Food: Chia seeds

A spoonful of Chia seeds packs a powerful punch!

meeting the chia seed:

Chia seeds are small, but they contain a multitude of healthy benefits. Ranging from high levels of Omega 3 Fatty Acids to bountiful amounts of antioxidants, the seeds bring the phrase “Don’t judge food by its appearance” to a whole new level. Listed below, are just some of the few health benefits Chia seeds provide:

  • High in Antioxidants – Helps prevent an increased risk of cancer and aging
  • Omega 3 – This healthy fat helps lessen high cholesterol
  • Fiber
  • Minerals
  • Gluten Free!

eating the chia seed:

Chia seeds can be used in MANY recipes since they are small and can be digested whole, they usually “blend” into the food. Below are a few delicious methods of eating this nutrient loaded food:

Yogurt:

Sprinkle a spoonful of Chia seeds into your yogurt! Not only will this enhance the texture, but it’ll also make a healthy snack even healthier.

Oatmeal:

Oatmeal and Chia are a great combination! It’s best to add the Chia after the oatmeal is done cooking, however you can add the Chia while the oatmeal is cooking too.

Salads:

Spice up your salads and dressings with Chia seeds! Similar to the yogurt, this will add more nutrients and also spruce up the texture.

Cookies:

Dots? What dots?

A lot easier than sneaking in spinach or vegetables into your kids’ food – nutrients and great tasting food!

 

There are many more ways to eat Chia; I just listed a few. Have fun experimenting and enjoy!

Haiku: Death of Spring

The weather has been absolutely horrid as of late. Though I’m not usually one to complain that much about it,  there must be a limit to how long winter will last – the end of March and it’s still snowing?! Seeing fat snowflakes once again litter the ground, I’ve decided to write a haiku in honor of Spring whom is dead or on vacation somewhere else.

Icy petals fall,

A bleached white landscape of ice,

A winterous Spring.

 

Sounds of Concentration

“Don’t listen to music while studying, you’ll get distracted!”

I can’t count how many times I’ve heard this phrase – from teachers to parents to tutors, it seems that everybody believes that music and sounds make you counterproductive. However, I find this to be completely untrue. Though the method of concentration varies from person to person, I find listening to “elevator music” or “white noise” type sounds helps me study better.*

Below are a few links that I use:

Music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2WtUfOnDMY   (It says relaxing, but it just helps me calm down and work – no falling asleep here!)

Sounds:

http://coffitivity.com/

http://rainycafe.com/

*There are scientific articles debating for music and against music while studying which I won’t delve into since it honestly depends on the type of person.

Adoption – Don’t tell me how “Selfless” Birth Mothers Are

AMEN!

HarsH ReaLiTy

I read a ton of adoption articles and posts. I continuously see the words “the birth mother was so selfless in the adoption process.” I can’t swallow that. Granted some women are in a hard place and their action is what is best for them at the time, but don’t feed me the line “she was selfless.” If anything we might as well change that to “selfish” since the decision is about her. To claim the decision is about the child when that child is not yet even born yet is idiotic to me. I can’t accept that.

As an adoptee I understand the feeling of rejection that often comes with the realization that you were given up. We have TV to thank for providing a myriad of “reasons” why this takes place, but ONLY one reason is ever the “true” reason per individual. That is what many people just don’t…

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Adieu

When you leave again for “reasons”,

Don’t expect me to wait for your return,

I have learnt my lesson through the seasons,

And now events will take a turn.

 

Perhaps it’s care that’s lacking,

Mountains of  emptiness are building,

When the limit is reached and I’m cracking,

The dove is no longer gliding.

 

Twas only an attachment they said,

An anonymous person online,

Someone who messed up your head,

Dangerous illusions wrapped in twine.

 

Everything is done and over now,

No more to contemplate, no more to cry,

To the computer screen, a quick adieu and a hasty ciao,

Perhaps it’s time I give work another try.