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Natural Remi-teas: Diabetic Natural Remedies

Natural Remi-teas: Diabetic Natural Remedies

These products have been around for centuries and morepeople are learning more about the diabetic nutritionbenefits of Chia Seeds, Yerba Mate, and Stevia. Chia Acai energy bar includes chia seeds, yerba mate,Acai, and White Tea and can be used as a meal replacementbar and has been used as a fast convenient forkless anddishless breakfast. Chia seeds can be used with most food and can be used with any drink. Chia seeds are catching on with manynew diabetic recipes. Chia Seeds expand up to 9 times their size and can helpyou feel full. Which is great, especially if you want to stopthose late night snacks. They help deal with thesymptoms of diabetes. One very stressful symptom of diabetes is metabolizing carbohydrates to sugar.Chia is high in fiber and slows down the metabolization of carbohydrates tosugar. Chia is gluten free, high in fiber,and 1 ounce of chia seeds and has a glycemic index of 1. A natural sweetener Stevia is it is up to30 times stronger than sugar with no calories. With itsextracts having up to 30 times the sweetness of sugar, stevia has garnered attention with the rise in demand for low-carbohydrate, low-sugar food alternatives.and are good for weight loss. Continue reading >>

8 Health Benefits Of Chi-chi-chia!: Blood Sugar, Belly Fat & More.

8 Health Benefits Of Chi-chi-chia!: Blood Sugar, Belly Fat & More.

Finally! I'm dedicating an entire post to this gluten-free, ancient grain that I use several times per week. Yes, this is the same chia as the "chia-pet" from the 80's. If you were a kid/teen of that ancient time, then you know what I'm talking about (wink). Chia will make any meal more joyous, in other words, "healthier". It's also one of those foods you barely notice, making it ideal to sneak into your child's food, AH-HA. Or better yet, educate them on why you've added it to their morning cereal or sprinkled it on their dinner (I like that idea even better). 1. Balances and stabilizes your blood sugar Chia slows the effect at which glucose enters the bloodstream, making it ideal for diabetics and those wanting to prevent diabetes. Do you have wild kids and find it hard to calm them down? Along with a balanced diet, managing blood sugar is CRITICAL to good behaviour, attention span and your child's mood. 2. Improves insulin sensitivity and lower insulin This means it will indirectly help with belly fat as fat in this area is associated with excess insulin (and cortisol). 3. FIBRE-RIFFIC! For all you "BranBud/ALLBRAN-lovers" out there, guess who's got more fibre than wheat bran that won't bloat your belly and is GLUTEN-FREE? You guessed it, chia. Bye-bye bran, hello chia. Bran cereals are highly refined, despite their brown colour and are missing many of the essential nutrients and all their good fat - thanks to manufacturing. GO CHIA. 4. Good fat and high omega-3 In fact, the highest omega 3 content in nature - AMAZING HUH? This makes me wanna sing chi-chi-chia everytime I eat it for this very reason. Chia seeds are one of the greatest plant sources of a fatty acid called alpha-linoleic acid (ALA). 5. Contains high amounts of tryptophan This amino acid is the precurso Continue reading >>

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding

This post may be sponsored or contain affiliate links, but all opinions are our own. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliates sites. This easy low carb chocolate chia pudding recipe can be made with either regular or dark unsweetened cocoa. Its a simple dessert thats super healthy too! Need a chocolate fix? Who doesnt. I make this easy low carb chocolate chia pudding often and store in single serving containers to take along to work. It makes a great snack in the morning or a tasty dessert after lunch. Although I used regular unsweetened cocoa in the chia puddingpictured here, I prefer the bittersweet taste of dark chocolate over milk chocolate so using Hersheys Dark Chocolate Cocoa is what I like to use for this pudding. I also prefer the dark cocoa when making my low carb chocolate mousse recipe . Another thing I like to do with this pudding is to whip it up after its set. It gets pretty thick after sitting overnight in the refrigerator so Ill sometimes put it in a mixing bowl and beat it with an electric mixer to fluff it up. Totally not necessary, but I find it makes it somewhat creamier. Ive been leaning more towards the quick and easy type recipes as the temperatures are finally getting to a point where Im willing to go outside so I want to minimize the time I spend inside the house preparing food. I also dont want to have to rely on convenience foods. If you are looking for some simple low carb foods that require little preparation, I recommend checking out the LC Foods online store . I shop there every few monthsand just put in another order that has a few more convenience items. They sell fresh baked bread that inc Continue reading >>

