Sometimes I wonder if it’s psychological but I swear, whenever I start my day with a green smoothie I know it’s going to be a kick ass day. Most often I have one after a morning workout but sometimes I feel like I need something to perk me up first thing. Like today.
I was wide awake at 5:30 this morning and not really sure why. I don’t think anyone chooses to be up so early unless they have to but my body just decided it was time to get out of bed. I overcame the urge to turn on the coffee pot and reached for the blender instead.
I have to admit that a wave of satisfaction still flows through me whenever I reach for the spinach or swiss chard first thing in the morning. I’m convinced that there is some sort of power associated with starting the day with healthy choices. You just know you’re doing the right thing and good decisions flow from there. Positive energy, of course, follows.
Here’s what I mixed up today:
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2 cups swiss chard, torn into pieces
- 1/2 banana
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp flax oil
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp raw cacao
- 1 scoop SunWarrior protein powder
BAM! It was delicious and full of fibre, protein, iron, calcium, magnesium, Vitamins A, C, E and K plus a big dose of omega 3 fatty acids. No wonder I felt so good!
I’ve been incorporating more and more chia seeds into my diet because, really, they are a SUPERFOOD! Two tablespoons will give you 7 grams of fibre, 4 grams of protein and a healthy punch of calcium and magnesium. Our bodies experience cravings when we are deficient in vitamins and minerals. Because chia seeds are so nutrient dense they will help minimize unhealthy cravings and keep your blood sugar balanced.
Chia seeds are also considered the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for optimal health. I know you keep hearing that fact but do you know why?
Here are my top reasons why you should introduce chia seeds into your life:
- Intense exercise, refined foods and stress all lead to inflammation in the body, which in turn can lead to chronic illnesses such as cancer, insulin resistance, arthritis, asthma, cardiovascular disease. And sore muscles for athletes. Omega-3 fatty acids will reduce inflammation.
- Every cell in our body is surrounded by a cell membrane that is composed primarily of fatty acids. The integrity and fluidity of that membrane depends largely on the fats we eat. It is believed that rigid cells can contribute to poor cell communication and possibly cancer. Omega-3′s maintain healthy and fluid cell membranes.
- Cardiovascular health is supported by omega-3′s by lowering triglycerides and cholesterol circulating in your bloodstream. They can also combat thickening of arteries.
- Athletes are always looking to get that extra edge and our training can depend on how quickly we can get on to that next workout. Omega 3 fatty acids can improve the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscles and thereby enhance aerobic metabolism and recovery from hard workouts.
- Improved insulin sensitivity can be linked with omega-3 fatty acid intake. This response is important in the battle against type 2 diabetes, hormonal imbalances, obesity and belly fat.
- Dry, flaky skin and even conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis can be improved with regular consumption of omega-3′s. You will enjoy glowing skin when you increase your healthy fat intake.
Chia seeds have no taste so they are easy to sprinkle into your smoothie, oatmeal or salad. I also now add 1/4 cup to the granola recipe found in this post.
I feel great! I hope you have a kick ass day too!