Brenda Watson's Healthy Living eNewsletter
Summer Recipes & Remedies :: July 2008
ReNew Life's Ultimate CHIAlife is a power-packed food with total-body benefits.
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• Oatmeal, cereal & yogurt
• Soups & stews
• Salads & salad dressings
• Beverages & smoothies
• Couscous, tabouleh &
   other sides
• Burgers & sandwiches
• Casseroles, pasta dishes &
   stir fry

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Chia Seeds:
A Power-packed Food with
Total-body Benefits

Chances are you’ve been hearing a lot about chia seeds lately. Harvested from the Salvia hispanica plant (a member of the Mint family), these wholesome little seeds are loaded with beneficial Omega-3s, fiber, vitamins, minerals and a host of other nutrients. Plus, they’re a complete source of dietary protein—containing all nine of the essential amino acids—so it’s no wonder they’ve been getting so much attention.

Centuries ago the ancient Aztecs discovered the remarkable nutritional value of chia, often consuming the seeds before battle or long journeys on foot. But when the Spaniards arrived, chia was replaced by more traditional crops and went virtually unnoticed for nearly 500 years. That is until recently, when food science experts began to delve into its unique history. And what they found was amazing.

In addition to being the richest known whole food source of Omega-3 EFAs, chia seeds have triple the antioxidant power of blueberries, more vitamin C than oranges and more potassium than bananas. And because of their high fiber content, chia seeds help slow the digestive process, allowing you to feel full longer after eating. This helps keep blood sugar levels in check and in turn supports healthy weight management. Chia seeds are also cholesterol free and low in calories, so they add a nourishing boost to all your favorite foods. Start getting all of the benefits of chia today with these delicious and easy-to-prepare recipes!

Chia Blueberry Almond Pancakes

Chia Blueberry Almond Pancakes

½ cup almond flour
1 tbsp. buckwheat flour
2 tbsp. Ultimate CHIAlife
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. natural sugar substitute
⅔ cup almond milk
½ cup fresh blueberries
Natural maple syrup

Directions: Combine almond flour, buckwheat flour, chia seeds, baking powder, and sugar substitute in a large bowl. Slowly incorporate almond milk. Lightly coat a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Gently ladle the pancake batter into the skillet to make 5- to 6-inch rounds. Sprinkle blueberries onto pancake rounds. When bubbles begin to set around the edges and the griddle side of the pancake is golden, gently flip and continue to cook 2 to 3 minutes or until pancake is set. Remove from skillet and serve with maple syrup. Serves 2-3.


Chia Herb Couscous

4 tsp. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, diced
2 medium green onions, chopped
2 tbsp. Ultimate CHIAlife
Chia Herb Couscous1 cup whole grain couscous
4 tsp. chopped fresh basil
   or 2 tsp. dried basil
2 cups organic chicken broth
½ tsp. salt

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions: Heat olive oil in 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onions; cook until brown (about 4 minutes). Add chia seeds and toast for about 30 seconds. Stir in couscous, salt, and dried basil (if using fresh, add just before serving). Add broth and bring mixture to a boil, then remove from the heat. Cover and let stand about 5 minutes. Fluff couscous with a fork, and stir in basil (if using fresh). If desired, add Parmesan cheese at this time. Serves 4.


Chia Vegetable Stir Fry

Chia Vegetable Stir Fry.½ tsp. each olive oil and
   toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp. ginger
½ medium onion, sliced
3 tbsp. tamari
¾ cup organic vegetable broth
   or purified water
3 cups kale, chopped
2 carrots, sliced thinly
½ bell pepper, sliced thinly
3 oz. mushrooms
4 cloves garlic, chopped finely
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp. Ultimate CHIAlife
5 cups brown rice, cooked

Directions: In a large wok or skillet, sauté ginger and onion in oil over medium heat until softened (approx. 3 minutes). Add tamari and broth or water. Stir fry for additional 3 minutes. Add remaining vegetables, garlic, tomatoes, and chia seeds. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender but still firm (approx. 10 minutes). Serve over rice and enjoy. Serves 6-8.


Chia Apple Crisp

Chia Apple Crisp

2 cups red apples,
   sliced thinly
2 tbsp. canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
¼ cup granola mixed with
2 tbsp. Ultimate CHIAlife

Directions: Preheat oven to 350°. Combine apples, canola oil, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Transfer mixture to a shallow glass baking dish. Top with granola and chia seeds. Bake 30 to 40 minutes until apples are tender and edges are bubbly. Let cool slightly and serve. Serves 4.

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