View Full Version : CHIA SEEDS - OK for Atkins?

08-09-2012, 06:49 PM
I'm on induction right now and I'm wondering if CHIA seeds are OK for this phase, or should wait until after the initial 2 weeks. I saw a great Chia Pudding with 1 C unsweet almond milk (1 net carb) and 3 T of Chia Seeds (0 net carbs) with 1 t vanilla extract & 1/2 t of cinnamon (let sit for 2 hrs in fridge). This def seems like something that would curb my sweet tooth while craving everything I'm leaving behind, but I also don't want to derail myself on something when I'm not positive its Atkins friendly.

For anyone who doesnt know about chia seeds, they are high in omega-3s, calcium, fiber, and iron. Their net carbs run around 0-.1 (carbs 10.5 and fiber 10.4)

Anyone know what i should do???

08-09-2012, 07:32 PM
I use chia seeds, but I waited until after the first 2 weeks to use them. They are great in MIM's too, just make sure to soak them first.


08-09-2012, 10:58 PM
Do you soak them in water or in the liquid from the recipe?

08-10-2012, 01:37 AM
I waited until the Nut/Seed Rung of OWL. :-)

08-10-2012, 02:24 PM
I'd say they're perfectly induction friendly, going by the less than 5 nc per serving rule. The carbohydrate - fiber is pretty much a wash. I wouldn't eat the whole bowl in one sitting, but I'm guessing the recipe is 4 servings? Sounds good to me, I think I'll try some! :)

08-10-2012, 07:29 PM
They drain the recipe a lot, so I soak them in water before adding them. They get a bit like fish eggs after the soaking.


08-13-2012, 03:08 PM
chia can be used as an egg alternative in recipes by doing just that Vibse! 1 tbsp of chia + 3 tbsp of water, let sit for about 15 minutes is = to 1 egg

you can use the seeds whole, or grind them to powder, either way works, but will give different textures obviously

08-13-2012, 08:54 PM
Because of the high fiber content I consider them like I do flax seeds. They should be fine for use in Induction. They are not like nuts which are more carb heavy and easy to over consume.

However, as with everything else, individual responses will vary. Introduce them when nothing else new is being introduced to check your reaction.

08-17-2012, 10:09 PM
What about no carb bread? Can it be used at all during induction?

08-17-2012, 11:03 PM
That no carb bread is gross!!! I took mine back for a refund.