Eating a well-balanced diet is not always attainable, but there are some foods that you can stock up on that can increase the nutritional value of your everyday meals. These superfoods offer vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, fiber and so much more. Here are seven foods that boost your health – use them liberally!
Blackstrap molasses: Blackstrap molasses is thick, dark and has a slightly bitter taste, but 1 tablespoon offers 170 mg of calcium, 3.5 mg of iron, and 500 mg of potassium. Add it to smoothies, drizzle it over oatmeal, add it to baked beans, or use it to baste roasted chicken or turkey.
Chia seeds: Two tablespoons of these tiny seeds offer 5 grams of fiber, 90 mg of calcium, and 2.5 mg of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), an anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid. Blend chia seeds into smoothies, sprinkle them over hot cereal or yogurt, add them to granola, use them as a salad topper, or incorporate them into hummus, casseroles, stir-fries and muffin batters. Continue reading “Foods That Boost Your Health”
Last week I wrote about chia and all the wonderful things it can do. I got to thinking that I should try some recipes with it, aside from sprinkling it on cereal or adding it to shakes.
A friend of mine told me that she had been eating these chia seed puddings made by a local mom and they were to die for. So, of course I had to try it… and you know what? She was right. Although she was having them as a dessert, I thought this could easily be transformed into a chia breakfast meal.
This nourishing meal takes a little bit of prep work, but it’s easy and you can do most of it the night before, and when you wake up you will have no excuse to skip breakfast. Plus, it will give you tons of energy for a busy day.
Vanilla Chia Breakfast
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or raw honey Continue reading “Breakfast Tomorrow: Vanilla Chia Breakfast”
Once known for a catchy tune and a popular commercial product, chia is making a comeback… but as a superfood. Chia seeds come from a flowering plant in the mint family called Salvia hispanica and is native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. Chia seeds were considered a staple food of the Aztec cultures, who would say that one small serving was all a man needed to run for a day. Chia is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants, and both soluble and insoluble fiber. Here are three other reasons to try this nutty-flavored seed.
1. Balance sugar levels: Studies have shown chia to be of benefit in controlling type 2 diabetes. As a high source of fiber, it helps regulate blood sugar and insulin release by slowing digestion and therefore preventing the sugar “spikes” that are common after meals. Continue reading “3 Reasons to Try Chia Seeds”