As you may have read in my earlier posts, I am a big time foodie. I love to cook. I love to be creating deliciousness in my kitchen, or any kitchen for that fact. A killer steak, to various ethnic foods, to various styles of cooking, I love to create them all. This includes one of my earliest love affairs of smoothies.
I’ve been doing healthy smoothies since I was a toddler practically. I was born in 69′. Raised during the time of the beginning of the health craze, meets the skinny, meets the anorexic, goes back to health faze, add fitness craze. Now of course, we’re all that, and just as importantly, body positivity faze. Just being healthy is what is most important, to most of us.
This concept and lifestyle is seemingly at the forefront of everyone’s minds now, especially after all the world has been through these past years. Pandemics, crisis and crisis again! Smoothies are probably one of the reasons why I am so healthy. Just possibly.
So, I’ve seemingly always had Chia Seeds in my diet, in some form or another. Now days I really incorporate them into my smoothies, dressings, dips, even ice cream, and eggs.
Chia seeds are an ancient superfood — they were a mainstay of Aztec and Mayan diets because of their nutritional value. The word “chia” means strength in the Mayan language, and the seeds were known as runner’s fuel. This concentrated protein source is also rich in fiber, helping keep the body full and energized for hours. Chia seeds are easy to add to any diet and can be used to make puddings, added to baked goods, or sprinkled on cereal or savory dishes. When added to a liquid, chia seeds expand into a gel, which makes them a great plant-based option for thickening sauces or replacing eggs.
For my smoothies, I usually have in my fridge, soaking, in gelatinous state, Chia Seeds to readily add to my smoothie. Basically, I put 2 tablespoons of seeds per 8-12oz of water in a jar with lid. Shake. Put in fridge. Every time I open the fridge I shake the jar again. Then when I’m ready to make a smoothie, viola! My thin, jelly like water, with Chia Seeds, is ready to blend. Just add my ingredients to the blender, my chia water, and sometimes I blend ice. Sometimes, I pour the blend over ice. They have no flavor, and are an amazing super food. I usually make a blender full of smoothie, and drink half in the morning and the other half in the evening. Great for your entire body!
I’ve recently created “The Sour Smoothie”. It’s tart, satisfying, filling, and nutritious. I’ll make sure to share my recipe in a future post. For now, I’ll just call it my ‘Black Cherry Protein Super Food Smoothie’. I’ll keep you posted. I will tell you it is delicious. Great ‘wake me’ up in the morning, and great ‘wind down’ in the evening. No added sweeteners. Low carb. Good stuff.
It’s the small changes we make to our every day life that add up to major changes in our future self’s. 1% adds up to 2%, adds up to 3%, and more. Sure sometimes you slip, but get back up, learn, don’t beat yourself up. Think of all the great things in your horizon, and build. 1% at a time. This mantra connects to all facets of our lives. To continuously strive to be the better version of ourselves than we were yesterday.
Like I said, of course you get setbacks. Don’t let those setbacks keep you down. Learn, and grow from them. Be like a Phoenix and rise above the setback. You got this!
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