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It’d Be Hard Not To Love Chia Seeds After Reading This.

It’d Be Hard Not To Love Chia Seeds After Reading This.

Chia seeds are incredibly popular at the moment. This is unsurprising if you take into account the amazing health benefits they have and the fact that they’re super delicious. So whether you’re new to the world of chia (the food, not the pets) or are already die hard fan, check out some of these must-eat recipes. They’re sure to be instant favourites.

1. Chia Flapjacks with Strawberry Salsa

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    Who said flapjacks cant be healthy? Of course, you can increase the health aspect by removing, or at least decreasing, the sugar content, as well using wholemeal or almond flour.

    2. Endurance Crackers

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      If you’re hankering for something crunchy, this will definitely do the trick. They’ll also be a big hit with any seed fans, because they contain four different types!

      3. Raspberry Coconut Chia Pudding Pops

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        Now there’s a mouthful.

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        Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to feel guilty about having a icy treat. These popsicles are ridiculously healthy, as well as vegan friendly!

        4. Chia Seed Vegan Parfait

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          Yeah, I’m rocking two desserts in a row, because that’s just how I roll. I only have this to say in my defense:

          You know what ELSE everybody likes? Parfaits! Have you ever met a person, you say, “Let’s get some parfait,” they say, “Hell no, I don’t like no parfait?” Parfaits are delicious!

          5. Avocado Fruit Salad with Chia Yogurt Dressing


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            This is a fantastic recipe for people like me who enjoy the idea of having a simple fruit salad for a meal, but know it won’t fill them up enough. Chia seeds expand when exposed to moisture, which means they’ll help you feel satisfied for longer.

            6. Cornmeal and Chia Seed Crusted Tilapia

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              This not only showcases how versatile chia seeds can be, but also proves that crumbed fish can indeed be healthy. Feel free to choose any variety of fish that you like for this recipe.

              7. Blueberry Chia Blast Smoothie

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                I have smoothies with chia seeds in them for breakfast every morning, so I can’t recommend this enough. As previously mentioned, the seeds help you feel fuller for longer. You can of course mix and match any fruits that may take your fancy, and sub in ordinary milk if you so choose. Personally, I’m a fan of blueberries and banana with chocolate protein powder and chia seeds. Seriously, it’s delicious.

                8. Strawberry Chia Seed Spread


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                  A wonderful alternative to ordinary sugar-soaked jam. I recommend it on multigrain or dark rye toast

                  9. Lemon Chia Seed Muffins

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                    Here’s a recipe that’s perfect for lunch boxes, a party or even just as an afternoon treat. Personally I prefer less sugar and would substitute ordinary flour for wholemeal. You can also skip the sugar altogether and use honey or maple syrup instead.

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                    10. Maple, Cinnamon and Almond Butter with Hemp, Flax and Chia Seeds

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                      Another fantastic option for fans of toast such as myself.

                      11. Watermelon Strawberry Cooler

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                        Another soon to be summertime favorite that’s incredibly refreshing.

                        12. Cashew-Cardamom Chia Pudding

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                          Don’t let the word ‘pudding’ trick you; this dish is just as good for breakfast as it is for dessert. It’s also super healthy and vegan.

                          13. Chia Breakfast Porridge

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                            I have English blood pumping through my veins, so I’m obligated to include porridge. Seriously though, it’s the best start to the day.

                            14. Raw Hemp and Chia Seed Bars

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                              Obviously these don’t have that kind of effect.

                              What these are good for though are energy levels and therefore make the perfect afternoon snack.

                              15. Egg Substitute

                                This isn’t so much a full blown recipe as it is a nifty little trick of the trade. If you have an egg allergy or are vegan, chia seeds make quite an effective substitute when it comes to baking. Simple take a tablespoon of finely ground seeds and three tablespoons of water per ‘egg’ required. Mix them together and let them sit for at least fifteen minutes. It will create a kind of binding paste that you can then use as your substitute.

                                 

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                                Last Updated on August 12, 2019

                                12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                                1. Nuts

                                The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                2. Blueberries

                                Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                3. Tomatoes

                                Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                4. Broccoli

                                While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                6. Soy

                                Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                7. Dark Chocolate

                                When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                                B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                                Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                10. Gingko Biloba

                                This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                                It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                                However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                11. Green and Black Tea

                                Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                12. Sage and Rosemary

                                Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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