Review Now! Chia Vitality: 30 Days to Better Health, Greater Vibrancy, and a More Meaningful and Purposeful Life

Chia Vitality

For Centuries, chia seeds was used by the Maya and the Aztecs for it’s amazing energy and natural healing properties. Today it’s no wonder chia is one of the most popular super foods around: with 70% more protein then soybeans, 25% more fiber then flaxseeds, 30% more antioxidants then blueberries, 600% more calcium then milk, and the richest amount of plant based omega-3s. You can use chia seeds in a smoothie, or toss them into a salad—but that’s just the beginning to what you can do with chia seeds! In this book Mamma Chia founder Janie Hoffman will show you how chia seeds can boost your stamina, help you lose weight, and let you feel more alive than ever before. This program offers a 30-day integrative approach to well-being with chia seeds.

  • Flexible meal plans
  • Simple yoga routine
  • A meditation course that will awaken and renew spiritual energy

What’s Inside:

Introduction: Let Chia Change Your Life

  1. Setting The Course For Vitality
  2. Good Things Come In Small Packages
  3. Seeds Of A Changed Diet
  4. The 30- Day Chia Vitality Meal Plan And Cleanse
  5. Moving into Vitality
  6. Mindful Meditation: A Meaningful “Time-In”
  7. Expanding Your World
  8. Putting It All Together… And Making It Last
  9. Now You’re Cooking: The Chia Vitality Recipes
  • With Gratitude and joy
  • Appendix: THE CHIA VITALITY YOGA PRACTICE
  • Resources
  • References
  • Index

What is Chia?

Salvia hispanica, commonly known as chia, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. The 16th-century Codex Mendoza provides evidence that it was cultivated by the Aztec in pre-Columbian times; economic historians have suggested it was as important as maize as a food crop. Ground or whole chia seeds are still used in Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina, Mexico and Guatemala for nutritious drinks and as a food source.

Chia is grown commercially for its seed, a food that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, since the seeds yield 25–30% extractable oil, including α-linolenic acid (ALA). Of total fat, the composition of the oil can be 55% ω-3, 18% ω-6, 6% ω-9, and 10% saturated fat

Chia seeds are typically small ovals with a diameter of about 1 mm (0.039 in). They are mottle-colored with brown, gray, black and white. The seeds are hydrophilic, absorbing up to 12 times their weight in liquid when soaked. While soaking, the seeds develop a mucilaginous gel-like coating that gives chia-based beverages a distinctive texture.

Chia seed is traditionally consumed in Mexico, and the southwestern United States, but is not widely known in Europe. Chia (or chian or chien) has mostly been identified as Salvia hispanica L. Today, chia is grown commercially in its native Mexico, and in Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Australia. In 2008, Australia was the world’s largest producer of chia. A similar species, Salvia columbariae or golden chia, is used in the same way but is not grown commercially for food. Salvia hispanica seed is marketed most often under its common name “chia”, but also under several trademarks.” This information was obtained at

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_hispanica

About The Author:

Janie Hoffman

Janie Hoffman, is the founder and CEO of Mamma Chia, an award-winning organic chia based food beverage company, the creator of the first-to-market chia seed beverage. Janie previously taught meditation and consciousness studies in North America and Asia and currently works to promote conscious business practice and healthy lifestyles. She lives with her husband on their small avocado farm in rural San Diego County.

Personal Opinion:
Personally, I love this book! I have not had a chance to get any chia seeds but I am wanting to do this diet. These recipes look so delicious, being someone who loves to cook and try new things this is a great addition to the book. Also the Yoga looks really amazing, I’m new to yoga but seem to enjoy the yoga in this book. I give it a five of five stars, and I recommended it to anyone who wants to eat healthier or if you want to learn about this amazing super food.

