Are chia seeds safe for babies?

Amy Beney MS RD

Chia seeds are an amazing nutrition gift to give your babies.  They are a safe, plant based protein that also contains omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, magnesium, calcium, iron.  All these nutrients are packed in a 1 tablespoon serving size!  They are a low cost food that can supple your baby with an excellent source of fiber and protein.

Are chia seeds safe for babies?

Chia seeds are safe for babies.  They are easy to swallow and should not form a choking hazard.

chia seeds for baby
chia seeds for baby
chia seeds for baby
chia seeds for baby

How are chia seeds prepared?

Chia seed can be eaten as they are found, as small black seeds.  They can also be added to water or any liquid.  The seeds can expand to 10-12 times their original size. Additionally you can make chia powder from the seeds.

How are chia seeds healthy for babies?

Chia seeds for constipation– chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber and can help babies have regular bowel movements.

Plant based protein– 1 tablespoon of chia seeds has almost as much protein as 1 egg.  They are a complete source of protein.  A complete source of protein means that chia seeds have all nine essential amino acids.  Other examples of complete proteins are meat and eggs.

Omega 3 fatty acids– are important for a healthy diet.

Research has shown the omega 3 fatty acids in children

  • May improve brain function
  • Could reduce asthma
  • Promotes better sleep

Calcium– Chia seeds are a great source of calcium.  It is an alternative way to give your baby calcium if they cannot consume dairy.

Magnesium-is crucial for calm mood and relaxation in children and healthy bone development

Nutritional Content of Chia Seeds

Nutritional Content

1 Tablespoon of Chia Seeds

Total Fat9 gm
Polyunsaturated Fat7 gm
Total Carbohydrate12 gm
Fiber10 gm
Protein4 gm
Magnesium95 mg (23%)

How to give chia seeds to baby

  • Chia seeds can be given in their seed form
  • Chia seeds can be mixed into water- the expand to 10-12 times their size
  • Chia seeds can be ground and given as chia powder
  • Chia powder and chia seeds can be mixed in with:
    • Smoothies
    • Yogurt
    • Pancakes
    • Oatmeal
    • Mixed into baked goods
    • Mixed into soup

Chia seed shelf life

Chia seed do not need to be refrigerated.  They can be stored in pantry for 2-4 years.

Can toddlers have chia seeds?

Chia seeds are not just for babies.  Chia seeds can be given to toddlers and older kids as well

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chia seeds for baby