Friday, June 13, 2008

A hinting of summer

Yesterday was the first June day where we had full sun so we took advantage of it. The chickens grazed around the yard for a couple of hours, Jeremy sat on our new deck working from his laptop, and Ian and I drew pictures. Can you tell what it is? He says it's a spider with different colored legs. I'm thinking Pollock here, no?


The boys have been living off fruit lately it seems. One of our favorite things is dipping bananas. We dip in peanut butter, almond butter, raw honey, cocoa, and nuts and seeds. Here's the latest dips that we love: Hemp seeds and chia seeds, both are packed full of nutrition.

Hemp seeds (on the right) contain 6 of the essential fatty acids (EFA's) like omega 3's and 6's, and are a complete protein all by themselves. Ounce for ounce, hemp seeds have two times the protein of eggs and four times the protein of milk! Just 4 tablespoons boasts 15 grams of protein! Read more about them here and here. I add them to breads, muffins, salads, and even smoothies.

Chia seeds also contain EFA's in the form of omega 3 and are a soluble fiber which can aid in digestion. Proof is if you add water to the seeds, it will turn gelatinous in minutes. A 1/4 cup of chia seeds provides as much omega 3's as a salmon fillet, 25% more fiber than flax seeds, 30% more antioxidants than blueberries, and as much calcium as 3 cups of milk!* Read more about them here.

And people wonder how vegans and vegetarians get enough protein and calcium! I can buy these local but if you can't, there are plenty of online stores where you can get them. Try to find places that sell it in bulk. I bought 1 lb of chia seeds for under $7 at Azure Standard.

Now on to the packing...we're off to the beach for the weekend!



Adam and Raechell said...

Fascinating! :D I love useful info like that. Thanks for sharing. Have a great time at the beach!

Betsy said...

Nothing tickles me more than when William gets a banana, orange and apple out and asks me to make fruit salad for his snack. Love fruit!