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FIERCE FIVE USES FOR CHIA SEEDS

I first heard about this amazing superfood called CHIA SEEDS about 4 years ago when I read BORN TO RUN by Christopher McDougall.  Barefoot or minimal running was all the craze and there was this guy, Caballo Blanco, who would down a handful of chia seeds and then go off running barefoot in the mountains for hours.  Well I’m a runner and though I never really got into the barefoot running movement I did think these chia seeds sounded pretty amazing.  What’s so great about them?  Well they are loaded with fiber, omega 3’s, protein, iron, and calcium.  My current bag says 1 tbsp has 4 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein.  So I bought a  bag and started incorporating them into my meals and smoothies.  They are now a part of my daily diet.  Just watch for the chia seeds that get stuck in your teeth!  See below for my favorite ways I use chia seeds.

Chia Seeds

FIERCE FIVE USES FOR CHIA SEEDS

#1  Sprinkle a tablespoon on a pb&j before a run.

#2  Put at least a tablespoon in any juice smoothie for an extra superfood boost.  Seen here in FIERCELY GREEN SMOOTHIE.

#3  Sprinkle a tablespoon on your yogurt or oatmeal to add a boost of protein an fiber.  As seen here in PROTEIN POWERED BREAKFAST BOWL.

#4  Scoop a tablespoon of chia seeds in your water with lemon to help boost hydration anytime, but especially after a long run.

#5  Travel with chia seeds for an extra boost of fiber when not the road.  Sprinkle on all breakfast and lunches.  (I personally need that extra boost of fiber when traveling so this a must for me!)

Chia Seed Smoothie

Greek Yogurt Bowl

Chia Water

I hope you fall in love with Chia Seeds as much as me!  Just be sure to check your teeth!  And start out slowly when first using them so you body gets used to the boost of fiber.

Fiercely Fiberous Wendy

Chia Seeds

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THE FIERCE FIVE AMY PURDY QUOTES

I’ve fallen in awe with Amy Purdy this season on Dancing with the Stars.  And you should too.  She lost her legs below the knee at the age of 19 after contracting bacterial meningitis.  But she didn’t let that stop her.  She has gone on to be an Olympic Adaptive Snowboarder, motivational speaker, and so much more.  You can see my full story in FIERCE FEMALE AMY PURDY.  I was so inspired by her each week on DWS that I went online and watched some of her motivational speeches which is how I compiled a few of my favorite and inspiring quotes below.  See “LIVING BEYOND LIMITS” AMY PURDY AT TEDxORANGECOAST and AMY PURDY “GREETING ADVERSITY” POPTECH 2012

THE FIERCE FIVE AMY PURDY QUOTES

#1  “Embrace what makes you unique and an entire universe of possibility will open up to you.”

#2  “When adversity comes knocking on the door, smile and welcome this unwanted guest like the gift that it truly is……When you greet adversity with acceptance you will only grow stronger, and that is when we get to meet the real superhero, the one that grows inside our soul.”

#3  “Our borders and our obstacles can either stop us in our tracks or force us to get creative.”

#4  “If my life were a book and I am the author, how would I want to go?”

#5  “And then I began to daydream….I imagined myself walking gracefully, helping other people through my journey, and snowboarding again.  I didn’t just see it…I felt it!  The wind against my face, the beat of my racing heart as if it were happening in that very moment.”

Fiercely Inspired Wendy

Also see FIERCE FEMALE AMY PURDY