According to Health Warrior, makers of the rather delicious Chia Bar, 16 oz of chia seeds contain as much Omega-3 as 10 lbs of salmon, as much protein as 3 lbs of tofu, as much calcium as 4 lbs of milk, as much magnesium as 15 lbs of broccoli and as much fiber as 4 lbs of oatmeal. Not that anyone needs to eat that much in one sitting! Each Chia Bar (available in coconut, acai berry and chocolate peanut butter flavors) contains just 100 calories and 5g of sugar but packs a serious energy punch with 1000mg Omega-3, 4g fiber and 4g protein. It's a good thing to stash in your gym bag or glove compartment. Did I mention they're also yummy? Yes, they are.
Mamma Chia lets you drink your chia seeds. Since they're rehydrated, ostensibly the nutrients are more easily absorbed by your body. Each 10 oz bottle provides 2500mg of Omega-3, 4g of protein, 95mg of calcium and 6g of fiber. The nine Mamma Chia flavors (blackberry hibiscus, cherry lime, cranberry lemonade, raspberry passion, pomegranate mint, coconut mango, kiwi lime, guava mamma and grapefruit ginger) are unusual and refreshing without being too sweet since they're made with natural fruit juices and agave nectar. The chia seeds lend a really interesting texture to the drinks, sort of a cross between the tapioca pearls in Asian bubble drinks and pomegranate arils. I've only tried a couple of flavors but they stock the brand at the Natural Grocers next to my gym. Yay!
Another interesting way to add chia seeds to your diet is to buy them in bulk. Health Warrior sells them in a 16oz package and I've seen other brands in jars in the supplement section of my regular grocery store. You can add them to breads, cakes or pizza dough as you might add flaxseeds or poppyseeds, for a nutty flavor and texture. They can be used as an egg substitute in baking recipes- simply soak 1 Tbsp of chia seeds in 1/4 cup water per egg. Make a healthy "pudding" by soaking chia seeds in coconut or almond milk, with no cooking necessary just mix 1/4 cup of ground chia seeds with 1 cup of preferred milk. You can flavor it to taste with fruit or cocoa powder and honey or agave to sweeten, then refrigerate until set.
Have you used chia seeds? Any recommendations?
In accordance to the FTC Guidelines and the WOMMA Code of Ethics, I am disclosing that I have received complimentary samples from Health Warrior and Mamma Chia to facilitate this post. No compensation was provided. All opinions are, as usual, entirely my own.