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With a “New Year New Me” resolution, many of us might have getting fit on their list. I can totally relate, although I do not personally like making new year resolutions. I believe that you make resolutions every day and try stick to it. This way you are actionable and can achieve your goals. Nevertheless, returning back to our fitness resolution, you might be now surfing through the web looking for all possible healthy and detox recipes
Some of common recipes you might have come across is green smoothie. If you are someone who hates putting veggies in their smoothie, you might not be very excited about making it a part of your diet. Believe me I had same opinion. I have never been a big fan of green smoothies. I used to turn my head around when it came to trying a green smoothie. Being well aware of its health benefits I could not make it pass down my throat because it was so tasteless.
Soon I started experimenting a bit, altering between ingredients until I found a perfect blend to suit my taste. After trying different variations of green smoothies, this blend is by far the best one. I hope you enjoy that too. I had this smoothie daily for 2 months for breakfast. The results were amazing. I felt lighter, healthier and experienced some improvement in my skin and hair health.
When it comes to food, my goal is to make food healthy and tasty, no compromise with taste!! I am sure it is also hard for you guys to chow down healthy food that is not tasty. So why eat if it does not taste good? I believe that there are plenty of healthy ingredients that can make your dish flavorful and appetizing taking your taste buds on a blissful delectable journey.
Since this recipe includes spinach, you need to make sure that you have a powerful blender. I think one of the reasons I used to dislike green smoothies is the use of hand blender. You can make fruit smoothies easily with a hand blender. But for this one you want your green smoothie to be as smooth and silky as possible, otherwise you might have to chew it.
Start with hardy ingredients such as apple, cucumber and celery at the bottom. Then add your spinach. I rarely have access to fresh spinach, so I use frozen spinach cubes instead. Depending on the size of the cube I use one or two. Then I add the rest of the ingredients.
When I was in the process of experimenting, I explored the internet for recipes. In one of the recipes, I found the addition of Aloe Vera gel, which was very surprising to me. Since I am an Aloe Vera fan, I wanted to give it a shot. You might think that it is disgusting, but believe me you will not even taste it. Aloe Vera is loaded with antioxidant vitamins, essential minerals and enzymes which are great for skin, hair and gut health. Who doesn’t want all of that?The right way to use it for this smoothie is by simply peeling the outer part and taking out the gel. Either this way or you can cut it into half and scrape out the gel with a spoon.
The add banana, this is merely for sweetness and a creamy texture. But you can totally omit it, if you don’t want it. For freshness, I like adding coriander, orange and lemon juice. Plus these ingredients are great for digestive system and loaded with Vitamin C. Add some water to achieve the fluid consistency.
If I feel adding more flavor, i add peanut butter and it takes my smoothie to whole new level. On a side note, I never feel guilty for having peanut butter. Firstly, because I use all natural peanut butter without any additives. Secondly, I consider it as a great source of protein. Finally, add some flax seeds for some more goodness.
Here is how you can make this smoothie and enjoy its health benefits. It is recommended to have it on empty stomach for maximum benefits.
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Everyone is talking about chia seeds these days but do you know why exactly? Find out what makes chia seeds a super food and why they should be incorporated in your diet to get maximum health benefits.
What are Chia seeds?
Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from Salvia hispanica plant, mainly grown in Central and South America. This super food gained its popularity for all the right reasons. Chia means strength in the Mayan language and in ancient times these seeds were used by warriors and runners as a source of energy.
What are the health benefits of chia seeds?
Chia seeds are super food, loaded with nutrients such as fiber, omega 3, digestible carbohydrates, protein, magnesium, phosphorus, mangnese, zinc, vitamin B1 and B2, B3 and potassium. Consumption of these seeds has tremendous health benefits, so why make them a daily part of our diet?
Chia seeds are high in fiber, 11 grams of fiber per ounce (28 grams). The recommended amount of fiber is 30 grams, so including one serving of chia seeds in your diet can help cover one third of your daily requirement of fiber.
Chia seeds absorb a considerable amount of water which helps them expand. Due to this reason they expand immediately in the stomach making you feel fuller quickly.
Ageing and Skin
Chia seeds are high in anti-oxidants that help speeding up the skin repair and prevent further damage. Its consumption can prevent premature aging of skin due to inflammation.
Chia seeds are high in healthy fats and have more Omega-3 than found in salmon. Omega-3 protects the heart by lowering blood pressure, reversing inflammation, and regulating cholesterol.
Weight Loss and Muscle building
Chia seeds are very high in protein and amino acids, thus form a great source of plant-based protein for vegetarians and vegans. They can be consumed if you want to build lean muscle regulate blood sugar levels and burn fat. Here is a study conducted on the relationship between chia seeds and major weight loss goals.
High amount of zinc present in chia seeds increase leptin in your bobdy which is a hormone that helps regulating appetite and improving your stamina.
How can chia seeds be consumed?
Chia seeds can be eaten raw, soaked, cooked or even grounded. When soaked, they can be used as a thickening agent for soups or stews. One of the popular ways of consuming chia seeds is by soaking them in water or milk for at least half an hour or overnight in the fridge. The seeds absorb the liquid and form a gel type consistency and is known as chia pudding. To add more flavor to it, you can always experiment with different kinds of milk, yogurt, fruits, nut butter, honey, cinnamon, nuts etc. Just be creative and see what you like the best.
Grounded form of chia seeds can be used as egg substitute in your baked goods. To replace one egg, soak 1 tbsp of grounded chia seeds in 3 tbsp of water. Dry roasted can be used in salads to add texture or as a topping for your breakfast cereal.
What are the side effects of chia seeds?
There are no major side effects of consuming chia seeds. However, consuming them in large amount might lead to constipation. Therefore, make sure to have only recommended amount, which is 15-20 grams (2-3 tablespoons) per day, and drink plenty of water.
All in all chia seeds are a nutrient dense food and so versatile that they should be included in your daily diet in some form. Not to forget the amazing health benefits these tiny seeds contain. It helps with weight loss, skin, anti-ageing, healthy heart, diabetes, fighting cancer, boosts energy and metabolism, stronger bones and dental health.