Chia seeds are tiny yet powerful in their nutritional benefits. They swell to 10 times their original size when placed in a liquid, making them ideal for thickening puddings and smoothies.
Just a few of the tricks up the sleeves of chia seeds include…
- High in omega-3 fatty acids
- Great source of soluble and insoluble fiber. Almost all carbs are fiber
- More calcium than milk per serving
- Higher in antioxidants than blueberries
- High in vitamins A, B, D, and E
- Loaded with magnesium
- Good source of quality protein
- Easy to digest and assimilate (low in phytates)
- Help balance blood sugar levels and get rid of sugar cravings
- Provide lost of nutrients with very few calories
- May lower risk of heart disease
Chia is a true superfood. The direct translation of chia means STRENGTH in the Mayan language and was a valuable food of traditional Mayan, Inca and Aztec people. Apparently, they used to trade chia seeds for gold as they were such a valuable source of energy.Did you know Chia means STRENGTH in the Mayan language? It was a valuable food of traditional Mayan, Inca and Aztec people. Click To Tweet
Some of my favorite ways to eat chia include soaking them for an hour in coconut milk and a bit of maple syrup and eating that for dessert or breakfast with fresh berries, sprinkling them on salads or soups, adding them to homemade crackers, blending them into my smoothies and of course, delectable chia puddings.
Elimination diets don’t exactly sound like the most fun thing in the world, but if you’re struggling with digestive issues, they can change your life. How do you get to the root of an issue if you can never pinpoint the cause? You don’t. That’s why millions of people live with illness unnecessarily every day. Because they never took the time to discover that perhaps their thyroid problems would improve by removing gluten from their diet. Or their IBS might get significantly better with a dairy-free diet.
It’s important to take responsibility for your own health if you want to feel good, and the elimination diet is the foundational journey you must take to decipher what works and what doesn’t.
How to do an Elimination Diet?
Certain foods trigger more negative reactions than others. The elimination diet gets rid of common food allergens for a month. Typically the foods you don’t eat for that time frame include…
- Sugar and sweeteners (except stevia)
- Processed foods
- Citrus fruits
- Nightshade vegetables (tomato, peppers, and eggplant)
- Nuts and seeds
- Meat with nitrites
Today I bring you 5 Tricks That Will Help You Kick Grains to the Curb!
Grains – the food group that plays a big role in the eating habits of millions of kids around the world. Oatmeal, YUM! Crackers, YUM! Mashed potatoes, YUM! Toast, YUM! Cereal, YUM!
Sure, most moms always tell us that we need to eat our veggies too, but most moms also always serve some sort of grain for or with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks as well – so grains have to be just as important as meats, fruits and veggies, right?
Last week I started the topic of Gluten free and the Gluten-Free Diet. But what is gluten anyway? These days, more and more food manufacturers are providing gluten-free alternatives to their products, from bagels up to pasta. However, the prevalence has led to a lot of misconceptions. The term “gluten-free” is widely linked with being healthy, but often in the sense of a dieting fad. Not everyone stops to think about what gluten-free really means and why individuals should or should not eat certain foods.
Do you love your breakfast? Do you have a short list of “go-to” recipes? Need a bit of inspiration to start eating breakfast again?
Getting some protein at each meal can help with blood sugar management, metabolism and weight loss. This is because protein helps you feel fuller longer and uses a lot of calories to absorb and metabolize it. So I’m going to show you how to get the protein, as well as some veggies and healthy fats for your breakfasts.