I am always looking for healthy breakfasts, snacks and meal for my own life as well as my clients. Reducing inflammation in the body is key for a healthy body, which is why I make sure to increase my antioxidant intake daily. I also consume foods that are rich in chlorophyll daily to combat the oxidative stress from working out and the toxins we breath everyday.
My teacher at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Andrew Weil, defines oxidative stress perfectly.
Oxidative stress is the total burden placed on organisms by the constant production of free radicals in the normal course of metabolism plus whatever other pressures the environment brings to bear (natural and artificial radiation, toxins in air, food and water; and miscellaneous sources of oxidizing activity, such as tobacco smoke).
So, here is the deal. I love chia seeds and use them daily in my foods, drinks and even baking, since we are allergic to eggs. Yep, you can make a chia egg and replace eggs in a recipe. Pretty cool, right? Eggs are an amazing protein but not for my family and many of my clients. Why eat a food that may be “healthy” but inflames my body and that leads to bloating, acrid reflux and poor sleep. I focus daily on what works for me. I help my clients to do the same thing – find what is really right for their body and not what is the “healthy food” promoted on some TV show or in a book.
I discovered Matcha when I was looking for a way to boost my smoothies, juices and my chia pudding. This is what Matcha looks like, in case you have never seen it.
Matcha is a super charged green tea and loaded with potassium, vitamin c and amino acids. I would say this tea is a triple home run for anyone looking for more energy.
In case you do not know what chia seeds look like, here we go!
I love adding chia seeds to water for optimal hydration, smoothies and of course making chia pudding. This is to date my favorite recipe. Are you ready for some oxidative stress reducing – super charged energy chia pudding recipe? Of course!