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

How eating breakfast has changed my life

I’ve never really been a regular breakfast eater, don’t get me wrong I’ve always tried my best to grab something to eat before leaving the house, but it was always something very very little. Like a piece of bread. So whilst I might have had “breakfast”, it was never really a full meal. Boy was I missing out.

I went on holidays recently to the Gold Coast. I stayed at a hotel and in order to save money and time we paid for the breakfast buffet at the hotel. There were your eggs, bacon, sausages, grilled tomatoes, buttermilk pancakes, selection of fruits, yogurt, oats, selection of cereals, wholegrain toast, white toast, you name it! I made sure to eat really full at breakfast, partly because I had to get my moneys worth!, but because I knew i had a busy day ahead.11262567_1489012201394317_2119567815_n

I literally did not feel hungry until the late afternoon on those days. Besides from having plenty of water and maybe one or two other drinks, I didn’t have any snacks in between breakfast and lunch. Looking back at those days, it was actually quite amazing. I was full enough to last me until lunch and not once did I feel like I lacked energy.

It was 3 days of waking up at 7:30, eating at 8 and i could not believe the difference such a short period of regular full breakfast eating helped! It was great, and it really did save us heaps of money and time!

  • Like clockwork, we would wake up at 7:30 to get ready to eat at 8. Allowing us more time in the day as opposed to sleeping in.
  • We didn’t need to spend any extra money on food and snacks to keep up occupied during the day. Plus its a buffet and i definitely ate my moneys worth!

The result? I had so much fun!

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Breakfast really gives you that boost of energy that you need for the day. There are the days where I go to work and all I had was a little bit of toast. I feel the difference between having breakfast and not having breakfast. I get super tired and sleepy and there should be no reason for that. I slept early the night before yet I was still tired. All because I chose to skip out on breakfast. Same for at school, hunger was always a distraction for me. If i was hungry, that’s all I would think about, making sure that my stomach didn’t growl too loudly in class!

If i had known this earlier in my life, I would definitely have changed my habits way back in high school!

You know your parents always tell you to eat breakfast and you’re always hearing how important it is, but you don’t really believe. I was like that, but this accidental regular eating of breakfast really changed my mind.

So I encourage all of you to try the same, set aside a couple of days where you have a full breakfast everyday and see what kind of results you get!

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

E.C

4 High in Fiber Breakfasts Meals!

Having a high fiber and carbohydrate rich breakfast can help you increase your energy levels for the day!

Here are four meals for breakfast which are high in fiber:

Oatmeal: 

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RedbookMag:

1/2 cup cooked oats
Milk of your choice
2 tablespoons of chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
1 tablespoon chia
1 fruit.

Cinnamon and vanilla extract to taste.

Wholemeal Bread:

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Popsugar:

2 slices whole-wheat bread
2 tablespoons almond butter (peanut butter is also fine)
1 banana, sliced

Chia seeds:

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Thejollybeetroot:

1 1/2 cups (360ml) non-dairy milk (rice, oat, almond, coconut etc)
5 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp maple syrup (or more/less, depending on your taste)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Your choice of topping(s) – I like blueberries, raspberries, coconut, pistachios, hazelnuts, cacao nibs, whipped coconut cream, chopped dates and/or goji berries.

Breakfast Cereals:

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FoodWatch:

Sanitarium Weet-Bix
Uncle Toby’s Vita-Brits

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

E.C