LET CHIA MAKE YOU HAPPY!

Chia is my favorite superfood! While working on The Chia Book (Sterling Publishing), which is due out May 1, 2012, I fell head-over-heels in love with this nutrient-dense seed, learning how to use it with myself, my family, and my clients to help improve joint health, create long-term energy quickly, help lose weight, lower cholesterol, help digestive upsets and improve the immune system.

For those of you who are experiencing listlessness, fatigue, lack of motivation, and just a general case of the blah’s, chia can help. It’s outrageously high omega 3 fatty acid content to help brain function, improve mood, and sharpen mental acuity and focus.

With 20 percent protein and high amounts of strontium, it also gives an easy, steady supply of energy (this is how the Aztecs used it: as a quick energy food for warriors and message-carriers) that works as well for day-to-day use as it is for endurance athletes.

To experience the benefits of chia, try this yummy, creamy shake.

Almond Delight

Serves one

This slightly sweet, creamy drink is perfect to round out breakfast, as a snack, or a healthy dessert after dinner. (You can even pour it into ice pop molds for creamy popsicles.) The recipe is versatile—have fun customizing it by using different milks, nut butters, even fruits.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon chia seed
11/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon almond butter
Optional: a dash of almond or vanilla extract
Optional: a small amount of natural sweetener (such as honey, brown rice syrup, agave, stevia, etc.)

Directions

1. Add all ingredients to a blender and liquefy using the most powerful setting. Blend until smooth.
2. Drink immediately.

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