Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Wonders of Chia seeds

The Wonders of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are one of the oldest sources of nutrition.
It's been documented to have been consumed by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans as early 
as 3500 B.C.  Both for nutrition and medicinal purposes.
They are rich in nutrients and are easy to use.  They can be eaten raw, soaked in juices and 
added to a variety of different foods,  like cereals, puddings, baked goods,smoothies, 
salads, quinoa and veggie dishes.

They have an amazing ability to absorb water and fat.  So they can be used to thicken sauces
and even as an egg substitute in recipes.

Here are some benefits:

*They are high in antioxidants, which helps fight free radical damage in the body
*They are typically Non-GMO, organic, and non-irradiated.
*They are very low carb (1 gram per ounce).High in fiber, helping to support
a healthy digestive system.
* They are a great source of protein( appr. 14%) Which helps to reduce appetite
and improve muscle repair.
*They help in weight loss, with the high fiber content and ability to absorb water,
making you feel full.
*They support healthy bones.  Gram for gram, they have more calcium(18%RDA in one ounce) than 
most dairy products. They are also high in phosphorus,magnesium and protein. 
*They help to detoxify the body.  They have the highest combined plant source
of omega-3, fiber and protein. They help to support your natural detoxification,
repair your cells and support a healthy digestive system.
*They are a natural beauty food. A blend of healthy fats and minerals including
zinc,which promotes healthy skin, hair and nails.
*They protect your heart. One tablespoon of chia provides 100% of RDA for omega-3 ALA.
Omega -3 helps to lower cholesterol and maintains proper artery function.
*They reduce the risk of colon cancer. With their high fiber content it helps improves 
intestinal health and regularity.
*They are gluten-free and are great for lowering blood pressure and inflammation.

I eat them everyday:
 As a gel on oatmeal with fruit, by sprinkling ground seeds on salads 
or adding to smoothies.
The possibilities are endless.

Here's a pudding recipe from the: The Plantpower Way

Cacao Chia Pudding
1/2 cup chia seeds
Filtered water
1/4 cup raw honey or maple syrup
4 pitted/soaked dates
1 small avocado
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons cacao powder

In a small bowl, soak chia seeds in 2 cups water, 
stir until they expand and become a gel.(3-4 min)
If using dates, soak them in water for about 30 minutes.
In a Vitamix or blender,
Add avocado, coconut oil, honey or dates and cacao powder
Pour in chia seed gel and blend on high.
Place in serving bowls and chill for 2 hours or devour immediately!

There will be no post next weekend.
Our son and I will be in Atlanta participating in the Atlanta Spartan Super

Have a great week.
Be kind.

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