Quick Healthy Tip: Soak Your Food

For proper digestion (and easier blending) always remember to soak your nuts before consuming them. Nuts have a high number of enzyme inhibitors making them difficult to digest. Enzyme inhibitors are what allow nuts to remain in your cupboard for months without becoming spoiled, not exactly something you want in your digestive tract. When you soak nuts before eating them, the enzymes become neutralized making them much easier on digestion. Soaking your nuts (or seeds or grains) before eating them will also make their proteins readily available as well as important nutrients and vitamins.

Soaking nuts is extremely simple, you take purified or distilled water, pour it over the nuts (about 2:1 ratio water to nuts) and allow to soak for a few hours to overnight. Cover your class container with cheesecloth and keep at room temperature until you’re ready to use them. Obviously the harder or larger the nut, the longer it will take to soak. Small grains and seeds will take much less time. Once you’re ready to use the nuts, rinse them to assure they are clean and you’re ready to go! You can always buy a dehydrator (unless you have one already) if you want to eat the nuts nice and crispy, instead of blending them.

Another great thing to soak are dates! Many healthy smoothies use dates as sweetener in delicious desserts. I enjoy blending dates with banana, 100% cocoa powder, peanut butter and soaked almonds with water for a delicious dessert smoothie. Without soaking the dates beforehand, they rarely blend unless you have a strong high-speed blender, leaving large date chunks behind.

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Living Tea: All About Kombucha

Let’s talk kombucha! Perhaps you’ve seen kombucha in the grocery store or have seen someone drinking it at a restaurant, maybe you have no idea what it is! Kombucha is one of my absolute favourite drinks in the entire world! This delicious fizzy beverage not only tastes great but is also chock full of incredible health benefits!

Kombucha is a yummy probiotic tea beverage that contains amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants and polyphenols. Kombucha is made by fermenting tea with the help of our friendly SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast). SCOBYs look like strange tan coloured, gelatinous frizbees that are a starter culture that turns plain tea and sugar into our carbonated kombucha beverage. SCOBYs are referred to as “the Mother” and after each new batch of kombucha, the SCOBY will regenerate and create a new “baby” SCOBY. Kombucha has been around for thousands of years, in fact kombucha tea’s origins are found in China in the 3rd century BC. A heck of a long time! Kombucha can be made from black, green or white tea (any tea from the camellia sinensis shrub), and is made by brewing tea with sugar, adding it to a large jar with a SCOBY and allowing the tea to ferment for a week or more.    IMG_0824

Kombucha is a probiotic drink, meaning it is full of beneficial bacteria that supports healthy digestion and a strong immune system! Kombucha is also full of glucuronic acid (GA) which binds to toxins in the body and transforms them into waste that can effectively be voided by the body; highly detoxifying! The antioxidant behaviour in kombucha tea is much higher than can be found in regular brewed tea! In fact, kombucha contains high levels of vitamins C and E, polyphenols and other carotenoids. Those high levels of vitamin C (over 100x the amount of vitamin C found in regular brewed tea) are extremely effective at strengthening your immunity! Those antioxidants fight against free-radical cell damage and inflammatory disease! That high vitamin and antioxidant content protects numerous tissues from toxicity such as the liver and kidneys and can prevent such ailments as kidney stones! Kombucha also contains a multitude of B vitamins, including folic acid, which helps prevent headaches, migraines and dizziness. Because kombucha is a tea it shouldn’t be a surprise that kombucha increases energy! Kombucha tea works to improve iron absorption in the body (low iron can make you groggy and is also the cause of anemia), boost the flow of oxygen to tissues and increase blood levels of hemoglobin (protein found in the blood that is in charge of carrying oxygenated blood from the lungs to body tissues and organs). Kombucha is also incredible for gut health! Kombucha protects both the lining of the gut and the mucin content of the stomach (a protein responsible for gel and lubricant-like functions in the body, for example; saliva), protecting the stomach from developing ulcers. Did you know that your gut is linked to your mental health? The kombucha probiotics helping our your stomach health will work their way to your head reducing feelings of anxiety and depression, lifting your mood! Kombucha has also been successful at lowering levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) in the body, while systematically increasing levels of good cholesterol (HDL)! Not only that but kombucha has been associated with lowered cancer rates! It’s incredible! Kombucha can slow or prevent tumor growth at early stages of development due to it’s antibiotic properties and high content of glucuronic, acetic and lactic acids! Finally, kombucha can ease asthma, relieve arthritis pain, decrease blood sugar levels, balance the metabolism and combat infection! Not bad for a delicious fermented tea!

