Let’s Talk Chia!

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Chia is one of my favorite super foods, what’s that? What is a superfood you ask? Superfoods have very high levels of nutrients such as leafy greens like kale, collards and chard, blueberries and goji berries.  Also sea plants such as green algae and seaweeds are powerful sources of nutrition and energy

Chia is high in omega-3 fatty acids and are a rich source of antioxidants.When eaten, they form a gel with stomach liquids that helps to slow down carbohydrate absorption and the conversions of carbohydrates into sugars. Additionally, it leaves you feeling fuller longer, and soothes heartburn and calm the stomach. Chia seeds are high in fiber, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron and zinc. They are an easily digestible protein and the protein in chia helps build muscles and other tissues. They also provide a trace mineral, boron, which helps aid in absorption of calcium.

Chia seeds can be eaten raw or ground to make a flour substitute and added to baked goods and even pastas. It can also be mixed with a small amount of water to be used as an egg replacer in baked goods. Chia seeds bring a nutty flavor to smoothies, granola and oatmeal. One of my favorite chia seed products are Ruth’s Foods Chia Goodness. Chia Goodness is also a favorite of many of my clients, one is even so in love with it he ordered himself a case!

It is a quick and easy breakfast option or even a snack! I keep a package of the chocolate flavor at my desk at all times so when I get hungry I can make myself up a bowl.  I love that you can eat it hot or cold, which makes it great to travel with.  I usually take along some whenever we travel because as long as I have a bowl or cup, a spoon and water I can eat it anywhere!

Today I am sharing my love of chia AND of Ruth’s Foods Chia Goodness with a giveaway! The winner of the giveaway will receive three flavors of Chia Goodness and a package of chia seeds.

How to enter: Giveaway is now CLOSED.

The winner is Judy!

Mandatory Entry: Must Enter by March 20, 2012 at 12pm EST

1. What types of post are you most interested in reading on this blog?

Additional Entries (please leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry)

27 Comment

  1. Judy Richardson-Schroeder says: Reply

    You have some great info on your site Lindsay. Posts I’d be most interested in would include types of foods that can assist in boosting the immune system. Articles that help those living with health issues such as Fibromyalgia, understand how nutrition can aid with things such as improved sleep, helping with muscle cramps and other pain, etc. I’d also love to read more about nutrition and the brain – if/how the brain can benefit from eating certain fruits, vegetables or seeds. Perhaps also a few recipes to go along with each type of post. You’re doing a great job Lindsay, thanks for all that you do for others via your blog and your services.

    1. I am currently working on a post regarding Immune Boosting Foods so check back soon! I also appreciate the other topics of inspiration i.e. nutrition for improved sleep, ect. – thank you!

      1. Judy RS says: Reply

        I’m looking forward to these. Thanks so much Lindsay.

  2. JudyRS says: Reply

    Just “liked” you on FB and am looking forward to learning more about your health and wellness approach. Thanks!

  3. JudyRS says: Reply

    Just re-tweeted your contest Lindsay. Happy to be following you on Twitter! Enjoy your day and the great weekend coming up!

  4. Natural Vegan ways to boost immune system. The ANDI system.

    1. I am currently working on a post regarding Immune Boosting Foods so check back soon!

  5. Jami says: Reply

    I’d love to learn a bit about the relationship between diet and hormone levels, estrogen in particular. I know that certain foods have the potential to raise/lower estrogen levels but I don’t understand how drastic that effect actually is or why it occurs!

    1. Great topic! Thank you for the suggestion

  6. Aubrey says: Reply

    Love to see stuff on what kind of healthy eating habitgs aid sleeping and ways to help with muscle aches and so on.

  7. Sarah says: Reply

    I’d be interested in reading posts on eating healthy on a cheap college budget, as well as simple recipes.

    1. Sarah- Keep your eyes peeled! I will be discussing living and eating healthy on a budget this April!

  8. sarah says: Reply

    I liked you on Facebook.

  9. sarah says: Reply

    I followed you on twitter.

  10. Katherine D says: Reply

    Vegan recipes that don’t contain soy

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (Dot) com

    1. Katherine- I am working on a variety of new recipes for the blog and many will be soy free!

  11. Emily says: Reply

    I love your nutrition and wellness posts! I find them so informative and helpful. I also love to hear meal and recipe ideas.

  12. Emily says: Reply

    I follow you on twitter

  13. Emily says: Reply

    I like you on Facebook 🙂

  14. deborah says: Reply

    I am fairly new to the whole foods way of life. I just recently heard of chia the past few weeks and have been doing some research on how you use it. I ordered a sample and am waiting on it to come in. The kind of post I enjoy most are ones about eating healthy without breaking the bank.

    1. Deborah- I have a number of posts coming up that will feature how to live and eat healthy on a budget so stay tuned!

  15. deborah says: Reply

    I follow you on twitter

  16. deborah says: Reply

    I follow you on facebook, can’t wait for some of my friends to start following you as well.

    1. Wonderful! Thank you!

  17. SammyCakes says: Reply

    I like posts on superfoods and was to incorporate them 🙂

  18. SammyCakes says: Reply

    I liked you on facebook.

  19. Nicole says: Reply

    I’d be interested in reading about new products and nutrition tips.

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