Thursday, June 25, 2009

Healthy Mojito Recipe; Does my breakfast make my grass look fat?

Started my day with a Chia Fizz that tasted so much like a mojito. Almost felt a little naughty starting the day with a mojito but it didn't have any rum and it was actually good for me! I know, it looks a little funky with those seeds floating in it but it's really good.So what are chia seeds anyway? Do you remember ch-ch-ch-chia pets? Well, these are the seeds.

From my container of Greens+ Omega3 Chia Seeds (which I found at Vitamin Shoppe):

"Salvia hispanica, also known as Chia (pronounced chee’ah), is the richest and only unprocessed, whole food source of pure Omega3. A member of the mint family, Chia is native to Central America and has been used traditionally for over 3000 years.

Ancient Aztec warriors prized Chia as an endurance promoting Superfood, eating it in bread just before battle, and drinking it in water before running long distances on foot. Mixed in lemonade or fruit juice (known as chia fresca) Omega3 Chia seed quickly becomes a refreshing, performance-enhancing energy drink.

Due to its high fiber content (more than 35%) Chia seed has the remarkable ability to absorb ten times its weight in water, making it an excellent source of hydration. Omega3 Chia’s fiber forms a gel that slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, binds it to toxins in the digestive system, and helps eliminate waste.

Omega3 Chia is especially rich in essential fatty acids. One 15gm serving provides more than 3gm of Omega3 (as alpha-linolenic acid) and 1gm of Omega6 (linoleic acid) in a perfectly balanced 3:1 ratio, making it the richest, unprocessed and fully-digestible whole food source of Omega3.

Because they are loaded with high-ORAC antioxidants like quercetin, caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid, Omega3 Chia seeds maintain a 99% sprout rate and have a shelf life of up to five years. Furthermore, Chia seeds are rich in calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc; many trace minerals and biologically complete protein, making them the perfect survival food.

Omega3 Chia’s health benefits are the subject of an intense study currently being conducted by the Nutritional Science Research Institute, in cooperation with Dr. David Neiman of Appalachian State University. NSRI’s randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled clinical trial is exploring Omega3 Chia’s sugar stabilizing, weight control properties and the conversion of ALA to EPA and DHA in healthy, non-diabetic subjects.

Greens Plus has joined with NSRI to make this Ancient yet Powerful New Superfood available to the market. Omega3 Chia is certified kosher and is pesticide, herbicide, gluten and GMO-free. Available in 1-pound (454gm) containers.

Important Facts
*Chia seeds have thousands of years of safe historical human consumption
*GREENS+ Omega3 Chia™ is the only ISO 9000 Certified (International Organization for Quality and standards) chia seeds
*Chia seeds enhance energy levels and extend endurance
*Chia seeds are 100% cholesterol free, and trans fat free
*Omega3 Chia is NOT genetically modified (GMO)
*Chia seeds contain significant amounts or Quercetin antioxidants that aid in reducing inflammation
*Omega3 Chia is one of the highest overall antioxidant containing foods (ORAC i680 pr 22g) – more than blueberries and prunes
*Omega3 Chia is gluten free, and can be eaten by people suffering from celiac disease.
*Chia seeds aid in increasing nutrient absorption and utilization
*Omega3 Chia is a complete, whole and natural food, not a supplement.
*Omega3 Chia is a perfect digestive aid, creating better assimilation of food and excess stomach acids
*Omega3 Chia is a dieters dream, fat replacement, food extender and creates a full satiated feeling.
*Chia seeds encourage healthy and gentle bowel elimination
*Omega3 Chia is certified Kosher
*Chia seeds prevent dehydration and aids in Electrolyte Balance "

Chia Fizz (Healthy Mojito)
From Clean Eating Magazine July/August 2009 issue
12 fresh mint leaves
1/2 lime, left unpeeled, and cut in thirds, divided
1 tsp light agave
1 Tbs chia seeds
8 oz seltzer or natural sparkling water

*In a large glass, muddle mint leaves and 2 lime wedges with a muddler of back of a spoon.
*Add agave, seeds and seltzer. Stir.
*Chill in fridge for 10 minutes to allow chia seeds to gel.
*Garnish with remaining lime wedge; stir and serve.
Calories 100; total fat 4.5g; omega 3 2490mg; omega6 820mg; fiber 6g; protein 2g

The wonderful folks at Amazing Grass (no they don't sell stuff to smoke or make "special" brownies with) sent me a bunch of samples of their products for me to try and share my thoughts/opinions/results with you guys.

