How To Grow Your Own Chia Seeds

How To Grow Your Own Chia Seeds

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Yes, it’s true! You can actually grow your own chia seeds.how to grow chia seeds at home

To do this,

  • place a handful of the chia seeds you already have on hand (you do not need to purchase special seeds in order to grow your own chia plants)
  • soak them in warm water for about 15 minutes
  • transfer them to a bed of potting soil to sprout

Chia plants will need light, rich soil, as well as abundant water and sunshine to grow well, and given their tropical origins, may not be suitable for growing in all climates.

Pay special attention to your plants to ensure that they aren’t damaged by weeds, insects or animal pests, and then wait until the leaves of the plants are fully opened before harvesting your chia seeds.

These seeds can be collected and stored in a cool, dry environment (preferably a clear jar or container) in order to provide you with a safe, healthy source of chia seeds for months to come.

Now how amazing is that!

Chia seed growing kit

You can always purchase a pre-made kit ready with everything you need to get you started like one of these Chia Growing Kits – Indoor or Outdoor.   And if you are feeling super healthy, take a look at the wheatgrass growing kit too! So easy to harvest and even easier to get healthy!

50 Healthy Ways To Use Chia Seeds

If you are just getting started with Chia, take a look at this huge list of healthy ways to slowly introduce Chia Seeds into your daily diet. But it’s also worthwhile reading this too, as some people can suffer from very rare and unexpected side effects of chia seeds.

Must Read: How To Eat Chia Seeds and AVOID getting bloated or constipated!

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Potential Side Effects of Chia Seeds

Potential Side Effects of Chia Seeds

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Although chia seeds hold the potential to dramatically improve health and reduce chronic symptoms side effects to eating chia seeds in the people who take them regularly, adding a new element to your diet should always be undertaken with caution.  Though there are very few scientific studies demonstrating particularly negative chia seed side effects, there are a few concerns you’ll want to be aware of.

Increase in fibre

The first is the set of symptoms that can result in rapidly increasing the amount of fiber in your diet.  This process isn’t unique to chia seeds – whether dramatically increase your fruit, vegetable, seed or bean intake, you’re going to experience some unpleasant side effects until your body adapts to the new levels of nutrients it’s receiving.

The most common complaint is an increase in flatulence.  Fortunately, this can be eliminated entirely by slowly increasing the amount of chia seeds you consume on a daily basis.

Read these tips: How to Eat Chia Seeds Without Getting Constipated or Bloated

Don’t start by adding a heaping serving of chia seeds to every meal – instead, consider starting with a half serving of the seeds at breakfast and working up your daily intake as your body adapts.

Here are 50 healthy ways to introduce Chia seeds to your diet daily

Bleeding and Drop in Blood Pressure

Due to their high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, chia seeds can act as a blood thinner. People who are taking prescription blood thinners (such as Warfarin), are scheduled for surgery, or are on an aspirin regimen should avoid eating chia seeds or at least talk to their doctor before adding chia to their diet. An overdose of blood thinners may lead to excessive bleeding, which in turn may have severe negative consequences for your health.

People with low blood pressure should also consult a qualified health care professional before adding chia seeds to their eating plan as chia seeds appear to be capable of lowering diastolic blood pressure (DBP) to alarming levels.

Association to mustard seed reaction

People who have a history of negative reactions to mustard seeds should proceed carefully too, as side effects produced by these kernels are often seen following chia seed consumption as well.

Chia seeds and pregnancy

Pregnant women are likewise advised to avoid chia seeds throughout their pregnancies as well, given the lack of scientific research into how their children may be affected. Lactating mothers should also keep away from chia seeds as not enough research has been conducted to date.

Allergic Reactions

Although uncommon, an allergic reaction to chia seeds is possible. Symptoms of chia seed allergy may include rashes, hives and watery eyes. Also more severe symptoms associated with food allergies may occur, including trouble breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, and swelling of the tongue.

There is some evidence that cross-reactivity exists between chia seeds and certain foods that are taxonomically close to chia, such as oregano and thyme which – like chia – belong to the Labiatae family of plants.

 

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Does Eating Dark Chocolate Help You Lose Weight?

Does Eating Dark Chocolate Help You Lose Weight?

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Health Benefits Of Dark Chocolate Does Eating Dark Chocolate Help You Lose Weight?

Chocolate is considered the most widely and frequently craved food.

How often do you hear people admit being totally addicted to chocolate. Or classifying themselves as a chocoholic.

