Super simple chia seeds snack

I was perusing Twitter recently and came upon a recipe from SELF magazine called Make Ahead Chia Pudding Breakfast.

It was a simple recipe to follow. So I decided to try it.

I mixed the almond milk, chia seeds, honey and vanilla extract. I let it sit in the fridge overnight.

I ate half of the recipe along with some blueberries and blackberries atop as a snack between teaching cycle and heading off to teach a yoga class.

I’ve written about the benefits of chia seeds before.

I decided to do some more exploring about these edible seeds, which come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica.

According to Authority Nutrition, chia seeds:

Delicious, healthy blueberries

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Curt and I were in Portland last weekend and I didn’t do anything remotely healthy to write about.

And then coming back to a hectic and crazy time at work …

When Curt and I were in Portland last weekend we were at a restaurant called Jake’s having a delicious late-night dinner. I was just having water with with dinner as I had consumed numerous beers throughout the day.

But as we were sitting at the bar I kept watching the bartenders make drinks and especially a really yummy looking one. I figured out it was the blueberry lemon drop.

So I had them make me one. Oh wow, it was delicious. So I had a second one. Yum!

As I was scooping out the blueberries after the glass had been emptied of liquid Curt and I started talking about blueberries. (Yup, we’re that exciting!)

I said something about how blueberries had antioxidants. Curt asked me what that meant. And I admitted that I really didn’t know.

So that, of course, inspired a post.

According to Discovery Health: How Stuff Works, as the name implies, antioxidants are substances that are capable of … Continue reading

Brown vs. white

Years ago I switched from eating white rice, pasta and bread to eating brown rice, pasta and bread. My reason: more nutrients. And on the old Weight Watchers plan whole wheat pasta was lower in Points. On the “newer” plan the Points are the same. But (healthy) habits are hard to break.

And I love carbs and will NEVER give them up. Yum!

When I went to do my research on brown vs. white rice and pasta the Google search also listed brown vs. white eggs … sugar. I also looked up bread.

According to The Hungry Mouse, the only major difference between brown and white eggs is the color of the shell.

According to a New York Times article, the two varieties of (brown and white) sugar are similar nutritionally.

I have been eating whole wheat (brown) bread for years. According to a Livestrong article, whole wheat brown bread has a “nutritional advantage” over white bread, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. This is because brown breads made from whole wheat usually contain more fiber than white bread, as well as greater amounts of important nutrients such as vitamins B-6 and E, magnesium, folic acid, copper, zinc … Continue reading

The many benefits of coconut water

At some point recently I saw coconut water at Trader Joe’s and decided to buy some. I knew it was all the rage, but I wasn’t sure why.

The other day at the yoga studio they had juice box like container of coconut water for free. I took one.

Yesterday I had a raging headache at work. I figured it was because I was dehydrated, stressed and I am sure my heavy (but delicious) lunch didn’t help. I decided to skip a workout and come home to lounge. When I got home I thought I would have a little bit of coconut milk.

I finally decided to read the information on the container.

Coconut water has so many benefits. It naturally rehydrates the body with electrolytes.

According to Livestrong.com, Electrolytes come in different forms, including chlorine, potassium, phosphate, magnesium, calcium and sodium. You must keep electrolytes balanced within your body to allow it to maintain proper water amounts in your body, balance blood acidity, allow for proper muscle action, and to allow other important processes to occur.

People can lose electrolytes from exercising or while drinking alcohol or caffeine. When we have a cold or the flu we … Continue reading

Watermelon vs. the Twinkie

A friend on Facebook the other day mentioned that she decided to make a better breakfast choice on Friday. She said she had two Twinkies on Thursday for breakfast. On Friday she had a quarter of a watermelon.

She decided to search on Google: calories in quarter watermelon. She found the answer of 339 after her search. I found that same answer.

I personally don’t like Twinkies. I love watermelon. What an amazing summer fruit. It’s sweet, delicious and so great to eat, especially when it is hot outside.

I decided to do a little more research on Twinkies and watermelon.

Two Twinkies are 300 calories, 9 grams of fat and 18 grams of sugar.

A wedge of watermelon is 86 calories, 0.4 grams of fat, 18 grams of sugar and 1 gram of fiber. Her quarter of watermelon was roughly 344 calories, 1.6 grams of fat, 70 grams of sugar and 4 grams of fat. According to Livestrong.com, there are a lot of nutritional benefits to eating watermelon: Watermelon is high in vitamin C. One serving of watermelon does not provide a significant quantity of any one mineral, but you do get a wide range of them. And eating watermelon … Continue reading