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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 December 18, 2018

                                Why Do I Have Bad Luck? 2 Simple Things to Change Your Destiny

                                Why Do I Have Bad Luck? 2 Simple Things to Change Your Destiny

                                Are you one of those people who are always suffering setbacks? Does little ever seem to go right for you? Do you sometimes feel that the universe is out to get you? Do you wonder:

                                Why do I have bad luck? Is bad luck real?

                                A couple of months ago, I met up with an old friend of mine who I hadn’t seen since last year. Over lunch, we talked about all kinds of things, including our careers, relationships and hobbies.

                                My friend told me his job had become dull and uninteresting to him, and despite applying for promotion – he’d been turned down. His personal life wasn’t great either, as he told me that he’d recently separated from his long-term girlfriend.

                                When I asked him why things had seemingly gone wrong at home and work, he paused for a moment, and then replied:

                                “I’m having a run of bad luck.”

                                I was surprised by his response as I’d never thought of him as someone who thought that luck controlled his life. He always appeared to be someone who knew what he wanted – and went after it with gusto.

                                He told me he did believe in bad luck because of everything happened to me.

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                                It was at this point, that I shared my opinion on luck and destiny:

                                While chance events certainly occur, they are purely random in nature. In other words, good luck and bad luck don’t exist in the way that people believe. And more importantly, even if random negative events do come along, our perspective and reaction can turn them into positive things.

                                Your luck is no worse—and no better—than anyone else’s. It just feels that way. Better still, there are two simple things you can do which will reverse your feelings of being unlucky and change your luck.

                                1. Stop believing that what happens in life is out of your control.

                                Stop believing that what happens in your life is down to the vagaries of luck, destiny, supernatural forces, malevolent other people, or anything else outside yourself.

                                Psychologists call this “external locus of control.” It’s a kind of fatalism, where people believe that they can do little or nothing personally to change their lives.

                                Because of this, they either merely hope for the best, focus on trying to change their luck by various kinds of superstition, or submit passively to whatever comes—while complaining that it doesn’t match their hopes.

                                Most successful people take the opposite view. They have “internal locus of control.” They believe that what happens in their life is nearly all down to them; and that even when chance events occur, what is important is not the event itself, but how you respond to it.

                                This makes them pro-active, engaged, ready to try new things, and keen to find the means to change whatever in their lives they don’t like.

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                                They aren’t fatalistic and they don’t blame bad luck for what isn’t right in their world. They look for a way to make things better.

                                Are they luckier than the others? Of course not.

                                Luck is random—that’s what chance means—so they are just as likely to suffer setbacks as anyone else.

                                What’s different is their response. When things go wrong, they quickly look for ways to put them right. They don’t whine, pity themselves, or complain about “bad luck.” They try to learn from what happened to avoid or correct it next time and get on with living their life as best they can. They have this Motivation Engine, which most people lack, to keep them going.

                                No one is habitually luckier or unluckier than anyone else. It may seem so, over the short term (Random events often come in groups, just as random numbers often lie close together for several instances—which is why gamblers tend to see patterns where none exist).

                                When you take a longer perspective, random chance is just . . . random. Yet those who feel that they are less lucky, typically pay far more attention to short-term instances of bad luck, convincing themselves of the correctness of their belief.

                                Your locus of control isn’t genetic. You learned it somehow. If it isn’t working for you, change it.

                                2. Remember that whatever you pay attention to grows in your mind.

                                If you focus on what’s going wrong in your life—especially if you see it as “bad luck” you can do nothing about—it will seem blacker and more malevolent.

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                                In a short time, you’ll become so convinced that everything is against you that you’ll notice more and more instances where this appears to be true. As a result, you will drown yourself in negative energy and almost certainly stop trying, convinced that nothing you can do will improve your prospects.

                                Not long ago, a reader (I’ll call her Kelly) has shared with me about how frustrated she felt and how unlucky she was. Kelly’s an aspiring entrepreneur. She had been trying to find investors to invest in her project. It hadn’t been going well as she was always rejected by the potential investors. And at her most stressful time, her boyfriend broke up with her. And the day after her breakup, she missed an important opportunity to meet an interested investor. She was about to give up because she felt that she’d not be lucky enough to build her business successfully.

                                It definitely wasn’t an easy time for her. She was stressful and tired. But it wasn’t bad luck that was playing the role.

                                Fatalism feeds on itself until people become passive “victims” of life’s blows. The “losers” in life are those who are convinced they will fail before they start anything; sure that their “bad luck” will ruin any prospects of success.

                                They rarely notice that the true reasons for their failure are ignorance, laziness, lack of skill, lack of forethought, or just plain foolishness—all of which they could do something to correct, if only they would stop blaming other people or “bad luck” for their personal deficiencies.

                                Your attention is under your control. Send it where you want it to go. Starve the negative thoughts until they die.

                                I explained to Kelly that to improve her fortune and have “good luck”, first decide that what happens is nearly always down to her; then try to focus on what works and what turns out well, not the bad stuff.

                                Then Kelly tried to review her current situation objectively. She realized that she only needed a short break for herself — from work and her just broken-up relationship. She really needed some time to clear up her mind before moving on with her work and life. When she got her emotions settled down from her heartbreak, she started to work on improving her business’ selling points and looked for new investors that are more suitable.

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                                A few months later, she told me that she finally found two investors who were really interested in her project and would like to work with her to grow the business. I was really glad that she could take back control of her destiny and achieved what she wanted.

                                Your “fate” really does depend on the choices that you make. When random events happen, as they always will, do you choose to try to turn them to your advantage or just complain about them?

                                What’s Next?

                                Now that you’ve learned the 2 simple things you can do to take control of your fate and create your own luck. But this isn’t it! These simple techniques you’ve learned here are just part of the essential 7 Cornerstone Skills — a skillset that will give you the power to create permanent solutions to big problems in life — any problem in any area of your life!

                                If you think you’re “suffering from bad luck”, you can really change things up and start life over with these 7 Cornerstone Skills. It may even be a lot easier than you thought:

                                How to Start Over and Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

                                Thomas Jefferson is said to have used these words:

                                “I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”

                                Your luck, in the end, is pretty much what you choose it to be.

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