Chia seeds were used by the Aztecs and Mayans to keep them full for long periods of time. The Aztec warriors carried these seeds in their pouches; one tablespoon was enough to sustain them for an entire day.
Chia seeds are packed with tons of vitamins and nutrients and are easy to add to any diet. They have been called a superfood because they have a maximum amount of nutrients with a small number of calories.
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These power packed seeds are becoming more and more popular, even Dr. Oz is talking about them. We have been adding them into our diet for several years now. Here’s why.
My son Antonio was born 4 weeks premature, at 3 pounds, 16 ounces. He was smaller than other babies born 4 weeks early, so his first three weeks of life were spent in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit hooked to tubes and wires. After 4 weeks in the hospital he was able to come home, at 5 pounds.
At 6 months he started to eat solid foods, but he was still really small for his age. Because he was still quite small the doctors recommended he eat a lot of protein, particularly red meat. Although we are not vegetarian and my son loves meat, we wanted to find other things that were packed with protein and nutrition.
We knew about beans, nuts and regular things that had protein, but we were looking for more options. We found seeds. One of our favorite power foods became chia seeds, because they are really good for you, they taste good and they are easy to use. As all moms know, getting kids to eat healthy is not always easy.
Chia seed benefits include, more omega 3 fatty acids than Atlantic Salmon, more antioxidants than fresh blueberries, more calcium than milk, more fiber than bran cereal, 2 times the potassium than bananas, and more protein than flaxseed. They have been used to reduce inflammation, reduce free radicals, increase endurance, level blood sugar, increase energy, and increase regularity.
Chia seeds have a nut like flavor and can be eaten whole or ground up and added to almost anything. They can be ground up and used to make muffins or breads. Chia seeds can be sprinkled in salad, yogurt, oatmeal, or cereal. As a quick snack that will keep you feeling full longer, and one of my son’s favorite ways to eat chia seeds is to just dip a banana in them.
Here are some favorite Chia Seed Recipes:
Favorite Morning Shake Recipe:
1 Tbls. Chia Seeds
3-5 Ice cubes
¾ cup rice/almond milk
Add in greens, spinach, kale, etc. You can use Vitamineral Green, which combines many green super-foods in one.
You can also substitute the ice with frozen berries and pineapple for more flavor.
Blend together- You can use a personal blender, like the magic bullet for fast preparation and clean-up.
Chia Fresca: a refreshing drink that is popular in Central America and Mexico.
2 Tbls. Chia Seeds
8 ounces of water
squeeze of lemon or lime
1 stevia packet to sweeten
3 Tbls. Chia Seeds
¾ c juice (Antonio’s favorite – acai juice) or milk
Let sit for 45 min stirring often, the Chia seeds will soak up the liquid creating a pudding.
Enjoy these quick, healthy recipes. A healthy lifestyle is essential to your life without limits. Think about it, how can you have your best life without your health? You need your health to have the business you dream of, your time freedom and financial freedom, to travel, and have the adventures you dream of, your health is essential.
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To Your Life Without Limits,
Elena & Jean
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