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Kombucha’s growing popularity means it is easier to access these benefits than ever! You can find kombucha in a wide variety of flavours and brands; my favourite flavour is Rise Kombucha’s Mint & Chlorophyll, it is extremely refreshing! When you’re looking for your favourite brand, you do want to find a kombucha that is organic and raw to get the most benefits! I drink kombucha several times a week and find that it can heal in an instant! Unfortunately, kombucha can be expensive so if you do not want to make it at home (I’m excited to tell you I have a post coming about that soon!), it can be a fun drink to indulge in on occasion. The fizzy taste works well as a substitute for soda and kombucha is special enough to enjoy if you are abstaining from alcohol! Though I have no problem drinking kombucha several times a week, there have been instances of people becoming sick after drinking kombucha. Because kombucha so effectively releases toxins from the liver, the body can react by getting overwhelmed and sick. If you don’t normally drink kombucha, it is recommended to start drinking slowly (once or twice a week) to allow to liver to rid of those toxins without flooding the body. However, once your body is used to it enjoy all the myriad of health benefits you will start to see immediately! I find that enjoying kombucha lifts my mood, re-energizes me and gets the digestive juices flowing! I love to treat myself to a kombucha with my after-yoga snack to reward myself for a tough practice and for making the right choices for my body, mind and my soul!

What is your favourite type of kombucha? Do you have a favourite brand or flavour? Do you make your own at home? Are you looking forward to my upcoming post about brewing your own kombucha? I can’t wait to hear from you!

Namaste.

(Note: I was not asked my Rise Kombucha or GTS Kombucha to make this post. I am not being compensated for this post and all yummy bottles of kombucha were purchased with my own money!)

Spice is Nice Roasted Chickpeas

Today I’m sharing with you one of my absolute favourite snacks; roasted chickpeas! You may be familiar with chickpeas in their most famous recipe hummus, however chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) can be used in a variety of different ways! Chickpeas are high in fibre, essential vitamins and minerals and are full of protein, making them a great option for vegans and vegetarians! Roasting the chickpeas makes a delicious crunchy snack that you can munch on to replace chips and can even be used as a replacement for croutons in salad! Roasted chickpeas are fun because you can play along with many different flavour combinations to find your favourite taste. Today’s recipe is not only delicious and spicy but provides numerous health benefits due to the spices used!

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You will need:

– 2  (15 oz) cans of chickpeas (drained)

– 1 tbsp olive oil + more for oiling the pan

– 1 tsp ea garlic salt, chili powder, paprika, cumin (I like quite a bit of spice so feel free to cut this down to 1 tsp ea if you think it will be too much)

– 1/2 – 1 tsp cayenne pepper & roasted red pepper flakes depending on your preference for spice!

– 1/2 lemon for drizzling

Now for the cooking fun!

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1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F

2) In a bowl mix drained chickpeas, olive oil and your spices. Squeeze half a lemon onto your mixture. Mix thoroughly.

3) Place evenly on a pan so that the chickpeas form one layer. Allow to roast in middle of oven for 20 mins, flip chickpeas and roast for a final 20 mins.

4) Allow to cool and enjoy!

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All the great health benefits from this delicious snack come from their spices! Paprika is an incredible spice filled with carotenoids, vitamin C and anti-oxidants. Paprika’s vitamin C is essential to eye health while it’s compounds work as anti-inflammatories, natural pain killers and aid in lowering blood pressure. Paprika is also high in vitamins A, E and K! Cumin is another powerhouse spice widely believed to prevent certain cancers. Cumin is fantastic at speeding up digestion and aiding digestive upset, is high in vitamin C (just like paprika) as well as vitamin E and iron. Cumin will give your moods a great boost as it is effective at easing mental systems of depression and anxiety! Finally, cumin is excellent at building up the immune system by both preventing colds and killing foreign invaders!

Enjoy your delicious chickpeas as a snack, part of your salad or let me know if there is another way you like to eat roast chickpeas! Maybe you have a favourite roast chickpea recipe that you’d like to share with me? I look forward to hearing from you!

Namaste.

When Life Gives You Lemons…

We are still in the beginning of the New Year, therefore people are still working on their resolutions. Today, I have the perfect simple addition that you can make to your daily morning routine that will bring you loads of health benefits!

When life gives you lemons make… lemon water!

