Until recently, my experience with chia seeds was pretty much limited to those clay figurine "Chia Pets" that were all the rage when I was little. I never had the pleasure of owning one, but I'm pretty sure "the gift that grows" was on my Christmas wish list that year. Knowing my mom, she took one look at it, rolled her eyes, and thought "no way"... As I probably would myself today, lol.
These days chia seeds have been popping up more often for their health benefits. Packed with protein, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and calcium, it's no wonder that these tiny seeds have been called one of the "world's healthiest whole foods"!
I've experimented with adding them to smoothies and overnight oatmeal over the past year, as well as sprinkling them over yogurt and granola. Chia seeds are totally tasteless and are a fabulous thickening agent because of their ability to absorb up to 12 times their own weight in water.
This hydrophilic property is also what makes them uniquely drinkable. Not like sipping a smoothie through a straw drinkable, but actually drinking them. In a beverage. From a bottle... Skeptical? I'll admit I was, too -- until Mamma Chia asked me to try their new organic chia energy beverages.
As a longtime coffee and tea drinker, I've never really been interested in trying any other type of storebought energy drinks. I'd seen the original Mamma Chia Vitality Beverages with the other whole fruit & veggies juices and smoothies in the refrigerated produce case of my local Walmart store and even briefly considered giving them a try, but ultimately I stayed safely in my comfort zone with a green smoothie or such.
My husband, however, was a can-a-day sugary energy drink junkie up until earlier this year when our youngest daughter asked him to stop drinking them. She's one smart little cookie, knowing that drinking them daily couldn't be good. All it took was one look into her big blue eyes and he agreed to ditch the energy drinks, swapping them for green tea for awhile, and then giving that up, as well, because he just didn't care for the taste.
It never occurred to me that there might be an all-natural energy drink alternative, but I'm pretty sure we've found it in Mamma Chia! Just one bottle of Mamma Chia Clean Energy delivers:
- 90mg of natural caffeine
- More than an entire day's worth of Omega-3s
- 25% of one's daily fiber
- 4 grams of complete protein
- Twice the antioxidants of a cup of green tea
- Calcium, powerful antioxidants and valuable minerals
- All for just 120 calories
All that and it tastes great! I've tried both the Raspberry Razz and Blackberry Blast flavors, and they're equally good. My store didn't have the Grape Power or Cherry Charge on the shelf, but I'll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for them.
You're probably wondering about the texture right about now. Am I right? I won't lie -- for some of you it may take a little getting used to. It's ever so slightly gelatinous and you might find yourself slurping the beverage a bit more than drinking it, but the results are amazing and I actually find myself craving them now. I'm so glad I gave them a shot, because I definitely feel more energized after drinking one!
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