Where To Buy:

http://www.amazon.com/Chia-Vitality-Vibrancy-Meaningful-Purposeful/dp/0804139784/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1419810579&sr=1-1&keywords=chia+vitality

Review Now! The New American Herbal

Cover photo The New American Herbal

As someone looking to learn more about herbs finding this book was a blessing! The New American Herbal is a very in depth book on herbs. This book will tell you how to grow herbs, how to cook them into a meal, what medicinal properties they may have, if they are safe or unsafe to use, and a little about the history of the herbs. All in all this book is an amazing guide. I believe anyone who works with herbs should have it.

What’s Inside:

Referance

Inside you will find that The New American Herbal is not only a guide to herbs but it is also a type of gardening book, a recipe book, and a holistic healing property book. Amazingly enough you will learn how to grow herbs and cook with them as well. You will learn the history behind the herbs and the culture they came from. If you are into holistic healing with herbs and essential oils, you will be pleased to know that is also included in this amazing book on herbs by Stephen Orr. There are high quality photos of the herbs inside this book, so you can identify the herbs when you see them at the supermarket. The New American Herbal is a very organized book jam packed with tones of things to help you learn.

Table of Contents:

Fresh Lavender

  • Introduction
  • An Herbal Handbook

Herb Basics

  • Herbal Properties
  • Get to Know the Major Herb Families
  • What Gives Herbs Their Flavor?
  • Harvesting Herbs
  • Propagating Herbs
  • Herb-Drying Techniques

Herbal Preparation

  • Extraction Process
  • Working with Essential Oils

Garden Projects

  • A Hanging Herb Garden for a Small Space
  • Make a Tabletop Garden
  • How to Make an Herb Topiary

Kitchen Projects

  • Herbs for Vinegars and Oils
  • Herbal Beverages
  • Homemade Dried Spice Blends
  • Salad Herbs

Specialty Herbs

  • Native American Herbs
  • Chinese Medicinal Herbs
  • Teas and Shrubs Used as Herbs
  • Herbs from Older Traditions
  • Controversial Herbs
  • Tropical Herbs
  • Herbs A to Z

Personal Opinion:

How to cook the herbs

Personally, I enjoy this book a lot and I continually learn so many things about herbs that I never knew before! I love how The New American Herbal is not just about the history of herbs. To my delight this book teaches how to grow herbs, how to cook herbs, which herbs are safe to use, and the healing properties of herbs. As someone who believes very highly in holistic healing, I was very pleased to see holistic healing in this book. I can tell this book is going to get a lot of use! I have been interested in herbs since I was about 15 years old looking through books at the public library… The New American Herbal is by far the best book I’ve ever seen on herbs. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a guide to all things about herbs!

About the Author:

Stephen Orr

Stephen Orr is a writer and editor who shares his love of food, travel, gardening, and cooking in a wide range of media. He is currently the executive editor at Condé Nast Traveler magazine. Previously, he was an editorial director at Martha Stewart Living and a features editor at House & Garden and Domino magazines. In addition he has written for The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications.
Orr has been a regularly featured expert on “The CBS Early Show,” “The Martha Stewart Show,” and “The Today Show.” In addition he was a segment producer for the PBS television series “Cultivating Life” and edited two cookbooks by British author Sarah Raven for Rizzoli. Because of his books, Orr is a featured speaker across the country for organizations such as The Garden Conservancy, The Garden Club of America, the Garden Writers Association, and a variety of national programs.
He is the author of three books: The New American Herbal (Clarkson Potter, September, 2014), Tomorrow’s Garden: Design and Inspiration for a New Age of Sustainable Gardening (Rodale, 2011), Nelson Byrd Woltz: Garden, Park, Community, Farm (Princeton Architectural Press, 2013) as the editor. Orr lives in New York City and the Catskills.
Instagrams: steporr / newamericanherbal Twitter: OrrSteporr / newamericanherbal Tumblr: newamericanherbal” Author Bio was found
http://www.amazon.com/Stephen-Orr/e/B004B19460/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Where to Buy:

Back of the book

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0449819930/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

I received this book from Blogging For Books, in exchange for an honest review. (All opinions are my own.)