You may drink lemon water already just to jazz up the taste of plain old tap water, but here is why you should heat that water up a bit, drink it in the am (before you eat or drink anything else) and revel in it’s numerous health benefits (psst! there are more than just good hydration!)

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I start my day with a warm cup of lemon water, and you should too! First thing in the morning, I put on my kettle and wait for it to boil while doing my morning yoga routine (just 10-15 minutes) and morning meditation. By the time I’ve completed my other tasks, the water has boiled and I can pour it into a mug with the juice of half (or full – depending on the size) of a fresh lemon! You want your water to be warm – not hot – so I often pop in a few ice cubes to cool it down before taking my first juicy sips!

You may be thinking to yourself, “Great Kait, lemon water but there no chance that I will give up my morning coffee!” Before you dismiss it, take a look at all the ways warm lemon water first thing in the morning will help out your body and your mind!

Warm lemon water first thing in the morning will help cleanse your system. You’ve been in bed for 7-9 hours, and have not been eating or drinking, lemon water will keep your urinary tract healthy by increasing your rate of urination, preventing UTIs and allowing you to eliminate whatever has been building up overnight, keeping you regular. Not only will the lemon water hydrate you, but it will also hydrate your lymph system by replacing lymph fluid lost by the body throughout the day. Lemon water will also stimulate liver function, encouraging it to produce bile which will aid in your digestion once you start eating breakfast. The citric acid found in lemons maximizes enzyme function which aids in cleansing your post-sleeping system. Lemon water effectively flushes toxins from the body, improving any indigestion.

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Your daily morning mug of lemon water will boost your immune system! Lemons (an anti-inflammatory) are high in vitamin C, a vitamin well known to fight pesky colds (especially important in winter!) Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) also promotes healing, drinking your lemon water can even help heal any cuts or wounds you may have! Cool, isn’t it? Also high in potassium, your daily lemon water will also stimulate your brain and nerve function and help you regulate your blood sugar levels. Lemon water will work to strengthen not only your bones, cartilage and connective tissue, but also keep the eyes and brain healthy! Lemon water will remove any build up of uric acid in the joints, relieving any pain or inflammation from the sensitive areas. Had a tough workout the day before? Your warm water will help replenish all the salts lost during your workout and will ease the muscular aches and pains that follow from all your hard work!

Troubled skin? Lemon water can help with that too! No matter what your skincare issue, lemon water is a skin saver! Because lemon water is an antioxidant, it will work hard to combat any free radical damage that might show on your face or other areas. This means, any fine lines or wrinkles will be decreased, along with blemishes or dry spots! Lemon water is also antibacterial and will kill bacteria known to cause acne, leaving your skin fresh and glowing!

Though one may think they are acidic, once they are metabolized, lemons are super alkalizing! What does that mean? Diseases are known to thrive under an acidic environment. Your body’s pH becomes out of whack (and very acidic) after eating lots of unhealthy foods, drinking alcohol, etc. Because lemon water is so alkalizing, it brings your body back into a healthy pH. You can receive these benefits after a night of drinking (I definitely go back for more lemon water after a long night) or you can regularly drink your lemon water and it will constantly work remove that acidity from your body!

Finally, why do you want to start your day with warm lemon water? While lemon water is great to sip throughout the day (especially if you find the taste of plain water bland), drinking it warm first thing in the morning can replace coffee and caffeine from your morning routine! Think about it, if you are exercising regularly and sleeping enough hours that your body is well rested, you really do not need caffeine in the morning, it may just be an addiction! Drinking a warm mug of lemon water will give the body the same cozy feeling as wrapping your hands around a large mug of coffee! Lemon’s scent is known to energize the body, wake up the mind and lift one’s mood! Once digested, lemon water can actually provide energy to the body! It’s true! Not only that, but lemon can reduce feelings of anxiety, depression and dread which will help start your day on the right path! If you are so looking forward to your day that you forget to brush your teeth before running out the door, don’t worry! That lemon water will not only freshen your breath, but also lessen any tooth pain and prevent gingivitis! However, do not brush your teeth immediately after drinking lemon water, the acidity can hurt tooth enamel. Instead, wait until after eating breakfast, or drink and swish a large glass of water around your mouth before brushing!

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It’s obvious now that you should be starting your day with a big warm glass of lemon water! Make it a habit! Starting your day on a healthy note will help you make smart choices throughout the day! Cut out the coffee and enjoy your fresh skin, quick mind and uplifted mood!

Do you start your day with a warm glass of lemon water? Have I inspired you to kick the caffeine?

Namaste.

