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freaky {food} friday: chia seeds

Haiii friends!

Happy Friday! Today I will be introducing you to a ‘freaky’ food that I’ve tried.

Every Friday, I am going to try to feature an ingredient that you would not normally buy or maybe haven’t heard of. I will tell you what it is, what it tastes like, the benefits of eating that ingredient, the nutrition facts, where to buy, and how to eat it! I will also include recipes that call for the ingredient from other bloggers or magazines that I’ve been wanting to try AND I will grade the ingredient! Butttt best of all, I’ll include an original Blondie Bakes and Bikes recipe! Yayyy :D!

This freaky {food} friday is dedicated to CHIA SEEDS!

For you avid blog readers, chia seeds are not ‘freaky’ and are old news, but to everyone else, you’re probably wondering … “whatttt are those strange things?!”

Dontcha remember those ch-ch-ch-chia pets?!

you may have had one!

Well, now you can do something even more exciting than sitting there watchin em grow (I know you did that) … YOU CAN ACTUALLY EAT THEM!

Let’s get to it.

fear not the tiny black speckled seeds!

What are chia seeds? 

“Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family that grows abundantly in southern Mexico. You may have seen chia sprouts growing on the novelty planters called Chia Pets, but historically, the seeds have been the most important part of the plant. In pre-Columbian times they were a main component of the Aztec and Mayan diets and were the basic survival ration of Aztec warriors. I’ve read that one tablespoon was believed to sustain an individual for 24 hours. The Aztecs also used chia medicinally to stimulate saliva flow and to relieve joint pain and sore skin.” – wise words of Dr.Weil

What do they taste like?

Chia seeds have a mild, nutlike flavor. But you can add them to anything without changing the taste of the food. I barely notice when I put chia seeds in my oatmeal or smoothies, however, I don’t eat them plain.

Why should you eat chia seeds?

  • higher in omega-3 & 6 fatty acid’s than flax seeds
  • don’t need to be ground up like flax seeds to get the full nutritional value
  • virtually tasteless and VERY good for you
  • 2 x the protein of any other seed or grain (and is a plant based protein = good for vegetarians!!)
  • 5 x the calcium of milk
  • 2 x the amount of potassium in bananas
  • 3 x more iron than spinach
  • high fiber content (more so than flax & oats), which aids with weight loss, keeps you full, among other things ;).
  • 3 x the antioxidants in blueberries (such high antioxidant content keeps them from going bad … can be stored in a dry place for up to 4-5 years!)
  • levels blood sugar & great for diabetics
  • gluten-free
  • helps relieve thyroid conditions, hypo-glycemia, and acid reflux
  • contains many essential minerals such as magnesium & zinc
Are you convinced yet?!

What are their nutrition facts?

1 tablespoon of dry chia seeds have about 60 calories, 5 g of fat, 6 g of carbs, 6 g of fiber, and 3 g of protein.

Where can I buy them?

I buy them in bulk at Whole Foods, but they can also be found online.

How do I eat these things?!

Chia seeds can replace flax seeds in any recipe. They can also replace eggs in cooking (1 T ground chia seeds + 3 T water, let sit and will form a gel-like consistency like eggs). I like to add them to oatmeal or smoothies. I have yet to try them in salads, salsas, scrambled eggs … but that seems to be popular on some other blogs!

Recipes!

Shape magazine has many delicious recipes featuring chia seeds! Check them out here.

Brittany of Eating Bird Food’s chia pudding that I want to try! Take a peek.

Try them in one of Angela at Oh She Glows Green Monsters. Here.

Mmmm I’m making these, you should too!

Chia seeds even have their own website! Look!

Averie at Love Veggies and Yoga, loves chia seeds too! Yum.

My overall score:

Chia seeds are awesome! I love that you can’t taste them but you’re getting an extra protein and fiber boost. They get an A+! I urge you to TRY THEM NOW!!!

A Blondie Bakes and Bikes Recipe!

Tropical Coconut Chia Smoothie

serves 2

a visual.

Ingredients:

1 c So Delicious Original Cultured Coconut Milk (makes it more creamy but you could also use any kind of milk)

1/2 c water

1/4 c frozen strawberries

1/2 c frozen mango

1/2 c frozen pineapple

2 T chia seeds (and more for adding on top if you’d like)

Directions:

Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy your delicious taste of paradise ;)!

the finished product!

Yummm! Success!

Let me know what you think of chia seeds when you try them :).

Ch-ch-ch-ciao!

