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Subtly Adding Chia Seed into Diet and Enjoy Your Instant Health Boost!

Subtly Adding Chia Seed into Diet and Enjoy Your Instant Health Boost!

We more and more hear mentions of “superfood” these days, as people are becoming more and more conscious about what they eat. Realizing what health benefits we can have if we incorporate certain kinds of food into our diet, it’s no wonder chia seeds are gaining popularity due to their numerous benefits.

The All-Rounded Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Regulate blood sugar levels

It has been proven that if you add chia seeds to bread, it will help you regulate blood glucose levels, according to a study conducted in Ontario, Canada [1].

Aid in fighting cancer

Alpha lineic acid which is found in chia seeds limits the growth of cancer cells, says a study published in the Journal of Molecular Biochemistry [2].

Protect your heart

Chia seeds help lower your blood pressure, thus protecting your heart [3].

Good for your skin

Chia seeds have a high anti-oxidant capacity [4] thus enabling skin protection against damage.

Aid in weight loss

Chia seeds are rich in protein and fiber, and as such help in reducing the appetite [5].

Delicious ways to incorporate chia seeds into your diet

With plenty of recipes including chia seeds, you will easily find recipes that satisfy your taste and find out that you can include chia seeds in almost any dish.

1. Chia seed jam

    Instead of eating processed jams full of sugar, you can make your own healthy version of jam with chia seeds and just about any fruit you like. The recipe we recommend uses raspberries, but you can use any fruit of your own choosing.

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    2. Chia seed smoothie

      By adding chia seeds to your smoothie, you make it even more nutritious and healthy and it’s a great choice if you are trying to lose weight. Try out this simple blueberry and chia seed smoothie that will boost your energy.

      3. Chia seed yogurt

        To get a great energy boost in the morning, just add chia seeds to your yogurt and you’ll see a slight change in texture, but the taste will remain great.

        4. Chia seed pudding

          Chia seed pudding is both a great way to start your day and super healthy dessert. It is super easy to make, and if you are beginner at making these puddings, we recommend basic chia seed pudding that you can upgrade lat er.

          5. Chia seed bread

            To make healthy and tasty bread, you can easily add chia seeds, which is especially beneficial for people suffering from diabetes. Try out this recipe for homemade chia seed and buckwheat bread that is also gluten free.

            6. Chia seed banana bread

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              It’s hard to stay away from desserts, especially if you are trying to eat healthy. But, with this chia seed banana bread, you will eat a healt hier version of dessert, packed with proteins.

              7. Chia seed cereal

                For a healthier and fiber-rich breakfast, eat chia seed cereal instead of your usual breakfast cereal. The possibilities are endless, but we advise you to try this chia seed breakfast cereal that gives you an option to include a great variety of toppings.

                8. Chia seed oatmeal

                  Adding chia seeds into your oatmeal is a very easy way to incorporate them into your diet. You can also add other healthy ingredients into your breakfast oatmeal and we recommend this oatmeal with chia seeds and almond milk.

                  9. Chia seed breakfast bars

                    It’s a fact that breakfast bars are often full of sugar, so the best option is to make your own healthy snacks with the help of chia seeds. These chia seed energy bars will fill you up wit h the energy you need to make it through the day and they are also very nutritious.

                    10. Chia seed pancakes

                      Who doesn’t like to eat pancakes? By adding chia seeds, you will make this treat both sweet and good for your digestion. You can try out banana and chia seed pancakes recipe that uses no refined flour or sugar !

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                      11. Chia seed muffins

                        What is great about chia seeds is that you can use them both in sweet and savory muffin recipes! If you like a bit soury taste of lemons, go ahead and try lemon chia seed muffins.

                        12. Chia seed ice-cream

                          We all love a cold ice-cream during the hot summer days. The tropical chia seed ice-cream bowl is perfect to cool you during the he at and make you feel as if you are sitting on a beach somewhere far away.

                          13. Chia seed tortillas

                            You can make nutritious and light version of tortillas with chia seeds and spice them up with a variety of fillings. This tortillas recipe uses chia seeds , and it is also gluten free.

                            14. Chia seed pizza dough

                              If you can’t resist a good pizza, but you are on a diet, this quick pizza crust recipe will satisfy your needs and provide you with healthy nutrients, such as omega-3 fats.

                              15. Chia seed salad dressing

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                                Salad dressings are usually full of calories, so why not make a healthier version with chia seeds? Try this green salad with chia dressing – we guarantee you’ll love it and never use another dressing again!

                                16. Chia seed truffles

                                  For a healthy and quick snack, you can make tasty chia seed truffles. This recipe is full of p roteins and it combines great ingredients, such as cacao, oats, dates, walnut and coconut.

                                  17. Chia seed crust for meat and fish

                                    Why using white flour to coat your meat and fish, when there is a healthier alternative involving chia seeds. Try this chia-crusted chicken and you will see how chia seeds give it a light crispy crust.

                                    18. Chia seed lemonade

                                      For a refreshing, nutrient-rich drink, you can add chia seeds to your lemonade.

                                      19. Chia seed tea

                                        You can add chia seeds to you tea as well, and for hot summer days, we recommend this iced tea with chia seeds.

                                        20. Chia seeds as substitute for eggs

                                          If you are looking for alternative for eggs, but don’t want to lose that texture eggs provide, chia seeds can be a great substitute for eggs.

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                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                          1. Work on the small tasks.

                                          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                          2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                          3. Upgrade yourself

                                          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                          4. Talk to a friend.

                                          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                          7. Read a book (or blog).

                                          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                          8. Have a quick nap.

                                          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                          9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                          10. Find some competition.

                                          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                          11. Go exercise.

                                          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                          12. Take a good break.

                                          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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