Superfoods. Why eat anything else? What are these super stars of the food world anyway? Nuts, seeds, berries, hot peppers, garlic, tea, tomatoes, whole grains, yogurt, leafy greens, and dark chocolate (that’s right, chocolate). The two I’m going to talk about are chia seeds and kefir. Lately, I’ve been eating better to reduce inflammation in my body and to become healthier overall. I’m trying to avoid refined sugars and unhealthy fats and increase foods high in omega 3 fatty acids.
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diabetes, arthritis, and cancer. I take chia seeds in a little bit of cranberry-pomegranate juice before my morning workout because they are also a high energy food. The Tarahumara Indians of Born to Run fame are known for using the seeds on their long endurance runs.
What I do is put a ¼ cup of seeds in a container and add 11/4 cups of water (1:5 ratio); stirring to make sure the seeds don’t clump together. In a little while this mixture will turn to a gel that is completely tasteless. You can now add the substance to anything you like; oatmeal, yogurt, juice, smoothies, etc. You can even bake with chia seeds, but I have yet to try it.
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probiotics which are healthy bacteria that enhance the immune function and inhibit inflammation. Kefir originated in the Caucasus Mountains of Russia where, centuries ago, shepherds preserved milk using kefir grains. You can buy Lifeway Kefir at your grocery or make your own.
agave nectar instead of sugar because it has a lower glycemic index. Don’t forget to place your little friends (kefir grains) back in a clean jar and feed them with some more milk.