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Blueberry Chia Seed Jam

blueberry chia seed jam

Only 3 ingredients and less than 20 minutes to prepare!

High in omega 3 essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamin C and fiber!
Due to the high level of anthocyanins found in blueberries (the flavonoid pigment found in red/purplish fruits and vegetables), studies have found these decadent little berries to improve memory and increase neural signaling in the brain!

*** RECIPE ***
Ingredients
• 3 cups fresh blueberries
• 3-4 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
• 3 Tablespoons chia seeds (whole)

Method
1. In a medium-sized pot, bring the blueberries and maple syrup to a light boil, stirring frequently.
2. Reduce heat to low/medium and simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Mash the blueberries with a fork or potato masher.
4. Add the chia seeds and simmer until the jam thickens, approximately 15 minutes.
Stir frequently to avoid it sticking to the bottom on your pot.
5.Once the jam has thickened, remove from heat. Store in an air-tight glass jar in the refrigerator.
Will keep for up to one week.

Living with MS

Can Too Much Omega 3 Make Your Inflammatory Condition Worse?

I’ve seen cases of acne, psoriasis, eczema and other inflammatory conditions worsen when flax seed oil and other omega 3 rich foods are introduced into the diet. Here’s why:

Omega 3 essential fatty acids have many important functions in regards to human health such as: controlling blood clotting, building cell membranes in the brain and are responsible for the production of neurotransmitters.

The omega 3 fatty acids that come from plant sources, however, are not in their bioactive form. The type of omega 3 found in flax seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, walnuts and soybeans is primarily alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).  The body must convert these short-chain ALA omega 3 fatty acids into EPA and DHA. This conversion is dependent on numerous key nutrients in a long sequence of complex, enzymatic reactions. Without these certain nutrients in the diet, ALA may actually follow a pro-inflammatory prostaglandin pathway.

In many stages of this conversion, the body requires B3, B6, B12, magnesium, zinc, biotin, calcium, chromium, and vitamin C.

The conversion of ALA into EPA and DHA is inhibited by a diet that is too high in omega 6 fatty acids such as: processed vegetable oils, a diet rich in saturated animal fats, trans fats, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, in times of infection or with exposure to carcinogens. It is also blocked by NSAIDS, tartrazine, salicylates and by the opiods in wheat and dairy.

This is the reason why many people with inflammatory conditions who start including flax seed oil in their diet without making any other dietary changes, often experience a worsening of symptoms. Anyone with impaired digestion, malabsorption issues, leaky gut syndrome, wheat or gluten allergies, autoimmune conditions, those with Celiac, crohn’s, colitis, or any other ailment of the intestinal system should be cautious about adding omega 3 rich foods to their diet if they suspect there could be vitamin deficiencies or malabsorption issues.

For this reason, digestion should be the first area to address and the diet needs to contain as much variety as possible! Include fruits and vegetables from all colours of the rainbow & beyond and supplement appropriately if there are deficiencies.

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Brown Rice/Hemp Seed Breakfast Cereal

Brown Rice Pudding

This is a great dish to serve for breakfast on a cold winter day, or have as dessert or a snack! Rich in protein, fiber and essential fatty acids, what a great way to start your day by promoting stable blood sugar levels and providing long lasting energy throughout your morning.

Served with chopped walnuts, cinnamon and hemp seeds, this dish offers anti-inflammatory omega 3’s and cinnamon for blood sugar control. The added blackstrap molasses also provides a good dose of calcium, magnesium, iron and B-vitamins!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 can of coconut milk of a BPA-free can
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp of molasses
  • Dash of cardamom
  • Sprinkle of hemp seeds

Cook rice as per instructions. Brown rice typically takes 45 minutes to fully soften. After about 30 minutes, turn off the heat, add the coconut milk, molasses, coconut sugar and cardamom, and let the rice finish cooking with just the residual heat(lid on). A great way of not only preserving the nutrients from the molasses but you’re also saving a bit of energy.
When you’re ready to eat, throw in some chopped walnuts, sprinkle with hemp seeds and enjoy!

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Kiwi Blueberry Pomegranate Omega 3 Antioxidant Bliss!

kiwi

I recently bought a big bag of really beautiful organic kiwis. This has been my breakfast for the past few days. So delicious!
Did you know that one kiwi has twice the Vitamin C of an orange and as much potassium as a banana. Truth.

  • 3 kiwis
  • handful of blueberries
  • 2 tbsp almond yogurt
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • Topped with pomegranate seeds