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How To Soak Chia Seeds Overnight

How To Soak Chia Seeds Overnight

Chia seeds are amazing. They are one of my foundational superfoods that you can eat every day to add nutritional support and health benefits to your SuperLife.

If you are going to eat chia seeds, I highly recommend that you soak them!

Soaking chia seeds “sprouts” them and breaks down “enzyme inhibitors” that protect the seeds.

RELATED READING: Why You Should Soak Nuts and Seeds?

One, this makes it much easier to digest, and two, your body can then access the dense nutrients inside the seeds. In my opinion, you always want to get the most nutrition possible from any food that you eat, so I prefer soaking chia seeds before adding them to my food. Plus, soaking chia seeds in water adds additional health benefits!

RELATED READING: What Happens to Chia Seeds Soaked in Water?

The great news is that soaking chia seeds is not hard! Here are some simple directions to soak chia seeds and always have them waiting for you in your refrigerator.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo 


  • Glass pitcher or glass jar


(Note: Use all organic, fresh ingredients if possible)

5 tbsp whole chia seeds (I use this brand)

4 cups distilled water


Add 5 tbsp organic chia seeds to distilled water in a glass pitcher or jar. Shake once, let sit for one minute, shake again, and put in the refrigerator. Use after 8-12 hours, when it has taken on a gel-like consistency. It will keep in the fridge for up to a week.

Use in salads and smoothies over the week, or combine with the juice of 1/2 an organic orange in a glass as a delicious refreshing drink! You can add the soaked chia to these infused water recipes for a great fat/protein boost as well.

What is your favorite way to use chia? Share in the comments below!

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  • Rick Tefteller
    Posted at 04:37h, 27 October

    I soak them in tap water overnight and drink them usually without adding anything but if I use lemon or orange juice, it is definitely from fruits that are NOT organic.

  • Electra
    Posted at 09:56h, 14 June

    How much does it make, and how much should I put in a smoothie?

    • Heather Young
      Posted at 13:31h, 14 June

      You should put 1-2 tbsp soaked chia into a smoothie. It will make around 1 cup soaked.

  • Catherine
    Posted at 21:10h, 06 October

    Can I soak chia see in hot water?

  • Andrew Lepak
    Posted at 21:57h, 06 March

    Never use tap water

  • Bernadette Treto
    Posted at 11:32h, 22 April

    Why cant u use tap water ? Can u use filtered tap water or does it have to be bottled water?

  • Darin Olien
    Posted at 07:10h, 26 April

    Yes, filtered Reverse Osmosis Water from the tap is great