(NEW YORK) — The latest diet book to hit shelves is pulling diet tips from an unlikely source: the ancient Aztecs. Author and host of the Dr. Danger reality series, Dr. Bob Arnot’s The Aztec Diet focuses on chia seeds as a superfood to keep cravings at bay.
Dr. Arnot has been compensated by Lifemax, one of the companies which distributes chia seeds.
Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 vitamins. They have more calcium than milk and spinach and five grams of fiber per 70 calorie serving.
READ: Why is Everyone Eating Chia Seeds?
Carb Load: 19
1¼ cups coconut water (9.5-fluid-ounce package)
½ cup chopped ripe avocado
1¾ cups chopped frozen pineapple
2 tablespoons chia
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Pinch of sea salt
Combine the coconut water, avocado, pineapple, chia, lime juice, and salt in a blender. Blend until smooth.
Carb Load: 14.25
2½ cups cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons chia
1 medium carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
¾ cup roughly chopped English cucumber
¾ cup roughly chopped peeled cantaloupe
3 tablespoons chopped red onion
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
5 medium fresh basil leaves
½ teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
Freshly ground pepper
Combine the tomatoes, chia, carrot, cucumber, cantaloupe, red onion, lemon juice, olive oil, basil, sea salt, and pepper to taste in a blender and pulse until smooth but still chunky. Season with more sea salt and pepper to taste.
Dr. Bob’s Kale Blueberry Smoothie
1 cup filtered water
4 tablespoons chia
½ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
½ cup blueberries
3 cups chopped stemmed kale leaves
1 teaspoon honey
Combine the water, chia, yogurt, blueberries, kale, and honey in a blender. Blend until smooth. *Works best if the blueberries are frozen.
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