Editor’s Notice: This function is introduced by our companion Let’s Go Chia.
It’s widespread information that chia seeds are good for you, however what isn’t as generally recognized is what they really do. Nicely, it’s loads. Chia seeds are an excellent supply of plant-based protein, comprise fiber to assist intestine well being, are loaded with minerals important to bone well being, boast extra antioxidants than blueberries, and embody all 9 important amino acids that your physique can not produce however wants. That is particularly necessary for vegetarians, as protein and amino acids are laborious to return by while you’re not consuming meat. As Christopher McDougall says in Born to Run, the 2009 bestselling nonfiction ebook concerning the Tarahumara Indian Tribe and their excessive, lengthy distance races: “By way of dietary content material, a tablespoon of chia is sort of a smoothie produced from salmon, spinach, and human progress hormone.”
Chia seeds come from Salvia Hispanica, a flowering sort of mint native to Mexico that was used as broadly as corn by the Aztec peoples. So why aren’t all of us consuming chia seeds at this time? The primary drawback is that there hasn’t been a good way to devour them that has caught on with the Western food regimen. To essentially get the complete array of vitamins inside a chia seed the robust outer layer must be bypassed – both by soaking the seeds in water for quarter-hour plus, or by grinding them. Soaking the seeds isn’t the best to do, and produces that unusual gelatinous goop that, I’ll be sincere, isn’t my favourite texture. However grinding the seeds avoids the goop drawback, and produces a powder that may be added to principally any meals or beverage.
That is the breakthrough that Lance and Kelli Capel, former Division I collegiate runners got here throughout as they have been making an attempt to include chia seeds into their diets. The powdered type of the chia seed additionally makes it simpler to mix chia seeds with different superior elements, just like the chia superfood blends that Lance and Kelli are pioneering beneath the Let’s Go Chia label. Thus far, there are two Let’s Go Chia blends that can assist you incorporate chia seeds into an energetic and wholesome life-style, with extra on the way in which.
The Anti-Inflammatory Blend is made with three, all-natural elements – chia powder, turmeric, and monk fruit. Turmeric is a superfood in its personal proper with potent anti-inflammatory properties that assist your joints, pores and skin, and mind. The monk fruit provides a little bit of sweetness (with out including any sugar) and brings much more antioxidants to the desk. Lance and Kelli despatched me a bag of the Anti-Inflammatory Mix and I used to be pleasantly stunned by simply how scrumptious it’s. I rapidly fell right into a routine of blending a scoop of the powder mix with sizzling water rather than tea (however undoubtedly not rather than espresso, I’m a hopeless caffeine addict) within the morning and night. The outcome was a frivolously candy and scrumptious sizzling drink – tea is one thing I normally simply drink for pleasure, so I used to be stoked to be ingesting one thing I loved that additionally had such unbelievable well being advantages. I additionally tried it as a chilly drink, brewing the tea and including ice, and located it to be extremely refreshing, and a no brainer substitute for a middle-of-the-day soda or candy iced tea. Lance let me know that the mix could be handiest earlier than or after exercise to assist with joint-specific ache and low-level irritation.
Simply launched this month is the Peanut Butter Protein Blend, made with 5 all-natural elements – chia powder, peanut butter, cacao, pink Himalayan sea salt, and monk fruit. The peanut butter packs the protein, cacao helps a wholesome coronary heart and blood circulation, and the Himalayan sea salt is stuffed with minerals that helps steadiness your physique’s pH and improves sleep high quality. I used to be all the time suspicious of the huge bottles of 50-ingredient protein powder that have been a staple of many mates’ diets in school, and this protein powder places my thoughts comfortable with 5 easy elements. Only a couple scoops, a banana and a few milk makes a scrumptious and hearty smoothie, and it additionally tasted nice in additional sturdy smoothies made with frozen fruit, yogurt, nuts, veggies, and extra.
This spring, hold a watch out as extra mouth-watering chia blends come to market. Lance and Kelli hope to develop their chia choices within the coming months to make blends that provide a variety of different advantages, and could be built-in into each a part of a wholesome and energetic life-style. Lance shared with me their plans to provide an immunity-focused mix from camu camu (a fruit from the Amazon Rainforest with extra vitamin C than oranges) and mango, and and a pure power mix made with coconut and guarana (one other Amazonian plant, this one excessive in caffeine).
Discover the Anti-Inflammatory mix here, and the Peanut Butter Protein mix here on Amazon. Or, go to the Let’s Go Chia website, and for a restricted time get an additional 15% off the Peanut Butter Protein Mix with the code ‘CHIALOVER’.