Whatever happened to “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” or “got milk?”? These days, it seems like you need to have an Eating for Dummies book just to know what you are consuming! These old fashioned slogans and quotes just don’t cut it anymore in such health-forward times. So consider this the first chapter of your Eating for Dummies guide and the next time you order your Kale shake with Chia Seeds you can smile because you are treating your body and know the benefits you are getting.
What is the acai berry?
The acai berry is a reddish-purple fruit that comes from the acai palm tree, which is native to Central and South America. Some studies show that the acai berry has higher levels of antioxidants than cranberries and pomegranates.
What are the health benefits of acai berries?
The combination of antioxidants, amino acids and omega fatty acids all have been thought to help slow the aging process by boosting immune and metabolic function and removing destructive free radicals from our bodies. Weight loss product companies also like to advertise acai berries in their products. Acai has all the vitamins and minerals of most fruits. Similar benefits have been found in other fruits too like the pomegranate and other berries.
What Is Chia?
Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant grown in Mexico dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. “Chia” means strength and is a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.
Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body. About 2 tablespoons contains 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber, plus vitamins and minerals.
The mild flavor of chia seeds makes them easy to add to foods and beverages such as yoghurt, drinks, sauces and even water.
Can Chia Really Help You Lose Weight?
In theory, chia seeds are supposed to expand in your belly, helping you to feel full, eat less, and ultimately shed pounds. This is also true of oatmeal. Ultimately, there is no secret seed or food to weight loss.
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a raw, fermented, probiotic, and naturally carbonated tea. . It is most likely an ancient Chinese elixir, with some records extending back to the Qin Dynasty in 220 BCE. Kombucha contains Water, Tea, Sugar and a fermenting culture called a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast). The tea is steeped, then cooled and then SCOBY is added and allowed to ferment in a warm room for up to 2 weeks.
What are the benefits?
Some commonly mentioned benefits include disease prevention, energy improvement and the slowing aging. Also, most kombucha drinks contain live bacteria and there is slowly more and more evidence showing that some bacteria or probiotics aid digestion and possibly even strengthen the immune system.
Interested in incorporating some of these foods into your diet? Check out some of the links below!
Acai Recipes: http://sambazon.com/recipes-browser/
Green Smoothies: http://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes
Already have a personal favorite? Please share with us and any benefits you have found. We’re interested in hearing your experience!
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