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postheadericon Chia Seeds – Add This Healthy Food to Your Everyday Diet

Chia Seeds – Give Them a Try!

Chia Seeds

So what exaclty are chia seeds? Chia seeds come from the Chia plant, which is native to both Mexico and Guatamala. High in omega-3 fatty acids as well as dietary fiber, chia seeds are a great way to add these two essential items to your everyday diet.

Chia Seeds – Nutrition

–Chia Seeds are full of nutrients! –There are about 140 calories in a 1-ounce serving of chia seeds. –Glycemic Load is very low –There are about 12 grams of carbohydrates included in a 1-ounce serving of chia seeds. –A 1-ounce serving of chia seeds can provide nearly half of your daily fiber intake!

Chia Seed – Suggestions

You can choose to add the chia seeds to your water (or your favorite drink), although know that they will become gelatinous, or you can grind them for a smoother drinking quality. Or add them to your yogurt like I do every morning for a nutritious breakfast. They fit in perfectly with my flax seeds and granola! Also, you can add them to your oatmeal or in your next batch of banana bread. All you need is about 2 – 3 tablespoons (1 ounce) to receive the many benefits derived from consuming chia seeds. Although I really don’t agree with being sneaky about food when it comes to kids being picky eaters, integrating chia seeds into pancakes, muffins, or essentially any food that your child currently eats can be quite easy to do. I only suggest this for kids who are super picky and thus not open to trying any new food. I’m sure there are many, many more ways in which you can add chia seeds to your everyday diet. Since I’ve only found out about chia a couple of months ago, I would love if you would please share some of the ways you currently use chia seeds. We’d love to hear about them!

 

postheadericon Vegetarian Breakfast – Bagel w/Cream Cheese, Tomato, and… Bacon?

A Great Alternative to Regular Bacon!

Choosing to eat a Vegetarian Breakfast is easier than some may think, making this healthy breakfast recipe a must for practicing vegetarians as well as one that people who aren’t vegetarians will surely like, as well!

Vegetarian

I ate this breakfast a lot while in college just a couple years ago, and loved it so much that I have made it a regular part of my diet. I had a few leftover pieces of bacon from breakfast the previous day and as I was making a bagel with cream cheese, I wondered what it would taste like if I added bacon. And since I love BLT sandwiches, and I had a few tomatoesthat were ripe, I began to experiment. I toasted the bagel until it was well done (I like just about all my foods well done), put about 2 tablespoons of cream cheese on top (watch those fat calories!), then the bacon, and then the tomatoes on top. I took a bite of my new creation, and liked it so much that I ate this as a mid-breakfast snack at least once a week.

BAGEL:

Choose a whole wheat or whole grain bagel that contains as few ingredients as possible. TIP – Wait until the bagel cools off for a minute or two before putting on the cream cheese so it won’t melt into the bagel. Unless you like that, of course! (A bagel is considered to be a vegetarian food.)

CREAM CHEESE:

Substitute Neufchatel Cheese, which tastes very similar and contains about 30% less in both fat and calories. (Cream cheese is considered to be a vegetarian food.)

TOMATOES:

Choose your favorite tomato – Roma, Beefsteak, Hothouse, it’s up to you! Remember to add a dash of salt to bring out that great tomato flavor! (Tomatoes are considered to be a vegetarian food.)

BACON:

Since eating bacon has been considered to be not so healthy due to the nitrates, I started to use Smart Bacon instead. This is a great bacon substitute for vegetarians! Although it may take some time to get used to the difference, I highly recommend giving it a try as it is so much better for you and can easily be integrated into your healthy diet regime. (Regular bacon is notconsidered to be a vegetarian food.)

Vegetarianism

I’ve only recently thought about becoming a vegetarian. I’ve always liked to eat meat, so although the thought has crossed my mind from time to time, I never thought about seriously until lately. I watched the documentary Forks over Knives and it was a real eye-opener. I’ve cut down on how much meat I eat, and am currently finding meat substitutes, such as the Smart Bacon mentioned here in this post. Now the idea of being vegetarian is appealing to me and I think about this every time I go grocery shopping. For instance, recently I wanted to buy lunch meat and I looked for a vegetarian substitute and found one. Although eating vegetarian foods will take some getting used to, that’s fine. I just add a few other foods (avocado, red leaf lettuce, provolone cheese) to make the overall sandwich one that is quite delicious!