I am sure that as this point you’ve heard Chia Seeds and have asked yourself: What is all the fuzz about these seeds besides growing a figure with grass on top?
I am glad you asked. Chia seeds go way beyond a pretty decorative plant- Here is why:
Chia seeds are an amazing source of protein, Omega -3, are loaded with fiber and work pretty much like a “colon cleanser” only without the side effects of Psyllium husk because when Chia seeds are soaked with any liquid, they absorb that liquid to become gelatinous.Once this gelatinous substance is in your intestines toxins, and extra waste will adhere to this mix and will be removed. This will of course be excreted in your next bowl movement.
One of my favorite ways of enjoy Chia seeds is in smoothies, yogurt, salad dressings and of course in this super healthy dessert: Chia seeds pudding, I decided to make my own and it was satisfying, filling, delicate and delicious. Plus the combination of fruits and chia seeds in this recipe make it high in protein, minerals and anti oxidants from both the chia seeds and the berries.
Here are some of the top benefits of the ingredients in this amazing pudding.
Benefits of Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids. For ei: 4 tbs of Chia seeds contain a generous 10 grams of Omega -3 ideal for those of you following the Vegan lifestyle or Salmon isn’t readily available. They also contain 14 grams of Fiber and 8 grams of protein. You can add them to your smoothies, Yogurt, Kefir, oatmeal, meals or like I do to your salads (or salad dressing). You can buy organic chia seeds in bulk at you local Whole Foods, but if you can’t make it to the store, you can buy Chia Seeds here.
Benefits of Berries
Scientists have found berries have some of the highest antioxidant levels of any fresh fruits (measured as ORAC), and kale and spinach are the only vegetables with ORAC values as high as fresh, delicious berries.
Fresh berries are some of the most powerful (and delicious) disease-fighting foods available.
- Anthocyanins Color pigments in berries that are powerful antioxidants. Blue, purple, and red color has been associated with a lower risk of certain cancers, urinary tract health, memory function, and healthy aging.
- Antioxidants Substances that protect the body by neutralizing free radicals or unstable oxygen molecules, which can damage the cells and are a major source of disease and aging.
- Catechins Catechins are flavonols that support the antioxidant defense system.Catechins found in caneberries are very similar to those found in green tea which studies show may contribute to cancer prevention. The catechins content found in 100 grams (about 3 /4 cup) is as follows: red raspberries, .83 milligrams and Evergreen blackberries, 1.4 milligrams.
- Dietary Fiber Found only in plant foods, fiber helps maintain a healthy GI tract, lowers blood cholesterol, reduces heart disease and may prevent certain types of cancers.
- Ellagic Acid A phenolic compound known as a potent anti-carcinogen which has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Scientists feel ellagic acid plays a major roll in cancer prevention and tumor reversal.
- Fiber A carbohydrate-like substance found only in plants. Dietary fiber helps maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract and may help prevent certain types of cancers. It can also help to reduce blood cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease.
- Gallic Acid A potent antioxidant also found in black tea and red wine, shown in tests to inhibit cell proliferation and cell death in prostrate cancer cells.
Benefits of raw honey
Raw Honey isn’t subjected to the heat of processing, only warmed enough to flow (same temperatures the honey would see inside the hive). We select only premium honey that is pure, smooth and creamy, with the consistency of soft margarine at harvest. It contains live yeast and enzymes, because it has not been processed. It also contains pollen because it has not been filtered—merely screened. Fine textured crystals are characteristic of totally pure, unheated, unprocessed, raw honey.
Properly crystallized honey has a fine, smooth texture. Crystallized honey preserves natural goodness and doesn’t drip. The more rapidly honey crystallizes the finer the texture will be. It will also turn harder over time as it crystallizes. Truly raw honeys do not deteriorate with age, but like fine wines, continue to age and develop into more complex tastes. Raw Organic Honey is hard to find locally. We buy the best tasting Raw Organic Honey here.