CHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIA!!!

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Chia seeds would have to be one of my favourite foods. I have diverticulosis..(that’s where you have little pockets in your gut that can trap seeds etc yucky..AND painful)..so chia wasn’t something I could eat in, say a bread with chia seeds in it.

For women, the RDI of omega-3s is 1.1 grams (1,100 mg) a day, so if you’re looking for a new food source that’s vegan, gluten-free, and easy to digest, then these babies are your new bestie.

About two tablespoons contains:

137 calories,one gram of saturated fat, 11 grams of fibre, 4 grams of protein, 177 milligrams of calcium, and 4.9 grams of omega-3 fatty acids.

So nutritionally speaking, these little guys rock.

You can do great things with Chia.

Oh. Em. Gee

This is my most favourite  breakfast recipe when I want to have a sweet breakfast.

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Vegan Athletes? You betcha!!

Are you starting 2015 with goals in mind to make you stronger and more fit?

Is your trainer at the gym telling you that you need to eat tons of tuna?

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Bulk up on Chicken breast?

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hmmmm…not so necessary to get your protein from animal sources.

There are many, many absolutely gorgeous Vegan athletes out there.I cant show you any photos due to copyright, but if you get onto google, you’ll see plenty of gorgeous strong athletes, wrestlers, body builders, tennis stars, football players and the list goes on.

There are PLENTY of sources of protein we can derive from plants.

here’s a chart with all information about protein from legumes.

bean protein chart

basically there’s approx 12-15g protein per cup

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Another favourite for me is Chia,  2 tablespoons  of chia seeds = 4g protein,

Top-10-Health-Benefits-of-Chia-SeedsUnlike a lot of people, eating the chia seeds unsoaked isn’t so great for me, as I have diverticulosis, so tiny seeds like chia can be not so great.One of my favourite things to do with chia is to soak it in a little water or almond milk then blend with a mango and a  banana and pop it in cups and put in the fridge for a yummy chia pudding. Delicious.

quinoa 1 cup cooked = 8g protein

ALL great plant proteins.

here is a great link I found about Vegan athletes.

so..bottom line is..try swapping some of those hormone filled chicken breasts with a plant protein. you’ll be delighted AND proteined up!!

#veganspiel

Why not try one, then two days a week where you derive all your protein and food sources from plants? your body will thank you.

Shut The Front Door Best Smoothie Ever

Shut The Front Door Best Smoothie Ever
Shut The Front Door Best Smoothie Ever

I’m not really a smoothie type person, but honestly this smoothie is the bombdiggitty. My friend Cherie Lydon from Kitchen Green at Eveleigh Market here in Sydney and Lyden Vitality, created this recipe.

3-4 stalks of (preferably organic) Kale

1/2 – 1 frozen banana (depending on size)

a few pieces of fresh cut then frozen pineapple

a handful of fresh mint

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 1/2 cup coconut water

1/2 cup coconut milk

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a teaspoon of fresh turmeric (optional)

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I slash the kale leaves off the stalk then I just put it all into the blender and whizz away.

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I whizzed it with the coconut water first, then added the coconut milk.

In this particular one I left out the turmeric as I’d had quite a bit already that day. I’ll add another pic another day with the turmeric.

here’s how it ends up!!

Shut The Front Door Best Smoothie Ever
Shut The Front Door Best Smoothie Ever

Drink and enjoy!! the goodness of the Kale (which I had just picked from my garden-could not get any fresher) the mint…everything together is a perfect combination. I often have this just for breakfast or for a mid morning or afternoon snack. if you prepare everything and have it ready to go, Bob’s your uncle yumm-a -licious.

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