I l o v e berries (blueberries being my favorite).
Not only do they provide you with essential antioxidants but are also very low in calories, making them a nutritious and tasty weight-loss hack. You can add them to your smoothies, oatmeal, chia pudding, home-made desserts, eat them with coconut yogurt, or simply drizzle them with raw coconut flour and sweeten them with stevia.
According to WebMd, blueberries contain the following:
Antioxidants. These chemicals, which include vitamins A, C and E, protect cells from damage and possibly from disease.
Resveratrol. This is found in grapes and some other berries, as well as in red wine and dark chocolate. It may help lower inflammation, prevent clogged arteries, and offer cancer protection.
Flavonoids. These nutrients give berries their brilliant colors and may help protect against cancer, inflammation, and heart disease.
Here is my favorite smoothie recipe with blubs:
Blend one large banana with a cup of blueberries, spinach and coconut water and one tablespoon of chia/flax.
If you want to make a smoothie-bowl just use less liquid and you can eat the thicker consistency with a spoon. You can add toppings like dried mulberries, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds and raisins.
In today`s post I will share my tips how to soak chia seeds for optimal absorption and health benefits: whether you want to lose weight or simply add more fiber and omega 3 to your meal.
First, what are chia seeds and why they are so versatile? They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, magnesium and also protein! (3 grams per tablespoon)
You can sprinkle them on your meals or add them to your smoothie. Ideally, you need to soak them in water (or in a non-diary milk, if preferred) for at least ten minutes. The seeds form a gel that amplifies their size in triple which makes chia seeds very filling and beneficial for your digestion.
Easy breakfast/midday snack recipe with chia seeds:
Soak four table spoons of chia seeds in a jar for at least twenty minutes with a glass of unsweetened almond or coconut water, a dropfull of stevia (natural sweetener), a dash of cinnamon, blueberries. You can blend it or eat as a pudding.
You can also mix a half of a cup of oats with the chia seeds and one small banana. I promise you this recipe will keep you full four hour because of the rich fiber content.
An easy post-workout fuel! Chia seeds, greens, one frozen banana, strawberries, almond milk (or just water).