How To Grow Your Own Chia Seeds

Yes, it’s true! You can actually grow your own chia seeds. 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... read more

Potential Side Effects of Chia Seeds

Although chia seeds hold the potential to dramatically improve health and reduce chronic symptoms  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.... read more

Does Eating Dark Chocolate Help You Lose Weight?

Health Benefits Of Dark Chocolate  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... read more

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

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!... read more

11 Paleo Breakfast Meal Ideas Without Eggs

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

How to Activate Almonds and other Nuts

Almonds are packed full of nutrients, vitamins and protein and are a fantastic food to eat as a snack.  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... read more