(NaturalHealth365) These chia seed recipes are a great way to feed your heart and brain – nutritious food. Chia seeds are loaded with omega-3’s; antioxidants; vitamins; minerals and fiber. If you’re looking for a delicious way to reduce cellular inflammation and energize your life – keep reading.
Chia seeds provide exceptional health benefits
The word “Chia” comes from the Mayan language and means strength. This powerful seed is famous for providing a tremendous boost in athletic performance. Today, many world class endurance athletes eat chia seeds to improve their results.
Are you looking for some proof? In 1998, Cirildo Chacarito, a 52 year old Tarahumara Indian won a 200 mile race in California. He beat a field of hundreds of competitors who had more than a half-hour head start. But, here’s the amazing part…
Cirildo competed against some of the world’s best (young) runners – without fancy running equipment or hi-tech training. Heck, he didn’t even train for the event himself. He simply showed up in a home-made pair of sandals; ran the race and beat all the other (professional) runners! (how did he do it?)
Cirildo ate chia seeds before and during the race. Just like his ancestors, Cirildo knew that eating chia seeds would give him the energy and endurance to run – without feeling tired.
Lower your blood pressure by eating chia seeds
You may want to ask your cardiologist about Dr. Vladamir Vuksan. Dr. Vuksan, of St. Michaels’s Hospital in Toronto, discovered that blood was thinner and less prone to clotting plus blood pressure of participants dropped significantly – after just three months of taking chia seeds daily.
Chia sees contain beneficial long-chain triglycerides (LCT) in the right proportion to reduce the cholesterol on arterial walls.
Can eating chia seeds help you detoxify the body? Absolutely! Similar to psyllium, but less harsh, the swelling action of Chia seeds help to cleanse and soothe the colon; absorb toxins – while lubricating and strengthening the peristaltic action of the intestines.
Chia seeds are also a great source of antioxidants. In fact, the high amount of antioxidants in chia seeds keep the oil in the seed from going rancid – which makes this food perfect for long-term storage.
This tiny, nutty flavored seed take on the flavor of any liquid it’s inside of like, smoothies; puddings; baked goods; soups and sauces. Here are some great recipes for you to try:
Chia milk replaces conventional (toxic) milk
This is a fabulous milk substitute; particularly rich in enzymes from the soaking of the seeds.
4 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds
3 cups of fresh, clean water
1.5 Tablespoons of chopped walnuts
1-2 tablespoons of organic raw sesame tahini
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla powder or liquid
2-4 drops of liquid stevia or 2 tablespoons of raw, organic honey
Soak seeds and nuts overnight with 3 cups of water in a glass container placed in the refrigerator, then place ingredients in a blender. As the blender is running – add tahini, honey or stevia, vanilla and some more water if needed.
This is seed milk that doesn’t need to be run thought a nut milk bag and can last in the refrigerator for 4 days. Yummy!
Chia pudding is a delicious, healthy dessert
Chia pudding recipes are always a success, because they can be tailored to your individual desires.
1 1/2 cups of either almond, rice, or coconut milk
2-4 tablespoons of maple syrup, honey or a few drops of stevia
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1/3 cup of chia seeds
1/4-1 cup of berries, coconut or 2 tablespoons of cocoa
Wisk the milk, sweetener, and extract until smooth. Stir in chia seeds, divide mixture evenly between 4 small glasses and let stand at room temperature for 2 hours. Then, chill in the refrigerator for 1/2 hour. You can mix in blueberries, coconut or whatever else you like and enjoy!
But wait! Here are some more ideas for you!
Chia seeds are a wonderful egg substitute. Take 3 tablespoons of water and add 1 tablespoon of ground chia seeds to replace one egg, double the recipe for two eggs.
Would you like to thicken up your favorite salad dressing? It just takes a teaspoon of ground chia seeds to three to four teaspoons of water and the rest of your recipe ingredients.
Did you know that one tablespoon of chia seeds has more calcium that a glass of milk; more omega 3’s than salmon, and more antioxidants than blueberries? I told you this is an amazing food!
About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She has the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in natural healing including Naturopaths, scientist and energy healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.
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