an adult shouldn't consume more than 2 TBSP per day, so I would think a small child shouldn't consume more than 1 or 2 teaspoons per day. Some people claim they did not gel them, but they did drink plenty of water, yet still got constipated. So, to be on the safe side, I would gel them in addition to drinking more water throughout the day. I still sprinkle dry chia seeds on my food sparingly, but I just won't take that chance with my kid anymore, so I gel his. If I feel like it's a little more difficult to "go", I will wait and give it more time. A kid on the other hand is impatient, so they are likely to just give up because they have better things to do than sit on the toilet all day...and so the backing up begins. Chia seeds are high in iron which can be constipating, but they are also high in magnesium, which is suppose to help with constipation. Hopefully gelling and increasing fluid intake allows one to continue enjoying this awesome seed. I do love chia seeds and their nutrition profile rocks!!! Reply


    June 12, 2013

    Be careful with its use in kids. Although constipating, it can also cause diarrhea especially in the initial stage. Reply


    March 1, 2014

    Very Cute! I'm thinking about using these with my 3 year old and just started using them myself. Only thing I would be careful of is that I have been reading about these for a while, before trying them for myself, and they can cause stomach cramping if they do not fully absorb water (about 20 minutes) prior to consumption. Reply