Flax, Chia And Hemp Seeds

Flax, Chia And Hemp Seeds

They may be small, but all types of seeds are gaining huge popularity in the food marketplace. Relative to their size, they contain a high proportion of nutrients. That’s no doubt why they are attracting so much interest! Five good reasons to add them to your menu There is no such thing as a miracle food! But seeds can round out, or boost, a balanced diet. Flax, chia and hemp seeds are: A source of protein. They belong to the “meat and alternatives” food group; A source of Omega-3 fatty acids and other fats that are beneficial for your health and heart; High in fibre, which helps control blood glucose (sugar) and blood cholesterol, and promotes weight management through the satiety (fullness) effect, which reduces the feeling of hunger. Fibre also contributes to proper digestive health; Low in carbohydrates, which affect blood glucose (sugar); Versatile! Seeds can add crunch to a wide assortment of dishes and drinks! Flax seeds Flax seeds are oval and flat, and usually dark brown. There is also a yellow variety, called golden flax. You can buy flax seeds whole or ground. In addition to the nutritional benefits mentioned above, flax seeds contain lignans, nutrients with the potential to prevent certain cancers. Whole flax seeds provide 3 g of fibre per tablespoon (15 ml), more than a regular slice of whole-wheat bread. The tough shell of flax seeds make them difficult to digest. When whole, they pass intact through the digestive tract and their valuable nutrients do not get absorbed. Consequently, it is best to grind flax seeds before consuming them. Storage tips If you want to keep flax seeds for an extended period, grind the whole seeds only when you need them. Use a coffee grinder, food processor, or mortar and pestle. Ground flax seeds keep for about a month wh Continue reading >>

Sugar-free Low Carb Chocolate Chia Pudding {dairy & Gluten Free}

Sugar-free Low Carb Chocolate Chia Pudding {dairy & Gluten Free}

Sugar-Free Low Carb Chocolate Chia Pudding {Dairy & Gluten Free} Heres a sugar-free, low carb chocolate chia pudding that is ready to eat in 10 minutes! Some of you have been waiting and waiting for me to adapt and remake my chocolate almond chia pudding as it needed a 3-4 hours or overnight fridge time in order to be eaten. Once I made the Vanilla Chia Pudding I knew I had to remake this one! Who wants to wait 3 hours for a healthy treat? NOT I! This one is just as delish, if not even better, than the vanilla one as its CHOCOLATE!!! Topped with whipped cream or canned coconut milk (the cream only part on top) and some cacao nibs, BOOM! Delicious, healthy, full of fiber and FAST! The chia softens, gels up and fills you up too so youll be one satisfied happy person after enjoying this snack! If you dont have chocolate stevia you can use plain or vanilla flavored or even powdered, try 2 packets. Remember to subscribe to the Sugar Free Mom Newsletter for free and receive fresh recipe notifications delivered into your inbox! If you try a recipe, please use the hashtag #sugarfreemom on instagram for a chance to be featured! Follow Sugar Free Mom on Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter for all of the latest content, recipes and updates. Continue reading >>

