I am not sporty, I don't really diet but I do care about my health (just sometimes a bit lazy there!).
At the recent Speciality Fine Food Fair I met the lovely people from Chia Bia in Ireland. Their product is a seed called Chia that claims to have multiple health benefits. They gave me some seed samples and some chocolate seed snack bars which I really enjoyed - they tasted lovely and they were doing me some good. Win-Win!
Sitting at my desk and laptop last week I wondered what would happen if I took some chia seeds for a period of time such as three months? I approached Chia Bia and they really liked my idea. I also decided that most mornings I would take my seeds in greek yoghurt so I contacted Total Greek Yoghurt and they were more than happy to take part in my challenge.
I plan to take approximately 2 dessertspoonfulls of seeds each morning (this is the minimum recommended for the best effect). I will also be using the seeds in some cakes, smoothies and other foods. I want to get my blood pressure read in the next week or so and see if there is any difference in a couple of months too.
I will be blogging once a week or so to act as a journal and will be tweeting on a regular basis too.
Now to answer your question - What is chia seed and why is is so good for you? Basically it is a natural way to boost your nutrition and improve your health, it is high in Omega3, loaded with antioxidents, a good natural scource of protien, lots of trace minerals like zinc and magnesium, a source of low fat vegetable fibre and really so much more. I am hoping to get more energy from this exercise.
I thought I would give you a fact or two each time I update this post. So be sure to keep coming back.
So where am I with the challenge. Today, 22nd October 2012, is day two. Yesterday I made some porridge oats (I tried Flahavan's Irish course cut oatmeal) - so easy in the microwave in a couple of minutes and really creamy.
|Getting ready to make porridge|
and today (day 2) I made a fruit smoothie with Total Greek Yoghurt and added my daily amount of chia seeds.
|Ingredients for my fruit smoothie|
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