ALMONDS // loaded with antioxidants
Antioxidants help to protect against oxidative stress, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to aging and diseases like cancer.
The powerful antioxidants in almonds are largely concentrated in the brown layer of the skin. For this reason, blanched almonds (skin removed) are not the best choice from a health perspective.
A clinical trial of 60 male smokers found that 84 grams (3oz) of almonds per day reduced oxidative stress biomarkers by 23-24% over a 4-week period. These findings support those of another study, which found that eating almonds with main meals reduce some markers of oxidative damage.
Whenever I start my mornings, they are typically rushed because I love staying in bed until the very last second. Because of this cozy routine, I typically don’t have time to create something that keeps me full for long.
This chia seed fruit parfait literally takes 5 minutes to put together and is nutrition packed! It takes some night-time prep but I assure that too only takes 2 minutes and it can makes multiple parfaits. Side note, if chia seeds aren’t in your mix, please add them! They are a great source of fiber, omega 3, protein and they keep you fuller longer! Also, for those who suffer from IBS or indigestion, this recipe includes mint!
Chia Pudding Parfait
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp local honey
1/4 cup granola
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup yogurt (almond, coconut, etc)
1/4 cup raspberries & strawberries diced
5 mint leaves diced
- Mix in an air tight jar the chia seeds, almond milk, local honey and vanilla extract. Make sure you stir the contents for up to a minute to ensure no clumping. Place in refrigerator overnight or for a few hours if being made for an afternoon snack.
- In a glass or jar, layer the remaining ingredients into layers of your choosing.
- The layer order I used: Chia Seeds, fruit, almonds, yogurt, mint, granola, fruit.
- Garnish with granola, almonds, fruit and mint.
DAYS IMMUNE SYSTEM HEALTHY