Men's Health Awareness month – Recipes that revitalize and revolutionize your overall health

Men's Health Awareness month – Recipes that revitalize and revolutionize your overall health

"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly." ― Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai, 

With that in mind, we celebrate June as Men's Health Awareness Month and the perfect time to live each moment to benefit your overall health and wellbeing. Yet, according to research as well as health professionals, men tend to have less variety in their diet than women. It has been often reported that men tend to eat fewer fruits, vegetables, and grains.

To celebrate this month, Seeds of Wellness focused on making it easier to opt for a conscious effort to select nutritious foods. While chia seeds have become more and more popular in recent years, with many incorporating the powerful superfood grain in chia puddings and smoothies, Men's Health Awareness month serves as a time to remind us of the ways we can make simple ingredient changes.

Seeds of Wellness partnered with the Executive Chef Adonis Witt from the iconic Matthew Kenney Cuisine Plant Foor + Wine to offer refined and healthful recipes incorporating SOW Chia Milk and Chia Oil.

 

INDULGE A NICE CREAM

With the first hints of summer starting to settle, Chef Adonis brings much-welcomed creativity and delights us with an inspired recipe for a chocolate nice cream. Perfect for treating every super-hero dad on Father's Day or to creating the best dessert for our loved ones, the Chia Milk Nice Cream can be enjoyed at any time and provides all the incredible benefits of cashews, the fantastic powers of cocoa, and the unique proprieties of chia.

A healthy and nutritious sweet treat that is refreshing, chocolatey, and acts as a healthy brain food… here's the recipe for the perfect dessert you have always needed.

 

CHOCOLATE CHIA MILK NICE CREAM

Ingredients:

20 ounces SOW Chocolate Chia Milk

13 ounces agave nectar

13 ounces soaked cashews

1.5 ounces vanilla extract

4 tablespoons cocoa powder

½ teaspoon salt

5 ounces SOW Chia Oil

 

Directions:

  1. Soak the cashews overnight (or you boil for 15 minutes and let cool).
    Strain and rinse.
  2. Combine all ingredients except the SOW Chia Oil in a blender and blend until smooth.
    Start on a low setting and slowly increase to a high setting.
    Blend on high for 1 minute.
  3. Slowly drizzle in SOW Chia Oil and blend until fully combined (emulsified).
  4. Place into a freezer-safe container and freeze for 8 hours.
  5. Remove about 30 minutes before serving.

Yield: 8 servings

 

PRACTICE WELLNESS WITH A SOURDOUGH

Chia provides a good amount of protein and fiber to support digestive, heart, and immune health. So why stop at a chia pudding when it can be incorporated into every meal? We believe in wellness, and cooking in itself has tremendous effects on our wellbeing and health.

As we open our market bags, feel the ingredients, smell the fresh aromas, hear the sounds of preparation simmering, bring the spoon to our mouth for a first taste, and see the colors mix and compose a beautiful plate, we  stimulate feel-good endorphins as we stimulate all our senses.

According to many scientists, cooking allows us to help rid tension, to slow down and focus, spend time with others, communicate and cooperate, and to discover, explore and share cultural flavors. It also helps us become more creative, as well as gain confidence to explore new combinations, new substitutions and problem-solving. Cooking can bring a feeling of accomplishment and boosts our self-esteem.

Therapists have advised cooking as one practice to in helping manage depression, anxiety, and other psychological conditions. And how satisfying is itto prepare a loaf of sourdough: kneading the dough, watching it develop, smelling its fresh and delicate smell coming out of the oven, and savoring it as a precious accomplishment. The only thing that can make it even better is to try adding a twist with Chia oil and some seasonings and enjoy a bit of extra self-care by making a flavorful additional toward improving your health. 

 

TORN SOURDOUGH

Ingredients:

8 ounces sourdough bread (can substitute with any bread)                             

1 tablespoon thyme                                      

1 tablespoon salt                                                       

1 teaspoon pepper                                        

1 teaspoon ground coriander                                                

½ cup SOW Chia Oil                                                                                                        

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 ºF
  2. Remove the crust from your bread and cut into 1-inch strips            
  3. Tear bread by hand to your desired size                                                           
  4. Add your bread and the remaining ingredients into a mixing bowl and gently toss          
  5. Place on sheet tray and roast in oven for 10 minutes
    Rotate the sheet tray and roast for another 5-7 minutes until golden brown
  6. Remove and set aside

Alternate serving suggestions: Turn your sliced sourdough into an excellent summer Bruschetta, or top it with any nut butter for a luscious breakfast.

 

Adonis Witt (Plant Food & Wine, Los Angeles)

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