A while back, someone from Ruth’s Foods contacted me asking if I’d like to try their Chia Goodness products. I’ve been incorporating chia seeds into my diet pretty regularly in the past year, especially in smoothies, and as an egg replacer, so I was eager to try them. (1 Tbsp chia seeds soaked in 3 Tbsp warm water for a few minutes makes a wonderfully gooey, vegan egg replacer.)
Chia seeds, yep just like the ones in a chia pet (but don’t eat those), are nutritional power houses. They’re high in omega 3, calcium, fiber, protein, and are a good source of iron and other minerals. And they have virtually no taste, so they can be used in a variety of recipes.
Thes Ruth’s Foods Chia Goodness packs I received are marketed as breakfast cereals and it states on their website:
The ingredients are completely raw – just stir in milk or water, hot or cold, and wait a few minutes for it to thicken, giving it the comfort quality of oatmeal.
I was intrigued, but skeptical about eating the seeds the same way I would oatmeal. When chia seeds soak up water, they go from looking like a poppy seed to becoming a jelly-like little ball (kind of like fish eggs on sushi). I don’t mind the texture combined in my smoothies, but knew I wouldn’t like eating it by the spoonful right out of the bowl. Ruth’s Chia Goodness packs contain ingredients besides chia seeds, like shelled hempseed (great source of protein), and other seeds, dried fruits, and/or nuts, giving them more flavor and texture than just plain ‘ol chia seeds. So instead of eating them as my breakfast, I incorporated them in my breakfast.
A few days a week, I make a soy yogurt parfait for breakfast, layering frozen mixed berries that I defrost with soy yogurt and Uncle Sam honey almond cereal. I started sprinkling a tablespoon of Chia Goodness into the mix and loved it! The Apple Almond Cinnamon variety is my favorite. I love the little dried bits of apples and the sweet cinnamon sugar combo. I also received the chocolate flavor, which has little cocoa nibs and date pieces, giving it a nice chocolatey chew. I’ve also been making a sort of pudding with that chia blend that I have for dessert occasionally. In a small glass bowl, I microwave about ½ cup frozen blueberries, then add in a splash of almond milk, tablespoon of chocolate Ghia Goodness, and a few dark chocolate chips. It’s the perfect sweet dessert that’s also high in fiber, omega 3s, and antioxidants.
I’m enjoying trying out these chia packs in a variety of ways. Have you ever tried chia? How do you eat them?
Looks like this is going to be my last post of 2011! Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy New Year!!!
Disclaimer: I was not paid to review Chia Goodness but received samples to try. All opinions are, as always, my own.