3 Months on a Vegan Diet…Did it Last?

Hello my lovely readers! I am back and will now be posting regularly. As explained in my last post I took some time off from blogging to complete my Personal Training course (just waiting on my results!) and then I will be fully qualified!

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The Benefits of Chia Seeds and Flaxseeds

Chia seeds and flaxseeds are super foods and I love them. They pack a seriously nutritional punch and here’s why:

Chia seeds are great because they are really high in fiber, omega 3 (more omega 3 than salmon- gram for gram) and loaded with antioxidants. They can also help with weight loss because they expand in your stomach so you’ll feel fuller.

Chia seeds are particular versatile because they turn into a gel like consistency when mixed with a small amount of liquid. For vegans this can be really handy when trying to find egg repacements when baking.

The list of things you can do with chia seeds is crazy long but as a couple of examples you can:

· Top smoothies with chia seeds or flaxseeds (or sometimes both)
· Create delicious fruit ‘jams’ to be used in puddings and on toast. I haven’t got around to creating my own chia jam but heres a great recipe to try http://thehonoursystem.com/2013/12/11/raspberry-chia-seed-jam-vegan-gluten-free/
· Make chocolatey puddings
· Add to muffins
· Use to make chia, gluten free tortilla wraps.

Flaxseeds are also really high in fiber and omega 3 and phytochemicals (help to balance female hormones). Because flaxseeds are really high in fiber it is better to start with a smaller amount in foods and gradually add more. I’d start with a teaspoon and go from there.
Flaxseeds can be added to muffins, breads and crackers. Flaxseeds can also help relieve autoimmune and inflammatory disorders- yay!

You can buy chia seeds here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00GHM0KM8/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?qid=1413743409&sr=8-2&pi=SY200_QL40

And flaxseeds here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00A79AE4G/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1413743476&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL40

Peanut butter and banana toast, topped with chia seeds and flaxseeds