Chia Nuts

Benefits of Nuts and Seeds: What is Chia?

 

The benefits of nuts and seeds, as far as our health goes, are vast.  Beyond health, they are also delicious, shelf stable, and easily portable.  Nuts and seeds are a fantastic source of protein, healthy fats, & fiber that are a wonderfulsnack idea paired with a carbohydrate source like whole fresh fruit.

I love adding nuts and seeds to salads, cereals (both hot and cold), yogurt,  pasta dishes, cooked grains, smoothies, or grinding to use in pestos or encrusting tofu or fish.  I encourage people to use all different types of nuts and seeds since each have their own benefits.

For example, sunflower seeds are  a good source of zinc, almonds are a good source of calcium and potassium, peanuts (although technically a legume) are a good source of protein, pumpkin seeds provide omega 3 fatty acids, and so on.  Nuts and seeds in general help facilitate the production of nitric oxidewhich helps to improve blood pressure.  In short nuts and seeds are super healthy foods.

So, what’s so unique about chia seeds?  What is a chia seed?  Most of us think of Chia Pets when we hear the name, and yes, it’s the same seeds you sprout on a Chia Pet although it may be a different grade for consumption. Chia seeds are touted as being very high in omega-3 fatty acids, however the omega 3 content of flax seed is still higher than chia.  Many people with compromised thyroid function may want to be cautious with using flax, so chia would be an alternative.  Don’t forget about pumpkin seeds or pepitas, which are also wonderful for omega-3′s but will not affect thyroid function.

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More Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Perfumes are a perfect Mother’s Day gift, but they’re often filled with unregulated chemicals-not a great gift for Mom or Mother Earth. Try more natural options like those from Pacifica ($20 at amazon.com) or Burt’s Bees, which makes solid perfumes perfect for moms on the go ($10 at burtsbees.com or part of a Head-to-Toe gift pack ($15 at amazon.com).

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Vegan Cinco De Mayo Recipe for Con Queso Dip

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup unsweetened soy milk (not non-fat)
  • 2 t. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T. cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • ½ t. garlic powder
  • ¼ t. tumeric
  • ¼ t. mustard powder
  • 2 T. tahini
  • ½ cup prepared spicy salsa, draining excess juices
  • ¼ t. salt, plus more to taste

Preparation:

1. In a small dish or bowl, combine the soymilk and vinegar and allow to rest for 3-5 minutes or until thickened slightly. Mix in cornstarch or arrowroot, stirring to dissolve. Set aside.

2. In a blender or food processor, process the cashews until finely ground. Set aside.

3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, spices and tahini. Stir in ground cashews and soymilk mixture until well blended. Stir in prepared salsa and salt. Cook until desired consistency, keeping in mind that mixture will thicken slightly as it cools. Salt to taste.

4. Serve warm, at room temperature or cold with tortilla or pita chips, or use as a sauce for tacos, quesadillas or burritos.

Mothers Day Dinner

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Mother’s Day has never been greener.

Green Mothers Day Gifts

Green Mothers Day Gifts.

Green Mothers Day Gifts

Going green has become the focus of a new movement that has many people jumping aboard. If you have an eco-friendly mother who enjoys nothing more than nature and its beauty as well as all things organic, you might consider purchasing your mom some gifts that fit along with her green lifestyle. If you’re not really sure of what to get her, you will enjoy these simple but unique tips on finding the right gift for your eco-friendly mom.

Going Green Mother’s Day Tip #1 – Plants

We always assume that women love flowers, and chances are that your mom may fall into that category. If you are looking for a really nice but practical gift for your eco-friendly mother this Mother’s Day, then purchase some plants or flowers. If you’re looking to really impress your mom, make a day of planting flowers or plants. You can take your mother to a gardening center and have her pick out the types of flowers or plants that she would like.  You’ll be giving your mom a long lasting gift that will be sure to make her proud.

If your eco-friendly mom lives states away, then you can check out the Organic Bouquet and send some beautiful flowers right to her door.

Check in tomorrow for more Green Mothers Day gift Ideas. Think Green

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