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.

Break Fast

We’re told breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Too often we’re too busy, we don’t feel hungry, we’re just not into eating “cereal” or fruit or toast. Basically I think we feel like this because we’ve grown up on a diet of white bread toast, manufactured sugary cereals and basically well, we’re bored.

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So we don’t bother. Then come mid morning we’re craving something to eat and grab a sugary snack, some biscuits with morning tea, or a muffin, especially those “healthy” muffins …oh my giddy aunt….trouble with a capital TR! we just end up with that muffin going right where we don’t want it to go!!

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Breakfast is important because it breaks the fast we’ve had overnight. It’s particularly important for children’s brain development and growth.It supplies us with essential vitamins and nutrients to kick start our metabolism and really get a great start to the day.

So by lunchtime we’re sooooooooo hungry….then we have some ridiculous lunch cause we’re hungry and then get that mid afternoon slump.

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STOP IT NOW BREAK THE FAST

My favourite and current breakfast is a mix of linseeds, almonds, chia and sunflower seeds , cocao nibs all ground up in my blender. Actually I use the mixing stick thingy as the linseeds need to be ground first, then set aside whilst you grind the other ingredients, as, if the linseed meal gets too hot it can go rancid very quickly.

I keep about three to four days worth in the fridge and at night I take a cup full and put into a bowl and cover it well with coconut milk or coconut water, soy milk, sometimes a combo of both, whatever non dairy milk I have on hand.

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I add goji berries, some maca powder sometimes a grated apple, sometimes a half a handful of organic oats.

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I cover it and place it either in the fridge if its a hot night, or leave it on the bench. When I wake in the morning its a mushy yummy globby looking bowl of …well something.

I put a good dollop of coconut yoghurt and whatever berries I have , its blueberry and strawberry season as I write this! yummy.

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Because I’ve done all the hard work the night before (pouring it into a bowl), it literally takes me 5 minutes to add the fruit and yoghurt.

I don’t add any sweetener, as I’m sweet enough, and the soaked almonds and cacao nibs impart a lovely sweetness, but if you want to add a little maple or agave syrup,coconut sugar, rapidura sugar or even some stevia… go for it.

It’s delicious, unbelievably nutritious and fills me up for hours. I’m not joking, sometimes I get to 4 or 5  (oops) in the afternoon and realise I haven’t eaten anything else except maybe an apple and a soy latte.

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I’ll post the recipe on my page with some pictures soon.

when I’m not having that, I have scrambled tofu with a slice of toast..another easy dish…. and fast, or avocado and vegemite on toast, or just fruit and coconut yoghurt. sometimes I just have cooked oats and a desertspoon full of chia seeds, cooked with coco quench (coconut and rice milk blend.)

Veganspiel:

Don’t skip brekkie…you’ll feel good, you’ll lose weight if that’s on your agenda and you’ll have HEAPS of energy.