(Note: I’m not sponsored by lemons… they’re just awesome 😉 )

The Best Oatmeal: Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe

I’ve always loved oatmeal. I remember as a kid my Mom making me the Quaker Peaches and Cream oatmeal in the winter as a delicious warming breakfast. As I grew up, I started learning how beneficial oatmeal is to include in your diet but never found the perfect non-sugary recipe. Until now.

Today I’m showing you an amazing winter breakfast recipe. The perfect Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal. (This recipe is written for 1 serving of oatmeal).

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Oatmeal is fantastic to add to your diet as it is extremely high in soluble fibre. Fibre is essential to a proper diet by stabilizing blood sugar, preventing the development of diabetes, heart disease and cancer, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and for keeping you full for longer. Oatmeal is high in the antioxidant avenanthramide, which protects LDL (bad cholesterol) from causing heart disease, prevents free radicals from harming HDL (high cholesterol) and staves off hardening of the arteries.

To make this delicious oatmeal you will need:

– 1/2 cup quick oats

– 1/2 cup water

– 1/2 cup nut milk of your choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)

– 1 banana (the riper, the better)

– 1 tbsp chia seeds

– 10-12 almonds

– 1 tbsp maple syrup

– 1 tsp cinnamon

– 1/2 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh) OR other favourite topping

1) Combine oats, water and nut milk into small saucepan and heat according to instructions on oatmeal package. (I warm mine on medium heat, stirring to avoid burning the oatmeal).

2) Once the liquid has been absorbed, cut the banana into pieces and mash into oatmeal.

3) Serve half of the banana/oatmeal mixture into a bowl.

4) Drizzle half (1/2 tbsp) maple syrup onto oats.

5) Serve second half of oatmeal mixture.

6) Top with the rest of the maple syrup, almonds and cinnamon.

7) Add any other additional toppings (if you choose). Though this oatmeal is perfect as is, blueberries are a favourite additional topping of mine!

8) ENJOY!

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Let me know how you like to take your oatmeal! Did you enjoy this recipe! Make it on mornings that you need a little bit of heat and comfort to start your day!

Namaste.

Anatomy of a Buddha Bowl

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I’ve been doing a lot of running back and forth from yoga class lately and when I’m coming home around dinner time, there is nothing more that I want than a healthy, easy meal. The Buddha Bowl is my new favourite no-brainer! I’m not quite sure where the name came from, but the first time I had a Buddha Bowl was in a vegetarian restaurant and their menu was absolutely packed with wonderful choices! The amazing bowl that I had there inspired me to make some of my own at home! A quick search on Pinterest showed that I wasn’t alone in my love for the simplicity and deliciousness of the meal!

So what is a Buddha Bowl? While I’ll be adding pictures and a recipe for one of my favourites, this post is more of a guide than a real recipe! A Buddha Bowl is any combination of your favourite greens, grains, starches, protein, veggies and toppings! They tend to be vegetarian or vegan, but the beauty of the Buddha Bowl is that you decide what goes in! Don’t like kale? Then use spinach or collard greens instead! Be creative and inspired when making your bowl!

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Grab a huge bowl, maybe you have a favourite for soup or salad that would be a good choice for your Buddha Bowl as well.

1. Greens. Throw some greens in your bowl! They can be spinach, kale, arugula, collards… anything your heart desires!

2. Grains and/or starch. Add on a generous scoopful of your favourite grains. Now we’re talking rice, rice noodles, quinoa, millet, etc and once you’re done with that you can also add in some starch if you’d like; sweet potatoes perhaps?

3. Protein. Maybe you immediately think of animal products when you think protein, the Buddha Bowl is a great place for you to try some excellent (and tasty!) sources of plant proteins! Add an abundance of beans, peas, edamame, lentils or if you’d prefer you can go the tofu, tempeh and seitan route! Delicious!

4. Veggies. Pick a bunch of your favourite veggies and add them on top! You can use peppers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, avocado, mushrooms, any veggie you can think of is great and the more colourful your selection, the more colourful your meal! Cook some veggies and eat others raw, this adds different temperatures to your meal and different textures depending which veggies you choose!

5. Toppings and extras. Your final step will be to add on whatever toppings you think would go nicely with your bowl. These can be nuts, seeds or maybe even some slices of fruit! Another great final addition is some dressing. You can drizzle some olive oil and lemon, vinegar or even make your own dressings with tahini or soy sauce! Again, be creative!

