Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wellness Wednesday: Cha-Cha-Cha-Chia

Have you ever entered into a Whole Foods, and find yourself scratching your head asking "What the freak is Chia...or is it pronounced ch-i-a or ch-ee-a?" To clarify any prononciation errors it's ch-ee-a. Chia seeds have become my latest food obsession. With working so close to a Whole Foods now that the new North Scottsdale Pure Barre location has opened, I been consistently going there for lunch (We don't tell Todd that te-he). Since frequenting Whole Foods I have noticed so many drinks have Chia seeds in them. Naturally I became curious, and started researching the health benefits. Time to whip out my monocle, and investigate this so called healthy Chia seed. After searching the internet I became fascinated with all the health benefits your get from this seed. Did you know that Chia seeds are:

High in antioxidants, omega -3 fatty acids, and fiber

Helps you eat less

Helps regulate blood sugar

Is a complete protein

Help regulate bowel movements

Chia seeds are so easy to incorporate into your diet whether that be using them to bake with, blending them in a smoothie, salad toppers, or even mixing them into your yogurt. 

Here is a recipe for a paleo strawberry chia seed lemondade. 

What you will need: 
  • Strawberries
  • 2 lemons
  • 3 tbs Chia seeds
  • 1-2 tbs raw honey
  • 16 oz water
  • Optional: I like to add 5 mint leaves
  1. In a blender mix strawberries, lemon juice, honey, and water together. 
  2. After blending strain the pulp.
  3. Place in a mason jar, and add the seeds.
  4. Shake shake shake it up (got the Taylor Swift song stuck in my head).
  5. Refrigerate for 2 hours, and shake before consuming

Enjoy!


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