Sunday, 26 January 2014

Warming Winter - Ginger, Lime & Maca Green Smoothie

Winter Green Ginger Smoothie

This is a great winter smoothie with the freshness of the greens and the warming of the ginger & macs combo.

Ingredients to whizz into your blender
200ml 100% Apple Juice
1 x Banana
1 x 2-3cm of Fresh Root Ginger
½ lime juice
2 handfuls of Baby Spinach
1 ½ Tbsp of Maca Powder
Serves 2 large glasses
* if you want a creamy smoothie - add a fresh avocado

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Chia Seeds - A Fantastic Aid to Weight Loss

I personally find these seeds to be the best aid in weight control (apart from avoiding too much sugar and any processed foods)

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and iron, chia seeds are great for weight loss because they act like a sponge, absorbing sugar and stabilizing blood sugar levels.

Chia seeds can help you lose weight by eliminating hunger. 

1. Chia Seeds have a high soluble fiber content, these tiny seeds can hold up to twenty times their weight in water.  When they are mixed with liquid, they form a gel in your stomach that curb your calorie intake by making you feel full longer and they absorb excess moisture, which makes feel you have eaten more than you really have.

2. Chia digest slowly, which means you will feel fuller and more satisfied for longer.

3. Chia is high in nutrition, which nourishes your body and helps you feel satisfied.

4. If you are have 1 Tablespoon of Chia that contains: 2 grams protein, 68 calories, 5.5 grams of fiber, B vitamins, 9 percent calcium, 7 percent iron and only 2.5 mg sodium.

To lose weight with chia seeds, have the chia seeds for breakfast and prior to each meal. Drink with plenty of water. The chia seeds should provide energy for your workout and keep you satisfied so you don't snack or overeat.