Monday, 1 April 2013

FEED ME MONDAYS - The Berry Good Edition

I hope that everyone has had a very blessed, happy and healthy Easter! :)

This week I am dosin' you up with essential fatty acids and omegas my lovlies! There is an abundant and seemingly endless amount of research floating about at the moment about the benefits of 'fat' in our diets and reflecting on just our fatphobic obsession has led to an overweight, unhappy and unhealthy society. Healthy fats found in nuts and seeds, coconut oil, fish and chia seeds (just to name a few) reep amazingly fabulous benefits for our health, skin, nervous system and happiness! Do some reading - get to know your good fats and then add away baby! A little dose of healthy fats each day will make a notable difference to your overall wellness.

Ch-ch-chia is our focus today though chickadees. This post by the fab Wellness Warrior details why exactly we should add these gelatinous little buds of bliss to our diet - read the full article here but for ease of reading I've copied her top reasons for adding chia to your day below!

1. Chia is gluten free

2. It is super high in dietary fibre, making it great for digestion and healing digestion issues.
3. It contains 20% Omega 3 ALA, making it a super food for the brain and heart. Chia has eight times more Omega 3 than salmon!
4. It boasts 20% protein
5. The protein is a complete protein with all 8 essential amino acids
6. It is high in antioxidants (It has a four times higher ORAC value than blueberries)
7. Chia contains five times more calcium than milk
8. Chia contains seven times more vitamin C than oranges
9. It contains three times more iron than spinach
10. It contains twice the potassium content of banana
11. It is food for healthy skin, hair and nails
12. It has a positive impact balancing blood glucose levels (making it awesome for diabetics)
13. Chia makes a great egg replacement. Just combine with water to form a gel, and add it to recipes that call for egg.

Raw 'Berry Nice' Chia Pudding

4 Tbspn chia seeds
1 Tbspn raw cacao powder
1 cup soy/nut milk
1/2 Tbspn honey

Mix all ingredients together and set aside in fridge overnight.

In the morning grab your little pot' of love and sprinkle a Tbspn of gojis and 2 Tbspns fresh (or frozen) berries. I added a bit of extra 'berry juice' from the thawed frozen berries and allowed it to drizzle through the pudding. Eat and enjoy!

Blessings from my iron enriched, potassium boomin', fibre crunchin', protein punchin' brekkie for one x

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