50 Best Healthy Chia Seed Recipes | Eat This Not That

50 Best Healthy Chia Seed Recipes | Eat This Not That

50 Best Chia Seed Recipes for Weight Loss Get inspired with these creative ways to add one of the most super of superfoods to your diet. By Eat This, Not That! Editors February 1, 2016 Acclaimed but mysterious, chia seeds are the Tesla of superfoods: Youve probably heard a lot about them in passing but dont fully understand what theyre all about. Well, in short, theyre something you should run-dont-walk to the store to get. One ounce of chia seeds provides 11 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein, with only 129 calories and 9 grams of fat. Theyre one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which quell inflammation through the body and can help you lose inches of belly fat. The seeds rich fiber content can suppress appetite and prevent afternoon hangries and midnight snacking. Their unique balance of protein, fats and fiber give you long-lasting energy. Coolest of all: They absorb water, expanding to up to 10 times their weight in liquid, helping you feel full and fueled. (Theyre a great pre-workout food.) As chia seeds are digested, they actually release water, keeping you hydrated! Pretty sci-fi, huh? Now it should be clear why we call chia seeds a superfood. The best part: Theyre incredibly versatile. Yogurt and smoothies are natural companions, but you can put them in literally anything, even drinks. We surveyed Instagram for our favorite chia seed recipes that combined chia seeds with many of our favorite superfoods. Get inspired. PEANUT BUTTER POWER CUP SMOOTHIE WITH CHIA SEEDS A photo posted by Janette Gorney, MA (@janettegorney) on Why we love it: It looks like an indulgent milkshake, but greens topped with fat-burning peanut butter and cocoa nibs is a shortcut to weight loss. Why we love it: It looks crazy-good. But this layered breakfast puddin Continue reading >>

Chia Seed Health Benefits & Recipes

Chia Seed Health Benefits & Recipes

You may have heard of chia seeds. Do you know what the chia seed health benefits are? These tiny seeds can provide quite a bit of nutrition into your diet. I am not sure how many people have seen the ads on television, but when I first heard my mom talking about chia seeds I imagined the Scooby Doo figurine that you planted chia seeds on. After a few short days of growing the seeds on these figurines you had a full bush! My mom expressed a good laugh when I asked if these were the very seeds that she was cooking with and she answered promptly with a yes. Curious (how could I not be curious that I was eating the seeds of a television ad) I bestowed it upon me to learn more about these seeds. With knowledge passed on from my mom, an avid chef with the seeds, and the internet I was able to generate information about chia seeds. Hopefully this reduces your confusion so you dont ask stupid questions like me when you hear about chia seeds being cooked. There are many chia seed health benefits. In this post, Ill discuss the top 5 chia seed health benefits. Chia is a species of flowering plant that is native to Mexico and Central America. Historians argue that this plant was just as essential as maize (corn) in pre-colonial times of Central America. As to their description? Chia seeds can be described as small ovals (one millimeter in size) and are usually black and/or gray in appearance. What are the health benefits of chia seeds? Much to my chagrin I found out that these tiny seeds are one of the healthiest substances on the Earth, therefore meaning that they must have profound health benefits. Below are the top 5 (there are of course many more) chia seed health benefits when incorporating them into your diet. In very small doses, chia seeds pack a powerful punch when it com Continue reading >>

Easy Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding |4-ingredients

Easy Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding |4-ingredients

Easy Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding |4-ingredients Click here to signup for my free 5-day clean eating e-course EasyChocolate Chia Seed Pudding : a Guilt-Free Chocolate Breakfast Seriously I LOVE chocolate and since I had diabetes it has been my biggest challenge, developing recipe where I can enjoy chocolate without overloading on sugar. Ugh! Not so easy when you know that even a 70% cocoa chocolate contains more than 20 grams of sugar per 100 grams. YEP! You read me well! BUT I finally found some great alternatives to make delicious chocolate recipes like this triple chocolate chia seed pudding that keep a low sugar level. First, unsweetened cocoa powder is my go to chocolate ingredients for cakes, muffins, smoothies and more. Then, cocoa nibs is a great crunchy alternatives to chocolate chips with no sugar at all. Sometimes, I found them a bit bitter so I use sugar free dark chocolate sweetened with stevia choose what you prefer in this recipe. Simply break the sugar free chocolate tab into chunks and use it as regular chocolate chips in every baking recipes. Finally, my new obsession is the new Almond Breeze Chocolate Milk. A naturalalmond milk flavored with chocolate and slightly sweetened with only 6 g of sugar per 100 ml and less than 40 kcal! Honestly, this is very low it is less than my 90% cocoa chocolate bar and 3 times less than any dairy free chocolate milk you can buy from the supermarket. The taste is light with a delicious chocolate almond flavor and as all almond milk it is refreshing and dont upset your stomach as dairy does! Ugh I cant drink dairy milk for 3 years now it really makes me feel sick! SO while I love drinking the Almond Breeze Chocolate almond milk directly from the glass today I thought I could also try to incorporate this delicious almond Continue reading >>

