How to use a chia seed…

There’s a lot of talk these days of “super” foods. The term gets thrown around in health blogs and books regularly (chia seeds, spirulina, sprouting), although most of us don’t know where to begin with this stuff. It can feel overwhelming, right?

I am working to find that intersection between incorporating these wonderful foods, and yet owning up to the fact that we have a fairly typical western diet that also includes meat, dairy and sweets. We will not be going vegan.

I’ve written about smoothies here before. It’s where we incorporate stronger vitamins and chia seeds and protein into our breakfast.

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Recently, we read through (okay, mostly me) the PlantPower Way by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt. Roll has achieved quite a bit of recognition for his athletic feats (multiple iron mans, etc) and for doing it all on a vegan diet. The book gives a great overview in the first few pages of how to utilize these super foods and explains what they actually do for your health.

What I appreciate most about this book is how the authors discuss their lifestyle approach as a family effort. How many of us have made a nutritious kale-based something or other – only to see our families turn up their noses? It’s not easy.

As I stumble across interesting books, I like to share them. This one is available at our public library and might be worth checking out if you’re starting to dip your toes into the waters here. There are so many interesting resources out there right now, right? But finding something that speaks to you is a very personal thing.

Are there other books or blogs you’ve found helpful? Do tell, friends! Tips and tricks are always welcome.

How to use a chia seed…

Hard boiled

IMGP6682.JPGDespite the fact that I try not to keep too much extra stuff in my kitchen, I’m kinda obsessed with my latest gadget.

A hard boiled egg cooker.

Yeah, I bought into all the hype, but before you protest the absurdity of the purchase, let me make my case. First, I don’t think I’ve EVER successfully hard boiled an egg. I always end up losing half the egg white when I pull off the shell. And it has a very loud built in timer. This would be another reason I can’t seem to cook an egg – I never get the timing correct.

I can make eggs so easily with this contraption that we’ve already started eating more each week.

Now I know that there are a million tutorials for how to correctly hard boil an egg, but I know when I’ve been beat. Eggs – 42, Maggie – 0.

BUT NO MORE! I’ve consumed so many more eggs in the past couple of weeks (which is good for us because my kids will eat them and it’s an easy way to add protein to their breakfast) that I’m now a convert.

Until the thing breaks.

Do you think I’m insane? Do you have something else you love, but know others may find it ridiculous? Do tell…

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