Chia seeds are the prefect addition to add to your day and for such a little seed they provide big nutrition. With only a 1 ounce serving of chia sees you get 11G of fiber and great carbohydrate source that will not raise your blood sugar. Adding Chia seeds to your favorite smoothies, soups and cereals will help you stay full longer which helps you consume less calories which supports a weight loss journey.
Chia seeds contain a particularly beneficial type of fiber called viscous fiber. It’s named for the viscous or gel-like texture the fibers form when combined with water in your intestines. This gel like substance will help slow down the digestive process in your body and will also slow down the rate of sugar absorption. You can only get viscous fiber from eating plant foods.
Chia Seeds Are High in Omega-3 Fatty Acid which help support the following: Help fight depression and anxiety Improve eye health Support a healthy nervous system and brain health Improve risk factors for heart disease Control blood sugar
1 ounce is approximately 2 Tablespoons Calories 139 Protein 4g Fat 9g Total Carbs 12g Fiber 11g Net Carbs 1g
Here is a simple recipe that can sit in your refrigerator for a few days. This can be used in different ways. As a stand-alone pudding, as a topping on toast, and as a filler in a crepe.
Ingredients 3–4 Tablespoons chia seeds. 1 cup milk (I like unsweetened coconut, almond or cashew milk) 1/2 Tablespoon maple syrup, honey or sweetener of choice 1/4 teaspoon vanilla (optional) Toppings of choice: fresh berries or other fruit, granola, nut butter, etc. Mix all ingredients together in a mason jar and let sit in the refrigerator until it forms a pudding like consistency. Mixing occasionally helps it set up nicely.
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What is a buddha bowl? A buddha bowl is a whole lot of healthy goodness that will feed your body lots of energy and all of us could use more energy 😊 Really the main goal of a buddha bowl recipe is to eat as many colors and nutrient dense foods as possible. No two buddha bowls have to be the same, so you can make your Buddha bowl to your taste preferences and get creative! You really can’t go wrong with the ingredients you pick as long as you have a variety of vegetables a quality grain or starch and quality protein. You do not have to make your bowl Vegetarian or Vegan so if you are eating animal protein make smart choices with organic meats and wild caught fish. When I build my buddha bowls I use lots of mixed greens and cabbage with red peppers, sweet potato or quinoa (or sometimes both) and I love lentil or sautéed tofu. Chickpeas are a great vegan option as well. My favorite vegetables are Brussel sprouts, zucchini and peppers. I love to add some fruit to my Buddha Bowl as well. Great options are green apples and mandarin orange. Top off your bowl with pumpkin seeds or almonds for a healthy fat and remember to use a quality dressing. Olive oil with some lemon and sea salt is light and won’t take away the wonderful flavors of all your ingredients. Stay away from heavy dressings that are loaded with extra fat and calories! Buddha Bowls can be great for meal prepping. If you chop up your veggies and store them in the refrigerator you can build your bowl as needed during the week using different protein sources and different add-ins which can keep you from getting “bored” with your bowl. Using season vegetables is a great way to change up your Buddha Bowl and also support local farmers and shop local. Remember food is our fuel and our medicine, treat your meal with great respect and your body will feel nourished and protected.
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