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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Chia Super Powers

Care of Laura Wright These tiny seeds, like little dark grey or white poppy seeds, hold a lot of power within their unassuming exterior. Sourced primarily from the Amazon basin and in the south of Mexico, it is believed that Aztec warriors would consume chia seeds before going into battle to enhance their endurance. That sounds like some potency right there, right? I think we can all agree that a little more power and vigour to help us rise up to the adventure of life is a great thing. Chia seeds can cover all the bases with that, trust. OH-megas! These seeds have more omega-3 fatty acids than flax seeds (a known vegetarian source of omega-3s) and as a bonus, contain much higher levels of antioxidants, improving their shelf life greatly. You don’t have to grind them to enjoy the benefits either (like flax). The seeds form a gel when digested (and when added to water), making for a slow breakdown of carbohydrates and other nutrients within. Working more of these little seeds into your diet could mean a big boost in cardiovascular, immune and skin health. Stay Hydrated: Chia seeds can absorb up to nine times their… Read More

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Raspberry and Vanilla Chia Pudding

Care of Laura Wright ( Serves: makes 5-6 cups (a ton!) Notes: I love combining this pudding with some rolled oats and fresh fruit for a sweet breakfast. It feels so luxurious and indulgent, but it’s such a healthy way to start the day. Ingredients 1 cup raw almonds, soaked at least 5 hours 4 cups water 2 cups fresh raspberries (or thawed, frozen ones) ½ cup raw agave nectar (or maple syrup) 2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil 1.5 tbsp vanilla extract pinch of salt ½ cup chia seeds (white or black)   Directions Combine the soaked almonds, 4 cups of water, raspberries, agave nectar, coconut oil, vanilla extract and salt in a blender pitcher. Blend mixture on medium-high speed for 1 minute, until liquified. Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve (or nut milk bag if you have one) into a medium-large bowl. At this point you will have a sweet, rich, raspberry flavoured almond milk essentially. Place the chia seeds into another large bowl. Pour the raspberry almond milk on top slowly. Whisk vigorously to combine and prevent clumping of the chia seeds. Allow the mixture to sit for a good hour so that the chia seeds… Read More

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