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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 March 13, 2019

                                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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