How’s everyone doing? Any plans for the weekend? We’re relaxing and doing some exciting Tone It Up things. We’re choosing all the art work and pictures for the new DVD series we filmed in Hawaii last month… we can’t believe it!! Everything is releasing April 1st… so hang tight. Bahh.. we’re bursting with excitement. It was a work in progress for a year and it’s finally coming together! The Tone It Up DVD, TIU method of training, bonus footage and so many surprises :) TONS! Thanks to Jane Fonda for being our friend for over two years now… you’ve helped us to dream big and to push for what our hearts believe in~ always.
We also want to say thank you to everyone who’s been sending in their kind words and voting for us in the Shorty Awards… it means so much to us. We love you all… and the votes keep pouring in about positivity… how this team and community is positive, supportive to each other and how it’s all women, loving each other and believing in one another. Life is too short to do anything else right? You’re all so beautiful and a huge blessing in our lives. We’re just crazy about you :)
Anyway… on to the yummy stuff!! We’re really into Chia Seeds. Our gal pal Brittany sent this recipe to us about a month ago and we’ve been meaning to post it!! We promise we weren’t keeping it to ourselves, haha. It’s so delicious!
Chia Pudding with Rolled Oats
Guest post from Cutie Patootie Brittany~ Eating Bird Food :)
Chia pets are always advertised around Christmas time, but as it turns out the tiny seeds that grow chia pets are good for things other than growing a little friend. They’re similar to flaxseeds and packed with nutrients, including:
Omega 3 fatty acids – Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are essential fatty acids, meaning that you need to get from food sources because your body cannot produce them itself. Omega 3′s reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. They’re also said to help with weight reduction related to their regulation of blood sugar levels and insulin.
- Plant-based protein – Protein is an essential macronutrient needed for many functions in the body, including muscle building.
- Antioxidants – Antioxidants help rid our body of free radicals, which have been linked to cancer and heart disease.
- Fiber – Helps with weight loss by keeping you feeling full, prevents constipation and enhances regularity.
- Magnesium and Potassium – Two minerals needed for good health.
There are a ton of recipes that include chia seeds! One of my favorites is chia pudding. It’s a great way to start the day.
EBF Chia Pudding with Rolled Oats
- ¼ cup whole chia seeds
- ¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- ½ scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 Tablespoon old fashioned oats
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 to 4 drops of liquid stevia, if needed
- ½ banana, sliced
- 1/8 cup blueberries
In a bowl, mix together all ingredients expect the banana and blueberries. You’ll need to stir quite a bit because the protein powder clumps and resists dissolving into the milk. Once everything is well combined, let the mixture sit on the counter or in the fridge for 8-10 minutes. This process will allow the chia seeds to “gel” up. Sir in the banana, top with blueberries and enjoy!
A little more about chia seeds…
What are chia seeds?
Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family that grows abundantly in southern Mexico.
What do they taste like?
The flavor is very mild and almost non-existent. When they are combined with liquid they start to form a gel like consistency, so if you were to eat them plain the gelling process will start in your mouth. They’re a great addition to oatmeal, smoothies, baked goods and other recipes.
How much chia should you eat?
For general purposes of health, nutrition and energy an adult would typically consume about 1-2 tbsp dry seeds daily.
What are the nutritional facts?
1 Tablespoon of dry seeds have about 60 calories, 5 g of Fat, 6 g of Carbohydrate, 6 g of Fiber, 3 g of Protein
Where do you buy chia seeds?
I’ve found them at my local health food store and at Whole Foods. They can be found in both the bulk section and supplement section. If you don’t have a local health food store, you can buy them online.
We also found this delicious recipe from Julie Fagan, the girl behind the yummy blog pbfingers!
Cinnamon Chia Seed Granola
And remember this post from us back in September?
Chia Fresca Recipe
Mix 1 Tbs. Chia Seeds with 10-20 oz. of water and stir thoroughly.
Allow to sit for about 15 minutes. The Seeds will break down into a gel. Mix in the juice from 1 lime.
Add in any other fruit (or natural fruit juice of your choosing… we recommend coconut water or pomegranate juice.)
Stir and sweeten (if desired) with Stevia, or Raw Honey or Agave Syrup.
It’s like lemonade with a full serving of protein and omega-3 :)
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