Lily comments - “Whilst many can feel tired and sluggish and tempted to embark on quick-fix diets, this approach is unsustainable for long-term health and quite frankly takes a lot of pleasure out of our day! Food is there for enjoyment as much as it is needed for nourishment. It’s totally possible to trim down whilst brightening up your January with a diet proven to boost mood.”
Shake up your store cupboard for 2018 with these 3 colourful and delicious recipes, including a 5 Minute Chia Jam, a quick and easy way to start your day the right way, plus Beetroot & Chia Soup – perfectly timed for National Soup Month.
HEALTH BENEFITS:This antioxidant-packed low-sugar jam alternative comes with a good dose of fibre, protein and healthy fats, the perfect combination to balance blood sugar and keep hunger at bay. Research suggests that those who consume breakfast and focus on a blood sugar balancing option tend to have more of a balanced diet, are less likely to be overweight, lose weight more successfully if overweight and have better mental performance, concentration and most importantly mood.
HEALTH BENEFITS:Tuna and chia seeds are both rich sources healthy omega 3 fats. 60% of the brain is made up of fat, similar to those found in omega 3’s. Research suggests that omega 3 fats may reduce symptoms in patients with depression.
Tuna is also a source of tryptophan, which is part of a protein molecule and is the precursor to our happy hormone serotonin. By combining tryptophan with carbohydrates such as sweet potato, you can boost absorption and utilisation drastically.
HEALTH BENEFITS:Soup is the perfect winter warmer and makes a great replacement for high-calorie stodgy comfort food. The chia seeds provide a good dose of healthy omega 3 fats, which are essential for brain health and mood. Chia also comes with protein and fibre, both of which are thought to have satiating effects.
Soup is a low calorie yet high volume meal, meaning that it's perfect for weight management. In fact, one study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that soup eaters on average tend to weigh less and have smaller waists than those who don't eat soup!
The dark red colour of this soup comes from antioxidants called betalains, which are concentrated in beetroot; research has also shown that beetroot may help to lower blood pressure due to their rich content of nitrates.
CHIA UP... DID YOU KNOW?
- ADDING A TABLESPOON (15g) OF CHIA TO YOUR DIET EACH DAY PROVIDES 3g OF OMEGA 3, 6g OF DIETARY FIBRE AND 3g OF COMPLETE PROTEIN.
- 1lb OF CHIA SEEDS CAN REPLACE UP TO 45 EGGS.
- CHIA SEEDS WERE USED BY THE AZTECS, MAYANS AND INCAS AS A STAPLE ENERGY FOOD AND THE WORD CHIA MEANS 'STRENGTH' IN THE MAYAN LANGUAGE.
- CHIA IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST KNOWN SOURCES OF ANTIOXIDANTS, WHICH ARE VITAL IN THE MAINTENANCE OF HEALTHY CELLS. ANTIOXIDANTS COMBAT THE OXIDATION PROCESS CAUSED BY SUN EXPOSURE OR POLLUTION, CARRYING FREE RADICALS OUT OF THE BODY.