Tag Archives: chia seeds

Spiced Green Smoothie

I recently caught a little cold from my kids (Thanks boys!) and to help fight it I’ve been drinking lots of tea, smoothies and golden milk. Then this morning I had the bright idea to combine the golden milk with the green smoothie. What’s better than a green smoothie? A green smoothie with spices to kick things up a notch! I liked it so much that I thought it was worth sharing.

Since golden milk is served warm I didn’t bother making the milk first and instead just added the spices used for that recipe into my green smoothie. It was subtle but definitely added a different taste, which I liked a lot.

Ingredients
1 cup chopped fruit (frozen or fresh)
1 handful fresh spinach or kale
½ cup orange juice
½ cup almond or coconut milk
⅛ cup blanched sliced almonds
½ teaspoon maca powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon spirulina powder
½ teaspoon garlic or very small piece of fresh garlic

Optional
½ tablespoon chia seeds

Directions
Combine all ingredients (except for chia seeds) into blender and blend until smooth. Stir in chia seeds and enjoy!

I kept the recipe neutral so that it can be personalized however, for mine I used what’s seen in the photo below: a fresh banana, frozen mango, frozen pineapple, Silk’s almond/coconut milk combo, spinach and baby kale.

tkp-spicedsmoothie-prep

 

Source – Tiffanykowalski of Dove and the Whale

10 fun ways to eat Chia Seeds

Here are 10 fun ways to eat chia seeds:

1. Chia pudding with kiwi fruit and pomegranate seeds

  • Place 3 tablespoons of chia seed in a mason jar and pour over 12 ounces of almond milk.
  • Shake the jar until the chia seeds are fully immersed in the liquid. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
  • Once seeds have swelled to a tapioca consistency, stir in 1 tsp of coconut sugar.
  • Pour into a serving bowl and top with chopped kiwi fruit and pomegranate seeds.

2. Raspberry-coconut chia pops

  • Place 3 tablespoons of chia seed in a mason jar and pour over 12 ounces of coconut milk (from a can).
  • Shake the jar until the chia seeds are fully immersed in the liquid. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar and 3/4 cup of raspberries. Stir well.
  • Let chia pudding set for 2 hours then pour into ice-pop molds and freeze overnight.

3. Chocolate-chia mousse

  • Pour 1 can of coconut cream into a blender, add 1/4 cup of chia seeds, 1/4 cup of maple syrup and 1/2 cup of cacao powder.
  • Let it sit it blender for 10 minutes to allow chia seed to swell to 10 times their size.
  • Once it has formed a tapioca consistency, puree it for 30 seconds or until smooth.
  • Pour into serving cups and let it set for 4 hours.
  • Top with fresh cherries.

4. Raspberry lemonade chia drink

Add the following to a pitcher:

  • 2 cups of coconut water
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • 3/4 cup of blended raspberries
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of chia seed

Let it sit for 30 minutes until it has formed a gel-like consistency. Enjoy the drink!

5. Raw cherry and chia bars

In a food processor, add the following:

  • 1 cup of raw pecans
  • 1/2 cup of dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup of almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup of shredded coconut

Grind until a paste is formed, about 2 minutes. Add mixture to a baking try and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Slice into bars and serve.

Super Foods: Chia Seeds

In South America, as far back as 3000 BC, Chia Seeds (Salvia Hispanica) had been a staple of daily nutrition and commerce in Pre-Columbian societies. In Mayan and Aztec life, the seed was so important, it was incorporated into religious ceremonies and tribal trading, even having the harvest time for the seeds outlined in ancient Aztec calendars. It seems it only took modern day humans another 5000 years to revive the importance for these super seeds which are truly amazing and whose health benefits are still being discovered. It may be the single best all around food!

Consider these facts about Chia seeds:
– 2.5 times more protein than kidney beans
– 3 times the antioxidant strength of blueberries
– 3 times more iron than spinach
– 6 times more calcium than milk
– 7 times more vitamin C than oranges
– 8 times more omega-3 than salmon
– 10 times more fiber than rice
– 15 times more magnesium than broccoli

The Top Benefits of Chia Seeds

1. Lose Weight Without Starving

2. Balance Blood Sugar

3. Add healthy omega-3 oil to your diet

4. Nutrition 

5. Feel more energized all day long

6. Bake with less fat
Do you enjoy making baked goods at home, but hate all the butter and oil that has to go into them? Chia gel can substitute for half the butter in most recipes! The food will bake the same and taste the same (or better) from the addition of the chia gel.

Add age-defying anti-oxidants
Anti-oxidants have been in the news lately due to their super healthy benefits.

Blood Thinning Benefits

The problem of thicker blood can reduce circulation and be the precursor to various heart problems

Because they have a mild taste, the seeds can be added to any variety of meals, said Wayne Coates, author of Chia: The Complete Guide to the Ultimate Superfood. Sprinkle them on yogurt or salad, add them to smoothies or juice, use milled seeds for baking or soak the seeds until they form a gel that can be added to a variety of recipes.

Sources

PreventDisease 

superseeds.ca

theglobeandmail.com
nutraingredients.com

mychiaseeds.com
living-foods.com
icreatewisdom.com

6 ways to make smoothies.. No bananas

Now I do not see why anyone would want to make a smoothie with out bananas… i kid … Some people are allergic or just do not enjoy the taste of bananas so here are a few things that will help you curve the yellow potassium punch.

• 1. Oatmeal. The key to using oatmeal in a smoothie is to finely grind it first. Use about 1/4 cup of oatmeal powder to bulk up a smoothie.

• 2. Chia seeds. Chia seeds can act as a binding agent and thickener. Add 1 tablespoon to your blender or simply stir chia seeds into a smoothie and give it a minute to thicken.

• 3. Avocado. Avocado has a different flavor profile (and color!) than banana but it can be used to make a very creamy smoothie. Try 1/2 to 1 avocado per smoothie.

• 4. Frozen fruit. Frozen fruit can thicken a smoothie and provide natural sweetness. Try mango, peach, or young coconut for extra creaminess.

• 5. Yogurt. Any kind of yogurt can make a smoothie creamy but if you’re after a thick smoothie, use drained or Greek-style yogurt.

• 6. Silken tofu. Silken tofu has a neutral flavor and smooth, creamy texture that works great in smoothies. It also provides protein.

Provided by Yummly