Category Archives: Nutrition

The Power of Chia Seeds


There are few ingredients on the planet that can match the awesome power of the chia seed.

Packed with amazing nutrients that your body can use and will help improve your overall health.

Chia seeds are from the plant Salvia Hispanica, which is related to mint. It is native to South America and the seeds were used by the Aztecs and Mayans; “Chia” means strength in Mayan. Now, they are recognised by the modern world as a superfood.

Nutritional Properties

1 ounce (28grams) of chia contains:

  • Fibre: 11 grams
  • Protein: 4 grams
  • Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are omega 3s)
  • Calcium: 18% of RDA
  • Manganese: 30% of RDA
  • Magnesium: 30% of RDA
  • Phosphorus: 27% of RDA
  • In addition they contain Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.


Use them in smoothies, salads or add to your morning porridge for a super nutritional boost.



Energy Boosting Sunday Smoothie

Feeling a little sluggish today? In need of a post Saturday night hangover energy boost? Try this delicious smoothie to perk you up. My husband is feeling a bit sorry for himself today following ‘several’ whisky’s with a friend last night, so to get him up and out of bed I made him this.

Small handful of red grapes

One Apple

Two Kiwis

About 100ml of peach juice + 100ml of water (adjust according to how thick you want it)

Chop the apple up and peel the kiwi then pop in a blender with the liquid and grapes and wiz away until smooth.

Apples – are laden with health properties due their high vitamin, mineral, malic acid and fibre content. They are a good detoxifying fruit and also good for helping to lower cholesterol. They aid digestion and can improve skin condition.

Grapes – cleansing, alkaline and nutritious. The grape-juice diet has been around for many years used for all sorts of chronic illnesses. Red grapes are higher in antoxidants, particulary those that help reduce heart disease.

Kiwi – One of the richest sources of vitamin C you get can, also packed with beneficial minerals, in particular, potassium. They are often better when still firm as when left to ripen too much they tend to have an acetone after taste which I am not fond of.

Enjoy your little pick me up.

American (Gut) Gothic: 5 things you can do for a healthier microbiome in 2013 – Human Food Project