The best part of the Buddha Bowl is that it is 100% customizable. Maybe you have some leftover quinoa in the fridge and some veggies that are on the verge of going bad, instead of throwing them away, make a Buddha Bowl! You may discover that you have a favourite combination, but the most exciting and fun part is trying different things each time! Because you make all the choices, your Buddha Bowl can be vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free or nut-free without any hassle. If you don’t like one ingredient, you can easily substitute it for another! It would even be a fun meal to make with your kids, if you cut up the veggies beforehand, they can choose their favourites and create a nice, well balanced, healthy meal all by themselves!

Buddha Bowls are great because they promote mindful eating. To immerse yourself in the experience of eating the bowl, it’s fun to use chopsticks and really take the time to enjoy each bite, because each one will be different than the last! As previously mentioned, you can keep some of your ingredients raw, and cook others. In doing this, you will get a variety of different textures in your bowl, making mindful eating much easier and more enjoyable. Instead of scarfing down your meal (which I definitely am guilty of), really pay attention to what you’re putting in your mouth!

To give you some inspiration, here is tonight’s Buddha Bowl and tahini dressing recipe!

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This bowl was rice noodles, spinach, red pepper, sweet potato, edamame, avocado, tofu and mushrooms.

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Raw/Uncooked Ingredients: Spinach, avocado, red bell pepper, mushrooms.

Cooked Ingredients: Edamame (unshelled before adding to bowl), sweet potato, tofu and rice noodles.

Toppings: Sesame seeds and Garlic-Lemon-Tahini Dressing.

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After adding all of the ingredients together, my Buddha Bowl looked like this:

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YUMMY!

To make the Garlic-Lemon-Tahini Dressing, I used four simple ingredients.

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Simply mix 1 tbsp olive oil, with 2 tbsp tahini, a clove of garlic (or more depending on taste) and juice from half a lemon. Whisk together the ingredients and adjust according to taste.

Enjoy making your Buddha Bowl!

Once you’ve savoured your creation leave me a comment below letting me know what combination you came up with! I’d love to try it myself!

Namaste.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Split Smoothie

When I was a little girl, nothing pleased me more than a chocolate milkshake, I loved how delicious and cool it felt going into my stomach and ordered one every Saturday at lunch with my parents. Another favourite was ice cream, my brother and I used to play with our ice cream, making caves and forests in our bowls, trying to be the last to finish eating so that we could rub it in the other’s face that we still had food left. I loved ice cream so much that I would literally lick the bowl.

As I grew up my sweet tooth sort of faded away, but now and again nothing hits the spot quite like a chocolate milkshake or an ice cream sundae. This smoothie is the best of both worlds!

Enter the Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Split Smoothie!

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You’ll only need six ingredients for this delicious treat!

1 (or 2) bananas

1 tbsp 100% cocoa

1 tsp vanilla (you can also sub maple syrup)

1 spoonful 100% peanut butter (without added sugars and chemicals is best)

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 cup nut milk of your choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)

ice cubes

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Put all these ingredients into a blender, blend them up and voila! An extremely yummy smoothie for whenever you need a sweet fix!

The chia seeds have a bunch of excellent benefits, read all about them here. 100% cocoa is full of anti-oxidants, flavanoids (which benefit your cardiovascular system, nervous system and mental function) and magnesium (works to create and maintain cell health). As I’m sure you know, bananas are full of potassium which is necessary for heart, kidney and organ health! Not only is this smoothie super delish but healthy too!

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Let me know how you enjoy this smoothie! I hope that you love it as much as I do! It’s great as dessert, after a workout or even for breakfast!

Stay tuned for some more delicious recipes!

Namaste.

For the Love of Chia!

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The word “chia” comes from the Mayan word meaning “strength”, which is really fitting when you realize just how amazing these little seeds really are! They are power houses that really do deserve the “superfood” label that so many foods are getting today.

So let’s talk chia…

Chia seeds derive from the plant Salvia Hispanica, a plant native to South America and are of the mint family. You know, the delicious green herb that flavours so many of our teas, toothpastes and jellies.

Chia is great for so many reasons. Not only are chia seeds naturally gluten free, but they are also loaded with antioxidants. But more on that later.

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Let’s consider 1oz (or 2tbsp) of chia. In it you would find 12g carbohydrates (11g of fiber), 4g of protein, 9g of fat (5g of which are heart healthy omega-3s), 18% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA) of calcium, 30% of your RDA of magnesium, 30% your RDA of manganese, 27% RDA of phosphorus as well as zinc, niacin, iron, B2, thiamine and potassium.

But what does that all mean? Let me help!

