It must have snowed last night because you know who was up and at ‘em bright dark and early this a.m.! It least there was no chance of my sleeping through my alarm. Whew! ;)
For breakfast this morning, I busted out some of my iHerb.com goodies to make a big bowl of Apple Cinnamon Oats!
In the mix:
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1 cup water
- Cinnamon apples
- Chia seeds
- Drizzle of agave nectar
My poor Mom. Yesterday she went to all the trouble to cut up SIX apples and cook them with honey and cinnamon so we could top our waffles and French toast with them – only to forget the whole dish in the microwave! Lucky for me, though, because I got to take a ton home! :) They are super delicious, and super handy, to dallop right on top of my oatmeal.
Drizzled with a little agave nectar to sweeten the whole thing up a tad. Ohhhh yum!
Oh, I wanted to tell you a little bit about chia seeds! As I mentioned, they’re pretty much the same size, shape and “hardness” of kiwi seeds. Aka – pretty much unnoticeable in the foods you include it in, except for the occasional fun little “pop”. Why include them at all then? Well, chia seeds are:
1. Nutritious. Chia seed provides ample calcium and protein to your tissues. The seeds are also rich in boron, which helps the body assimilate and use calcium.
2. Water loving. The seed can soak up ten times its weight in water. When inside your body, the seeds help you stay hydrated longer, and retain electrolytes in your bodily fluids.
3. Easily digestible. The shells are easily broken down, even when swallowed whole. This is an improvement over flax seed, which have to be ground up to be digested properly. If you eat flax seed whole, it will just pass through.
4. Mild tasting. Unlike some seeds, the flavor is very mild. They won’t change the taste of the food you add it to but will add to your nutrition!
5. Energy enhancing. The health pioneer Paul Bragg did an experiment an endurance hike with friends. They divided up into a chia-eating group and another group, who ate whatever they wanted. The group eating only chia seeds finished the hike four hours, twenty seven minutes before the others, most of whom didn’t even finish at all.
6. Versatile. You can use them uncooked in salad dressings, spreads, fruit shakes, ice cream, and just about anything you want. You can also add them to cookies, cakes, muffins, and other baked goods.
7. Regenerating. After eating, the nutrients travel to the cells very quickly due to the ease in digestion and assimilation. Use them when you want to build or regenerate healthy body tissue.
8. High in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants help prevent free-radical damage in your body. Free radicals lead to problematic conditions such as premature aging of the skin and inflammation of various tissues. Chia seeds help fight free radical damage.
9. Complete Protein Source. Chia seed is one of nature’s highest plant-based sources of complete protein. Usually protein from items like peanut butter
and some beans are incomplete, meaning you have to combine them with other foods to get the full benefit. The combination of complete protein, vitamins, minerals and blood-sugar balancing gel all work together to make sure you have steady energy.
10. High in Omega-3 Oils. Chia seed is the richest plant-source of omega-3 oil. By weight, chia seeds contain more omega-3 than salmon! Omega-3 oil is important in heart and cholesterol health.
Chia seed seems to do it all, no? I’m most looking forward to the energy benefits. It’s not “hard” to sit and stare at a computer all day at work, but it sure is energy draining. I’ll let you know if I see a difference in the next couple of weeks. Here’s some more good information. Do you eat Chia seeds?
In lunch news, I’ve got a ginourmous Veggie Salad!
Love those first couple of salads after a trip to the grocery store – there’s so many choices as to what to include!
In the mix:
- Mixed greens
- Roma tomato
- Dried Cranberries
I’m out of Annie’s Lite Raspberry Vinaigrette (my new favorite) and forgot to get some at the store (d’oh!) so I packed some olive oil vinaigrette to dress zee mess.
Also making the cut – a Strawberry Chobani Greek Yogurt.
If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know that I can’t handle mushy chunks of fruit – mushy strawberries being one of the worst offenders. It’s all about the texture…you understand. At any rate, I’m hoping the strawberries in here don’t freak me out too much, cause I’m sure I’ll love the taste!
Alrighty, my friends, time to get this week started. It’s gonna be coooold out there, so I’m going to let my car warm up for a couple minutes before I go. Such a nice little treat. It’s the little things, yes?
Keep your chins up and have a great Monday!
Do you eat or use any “health” foods, powders, seeds, etc? Would you recommend them?
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