Okay, I know you’re all enticed by the title of this post and probably want to scroll to the bottom. If you didn’t already do that, just resist the temptation for one more minute. You can do it.
This morning, after a measley six hours of sleep (I blame both homework and Khloe & Lamar), I awoke to get my heart pumping at the gym. I switched things up a bit, starting with 5 minutes on the StairMaster before heading to the exercise room to complete this biceps/shoulder workout:
I took 30-second water breaks in between sets and – man – was I feeling it! After the upper body toner, I mosied on over to the arc trainer for 15 minutes of steady cardio. My quads were still sore from Saturday’s workout so I wanted to listen to the bod pod and take it easy.
After five hours of class, my friend Sherri and I were more-than ready for a leisurely lunch. We walked over to the dining commons and enjoyed a lunch with a few new-to-us menu additions. Does cheezy black beans lure you in? Yeah, me too.
The cheezy black beans were simply black beans with melted pepperjack daiya shreds, and they were phenomenally delicious! I also helped myself to fresh green beans and cuban roasted sweet potatoes, in addition to my usual salad topped with hummus. I think I need to go to a hummus addicts meeting or something. Those exist, right?
After our final class of the day, dinner seemed to approach in no time! After Kristen got out of her beloved zumba class, I met her at the dining hall for our evening meal. There were more fresh items we had never seen before, all of which proved to be incredibly delicious.
Have mercy (Uncle Jesse, anyone?). Sorry, I had to. Anyways, tonight’s meal featured roasted tomato adzuki beans, chili-glazed eggplant and a side romaine salad topped with an assortment of veggies from the salad bar. The beans were incredible, and had an incredible, rustic flavor to them. If I wasn’t so satisfied, I totally would have gone back for seconds!
This weekend, I received a very special gift in the mail from the lovely Brittni Winslow, pediatric occupational therapist and passionate spokeswoman for MILA, a special blend of 100% raw chia seeds by Lifemax.
I don’t often talk about my affinity for chia seeds, but I can assure you it exists with a vengeance. I often mix 1 Tbsp. of chia seeds with water and eat it plain! Chia seeds are an excellent thickener. You can add them to sauces, soups, dressings and smoothies. They’re so versatile and have a great, mild nutty flavor.
There is no denying the nutrition powerhouse that is the chia seed. They’re rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help support maintenance of brain volume (potentially memory), cholesterol-lowering fiber, protein and a host of minerals. Fun fact: Gram for gram, MILA chia seeds contain 6x more calcium than dairy milk!
One of my favorite things about MILA is the fact that it was created with science-based evidence behind it. A team of doctors and researchers are very passionate about the benefits of chia seeds and have conducted many double-blind studies on the heart-healthy benefits of chia seeds. One study showed that, compared to other strains of chia seeds, MILA took the prize for antioxidant content. For more information, you can watch the video here.
This weekend, I helped myself to a bowl of chia pudding. I added 2 Tbsp. of MILA to 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (I used Life’s Basics) and unsweetened almond milk until it produced an extra thick pudding. Topped with fresh berries, it was basically the snack of my dreams. You can click here for some more MILA recipes.
And now, you have the chance to try some MILA for yourself. I’m giving a 1-day pack of MILA to one lucky reader! (FYI: The packet is identical to the one in the above picture.) All you have to do is one or both of the following:
- Leave a comment on this post telling me how you would use MILA. Get creative!
- Tweet about the giveaway, saying “I want to win some MILA from @theloveofkale! http://wp.me/p1Tki5-13S” and leave a comment telling me you did so.
Each comment will count as a separate entry and I will choose the winner tomorrow night by Random.org. The winner will be announced in Wednesday’s post. Good luck!
Disclaimer: I was personally contacted by MILA and was given the product to review. I received no monetary compensation and all opinions come from my own noggin!