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

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Food: Oatmeal

The sight of oatmeal is enough to invoke shudders and nausea for those who do not appreciate bland healthy food in the morning. Not only does oatmeal look unappealing, the taste is also quite …tasteless. As someone who doesn’t enjoy breakfast much less oatmeal, a pile of gray slime is the last thing I want to have for breakfast. However lately, there have been many articles detailing the pros of having oatmeal for breakfast – lower the risk of heart disease, decrease cholesterol, weight control, and much more. Thus, I have decided to find some ways to spice up this boring breakfast item and spread the benefits of oatmeal.

Dried Fruits:

Dried fruits are a quick and delicious way of adding taste to oatmeal. Add whatever fruit you like!

nuts:

Nuts are a great way of getting healthy fats so why not combine it with oatmeal to make a delicious nutrient packed meal?

FRESH FRUIT:

If you’re feeling up to a slightly more time consuming breakfast, use fresh fruit! Though preparation time might be longer, you’ll definitely get more taste than dried fruit.

There are many many more ways to spice up your oatmeal (granola will work too!) so try a few on your own!