Sunday, February 10, 2013

ENERGY WITH GELATINOUS FIBERS




I love my Chia Seed, which is the best known source of Gelatinous Fibers available.
This tiny little seed is so powerful in cleansing your system and providing you nutrition that it once constituted the main source of energy for the Aztecs in pre-Columbian times. Let me re-share some impressive facts from an article I published a few months ago:
  •  27 vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and amino acids
  • 9% of our daily recommended intake of protein
  • 100% more Omega 3 fatty acids than salmon
  • 41% of our daily recommended intake of fiber
  • 600% more calcium than milk
  • 32% of our daily recommended intake of magnesium
  • 600% more iron than spinach
  • 64% more potassium than banana.
It also provides:

  • Energy boost without the withdraw effect afterwards, thanks to the combination of complete protein, vitamins, minerals and blood-sugar balancing gel.
  • Weight loss, the gelling action of chia seed keeps you feeling full for longer, and cuts cravings. Helping you loose weight, and build lean muscle.
  • Anti-aging properties, because of its high content of antioxidants, more than any other seed.
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Alkalize your pH
  • Stabilize blood sugar levels, preventing diabetes, and energy swings from the sugar fluctuations.
  • Improve digestion, and cleanses the digestive track, preventing diverticulitis and diverticulosis.
  • Reduce inflammation and speed injury recovery
  • Balance electrolyte levels
  • Improve hydration: Chia seed absorbs 9 times its volume in water.
  • Improve mental sharpness and sleep
  • Improve skin health.
The key when consuming chia seed is to allow it to soak. Its gelatinous fibers allow chia seed to absorb up to 9 times its own volume in water, so in order to maximize the benefits you get from it, make sure you let it soak for a few hours, ideally overnight.
What I normally do is mix a spoonful of chia seeds in a cup of water, cover it, and let it sit until the next morning when I drink it.
You can soak your chia seed in water, and drink it straight, or use it for different recipes. You can also soak it in your favorite vegetable milk. In my book No Milk, Please, among other great recipes, I have included an amazing recipe from Raw Vegan Chef Elena Dal Forno using chia seed soaked in Hemp Seed Milk. Her Chia Seed Pudding gets the pudding texture from the gelatinous fibers in chia seed. Absolutely delicious, and definitely one of the healthiest ways to start your day.
Because Chia Seed is tasteless, it constitutes a very versatile food. I invite you to make it part of your diet. You will see and feel the difference, and your body and your guts will thank you!

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