Super food: Chia Seeds

Hello all!

I’ve got another super food today! This time around its the chia seeds. I’m sure you see me mentioning and using chia seeds in the recipes on my blog but do you know that they are in fact a super food and have many many benefits.

What are chia seeds?

Chia seeds are little black seeds which come from the plant ‘Salvia Hispanica’. Whilst they have only come into popularity within the last few year, chia seeds have been for a long time for health benefits.

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Why are they a super food?

Because for such a small amount, you get a whole lot of nutrients. Chia seeds are high in these main things:

      1. Antioxidants: Like the acai berry, chia seeds contain lots of antioxidants which help with preventing ageing and fighting off diseases.
      2. Omega 3: Chia seeds contain more Omega 3 Fatty acids than salmon! However there is a condition there. These fatty acids are harder to break down compared to the more important fatty acid ALA which fish like salmon has. So be careful there.
      3. Fiber (11 grams per 2 tablespoons): Chia seeds are 40% fiber! And they make up most of the carbs in chia seeds!
      4. Protein (4 grams per 2 tablespoons): Chia seeds contain 2 times more protein than any other seed. Protein can assist in weight loss by reducing appetite
      5. Calcium: Chia seeds have 5 times more calcium than milk. This is great for people who don’t eat dairy.

How can you eat it?

There are many ways you can eat chia seeds. They can be eaten raw, put in things like smoothies, drinks, salads and oats. However because of all the fiber, chia seeds can grown and expand when absorbed with water. That’s 10-12 times its size in water! Because of that, they are also great to make overnight oats or pudding with and makes it much more digestible!

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Whats the downside? 

Chia seeds don’t come cheap, they can get pretty pricey. Being branded as a super food doesn’t help either. It can cost up to $15 – $20 for a 500 gram bag, from Woolworths.

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Remember if you want to ‘Think like a beast, have your morning feast!’

E.C

Easy recipes for students!

I cant say I’m a particularly great cook, but I’m a good enough cook. Hey who am I kidding, I cant cook. I can fry an egg and I think that’s a great achievement for me! In saying that, as much as I want to make fantastic complicated looking breakfasts, I cant. I need recipes that were made for people like you and me, made for students, who might not have the necessary skill or time.

Whether you can cook or not, there are some days where you just want to make something simple for breakfast, something that doesn’t require many ingredients or a lot of skill and time.

I have complied a list of breakfast recipes for whenever you are not in the mood to cook.

Wholemeal French Toast:
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1 egg
½ cup skim milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Ground cinnamon, to your taste
Nonstick cooking spray
¼ tablespoon butter (optional), plus extra for serving
2 slices whole wheat bread
Syrup (optional)

Its really as simple as mixing the eggs and butter, dipping the bread into the mixture and frying it off!

Paleo Pancakes:
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3 large ripe bananas
6 eggs
1/3 cup coconut flour
Coconut oil for frying

These pancakes are so easy to make, and plus they are guilt free pancakes!!

Sweet potato and eggs:
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2 teaspoons unrefined coconut oil, or ghee
1 medium/large sweet potato or yam, washed + ends cut
3 large eggs
shredded goat cheddar cheese, or other sharp cheese
salt + pepper

Feel like a hash brown? Well why not try this twist! Easy and simple to make!

Classic egg sandwich:
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Handful of spinach
2 eggs
Salt + Pepper
Cheddar cheese
2 Wholemeal muffins or toast

Eggs on toast, cooked the way you like! How can it get simpler?

Remember if you want to ‘Think like a beast, have your morning feast!’

E.C

Fuel for the day!

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Eating breakfast gives you your fuel for the day! When you wake up, your energy levels are low as you would have been fasting for more than 8 hours already (Give or take, depending on the midnight snack! Don’t deny it, we all do it!).

If you skip breakfast, it will be another couple of hours before you eat and by that time your body will be scraping away at those energy levels!

Breakfast means literally breaking the fast, it’s the first meal of the day. So when we wake up, it is essential to eat breakfast to replenish those levels and to help your body function throughout the day.

But wait. The food you choose to eat for breakfast can determine the energy levels in your body. The International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition study has shown that every participant which has eaten breakfast has had an immediate alertness in the morning. (That means it’s better to eat any breakfast, than to eat none at all!)

However those who ate a high fiber and carbohydrate rich meal instead of a fact rich breakfast were more likely to have more energy and alertness.

The conclusion?

Eat breakfast, first and foremost, for energy throughout the day.
Also eat a high fiber and carbohydrate breakfast for increased energy levels.

Remember if you want to “Think like a beast, have your morning feast!”

E.C

Brekkie and the Beast!

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why aren’t more people eating it?

According to Healthy Eating, 8-12% of school children are not eating breakfast and by the time they are teenagers, 20-30% of them have given up on it altogether!

Brekkie and the Beast is dedicated to promoting the benefits of having breakfast!

There are many reasons to why people, and especially teenagers are not eating breakfast. The list is long, from weight issues, to not feeling hungry, to having no time.

However, likewise, the list of benefits are long!

Having the same boring cereal everyday? No time to make breakfast in the morning? Don’t know how to cook? Well no excuses! This blog will give you easy and simple recipes that anyone can follow!

So get behind this cause!

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Remember if you want to “Think like a beast, have your morning feast!”

E.C