Cha Cha Chia!

Chia seeds have been around for a very long time.  If you grew up in the 80s and 90s, you’ll probably remember those cheezy Cha Cha Chia pet commercials where you smear the seeds on a plastic mold and your “pet” grows chia hair. Well, what was once used to grow “pet” hair is now becoming the new superfood on the market.  According to several sites, chia seeds: are gluten free, contain Omega 3s, contains all 8 amino acids, has 20% protein, helps combat diabetes, and contain 5 times more calcium than milk.

Last year, I started eating chia seeds on a regular basis. I would add one tablespoon of seeds to a glass of water or juice and let them soak and fluff up for 15 minutes.  The texture took some getting used to, but after a few glasses the gelatinous texture didn’t bother me.  Chia seeds don’t really have a distinct taste, so they’re great on top of cereal or oatmeal, mixed in yogurt or used in baking.

A week or so ago I came across a recipe for Chia Fresca on Oh She Glow’s blog.  Right away, I knew I would be saving the recipe for later because it was a flavoured version of my plain glass of chia seed and water. I made a few changes- I used doTERRA’s Lemon Esssential oil for flavour, raw Manuka Honey for some gentle sweetness and topped my glass off with some fresh cut strawberries.

Chia FrescaChia Fresca

2 cups water

1.5 tbsp chia seeds

1 drop of doTERRA lemon essential oil (wild orange would work as well)

1 tbsp raw Manuka Honey (Active 16+)

Cut fruit (optional)

Add chia and water into a glass and stir to combine. Let chia seeds sit for 15 minutes to plump up and become gelatinous. Stir occasionally to remove any clumps.  Add honey and essential oil and stir.  Top with fruit. Chill and serve.

Read more on the health benefits of chia seeds here and here.

 

How to reduce your formaldehyde exposure

I never really used to wash newly purchased clothes before wearing them, but that’s changed after reading this!

How to reduce your formaldehyde exposure

What’s colourless, preserves frogs, coats pillow cases and impregnates ‘no-iron’shirts?

Answer: formaldehyde.

 

Learn how to avoid it by watching me on The Dr. Oz show Thursday, January 9! I’m the guest expert. (For real. They flew me to New York to tape and eat half my weight in complimentary green room hummus.)

Formaldehyde is used in clothing, bedding and curtains because it

1. Prevents wrinkles
2. Prevents mildew during shipping
3. Increases colour fastness
4. Increases stain resistance

Why get your knickers in a knot?

1. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen says the International Agency for Research on Cancer (PDF); Canada has also declared it toxic and the U.S. doesn’t regulate its use in clothing
2. You won’t find it listed on the label
3. Even low-level exposure can cause headache, runny nose or contact dermatitis a.k.a. skin irritation a.k.a. rash

Formaldehyde is particularly troublesome for those with chemical sensitivities, which may explain why you’re still suffering from rashes or eczema even after switching to less-toxic laundry soap and ditching fragranced dryer sheets.

Reduce your formaldehyde exposure:

1. Wash all clothes and linens BEFORE wearing or using—gets rid of about 60 per cent of the stuff
2. Avoid products labelled “wrinkle-free”, “iron-free”, “permanent-press” or “stain-resistant”
3. Perform a “sniff test”—if it smells chemical-y, don’t buy it, or return it
4. Choose organic cottons

What household goods have you found to be the worst off-gassing offenders?

Speaking of knickers…comment on this blog to win formaldehyde-free underwear by Nicole Bridger! (Draw February 10.)

Sincerely,
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green