Chia seeds are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and omega-3 fats. They come from a flowering plant in the mint family grown in Mexico, and were a staple in the diet of the ancient Mayans and Aztecs. Chia seeds were thought to have magical powers. Aztec soldiers would grind up the seeds and eat them for a boost of energy to sustain them over long periods of time. I add them to oatmeal, salads, granola, and baking.
You may have seen them around the health food store, but what are they?
Small seeds that pack big nutrition have turned out to be the latest nourishing must-haves. For years, I've advised people to "go nuts" for their health; now as an early taste from my new book, here is a look at three of my favourite seeds and ways to add these delicious, gluten-free dark horses to your menu.
With chia seed pudding, all you need is your ingredients and a jar -- no cooking required! Simply mix your ingredients together, and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.
Thanks to the delicious bounty of protection I bestowed on myself, I was able to enjoy the party, focus on guests with clarity, and enjoy a few of the protein and vegetable options put forth by the caterers, who mercifully realized, that not everyone wants to be back at square one on Jan. 1.
We spiced up a classic banana bread recipe with some chia seeds, and the result was delicious!
Hedge fund managers Nick Morris and Dan Gluck began obsessively investigating chia, reading whatever research they could find on its nutritional properties. They discovered that chia is an "off-the-charts superfood."
Since turning 40, I have noticed a transformation happening with my body. Joints are cracking, I'm feeling stiffness and injuries that never existed in my younger years. These have all been physical wake-up calls for me in this new phase of my life.
While you may have been told to avoid nuts and seeds due to their high fat and caloric content, these tasty gems contain heart-healthy unsaturated fats, and are truly terrific to include in your diet.
At the speed of this life, it is hard to get all of the nutrients you need. Every modern human needs a few tricks up their sleeve to boost or better the food they choose. Here is your cheat sheet of four foods that you can add to whatever you are eating and improve every spoon.
Protein is an extremely important nutrient that must be obtained in the diet daily. Protein in liquid form, as opposed to food, is much easier on the body and provides quick energy and nourishment. Food sources can take up to two hours to process, whereas a protein shake takes only 30 minutes. Try one of these delicious protein smoothie recipes, or create your own! The options are endless.
Sometimes as the seasons inevitably change, so do our stress levels. To combat these fluctuations in our emotional and hormonal balance we should try and take best care of what we can control: our diet. This little gem of a smoothie is not only tasty, but functional to boot, thanks to the fibre and protein packed chia seeds, the healthy fat of avocado, and the caramel-y smooth addition of the amazing maca root powder.
If you're up on foodie culture, you've likely heard a lot of buzz about chia seeds lately. Once used by Aztecs, Incas and Mayans as a staple food, chia has seen a food renaissance recently.
I had never heard of chia until a couple of years ago when a health-minded friend started crowing about her latest superfood. "It's loaded with omega-3s; the Aztecs used to grow it," she told me. Intrigued, I wanted to find out if chia truly did deserve the health hype.
Most people hear the word chia and have flashbacks of cheesy '90s infomercials and bad Christmas gifts. Yes, chia can be used in lieu of a pet, but there is so much more that you can do with this spectacular seed!
"We were so surprised there were no other products in the market incorporating chia seeds into a snack food." Meet Catherine Mangan Walsh, the co-fou...