In this episode of Authentic Self Wellness Radio, more of your questions are answered! We talk about the benefits of drinking aloe vera juice, how to prepare and cook an artichoke, the best way to gel chia seeds, and plant-based sources of iron. Enjoy!
I’ve been including chia seeds in my diet for many years now. I love the boost of energy that they give me, especially first thing in the morning. Chia seeds are rich in nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants. When I discovered Chiarezza! Organic Chia Cereal, I was instantly hooked! Their cereals are loaded with a variety of nourishing ingredients like chia seeds, hemp seeds, apples, raisins, ginger, and buckwheat. Their cereals are USDA organic, gluten-free, nut free, soy free, egg free, and non-GMO. I like adding their product to my smoothies, yogurt bowls, and oatmeal. You can learn more about Chiarezza! Organic Chia Cereal by visiting their website OMGChiaCereal.com. Give it a try…you will love it as much as I do!
I have always been a big fan of including chia seeds into my diet on a daily basis. When I started using my Ronco Dehydrator, I thought it would be fun to make homemade chia seed crackers. After my first batch, I was hooked! This little crackers are super easy to make and loaded with nutrients to help you look and feel your best. You can add your favorite spices and sea salt to the crackers, depending on your preferences. Here is how I made mine:
STEP 1: Add 1 1/2 C chia seeds to a bowl of 2-3 C water.
STEP 2: Stir the mixture while the chia seeds gel into a thick “paste”. Add about 1/2 C of sprouted sunflower seeds to the mixture and stir.
STEP 3: On a sheet of parchment paper, spread the mixture out until it is flat and even. Set the dehydrator temperature to about 135 degrees Fahrenheit and let dehydrate for about 8-12 hours.
STEP 4: Remove the sheet of chia seed mixture. It should be hard and not at all moist. Break the sheet into bite-sized pieces. Enjoy the crackers with your favorite hummus. Delicious!
When I first tried this smoothie, the first thing thought that came to me was, “this tastes like comfort food!” It has a delicious but simple flavor that reminded me of the apple pies my grandmother would make. This smoothie is full of nutrients including immune-boosting vitamin C, bone-building calcium, digestion-friendly fiber, and heart-healthy potassium. The chia seeds give this smoothie a big boost of omega-3 fatty acids and protein. I’ve also added flaxseed oil to this recipe for more “good fats” to promote healthy hair, skin and nails. Give this smoothie a try today!
Omega Apple Pie Smoothie
3 organic apples (I leave the skins on, but it’s up to you if you want to peel it off)