No, not the silly childhood toy that was commonly advertised on TV, chia pets, but chia seeds!
Chia seeds are very versatile and provide a number of benefits if added to your daily diet!
Chia seeds come from a flowering plant that is native to Mexico and Guatemala. In ancient times, the Aztecs, Incans and Mayans used it for medicinal purposes, mostly as a major source of energy!
They provide two times more protein than most grains and five times more calcium than milk. The calcium and phosphorous in chia helps to maintain strong teeth and bones. It also has high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, soluble fiber, potassium and antioxidants. A one-ounce serving of chia has nearly 11 grams of fiber, which is about a third of the recommended daily intake for adults and important for digestive health.
Last night for dinner, I had a bunch of veggies to use up so what better to make than a stir-fry?
I decided to cut up zucchini, carrots and onions along with black soybean tofu. I am a huge fan of tofu because one of the healthiest foods!
Tofu, a staple in many Asian dishes, originated in China and is made from soya. It is made in a very similar way to traditional dairy cheese in that soya milk is curdled; the remaining liquid (which is whey) is pressed then cooled into tofu!
Overnight oats are a great breakfast to grab on the go or to sit and enjoy.
I have the biggest sweet tooth sometimes, especially for anything chocolate. But I have found a yummy alternative to everyone’s favorite, ice cream! Frozen bananas provide an extremely easy, cheap and healthy alternative to any of your favorite flavors of ice cream.
You can add any flavors or toppings to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Guiltless Banana Ice Cream