Flax Seed, Pumpkin Seed, Chia Seed & Diabetes

Flax Seed, Pumpkin Seed, Chia Seed & Diabetes

Seeds and nuts are often referred to as the ultimate “super foods” because they contain nutrients, protein and “good” fat. Seeds are also antioxidant-rich and satisfy your appetite. People with diabetes should add seeds in small amounts to their daily diet because they are delicious, nutritious and conveniently portable. Seeds are an easy way to add protein, fat and nutrients to your diet. They are a leading source of energy to keep you going all day without the highs and lows people get from sugary snacks. Seeds are also portable so you can carry them as a quick snack on-the-go. Flavorful flax seeds help combat high cholesterol and coronary artery disease, two common concerns for people with diabetes. They can be used to reduce inflammation and minimize the symptoms of many gastrointestinal conditions. There is evidence that adding flax seeds can help people shed pounds and improve a kidney infection. These seeds may also protect against cancer and arthritis because of the way the body breaks them down. Flaxseed oil is used externally for inflammation, eczema and boils. Flax seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fiber and protein. Flaxseed meal is easier to digest and absorb than the seeds themselves. Use flaxseed meal in breads and muffins for a nutty taste. Flax seeds can be ground in a coffee grinder to make fresh meal, which should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer. Grinding it as you need it keeps the oils more fresh and potent. Sprinkle flaxseed meal over any finished dish for a slightly nutty flavor and use it to thicken stew or soup or sprinkle on a salad. Pumpkin seeds have heart-healthy fat along with plenty of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin K and zinc. They also make you feel fuller longer so they are a great sna Continue reading >>

Chia Seeds - Diabetes Developments

Chia Seeds - Diabetes Developments

December 13, 2007 by David Mendosa You might think that everyone who has diabetes would know about a seed that is superior to other plant and marine sources of essential omega-3 oils. It is also high in antioxidants and fiber. Besides that, it is high in protein and lipids, is low in sodium, and has fewer net carbs than most other grains. But we have more misinformation about it than we have knowledge. The seed is called chia (Salvia hispanica) and is a member of the mint family. It originated in Mexicos central valley. Before the Spanish conquest, chia was a big part of the Aztec and Mayan diets and was the basic survival ration of Aztec warriors. But the conquerors came close to wiping out chia. Maybe that was because of the Aztec custom of cutting images of gods made from chia dough into pieces and eating them after their religious ceremonies. That was too close for comfort to the practices of the conquering religion. Over the past few decades, commercial production has resumed in Latin America. Much of the credit for this needs to go to Wayne Coates, Ph.D., who retired just two months ago as a research professor in the Office of Arid Lands Studies at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Together with Richardo Ayerza Jr., Dr. Coates wrote the definitive book on the subject, Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs (The University of Arizona Press, 2005). Dr. Wayne Coates (image used by permission) Their work led to the commercial cultivation of chia in Peru. Chia is 16 percent protein, 31 percent fat, and 44 percent carbohydrate of which 38 percent is fiber. Most of its fat is the essential omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid or ALA, according to the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 20 (2007) . Exactly how much of chias fib Continue reading >>

