There is so much more to the food we eat than filling our belly. Take a look at these 10 anti-inflammatory foods! Check out #5 - Cruciferous vegetables!
Chia seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fibre and protein. They also contain calcium and magnesium! Chia seeds become a gel like consistency. This is an easy recipe that you can put together and enjoy for breakfast with a piece of fruit or as a snack!
- 2 1/2 cups almond milk
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup dried cranberry’s
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- Cinnamon (optional)
In a large jar, combine the almond milk and maple syrup. Close the jar and shake to combine. Add the chia seeds, dried cranberry’s, slivered almonds, ground flax and cinnamon to the jar, close and shake well.
Refrigerate until thick, (at least 4 hours) shaking or stirring occasionally. Makes 4 servings. Enjoy!
Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bites
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 cup cooked oats
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 medium chopped apple (approx 1 cup)
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) In a large mixing bowl, add your cooked quinoa, cooked oats (I use wheat free oats for my gluten sensitivity) and cinnamon. Then add the maple syrup, apples (your choice to leave skins on or not) and eggs. Mix until just combined.
3) Use paper towel and coconut oil to wipe down the pan so your bites do not stick.
4) Fill each muffin slot and bake for approximately 15-20 minutes.
Makes 24 bites.
Delicious served with a little almond butter for added protein!
Great article that discusses how kids are bombarded with sugary treats… that are no longer treats, junk food is now the norm. Have shared a little bit of the article below.
"Healthy snacks should be the default, especially now that teens are developing coronary-artery disease and children under age 10 are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, he said.
Close to a third of Canadian children aged 5 to 17 are overweight or obese, Statistics Canada reported in 2012. Type 2 diabetes, once considered an adult-onset disease, is increasingly common in children. A 2010 study published in the journal Diabetes Care estimated the minimum Canadian incidence rate to be 1.54 new cases per 100,000 children under age 18.”
- In the 1900s the average person ate 15 grams of fructose (fruit sugar) per day. The average person today eats 70-80 grams of fructose, with teenagers eating upwards of 120-150 grams!!!
- Per person we eat about 150 pounds of sugar per year
- Sugar is addictive! You can experience bingeing, withdrawal and cravings.
- Fat free means that it is loaded with sugar. A 2 lb bag of sugar is fat free in nature. But when consumed insulin turns sugar into fat in the body
- Soda and other sugary drinks are the largest source of calories in our diet. – 2010 Dietary Guidelines of Americans
- An extra sugary drink each day increases a child’s risk of obesity by 60%. – The Lancet 2001
- One or two sugary drinks a day increases the risk of type 2 diabetes by about 25%. – Diabetes Care, 2010
- The sugars and acids in soda promote tooth decay. – Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health, 2000
- Diabetes is the cause of more than 60,000 amputations a year. – U.S. Centers for Disease Control
- Your risk of obesity increases by 41% for each can of diet soda you drink a day.
- There are over 50 ways to list sugar as an ingredient on a label some including: fructose, barley malt, caramel, corn syrup, dextrose, fruit juice concentrate, maltodextrin, molasses, rice syrup, evaporated cane juice… and the list goes on!