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Chia Seeds One Day, Chia Seeds Forever!

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chia seeds – organicisbeautiful

Have you ever used chia seeds? If not, you are missing a whole host of benefits! Honestly, if you try chia seeds one day, you will want to consume them for the rest of your life! They are just that brilliant!

Nutrients

Firstly, chia seeds are packed to the brim with nutrients while at the same time being low in calories. This means that they are brilliant for a nice and healthy diet. In a single 28 gram serving of chia seeds, you will get all of this:

  • Fiber (11 grams)
  • Fat (9 grams). However, the majority of this fat is Omega-3 which is very beneficial to your health.
  • Protein: 4 Grams
  • Phosphorus
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Zinc

and …a whole lot more!
Basically, right off of the bat, they are going to be pretty healthy for you. These are regarded as one of the best superfoods on the market right now.

Antioxidants

One of the main reasons as to why people veer towards chia seeds is the fact that they are packed to the brim with antioxidants. These are vital compounds. You see, antioxidants help to fight off free radicals in the body. By fighting off free radicals, you will be able to improve the look of your skin (you will basically be kissing goodbye to wrinkles and the like), while at the same time also bolstering your protection against diseases.

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Chia Seeds | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

Fiber

There are carbohydrates in chia seeds. Most people turn their nose up at carbs (you shouldn’t, they really are beneficial to your health). However, you will be pleased to know that almost all the carbohydrates in chia seeds are fiber. Your body is not going to absorb this. It is just pushed right out of the body. Fiber is a good carbohydrate as it does not raise your blood sugar.

Protein

Proteins are regarded as the building blocks of the human body. You need protein in your diet. Chia seeds are an excellent source of protein. In fact, they have more protein than most other plant-based products out there. A high protein diet will actually help you to lose weight quickly. This is because it has the ability to reduce your appetite. If you are a vegetarian or a vegan, then chia seeds are going to be especially good for you due to the high protein content in them.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Most people out there do not get enough Omega-3 in their diet. You will be pleased to know that chia seeds are one of the best natural sources of Omega-3. A boost in Omega-3 in your system will reduce stress levels, reduce your blood pressure, and even lower the risk of heart disease.

Honestly, if there is one natural product on the market that you try, do make it chia seeds. There is just so much goodness packed into them, you really can’t ignore them!

Know any other benefits of Chia Seeds that we haven’t covered? Post below!

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The Greatness of Grains

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The Greatness of Grains – Organicisbeautiful.com

Carbs! I love carbs. How about you, OiB readers? Surely, you have heard some media discrediting the greatness of grains throughout the years. Namely, people like to say that too many carbohydrates are bad for you and make you gain weight. Today, I would like to counter that superstition and fill you on why you need grains.

But not just any type of grain will work. You need to consume unprocessed (not refined) whole grains.

What is a Whole Grain?

All grains, according to the Whole Grain Council, begin whole. Whole grains are, basically, the entire seed of a plant, made up of three edible parts—the bran, germ, and endosperm.

The barn is a multi-layered outer shell that has antioxidants, essential B vitamins, and plenty of dietary fiber.

The germ is the potential new sprout. Here, you find more B vitamins, some protein, minerals, and healthy fats.

Lastly, the endosperm is the energy supply of the germ. Contained in the endosperm are carbohydrates, proteins, and trace amounts of other nutrients.

What Makes Grains “White”?

When whole grains are stripped of some key parts—the bran, germ, or endosperm—they become refined or processed. White flour and white rice, for example, have had the bran and germ removed, leaving only the starchy endosperm behind.

Why Are Whole Grains Healthier?

That is the main question here, is it not? Obviously, whole grains have a lot of vitamins and nutrients than refined grains do, but these are not the main reason why you need them in your diet.

Starches throw your blood sugar out of whack. Whole grain carbohydrates do not have the same effect. Whole grains are slowly absorbed and metabolized, meaning that blood sugar stays level. Also, whole grains are known to reduce the onset of heart disease.

In fact, a recent 2016 study proved that whole grains are linked to a longer lifespan. The meta-analysis was comprised of 14 studies and found that eating 3 servings of whole grains a day was “associated with a 25 percent lower risk of death from heart disease, and a 14 percent lower risk of death from cancer”.

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The Greatness of Grains – Organicisbeautiful.com

How Can I Eat More Whole Grains?

I have good news for you—there are more whole grain choices available now than ever before. Add the following foods to your diet to ensure you are eating enough whole grains:

  • Whole grain cereals, breads, and crackers
  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Oatmeal
  • Quinoa and other ancient grains like amaranth
  • Brown rice
  • Bulgur
  • Buckwheat
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Corn

As you can see, there are a lot of whole grain options out there. Add whole grain pasta or brown rice to the dinner plate, select bread made from whole grains and seeds, and opt for a bowl of oatmeal in the morning! I promise the greatness of grains will keep you satiated throughout the day and much healthier in the long run.

Feel free to share your whole grain tips, recipes, and knowledge with other OiB readers.

5 Things you should start Doing to Be (Seriously) Happy

“Live life like I never have, live life through the good and bad, I’m gonna live life like it’s the only one we have.” Zayde Wolf

No matter how old we are, what we do, where we live, we are always after happiness. Well, I found out that happiness is not in a place or in a person. Happiness is the moments that we don’t want to be gone, the ones we wish it could last forever. So if you want to be happy everyday, you have to do out best to chase moments like these in our life.

If you are not living so many moments like that in your life, don’t give up, because it is never too late. And your attitudes and choices will make all the difference.

And you can ask me: but how about the moments that the things didn’t work out? Well, they brought you here right?! So I think it was not as bad as you thought. The things we did, the things we left undone, the heartbreaks, the tears, the scars, everything made who you are now, made you wiser and stronger to choose now better then yesterday. Being happy is not about having a perfect life, but it is about stop being a victim of the problems and create your own story.

And you can start the change today! I want to inspire you and your daily happiness with 5 things that you could add in your routine.

List your favourite songs!
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1. MAKE A PLAYLIST WITH YOUR FAVORITES MOOD BOOSTER SONGS
Listening to the right song is the perfect remedy to heal every bad mood. So make a list of songs that make you instantly happy, that make you want to dance and jump, songs that make you feel alive. And begin you day listening to it. I am sure it will be the perfect way to start your new happy everyday week.

2. MAKE SOMEONE SMILE
I dare to say that smile is the most contagious thing in life. And this may happens for a reason, and an awesome one: when we make people smile, we smile. So don’t spare smiles, they are your most precious gift for the ones you love and even for the ones you don’t even know. If we all make each other smile, everyone will be happy.

3. DO SOMETHING NEW
To achieve what you have never had, you have to do what you have never done. So don’t be afraid to try new things, like a new food, a new sport, a new destination, a new adventure. Having a routine is the easiest way to live but the most boring too.

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4. WRITE DOWN THE GOOD THINGS THAT HAPPENED
Our memory can fail us. Sometimes is easier to remember what he haven’t achieved, what we haven’t done than remember the good that already happened to us. So write done in a notebook the good things that happened to you every day. In the end of the week you can take it and see how happy you were. Life is good and simple, we just have to choose the right perspective. Words are a beautiful tool to use too!

5. GO AFTER THAT BIG DREAM, YES, THAT ONE!
Remember the dream that make you smile, that makes you wonder, that gives you hope, that lives in your hear? Now is time to do something about. Everyday do something that moves you closer to this dream. It doesn’t matter if the steps are going to be small ones, as long as you are moving in the right direction.

So, as Zayde Wolf sang: live life like is the only one you’ve got ♥

Amanda.

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