chai-seeds

What I’m Eating Lately

I keep mentioning that I’ve been eating pretty well, but not specifically.  In case you were wondering (or at least for my own personal reference) it’s been something like this….

Breakfast

For the last 3 weeks, I’ve been trying to make my green smoothie for breakfast.  It has roughly 40% of my recommended daily nutrition in it, so I try to make it a priority.  That being said, I’ve been averaging 4-5 of these a week, since weekends and laziness happen. :P   Ingredients:

  • 2 cups kale
  • 1 apple
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tbls chai seeds
  • 1(ish) cup of almond milk


Lunch

Lunch originally was a bunch of raw veggies and dip, 2 boiled eggs, a big whole wheat cracker, and some almonds.  Lately I’ve been either pushing back the green smoothie till lunch or not eating between breakfast and dinner at all (if I’m busy) so now I’ve been adding all the veggies and dip to my dinner and dropping everything else.

Dinner

Unless it’s the weekend or I’m away from home, this is always an Amy’s brand, frozen vegetarian dinner.  Considering the rest of my day is kind of boring in the food department, I really look forward to these. :P  Frozen dinners aren’t the best, I know, but these are organic and I can identify everything in the ingredients list.  Good enough for me right now, lol.   There’s nights I end up eating an extra one of these a few hours later (probably those days where I’m accidentally skipping lunch) but I’m working on that.

Snacks/Drinks

During the week, I have a pretty easy time not snacking and I don’t really crave junk food or sugar at all.  I do usually have coffee with artificial sugar though. I’m letting that be my main vice, but I’ll get off the stuff eventually probably.  I’ve been completely free of soda (regular and diet) this whole time too.  As for adding more good stuff,  I try to drink a class of green tea in the morning, and I’m hoping to start drinking kava tea before bed. :)

Future Changes

I’m switching breakfast to half a grapefruit and 2 boiled eggs (more portable when I’m in a hurry).  Then I’ll do the green smoothie for lunch, and then I’ll continue adding the raw veggies to my dinner.   I was going to do this today, but I completely skipped lunch again and didn’t add veggies to supper either. Not very hungry now, but I’ll make sure to do better tomorrow.

Anywho! I feel like that was kind of boring, but there it is! The end. :D

jima-chan  asked:

Any basil (the dusty grind kind) spells for a witch on a budget? Also ones with dried chamomile or chai seeds? Please & thank you dear

Basil is great for so many spells, it is such a go-to herb and the dusty kitchen kind is just as good as any! Making charms, little herbal bundles, or burning the herbs while chanting/writing/visualizing are great easy ways to do magick without many supplies. Try focuses involving prosperity, job interviews, protection in the magickal world or at home, and mental clarity or decision making. For the chamomile, try focuses like happiness, peace, personal growth, harmony, anti anxiety, headache, or solid sleep. Chia seeds can be used for prosperity and growth as well. Check out our budget tag for more ideas!

-Zed

anonymous asked:

I'm not a nutritionist, but isn't it not possible to get all the nutrients you need from a plant based diet? Like vitamins A and D, EPA, and DHA are mainly found in an animal source in much greater amounts than in a vegan diet if present at all

Hi there, I had the same worry when I first became vegan but I did my research to make sure I incorporated all of the essential nutrients in my diet. 


So first an essential nutrient is a nutrient that is vital for your health, but cannot be produced in your body so you have to get them from foods or supplements. So I made a list of foods that you can eat in order to get all of the essential nutrients.


There’s five or some say six essential nutrients:

(1) water

(2) all vitamins

(3) some minerals

(4) some amino acids

(5) fatty acids

(6) and some consider carbohydrates to be essential some don’t

WATER: that’s simple you get water my drinking it

VITAMINS: 

Vitamin A- sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens

Vitamin B1- sunflower seeds, nuts, wheat bread, edamame

Vitamin B2- almonds, spinach, sesame seeds

Vitamin B3- peanuts, grean peas, avocados

Vitamin B5- avocados, sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds

Vitamin B6- pistachios, bananas, spinach, avocados

 Vitamin B7- nuts, legumes, cauliflower

Vitamin B9- dark leafy greens, asparagus

Vitamin B12- tofu, soymilk, fortified cereals

Vitamin D- sunlight, fortified almond milk, fortified tofu

Vitamin E- almonds, kale, spinach, olives

Vitamin K- spinach, kale, brussel sprouts, caouliflower


Minerals:

Calcium- broccoli, kale, tofu, flaxseed, chickpeas

Chloride- sea salt

Chromium- whole grains, nuts, apples, broccoli

Copper- dried beans, nuts & seeds, whole grains

Iodide- most salts are enriched and some grains

IRON- legumes,/beans, spinach, whole grains, nuts, dried beans

Magnesium- brown rice, bananas, peanuts, legumes

Molybdenum- beans, breads, strawberries

Phosphorus- brown rice, avocados, lentils, peas

Potassium- raisins, bananas, potatoes, strawberries, oranges

Selenium- brazil nuts, tofu, chia seeds, whole grains

Sodium- table salt

Zinc- pumpkin seeds, wheat germ, lentils, whole grains


Amino Acids:

