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
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