I have to say given the super food nature of Chia seeds, until recently I'd never heard of them.
So what are they? Well Chia seeds are the edible seeds of the Salvia Hispanica, which is a flowering plant predominantly found in Central America. Not only are they widely available now a days but the benefits of eating them are amazing.
So what makes them so super? Firstly they contain massive amounts of calcium, roughly 5 times more than milk. They also contain 7 times more vitamin C than an orange, three times more iron than spinach, twice the potassium content of a banana and a massive 8 times more Omega 3 than salmon.
How do I eat it? Easy! You can sprinkle the seeds raw onto almost any food such as salads or add them to smoothies which also thickens smoothies!
What can they help with? Well, many things but here's just a few.
I for one will definitely be introducing Chia seeds into my diet going forward!
It's not uncommon knowledge that I'm a bit of a grinch when it comes to Christmas time. There are a lot of personal reasons why I don't like Xmas which I won't go into too much and then there are the obvious reasons. One being I find it all a bit hypocritical, lets fact it; Xmas has nothing to do with Christianity anymore or Bebe Jesus. We all know like Easter too it's just a commodity and an excuse for the shops to hike prices and drive panic in to consumers.
Having said that, Xmas now stands for other things. Such as giving and family time and times of appreciation and relaxation and that is definitely something I can get on board with.
Here are my reasons why I'm actually looking forward to Xmas this year.
Having Two Children Under 5
Xmas is obviously still super exciting for Kitty being 12 but Xmas is definately more magical for younger kids. At 3 I think Wolfe is now the perfect age to get in the spirit of Xmas. Although Leola will only be 3 and a half months come Xmas it will still be super special being her first one. I can't wait to see their faces Christmas morning.
Time off Work
I'm sure all working parents can relate to this. For me personally Xmas is the longest period of leave I book off each year. Although I'm sure lie ins won't be an option and generally the Xmas period is one huge manic rush it's still nice to have time off with the family.
We're not a family that is massively into the traditional Sunday roast so Christmas dinner is quite a big thing for us. The last few years I've cooked whether it be at home or a relatives house and I'll be doing the same again this year with my Dad and the kids coming over.
Although as we know Xmas dinner can be stressful, it's all worth it for sure.
I for one actually don't mind the darker nights. It usually means it's dark when I leave for work and it's dark when I get home but it's something that really doesn't bother me. I love nothing more than getting the fur throws and cushions out along with ambient lighting and settling down in front of the TV or getting into bed early to binge on Netflix. We can't change the dark cold nights so why not embrace it.
So that's just a few of my reasons for looking for to Christmas this year.
What are your highlights and what are you looking forward to?