Kara

how to dig yourself out of a workout rut

As of lately I’ve been experiencing a little case of motivational issues when it comes to exercising.

Even thinking of running makes my booootay sore and beads of sweat form on my forehead.

Welllllll maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration … But ever since I started working, my desire to get mah heart beatin flew out the window. All I want to do when I get home from work is eat, lie on the couch and eat some more.

So in order to jumpstart my fitness routine I started googling “how to get yourself out of a workout rut” and came up with this list (plus a few more that I thought of myself)!

ENJOY!!!!!

Plan a short workout that doesn’t require getting in your car and driving to the gym. It can even be less than 20 minutes. Something is better than nothing! A few of Kristin (sister) and my favorite things to do when we want to get a quickie workout in are running up and down the stairs blasting music throughout our house, and shakin what our mama gave us in the kitchen. Sorry to reveal our secrets Kristin ;).

Wear your workout clothes around the house. You might suddenly have the urge to bust out some jumping jacks or pushups.

Change up your usual (and maybe boring) routine, i.e. go to the gym at a different time, try a new workout class, run outside, go hiking …

tahoe with my loves

Hating the dreadmill? Try walking or running outside! And don’t forget to bring your dog, cat, guinea pig (kidding …) if you have one :).

i spy ...

Focus on the benefits not the difficulties. Remind yourself of how good you will feel after working out, how much more energized you will be, and how happier and slimmer you will look, rather than thinking about how hard that 5 mile run or spin class is.

my bikini bod can SO handle this hill.

Go to an exercise class! I find that working out with others around pushes me, because I compete with others in my mind (even though the instructors tell you not to compare yourself to others). This is an example of what goes on in my head: “That lady is lifting 10 pound weights … come on Kara if she can do it, you can too!” or “Wow that girl is squatting low, I bet can squat lower” or “I’m sooo sore but no one else is giving up so neither will I!” Maybe I’m the only one that does that, but I encourage you all to try it ;).

Ease into it after a long dry spell. You can’t except your body to be right back where it was before you stopped working out. Start with a brisk walk/run or yoga class and gradually work your way up to your usual workout routine.

Schedule a time in your calendar dedicated to exercise. This way you can’t give yourself any excuses NOT to go.

sorry i'm booked!

j biebs on my mind.

Make a new workout playlist to get yourself pumped up! This song always gives me a sudden burst of energy.

Buy a workout video to sweat and pant to in the comfort of your own living room ;).

Buy a cute workout top, running shorts, head band … whatever. Then go show it off at the gym :D.

got my eye on these lulus!

Reward yourself for your hard work. A piece of chocolate, some fro yo, a jar of pb (oh wait .. that’s just me), a movie night, or a massage are all great options.

Email me, call your mom, find a workout buddy, join an online forum like Dailymile.

me & my sis just doin what we do

Working out doesn’t always have to be at the gym. Make it fun and mix it up! Play volleyball, tennis, soccer, racquetball, go rock climbing, jump rope, paddle board … the list goes on. Do something you like.

Boxing or tae bo are very popular, fun and calorie blasting workouts! And it makes you feel strong and fearless ;). Many models even do it.

Make goals and give yourself deadlines to meet those goals.

Post your goal in BIG WORDS somewhere that is easily visible to you every day. On the fridge, on your mirror, directly on the ice cream carton …

inspirational!

that's the right kind of attitude!!

Recognize and accept the ebb and flow. Motivation is not always a constant thing. Realize that every day your body will tell you what it is capable of, and sometimes it might say: “Today I want to sit on the couch, eat cookies and watch marathons of Jersey Shore.” Hey, I’m not gonna deny it. But while you’re feeling like a couch potato, don’t fret, because your motivation will soon return. In the meantime, think about your goal and do some of the things on this list until it comes back.

Stick with it! Don’t let obstacles in the road knock you over. Force yourself to keep moving forward towards success. (I guess force is kind of a strong word, but sometimes I feel like I have to force myself to work out or else I will never do it. After “forcing” myself though, I always feel happy I did it.)

Remember that working out isn’t only about burning calories and losing weight. Exercise not only improves your physical health, but livens your mood, wards off sickness, raises your self-confidence and builds friendships.

that's one healthy polar bear!

So next time you are feeling unmotivated, tired, worn down and have absolutely no energy to work out, I encourage you to try something on this list!

And now, I’m going to work my lil booty off at zee gym!

Adios ❤

Kara