Today I tried a meal replacement for breakfast because I wasn't very hungry and I couldn't wait to try these.

Breakfast: shake with Amazing Grass Pomegranate Mango meal replacement with almond milk and ice I added a little stevia because I like it sweet. :) Taste: AWESOME!
This little shaker is perfect for shakin' up a healthy Green Monster and taking it with you. This stuff rocks my world already. It's raw so it's full of enzymes. So what all is in this super food? Check it out. Hope it's not too small to read. Click on the picture to go to the web site to view.

Lunch: leftover Thai Lime Chicken; Spinach & rice; and a terrible organic peach Bleck.
Afternoon snack: Amazing Greens Chocolate Whole Foods Energy Bar Click on pic to go to web site to read more about it.
The first bite I could taste the greens but after that it was so good. I mean really good. Plus it's so healthy.

Ingredient List - Organic Dates, Organic Dark Chocolate Coating (Cane Sugar, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Non-GMO Soy Lecithin, Natural Vanilla Flavor), Organic Agave Nectar, Amazing Grass Green SuperFood (Organic Wheat Grass, Organic Barley Grass, Organic Alfalfa, Organic Spirulina, Organic Spinach, Organic Chlorella, Organic Broccoli, Organic Acai, Organic Maca, Organic Carrot, Organic Beet, Raspberry, Organic Rose Hips, Pineapple, Green Tea, Organic Flax Lignans, L. Adidophilus, Alpha and Beta Amylase, Protease, Lipase, Lactase, Cellulase, Organic Peppermint), Organic Cashews, Organic Almond Butter, Organic Almonds, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Dried Cranberries, Organic Cacao Nibs, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Dried Coconut and Organic Vanilla Extract. Allergy Information: Contains Almonds and Cashews
As you know, it was a sad day in the entertainment world. First Farrah Fawcett and then Michael Jackson passed away. I realize there are more pressing things going on in the world: election issues in Iran; N. Korea is threatening to nuke us; economy, etc. But these deaths hit close to home because I was familiar with the personalities. Michael Jackson was the first person I saw in concert.
His life was even more tragic than his death. Michael Jackson was so unhappy with his looks and life that he had so many surgeries that he looked mutilated. His death reminded me of a wonderful project called Operation Beautiful where people post notes of encouragement anonymously in public places or at home. I can't leave a message for Michael but I would like to post it here for everyone else:
Chuck and I went out for sushi at a place called Little Tokyo.
We started with spring rolls that were awesome. My throat only itched a little from the shrimp of which I am slightly allergic. :)
The mango roll was superb. That's sweet crispy mango and salmon. -- crab, cucumber, avocado, wrapped with salmon and mango
Then I had 3 pieces of the most AMAZING Cleopatra roll. OMG, it was the best. -- salmon, crab, avocado, apple, fried shrimp, with soy paper
This post is becoming a novel! Sorry guys. Just so many great things to share.
No exercise today because it was a much needed rest day. My arms are so sore.


  1. THanks for the lovely "You are beautiful just the way U R" note :))

    What you said about MJ is so true... hopefully all the rest of us can feel beautiful and loved in our own skin, JUST the way we are.

  2. Your grass looks - just right! I want to try some!

  3. And Farrah wasn't happy with her is amazing how critical we all our of ourselves?

    Thanks for all the info...I want that sushi!

  4. Guess what - I DID try some! Went to Whole Foods last night and got some Chia. Tried it plain. Just ate a little bit. Then drank some like you suggested. Very very good. GREAT!

  5. I've never had my own chia pet or chia head or whatnot, but they look cool on TV. I just eat the seeds and I swear, they help sooo much as far as energy and feeling good throughout the day goes. I honestly started feeling so much better on a day-to-day basis after I started putting them in my smoothies about a year ago. The one's I get are Chia Pure. Chia Seeds Right Now they are even buy 1
    get 1 free!


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