Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Peanut Butter Cup Chia Seed Protein Shake

     I have just gotten turned onto Chia Seeds and started adding them to my shakes.  And, a hot tip that I do for organizational purposes as well as extra filling, is that I make up my shake the night before and store it in the frig, then in the morning I just add the ice and blend and am out the door !!! As the seeds combine with liquid they grow to 9 times their original size ( it then referred to as a Chia Seed Gel), ... I can deal with that !!!  WIN WIN  This Peanut Butter Cup shake has 254 calories, 7g carbs and 28g protein.  I hope you will give Chia Seeds a try, and please read up on all the great reasons to make Chia Seeds part of your daily diet!!!  ;)

1 scoop Peanut Butter Whey Better Protein Powder ( found at Complete Nutrition)
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
1 heaping teaspoon unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1.5 cups unsweetened Almond Milk ( 30 cal/cup)
Dash Cinnamon
Dash Vanilla

     Mix all together and store in refrigerator at night, and in morning add ice and blend in Magic Bullet!  Enjoy  ;)

     LOOK — 10 reasons to add chia seeds to your diet:
Combat Diabetes
Chia is being studied as a potential natural treatment for type-2 diabetes because of its ability to slow down digestion. The gelatinous coating chia seeds develops when exposed to liquids-can also prevent blood sugar spikes.
Get More Fibre 
Just a 28-gram or one-ounce serving of chia has 11 grams of dietary fibre — about a third of the recommended daily intake for adults. Adding some chia to your diet is an easy way to make sure you're getting a good amount of fibre, which is important for digestive health.
Stock Up On Omega-3
Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, with nearly five grams in a one-ounce serving. These fats are important for brain health. "There's better conversion of omega 3s into the plasma or into the food than with flax seed," said researcher Wayne Coates.
Stronger Teeth And Bones 
A serving of chia seeds has 18 per cent of the recommended daily intake for calcium, which puts your well on your way to maintaining bone and oral health, and preventing osteoporosis.
Don't Forget Manganese 
Manganese isn't a well-known nutrient, but it's important for our health: it's good for your bones and helps your body use other essential nutrients like biotin and thiamin. One serving of chia seeds, or 28 grams, has 30 per cent of your recommended intake of this mineral.
Plenty Of Phosphorus
With 27 per cent of your daily value for phosphorus, chia seeds also helps you maintain healthy bones and teeth. Phosphorus is also used by the body to synthesize protein for cell and tissue growth and repair.
Pack In The Protein 
Chia seeds also make a great source of protein for vegetarians and don't have any cholesterol. One 28-gram serving of these super seeds has 4.4 grams of protein, nearly 10 per cent of the daily value.
Fight Belly Fat 
Chia's stabilizing effect on blood sugar also fights insulin resistance which can be tied to an increase in belly fat, according to Live Strong. This type of resistance can also be harmful for your overall health.
Get Full. Faster
Tryptophan, an amino acid found in turkey, is also found in chia seeds. While tryptophan is responsible for that strong urge to nap after a big Thanksgiving dinner for example, it also helps regulate appetite, sleep and improve mood.
Improve Heart Health 
According to the Cleveland Clinic, chia seeds have been shown to improve blood pressure in diabetics, and may also increase healthy cholesterol while lowering total, LDL, and triglyceride cholesterol. All good news for your ticker.

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