8 Delicious And Healthy Chia Seed Recipes

8 Delicious And Healthy Chia Seed Recipes

8 Delicious and Healthy Chia Seed Recipes Chia seeds have been touted as one of the top superfoods around. You may not know how to incorporate these healthy little seeds into your diet, but its well worth learning how. Since youre committed to improving your health, theres no better time than now to try chia seeds. Weve got some amazing chia seed recipes below. But first, lets look at the health benefits of chia seeds, and why theyre so good for you. In the past few years, chia seeds have gained popularity as a health food, but theyve actually been around for quite a long time. The ancient Incas, Mayans and Aztecs used chia seeds for sustainable energy when travelling on foot. Chia comes from the Mayan word for strength. Its no surprise that just one ounce of chia seeds contains eleven grams of fiber, which keeps you feeling satiated for hours after youve eaten and helps regulate blood sugar levels. Heres what else youll get in one ounce of chia seeds: also contains Zinc, Niacin, Potassium, and Thiamine Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants, so youll benefit from an immune boost while protecting your cells from disease-causing free radicals. Your bones will also benefit from the high calcium and magnesium levels in chia seeds. In addition, chia seeds significantly reduced cardiovascular risk factor in those with type 2 diabetes in a 2007 study . So now that you know more about the amazing health benefits of chia seeds, its time to get some recipes! For ultimate health, make this Chia Oat Pitaya Super Bowl. This superfood smoothie bowl is loaded with beneficial ingredients, including chia, maca pitaya, and berries. Youll be able to conquer the world after eating this beautiful smoothie bowl. Find this chia seed recipe at BREAKFAST CRIMINALS . For a delicious dinner, t Continue reading >>

Chia Seeds Health Benefits

Chia Seeds Health Benefits

Lets take a moment to look at the health benefits of chia seeds. Chia seeds are a nutritionally dense food. Protein, and this protein is complete, containing all essential amino acids. Yet they are low in calories and gluten free Chia seeds are easy to digest. People who regularly eat chia seeds as part of their diet have reported the following health benefits Improved concentration and clearer thinking A decrease in food cravings and less need to eat between meals Research has shown chia seeds may be of benefit in improving cardiovascular health. This includes high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Research has also shown chia seeds can benefit brain and neurological functions, and arthritic conditions. Chia seeds digest slowly. This tends to stabilize blood sugar which can be of help to people with type 2 diabetes. Chia seeds contain high levels of calcium, together with boron, which is of great benefit to bone health. For example, one tablespoon of chia seeds contain as much calcium as two glasses of milk. Chia seeds can also prolong hydration and help retain electrolytes which makes them a great help to athletes, especially runners. The high fiber of chia seeds, both soluble and insoluble, is a gentle way to maintain bowel health and promote regularity. As you can see, chia seeds health benefits are wide ranging, and they are a great addition to a healthy diet. The fact that they can assist in weight loss and weight management is an added bonus. 18 Responses to Chia Seeds Health Benefits Continue reading >>

Chia Seeds And Diabetes

Chia Seeds And Diabetes

Chia seeds are one of those foods that's been proclaimed to be a ‘superfood'. And the topic of chia seeds and diabetes seems to come up frequently with questions such as: Can people with diabetes eat chia seeds? Are there any benefits of chia seeds for diabetes? Is chia harmful for diabetes? Is chia good for diabetics? These are all similar questions so in this post we're going to explore the ins and outs of chia. What Is Chia? According to Wikipedia: “Salvia hispanica, commonly known as chia, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala”. It's an ancient seed that dates back to the 16th Century and is thought to be used by the Aztecs. The seeds themselves are harvested from the flowers and can be used for multiple purposes, which we'll cover in more detail soon. Chia Seed Nutrition As can be seen by this nutrition table, chia seeds are full of fiber, healthy fats such as omega 3, protein, and loads of vitamins and minerals. In fact, as far as seeds go, they really are a ‘complete' food source so we can see why it's been eaten for centuries. Please pin, share, or tweet this post Please pin, share, or tweet this post Data calculated from USDA Nutrient Database Can People With Diabetes Eat Chia Seeds? The short and small answer to this question is YES. Chia is a healthy food for diabetics to eat. Are There Any Benefits Of Chia For Diabetes? As a matter of fact there are quite a number of benefits. Improves glucose and insulin tolerance In a recent study in rats, one group of rats were fed a high fat, high fructose (sugar) diet (HFF), and the other group were fed a high fat, high fructose (sugar) diet along with chia seeds and chia oil (HFFC). The rats fed the HFF diet developed glucose intoleran Continue reading >>

