Flaxseeds and Chia Seeds

1 Oct

Hello Blog World!  : )

I posted earlier that I did 45 minutes of cardio on the Cybex Arc Trainer (Elliptical), but didn’t have time to get around to posting my heart rate monitor information on my session.  Here it is:

  • Time:  00:45:14
  • Calories:  422 (25% fat)
  • Max Heart Rate:  187 (97%)
  • Average Heart Rate:  169 (88%)

I am not a huge elliptical fan, but since I tend to have knee, hip and foot problems, I like to do at least one cardio session a week on it.  It gives my body a break from the hard impact of running.

At work today I snacked on a protein drink:

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After work today I headed to the local organic store to pick up some essentials. 

This is my new favorite variety of the prepackaged lettuce mixes.  I am really enjoying the herbs such as cilantro and dill that are mixed it.  Please excuse that glare!  : )

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Once I got home, I headed into the kitchen to unpack groceries and start making the Husband and I salads for a later lunch.

I started by cooking some chicken breasts on the stove.  I love these packaged organic chicken breasts from Costco.  I found them there about 2 weeks ago.  They are roughly the same price as the local organic store so I picked up a package.  There are 2 breasts in each packet.

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I cooked the chicken in mostly water and added in a little coconut oil to cook it as well.  I like to buy the unrefined normally, but this was all I could find at the store the last time I needed it.  If you don’t use coconut oil, you should start!

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While the chicken was cooking, I sampled the new spicy salsa I bought with a couple chips.

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I had my salad with feta cheese and garlic dressing:

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The Husband wanted gorgonzola cheese and roasted red pepper dressing:

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Mission accomplished, we are full!

Feta Nut Salad Recipe (one of our typical salads, its delicious)

2-3 Cups of your favorite lettuce, 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half, 1/8 cup feta cheese, 1/8 cup chopped walnuts, balsamic vinaigrette, chicken breast/tofu (if desired). 

I have mentioned numerous times on this blog that I drink ground flaxseeds and chia seeds every morning mixed with pure cranberry juice and water. I wanted to post a little information on the benefits of flaxseeds and chia seeds. I posted the websites where I found this information incase you want to explore a little bit more about the seeds.

Lets start with Flaxseeds:

  • Lowered blood cholesterol levels
  • Lowered high blood pressure
  • Increased energy, vitality, and stamina
  • Increased sense of calmness under stress
  • Reduced threat of blood clots
  • Protection against cancers, particularly hormone sensitive cancers such as breast and prostate
  • Better regulation of blood sugar levels
  • Eases inflammatory tissue conditions, including arthritis
  • Alleviation of dry skin, eczema and psoriasis
  • Enhanced immune system
  • Increased metabolic rate with a positive impact on weight management
  • Helps with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Natural laxative
  • And the list goes on

http://www.greatplainsflax.com/benefits.htm

Next the benefits of Chia Seeds:

  • Nutritious.  Chia seed provides ample calcium and protein to your tissues.  The seeds are also rich in boron, which helps the body assimilate and use calcium.  The nutrients also support proper brain functioning.
  • Water loving.  The seed can soak up ten times its weight in water.  Do this fun experiment.  Put one tablespoon of chia seed in a cup of water and stir.  Wait a few hours and see what happens.  When inside your body, the seeds help you stay hydrated longer, and retain electrolytes in your bodily fluids.
  • Easily digestible.  The shells are easily broken down, even when swallowed whole.  This is an improvement over flax seed, which have to be ground up to be digested properly.  If you eat flax seed whole, it will just pass through.
  • Concentrated.  If I could only take one cup of food for a few days, I’d choose chia!  The food value per volume is simply astounding.  You don’t need much.
  • Mild tasting.  Unlike some seeds, the flavor is very mild.  The mild taste makes it easy to put in sauces, smoothies, breads, puddings, and whatever you want.  They won’t really change the taste, but will add to your nutrition!
  • Energy enhancing.  The health pioneer Paul Bragg did an experiment an endurance hike with friends.  They divided up into a chia-eating group and another group, who ate whatever they wanted.  The group eating only chia seeds finished the hike four hours, twenty seven minutes before the others, most of whom didn’t even finish at all.
  • Versatile.  The seeds can be used to replace less-healthy fat in just about any recipe.  You can use them uncooked in salad dressings, spreads, fruit shakes, ice cream, and just about anything you want.  You can also add them to cookies, cakes, muffins, and other baked goods.  I usually just mix in a couple of teaspoons to my juice or water and drink them down!
  • Slimming and trimming.  Yes, the seeds will help you lose weight, for two reasons.  The first reason is that they are so filling that you will eat less of other foods.  The second reason is that they actually bulk up and cleanse your body of old “junk” in your intestines. 
  • Endurance enhancing.  Chia seeds are known as the “Indian Running Food”.  Also, the ancient Aztec warriors used chia seed during their conquests.  I’m a runner, and I’ve used chia seed to enhance stamina and endurance on my mountain runs, some of which are several hours long!
  • Regenerating.  After eating, the nutrients travel to the cells very quickly due to the ease in digestion and assimilation.  Use them when you want to build or regenerate healthy body tissue.

http://icreatewisdom.com/chiaseed.html

Do you use flaxseeds and chia seeds?  If so what is your favorite way to use them?  Do you have a homemade salsa recipe that you love to make?

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