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