Eating To Control Blood Sugar + The Gestational Diabetes Vegan Diet

Eating To Control Blood Sugar + The Gestational Diabetes Vegan Diet

Last night, after dinner, after I checked my post-dinner blood sugar (I have to poke myself 4 times a day to do this), I cried. It was 147, & according to my guidelines, it needs to be under 140 post-meals. I miscalculated the carbohydrates in “refried” beans & had nearly a cup, rather than 2/3 cups I should have had, which is just a slight difference, but enough to put me over the edge. It’s an overwhelming feeling to feel like your health is in your control, yet at the same time you feel a little out of control. It’s also a depressing thought to think about having a long term health issue that affects every aspect of your life. Believe me, I realize gestational diabetes (which is temporary), is nothing like a lifelong type-1 diabetic, or some other much more all-encompassing long-term disease or health issue. But, it’s giving me a glimpse of that life, & I have a greater empathy, though still limited understanding, of what those individuals might be going through. Fortunately, as I mentioned in Tuesday’s post (which thank you, by the way, for so many great comments!), I’m feeling so much better since I’ve made some tweeks in my diet. Here are some truths I’ve always known about myself, some even from a young age: 1) Sugar, especially too much sugar, makes me wacky. I love sweet things, as you well know, but I absolutely have to keep my sugar consumption (even unrefined sugars) in check. 2) My body is sensitive to foods. And like the princess & the pea, I’m overly-aware of any & all feelings/discomforts/issues going on with my body. At times it’s annoying, but overall, I’m glad my body speaks to me, & I try to listen & act accordingly, as best I can. Here are some things I’ve realized recently: 1) The importance of exercise for controlling blo Continue reading >>

5 Protein & Fiber Packed Chia Seed Pudding Recipes

5 Protein & Fiber Packed Chia Seed Pudding Recipes

5 Protein & Fiber Packed Chia Seed Pudding Recipes POSTED ON September 28, 2016 BY Joanne Beccarelli 5 Protein & Fiber Packed Chia Seed Pudding Recipes Ch-ch-ch-chia! Back in the 80s chia seeds were only used to grow a chia pet. How times have changed. Yet, I wonder how chia seeds were pushed to the lowly job of providing a growing seasonal toy when they are such a powerhouse of nutrition. Chia seeds come from the flowering plant Salvia hispanica , which is a member of the mint family. Native to Mexico and Guatemala, there is evidence as far back as 1560 that chia was grown and utilized by the Aztecs who considered the seeds to be an important food crop equal to maize (corn). Nutritionally, chia seeds pack a punch with 1 tablespoon providing 5g of soluble fiber, 3g protein and 3g fat, but with most of the fat being the good omega-3, polyunsaturated fat. In addition, chia seeds contain no cholesterol, sugar, or sodium. Chia seeds are also good sources of calcium (8% RDA), manganese (10%), magnesium (10%), iron (6%), antioxidants and alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid (multiply all these by 3 when you enjoy a serving of the following recipes)! Another quality that makes chia seeds so versatile is that they are hydrophilic, which means that they attract water, expand and become gel-like when mixed with liquids. Think soluble fiber when this happens! It is this trait that helps to curb appetites and provides a thickening quality to whatever they are added to. Benefits Of Adding Chia Seeds To Your Diet: They help to curb appetite and can slow digestion and absorption of sugars. Chia seeds help improve cardiovascular risk and Type 2 diabetic factors such as lowering LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and c-reactive protein, a sign of inflammation. The hi Continue reading >>

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