chia seeds

Food and Recipe of the Month: Strawberry Hazelnut Chia Pudding Parfait

Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com Strawberry season is an exciting time of year because it means longer, warmer and sunnier days in addition to eating these sweet, sun-warmed berries! Aside from being almost everyone’s favourite tasty treat in spring they are also something to feel good about including in your daily diet! Berries, in general, contain anthocyanins, which are dark colour pigments found in fruits and vegetables and also a powerful antioxidant, which has been shown to help with the prevention and management of chronic diseases such as heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer. They are also an important component of an anti-inflammatory diet aiding in the reduction of chronic inflammation which has also been linked to an increase in chronic disease. Moreover, they contain high levels of vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant which helps to neutralize damage-causing free radicals in the body. Enjoy them in smoothies, your granola, a chia pudding parfait or baked in pies, tarts, muffins, cakes and scones or simply eat them out of a bowl straight up! Strawberry Hazelnut Chia Pudding Parfait Makes 2 servings Ingredients 1 cup unsweetened almond milk ½ cup chia seeds 1 tbsp maple syrup… Read More


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Vanilla Chai Chia Seed Pudding

Care of Amy Symington 3 cups almond milk ½ cup chia seeds 4 dried figs 1 tbsp maple syrup ¼ tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp vanilla extract 2 dried allspice berries or a pinch of ground allspice 2 dried cloves or a pinch of ground cloves Pinch black pepper Pinch nutmeg Directions: In a blender add all ingredients and blend until completely smooth.  Pour into a storable container, (mason jars work great) and chill for 1 hour minimum.  When ready to serve, pour into 4 individual bowls, add fresh berries or homemade granola and a drizzle of maple syrup.  If desired, it can be stored overnight for a fast and easy breakfast treat!… Read More


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Ch-ch-ch-chia seeds

Care of Amy Symington Little did we know in the 80’s that chia seeds not only make the ultimate furry friends, but that they are also a super food. Chia seeds are a source of ALA or alpha-linolenic fatty acid.  ALA fatty acids are essential in our diet, meaning that they must be consumed through dietary means as our bodies do not produce them naturally. Many health benefits have been researched and discovered concerning the consumption of ALA rich foods, like chia seeds. They may potentially reduce the risk of depression, anxiety, stress and may lower bad cholesterol levels. Most recently, one large study even suggests that ALA consumption may reduce the growth of breast cancer cells. However, the strongest health benefit noted to date for ALA fatty acid consumption is its link to Coronary Heart Disease risk reduction. On top of its chronic disease prevention powers via ALA, chia seeds are also high in protein, calcium, iron, potassium, vitamin C and are great for regulating blood sugar levels.  They are high in antioxidants and are gluten free.  They are also high in fibre; which helps with weight maintenance, increasing beneficial bacteria growth in the intestine and helping with vitamin… Read More


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