Chocolate is said to contain mood-enhancing ingredients that give it special appeal.

What comes to mind when you hear the word chocolate?

Decadent rich luxurious melting chocolate. Chocolate cake with chocolate icing and chocolate chips. Dense chocolate brownies. Smooth chocolate mousse.

We all know that chocolate is bad for us right? Wrong!

Dark Chocolate

Dark Chocolate is nutritious.

Dark Chocolate is full of antioxidants. 

Dark Chocolate has health benefits.

For the Chocoholics

  • Is the chocolate melting in your hands? You are eating too slowly.
  • Chocolate covered sultanas and strawberries are counted as fruit, so eat as many as you want.
  • Add “eat chocolate” to your To Do List. That way, at least you’ll get one thing done.

Cocoa Bean to Chocolate

The cocoa bean comes from a cocoa tree which only bears its fruit three or four times a year. Their blossoms, delicate pink with white petals are a striking feature and sit on the trunk of the tree.

With the appearance of a cucumber due to its elongated shape, the cocoa pod is hard, coarse in texture and changes from a green to brown as it ripens.

Inside the cocoa pod is white fruit pulp which contains up to 40 seed kernels, known as cocoa beans. These seeds, along with the white pulp, are removed from the pod and fermented, a process in the production of high quality raw cocoa. This process can differ depending on the region in which the cocoa is grown.

Raw cocoa contains water and after this is evaporated, the beans take on a brown appearance and a stronger aroma. The cocoa beans are then roasted, ground and made into cocoa powder.

Dark Chocolate and Weight Loss

According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, substituting dark for regular milk or white chocolate, or other sugary foods actually reduces cravings for sugar.

Dark chocolate is known to be more filling.  How many times have you eaten one piece of dark chocolate and felt satisfied, yet you can finish an entire block of milk or white chocolate before you even blink your eyes!

If dark chocolate it more filling, and reduces the cravings for sweet and oily foods then surely it is an efficient way to result in weight loss. For some people, the craving of sugar is what causes us to overeat and hence put on the kilos.

Dark Chocolate Insulin and Blood Pressure

Dark chocolate is said to have the qualities that decrease blood pressure and improve insulin sensitivity.

Insulin, released by our pancreas to deal with rises in blood sugar, transports glucose into the cells in our body.

Eating too much sugar causes greater levels of insulin to be produced and overtime it is stated that repeated release of insulin results in our cells being resistant to it.

Ultimately our cells are deprived and when the body fears it is being deprived, cells store fat to protect itself from starvation. The result, arguably, weight gain.

Replace your chocolate cravings with dark chocolate, reduce the body’s requirement to release insulin and coupled with the fact that eating dark chocolate reduces cravings, you may have a new weight loss secret.

Magnesium, Sulphur, PEA and Antioxidants in Chocolate

Studies of nutrients found in chocolate indicate that it contains more magnesium than any other food. Magnesium is a stress relieving mineral and it relaxes the muscles and builds strong bones and teeth.

Chocolate is also rich in sulphur, a mineral often found in beauty products.

Chocolate is also one of the only sources of PEA (phenyl ethylamine), which a central nervous system stimulant known to increase serotonin levels in the brain and this is thought to make you feel happy.

Oh, so that is why I am so happy when I eat chocolate!

Chocolate is also full of antioxidants which are commonly stated as being beneficial in slowing down the aging process.

The following compares chocolate (both raw cacoa and dark chocolate) to some of the more commonly known antioxidant foods. The ORAC number (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) is a value given to foods based on their antioxidant levels .

  • Raw Cacao: ORAC 28,000
  • Acai Berries: ORAC 18,500
  • Dark Chocolate: ORAC 13,120
  • Goji Berries: ORAC 3,472
  • Blueberries: ORAC 2,400

When you next go shopping and plan on grabbing a tub of gorgeous blueberries to give yourself an antioxidant boost…grab some dark chocolate instead, and it will make you feel extra happy.

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What Is The Stem of a Grape Called? Fun Fact!

What Is The Stem of a Grape Called? Fun Fact!

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Source: www.practicalwinery.com

Here’s a fun fact for you!

Do you know that the remaining stick of a bunch of grapes is called the bunchstem!

Yes, the structure holding the grapes is called the bunchstem. Each individual stem holding one grape is called a pedicel.

There you go, you learn something new every day!