Phenylalanine- quinoa, raisins, figs, rice

Valine- caouliflower, chia seeds, legumes

Leucine- figs, avocados, blueberries, kidney beans

Isoleucine- cashews, oats, lentils, chia seeds, quinoa

Lysine- chia seeds, chick peas, cashews

Threonine- quinoa, soybeans, leafy greens

Trypyophan- asparagus, sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach

Methionine- whole grain rice, chai seeds, cacao


Fatty Acids (Omega 3s):

ALA- flaxseed, tofu, soybeans

Linoleic Acid- sunflower seeds, pecans, tofu, soymilk

Sources:

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/need-protein-amino-acids-found-abundantly-in-plants/

nutrientsreview.com

gentleworld.org/vegan-sources-of-vitamins-minerals/

So while I am one of those people who is funny about food texture (aka i cannot eat jello cause it fucking feels nasty in my mouth) I decided to try this after seeing a classmate drink it. It’s basically water, chia seeds, and one slice of lemon (though I may up that to two). When in water chia seeds emit something (no idea what) that turns the water around it into a gelatin type substance (hence why some seem to be suspended in the middle). Not all of the water but maybe about 1mm around it? Anyway, I’ve only started drinking it and haven’t had an issue though that might change when I get to the bottom. But I feel like it’s health benefits may far outweigh my dislike of gelatin texture and that it would be something I can get used to.

This specific bottle is fulled with 12oz water, 1.5 tbsp chia seeds, and one slice of lemon halved. It’s a recipe I found after a quick google search. It simply tastes like lemon water as I swallow the seeds whole. 

It also makes drinking water more entertaining XD For those who don’t like to! 

Just a tablespoon of Chia .... goes a long way



By  - Andria Lee Murphy

Looking more beautiful is a just a tablespoon away. Adding a spoonful of chia seeds to your cereal, yogurt, salad, cooking, baking and   even a bottle of water is they key to a healthier and more productive you.  Tiny little chia seeds are only  50 - 70 calories a tablespoon, with 100% more omega fatty acids than salmon, double the amount of antioxidants found in blueberries, have 41% more fiber than flaxseeds, 6 times more calcium than milk, 32% of your daily magnesium needs than broccoli, 6 times more iron than spinach, 64 % more potassium than banana.

  Chia seeds will make you feel and look better by aiding  in  improved energy levels; giving you  endurance and stamina during your workouts, and help tone those beautiful muscles. Chia seeds also gives you a better complexion, healthier hair and nails  because its packed with omegas, antioxidants and are  filled with vitamins , minerals and  9 amino acids and bonus they are  heart friendly cholesterol - free proteins  - great for vegans are excellent for fighting cancer.

Chia seeds are great for  regulating  a high blood pressure or helping with cardiovascular  problems , they also  improve digestion and helps  someone suffering from IBS or gastrointestinal health issues and a diabetic can maintain healthier blood sugar levels  while lowering  cholesterol all by taking ONE tablespoon a day. Chia seeds are safe for pregnant mothers and children too. 

Chia seed are made up of  31% fat, 16% protein, 44 % carbohydrate which means they will fill you because they are high in fiber and expand in water / stomach making you feel fuller longer , which in turn is great at trimming your waist line while boosting brain function - yet another reason you should add chia seeds to your meals. 

Chia Seeds have been around for hundreds of years and where used by Aztec warriors to keep their energy and hydration levels up while on journeys through mountains . Theres nothing new or processed about them, just pure fantastic goodness from the earth. A bag costs a about  $10 and will last for months! You can find them at health food stores and whole foods. If you nourish your body with wholesome fruits , vegetables and seeds your body will thank you . Choosing the right foods is your best  medicine and way to wellness. The earth has given us what we need to survive so we should try more of whats natural versus products that have been engineered in factories, such as diet pills and supplements, face creams and lotions.

Chia Chai!

Chia seeds are a great way to add extra textural zing to food, not to mention a bunch of boosted nutrients. They can be made into refreshing drinks, pudding, and even eaten plain and raw.

They’re a sort-of “set it and forget it” kinda thing because they take hours to absorb whatever they’re mixed into.

However, my FAVORITE way of dealing with them is making Chia Chai.

What you need:

  • Chia Seeds - about one tablespoon per serving, so measure out
  • Chai teabags - TAZO brand are my absolute love of loves, but Twinings is also great
  • Sweetener - I’m big on coconut sugar at the moment, but I’ve done this with literally EVERYTHING, including maple syrup, honey, the fancy golden turbinado stuff, and brown sugar for a molasses-y kick
  • Milk/cream is optional, but I’d definitely opt for something along the lines of Almond milk because the almond flavor really compliments the Chai and it’s also lactose free!

What you do:

  • fill a container with water about ¾ths of the way up (I have used ball jars and recycled bottles, so it really doesn’t matter what you use, however, clear jars enable you to see what the Chia seeds do!)
  • pour in your Chia seeds using a funnel or a piece of paper rolled into a cone and stapled
  • using the same funnel, pour in whatever sweetener you’ve chosen
  • fill up the rest with either milk or water
  • top it all off by adding your teabags - you definitely want to use two if you’re making a single serving, and even more if you’re making multiples because the cold introduced in the next step will dull the flavor, so you want it to be a lil more intense
  • cap off your container and put it in the fridge for a few hours - a minimum of around 3, but ideally it should be left overnight
  • agitate the container periodically to avoid clumps in the Chia seeds

Pretty soon you’ll have a cool, slightly spicy, maybe creamy iced Chai with the interesting added bonus texture and nutrients of Chia!