Let’s start with the 11g of fiber. Fiber is so so important to include in your diet for multiple reasons and it’s important to include 25-30g into your day! There are two types of fiber; soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Chia contains both. Soluble fiber dissolves in water, ferments in the colon and slows the breakdown of food through your system. This is important because as it slows the breakdown of your food the fiber stops your blood sugar from spiking and instead moderates it’s rise. Insoluble fiber on the other hand does not dissolve in water, instead absorbing it and helping you have regular bowel movements. Not only does fiber help you stay regular and control your blood sugar, but it also maintains healthy bowels (lessening your risk of diverticulitis, haemorrhoids, gallstones and kidney stones), can lower heart disease risk and can even help clear your skin by moving toxins through the digestive system to be expelled instead of letting them leech through the skin causing blemishes.

Chia seeds are great at keeping hunger at bay and keeping you fuller for longer. Because chia seeds can expand to 12x their size with water, they can expand in your stomach taking up more room that you would initially think. Because they are taking up so much room in your stomach, you feel full for a longer period of time, but the high fiber content also helps keep your blood sugar from spiking too quickly (as previously mentioned) and will make sure that you don’t have a blood sugar crash making you crave sugary foods and leading you to overeat!

Now protein. I’m sure by now you know the importance of protein in your diet. In biology you learn that proteins are “the building blocks of life”, I know I heard this from every teacher for years, I’m sure you did too! I’m sure then that you also know that every cell in the body is made up of protein, so it is important to make sure your diet is full of it! Because chia is about 14% protein, it is a great way for people on a vegan or vegetarian diet to get in their proteins! Yes, plants can be full of protein also!

Let’s discuss fats. Fats have gotten a bad rep these past few years but not all fats are created equal and chia seeds are chock full of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, gram for gram, chia seeds contain more omega-3s than salmon! Omega-3s are considered an “essential fatty acid”. “Essential fatty acids” mean that the body cannot produce this fat on its own and must rely on food to acquire it. Because chia seeds’ omega-3s come from plant matter, they have ALA (alpha linolenic acid) a type of short chain fatty acid. Unfortunately, ALA cannot be absorbed by the body before first converting into EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) long chain fatty acids that are found in fish and shellfish. The body is able to convert ALA to EPA and DHA for absorption but because of this conversion, you need to consume much more ALA to benefit from the same amount that you would EPA and DHA. Omega-3 fatty acids are very important for maintaining healthy eyes, a healthy heart and can have even been noticed to lower the risk of certain cancers. Definite reasons to keep getting in your omega-3s!

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Getting back to antioxidants… as previously mentioned, chia seeds are very high in antioxidants! Antioxidants are substances that fight cell damage. Chia seeds in particular fight 70% of free radicals! Free radicals are pesky little guys whose whole purpose is to damage cells leading to ageing and even to cancer! Antioxidants find those damaged cells and repair them, killing off free radicals without harming any healthy cells. Antioxidants are super heroes! You may have heard that blueberries, pomegranates and other fruits have excellent antioxidant power and now you can add chia seeds to that list! Yum!

Chia does all these great things and even more! Can you imagine? Because of the high percentage of magnesium, chia seeds are great at keeping cortisol levels low helping you fend off stress. Low magnesium has also been linked to migraines and fatigue, so it’s great knowing that chia has got your back there too! You know how we talked about chia being gram for gram higher in omega-3s than salmon? Well it’s also gram for gram higher in calcium than most dairy products! This means that chia seeds are going to keep your bones super strong, your teeth healthy and your smile brilliant!

Finally, chia seeds are excellent for athletes, people who are active or just people who like to run around and have fun! Chia is great as an energy boost as it improves endurance and strength.

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So now that you know how great chia seeds are, where can you find them? Because chia seeds have become so popular, you can find them at most grocery stores. I find mine in the baking and specialty food isle. They may even be with the gluten free foods, as mine sometimes are. If not, I recommend ordering online or perhaps finding a specialty food store in your area.

Whole seed or ground? While both whole chia seeds and ground have their benefits. I would recommend buying whole seeds (that’s what I do!) They are great for adding into smoothies, using as egg replacers in baking, making puddings for breakfast or dessert, the list goes on and on!

Chia are awesome little seeds that are so much more than the crazy pet from the 90s, they’re so good for you (and yummy too!) Stay tuned for my favourite chia recipes!

Namaste.

(Note: I am not sponsored by Salba Chia. I am not being compensated for writing this, I just liked how they looked in the grocery store!)