Chia seed is highly nutritional and packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, minerals, and antioxidants. Ideal for detoxifying the body and clearing the digestive tract, it is also a complete source of protein. Chia nourishes the brain, hair, skin, and organs. Another great thing about this wonder seed is that it’s so easy to prepare, you’ll be laughing your way to good health.
Here’s a super simple breakfast option to prep the night before.
1 banana, sliced
2 tbs chia seeds
½ c almond milk
1 medjool date, pitted and chopped into small bits
¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp cinnamon
a pinch of nutmeg
unsweetened shredded coconut
Mash up banana with a fork in a jar then add chia seeds, almond milk, medjool date, pure vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir till well combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, top with unsweetened shredded coconut and walnuts to your liking. Enjoy, and feel good about it!
December is well on its way and you’ve probably already noticed the plethora of candy cane flavored this and spiced eggnog that. None of which have many health benefits to go along with their sweetness. We took it upon ourselves to find a treat fit for the season, but just as fit for your digestion (chances are you’ll be making it more and more as the month progresses).
Here’s our take on the tasty Chai Gingerbread Shake we discovered on goop.
1 c warm organic cinnamon rooibos chai
½ tsp allspice
1 tbs freshly grated ginger
½ c almond milk
2 tbs almond butter
1 tbs raw organic honey
Steep tea for about 5-7 minutes, and then blend it with the rest of the ingredients until smooth.
“I could eat pasta every day” is a common declaration, especially when chowing down on a particularly blissful plate of golden goodness. Unfortunately, doing so would result in saturating our bodies with processed carbohydrates, which are difficult to digest and they can pack on the pounds. What is it that makes pasta so appealing? When you think about it, spaghetti on its own tastes rather bland, which is why we drench it in sauce, cheese, vegetables, anything we can think of. Meaning pasta is really only a blank canvas for all our favourite additions. Change the canvas, satisfy your cravings, and maybe get a little adventurous.
Soba noodles (100% buckwheat)
Soba means buckwheat in Japanese, and although many varieties of soba noodles contain wheat flour, 100% buckwheat noodles are relatively easy to come by. Slightly stronger in flavour, they also have the advantage of being gluten-free, because, despite its name, buckwheat is not wheat, nor is it related. In fact, its protein contains all essential amino acids and the flavonoid glycoside rutin. This versatile noodle is used in both hot and cold dishes and happens to be a great source of fibre and complex carbs (the good kind).
These are a little more self-explanatory: kelp noodles are made from kelp, an edible variety of seaweed. Right off the bat, they don’t require any cooking, making them ideal for those adhering to a raw food diet (not to mention effortless to prepare), and are also gluten-free. As a great natural source of iodine, calcium and iron, kelp noodles are very good for your metabolism. Free of fat, cholesterol, protein, sugar, and low in fibre, it is recommended to balance their use with produce that contains the right amount of what your body needs, in other words, kelp noodles make a wonderful and healthy canvas.
You already incorporate quinoa in as many salads as possible, why not do the same with your favourite pasta dishes? Let us reiterate its many benefits: excellent source of complete protein, i.e. containing all nine essential amino acids, packed with fibre, B2, iron and magnesium, gluten-free, and is a complex carbohydrate. Many don’t even taste much of a difference between this superfood-turned-pasta and regular pasta. We believe we’ve made our point.
Zucchini noodles (a.k.a. zoodles)
No surprises here, these are exactly as they sound – noodles made from zucchinis. Your first thought is probably “wow, seems time consuming”, followed by “but how?” Well, they’re really rather simple to make when you’re equipped with a spiral vegetable slicer, and once you have one of those, you won’t want to stop at zucchinis. Suddenly any carb-heavy favourite can turn into a lighter, potassium and fibre filled alternative.
All of these options have sizeably more nutritional benefits than your old run-of-the-mill pasta. Plus they’re much easier to digest, which means instead of feeling like you need a lie-down, your meal will leave you feeling refreshed and energized, as a proper meal should.
A quick and healthy breakfast option you can just grab and go – no more excuses. Prepped ahead of time, your groggy morning self won’t have much else to do but enjoy.
½ cup gluten free oats
1 cup almond milk
2 tbs chia seeds
½ a banana
Handful of strawberries
Mix oats, almond milk, chia seeds and banana in a glass container (mason jars work best), seal and let sit overnight in the fridge. When ready to eat, top with fresh strawberries and/or coconut. Yields one portion.
Hemp seed is a true superfood that serves as an excellent source of plant protein with nine essential amino acids. Filled with minerals and essential fatty acids, it helps boost the immune system, decrease bad cholesterol, feed the brain, and favour optimal cardiovascular health.
In celebration of salad season finally (almost) being upon us, we wanted to share one of our favourite ways to enjoy hemp seed – in a salad! Here’s our take on the Speedy Summer Hemp Power Salad from oh she glows.
1 cup frozen edamame (thawed & drained)
1 large tomato, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
½ English cucumber
1 yellow pepper, seeded and chopped
½ large avocado (reserve other half for dressing)
1 tbsp minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 tbsp hemp seed
½ large avocado
1 garlic clove
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 tbsp water
1 tbsp hemp seed
¼ tsp fine grain kosher salt
Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl and set aside (except for hemp seed).
Add dressing ingredients to a small food processor and blend till smooth.
Pour dressing over salad, add hemp seed and toss to evenly coat.
Serve immediately with a little extra hemp seed sprinkled on top.