 

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11 Paleo Breakfast Meal Ideas Without Eggs

11 Paleo Breakfast Meal Ideas Without Eggs

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If you are following a Paleo lifestyle, here are some quick and easy breakfast ideas without eggs.

Whether you are intolerant to eggs, or just cannot stomach a heavy meal first thing in the morning, paleo breakfast meals without eggsit is good to know that there are plenty of breakfast meal ideas that do not have eggs.  When you are trying to follow a Paleo lifestyle there is a call for lots of eggs and whilst they do have a time and a place, sometimes you just need a change.

Here are 11 breakfast ideas that are healthy and have no eggs in sight!

  1. Chia puddings – chia seeds have enormous health benefits and also help you stay full for longer!
  2. Vegetable fritters – a great way to use up your left over vegetables.
  3. Bacon, avocado and tomato – need I say anymore! YUMM
  4. Smoothies – keep your mix more vegetables than fruit and you cannot go wrong! 
  5. Muesli – this can be pre made with nuts and seeds and becomes a fabulous fulfilling meal
  6. Leftovers – yes you can have dinner for breakfast
  7. Guacamole on seed crackers – healthy fats in avocado are awesome!
  8. Blueberry pancakes using almond flour and coconut milk – so simple and so great
  9. Coconut yoghurt – this is also relatively easy to make if you cannot source a local store bought variety.
  10. Handful of (activated) nuts and some berries – activated nuts are easy to make yourself!
  11. Broth – broth, or stock (as some call it) is full of nutrients and could very well replace your morning coffee.

What’s your favourite breakfast meal? Share your tips or recipes below! Photos welcome too!

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How to Activate Almonds and other Nuts

How to Activate Almonds and other Nuts

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Almonds are packed full of nutrients, vitamins and protein and are a fantastic food to eat as a snack. activating nuts and almonds They are actually part of the stone fruit family, and are related to cherries, peaches and plums.

Other than being an edible power food, they are also used as a popular ingredient in many creams and lotions, not to mention being made into a popular alternative to regular milk.

Benefits Of Almonds

Almonds are crunchy and an easy food to eat, and with all of the health benefits they bring, it is well worth introducing them into your diet daily.

Consuming almonds help to reduce the risk of a heart attack, help to lower ‘bad’ cholesterol and given their high calcium and phosphorus levels, they are a great for maintaining strong bones and teeth.

Most importantly, almonds are the only nut and one of the very few proteins around that actually alkalize the body. When your body is not alkaline enough, there is a risk of osteoporosis, poor immune function, low energy levels and weight gain.

The benefits of almonds are numerous.

What Are Activated Nuts?

Activated almonds are said to be more digestible and even more nutritious than natural or roasted almonds.

What makes activated nuts so special?

All nuts (and even seeds and grains) can contain enzyme-inhibitors in their skin, which when combined with other vitamins in our digestive tract can actually block proper absorption; meaning our uptake of vital minerals is lowered.

Preparation of nuts in a way to neutralize this, allows for optimal digestion and increase nutrition.

This means more of the good stuff in the nut is absorbed by our bodies.

How Do You Activate Almonds?

Almonds are activated by a simple process of soaking them and then dehydrating them.

The soaking process breaks down phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors and actually causes the almond to start to germinate or sprout.

This actually releases the enzyme inhibitors, and increases the nutritional value.

So why dehydrate them again? Simply. It gives them back their crunch!

The soaking process takes approximately 12 hours and then anywhere from 12-24 hours to dry them depending on your method.

How Do You Activate Almonds (or other nuts)

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 12 hours
  • Cook time: 12 hours
  • Ready in: 24 hours
  • Yields: Process remains the same depending on the volume

Ingredients

  • 2 cups – Raw Almonds
  • Water – Enough to cover

Instructions

  1. SOAKING The first step is to soak the almonds. Place the raw almonds into a bowl and cover with water. Soak for 12 hours.
  2. RINSING After soaking you will notice that they look slightly puffed up, and may even be show signs of sprouting. Rinse the almonds well under cold water.
  3. DEHYRATING (optional) If you don’t mind your almonds without the crunch, you can eat your activated almonds just as they are. You can dehyrate your almonds in two ways. 1) Lay them flat on a tray and leave them to dry. 2) Roast them on a very very low heat in your oven until they are crunchy.

Eat your activated almonds as you would normally and be sure to keep them in an airtight container. If this all sounds too hard, you can buy them.

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