Since being in California I’ve upped my weekly gym visits to 4 days a week. I’ve started eating way cleaner and leaner foods and I’ve been doing a ton of research on various health foods like Kombucha, chia seeds, and super greens. I’m still on the fence about the true health benefits of Kombucha. However, with personal experience and my research I feel strongly that there are real benefits within chia seeds and super greens.
When it comes to chia seeds an added bonus is that they are extremely easy to consume. They are really tiny seeds with little to no taste and because they are so small you don’t feel them when you eat them. Unlike flax seeds you can still get all the nutrients and benefits of chia seeds by eating them whole. Below are some of the claimed health benefits of this “super” seed.
Chia Seed Benefits*
- Increases energy levels
- Increases endurance levels
- Helps with weight loss
- Normalizes blood sugar levels
- Cleanses the colon
- Gets rid of the toxins
- Prolongs hydration
- Reduce inflammation
- Helps tone muscles
- Helps to lower the blood pressure
- Improves mental performance
- Improves night rest and mood
- Lowers the risk of heart diseases
- Improves overall health
- Lowers cholesterol
- Absorbs extra acid, helping to get rid of acid reflux
- Helps thyroid conditions
- Helps IBS
- Helps celiac disease
There are many varieties of super greens out there and the one that I am using is produced by Amazing Grass. Below are some of the claimed health benefits you will enjoy by incorporating this drink powder into your diet.
Super Greens Benefits**
- Strengthened immune system
- Improvement in mental focus and clarity
- Increase in energy
- Improvement in digestion
- Healthier, softer skin
- Stabilization of blood sugar level and blood pressure
- Reduction of and sometimes complete recovery from food-related and seasonal allergies
- Detoxification of heavy metals, pesticides, and other toxins that have accumulated over time
- Helpful in addressing chronic health conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis, headaches, degenerative and rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and even heart disease.
Now, you’re probably wondering how to consistently incorporate these two ‘super’ foods into your diet. Below are some ways that I have tried that work and taste great. Like I said above, chia seeds have no taste and the texture isn’t intrusive so it’s easy to incorporate them into your baking or cooking.
- Chia Seed Drink
- 4 oz. Coconut Water
- 1 – 2 Tbsp of Chia Seeds
- 8g scoop of Super Greens
- Stir for 1 – 2 minutes and drink quickly because chia seeds will turn jelly like when in water. As well, when wet, chia seeds will expand 9 – 10 times their size.
- Half Peanut Butter, Honey and Chia Sandwich
- 1 piece whole wheat bread
- 1 – 2 tbsp of organic peanut butter
- Organic honey to taste (even though it’s organic you don’t want to overdo it on the sugar)
- 1/2 Tbsp of chia seeds sprinkled over the bread
- Sprinkle chia seeds on salad, into homemade salad dressings or into stir-fry’s.
With my diet turned around and the level of physical activity I’ve kept up with over the past 6 weeks I feel the best I’ve felt in a long time and I have more energy throughout the day. I can’t say that all of my health and physical success is contributed to these two ‘super’ foods but I will say that they are helping with my improvements. I’m not a trained expert in the field of fitness and nutrition but I certainly do my research to know how to treat my body so it works the best for me. Please take this advice for what it is – knowledge based on my personal experiences and research. After all knowledge is power!
*Chia seed benefits are as stated on http://chiaseedshealth.org