healthy choices

Shall we eat our Chia pets?

Posted on

Guess what folks?  Edible chia seeds ARE exactly the seeds chia pets are made from and I have been curious lately WHY we are being so encouraged to EAT THEM.  I hear “chia seeds” and I see this cute little animal below:

Image

Chia pets were extremely popular during the ’80s and ’90s. The terra-cotta animals are spread with chia seeds that over time sprout and create a green, grass-like carpet of fur. (And yes, you can eat that fur!)   The company that began making the pets in just animal shapes continues to release new shapes and products to this day. You can find chia pets shaped like many things including even our President Barack Obama!

But, did you know that the seeds themselves used for chia pets are actually edible? Chia seeds have been cultivated since Aztec times. They are still grown and eaten in South America, from Mexico all the way down to Argentina. Now chia seeds are even grown in Australia, which has become the foremost producer.

Image

How To Eat Chia Seeds
Chia (Salvia hispanica) can be eaten raw as whole seeds. It can also be ground for use as a flour in baking, similar to ground flax. The seeds can be added to porridges, puddings, juice drinks, teas, and smoothies — the seeds turn gelatinous when they come in contact with water. Sprouted, chia can be added to salads and sandwiches, similar to alfalfa. Yum!

Nutritional Benefits
Many people eat chia for its nutritional benefits. Athletes like them because they’re packed with fiber, which means it keeps them fuller longer and provides more energy. Chia seeds also have a small percentage of protein, many essential vitamins and minerals, like potassium and calcium, and a very high amount of omega-3. The seeds actually do contain extractable oil, a reason why the Aztecs called the seeds chian or oily.

Some additional benefits of eating chia seeds include:

  • Feeling full and losing weight without starving
  • Balancing blood sugar levels
  • Help prevent diverticulosis and diverticulitis
  • Add healthy omega-3 oil to your diet
  • Feel more energized all day long
  • Bake with less fat
  • Age defying antioxidants
  • Reduces cravings for particular unhealthy foods
  • Adds a flavorful punch
  • Saves you money

* * * * *

Lastly, I have discovered that my most favorite healthy meal of the day, Shakeology, contains the superfood chia seeds, in addition to so many other amazing nutrients.

So, with all this being said, you can eat your chia seeds, have a chia seed plant (and eat that too) or drink Shakeology once a day…you decide!

🙂 Wendy

Keep on Juicing

Posted on

Did you know that every cell in our body has a lifespan? Dead cells are constantly being replaced with new ones. Over the course of the next 7 years, literally every cell in our body will be regenerated. New cells often contain small errors and THIS is why we age. The errors in our cells increase with the amount of free radicals we take in on a daily basis. Smoking, drinking alcohol and eating unhealthy foods speed up the aging process and put us on fast track to developing disease and illnesses.

Fruits, vegetables and other plant-based foods naturally contain compounds known as antioxidants that neutralize harmful free radicals and protect our cells from further damage. Being healthy, and most importantly, the process of digesting and utilizing healthy foods, slows down the aging process so we can enjoy every day to the fullest.

The vast majority of certain diseases such has heart disease, diabetes, obesity, stroke and cancer, can be directly attributed to the consumption of the “western diet,” which consists of too many processed foods that are high in sugar and salt and too few fruits and vegetables. It seems that we have forgotten wheat we learned in grade school science class, that we are made up of cells and that cells need only 3 simple things to survive: food, water and air.

Many people dislike the taste of many types of vegetables and so many people also assume the cost of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables far surpass prepackaged or processed foods easily found through your local grocery store or available through a drive-through window at your local McDonald’s. I cannot express how untrue these facts are! Recently I had to perform a comparison assignment in my math class showing the difference in costs between fresh and prepackaged food items and I was shocked at the amount I paid for food items found in the frozen food aisle versus fresh produce I assumed was more costly. Do the math yourself and see the difference!

Juicing is something everyone should implement into their daily lives, especially those who really do not care much for fruits or vegetables. I received the Nutribullet as a Christmas gift and use it daily for both my morning Shakeology shakes and additional fruit/vegetable/nut/grain shakes I experiment with for in between snacks and supplements to my meals. You will find your body will begin to crave healthy and fresh foods more and more, you will feel fuller and the benefits to your health are just priceless.  Image

Start adding more fruits and vegetables into your diet and drink your Shakeology shake daily. If you would like more information about Shakeology, please click on the Shakeology links above or side of my blog, and always feel free to contact me for any additional information you may want.

Keep on juicing for your health and Keep Choosing Consistency,

Wendy

P.S. If you are interested in a high-quality juicer, here is the Nutribullet link: http://www.nutribullet.com/