A while back, I saw a product called Chia Goodnessat the store and knowing all the potential health benefits of chia, I had to buy it. Quoting the Chia Goodness package, “Lactose free, chia contains more than five times the calcium of milk. It is a good source of fiber, and contains no gluten. With lots of essential fatty acids, trace minerals and protein, it is an all-around superfood.” For all you flax nuts out there, chia has more Omega 3’s than flax! If you add ground flaxseed into your stuff, why don’t you try chia next time instead?
This company, Ruth’s Hemp Foods, knows their health stuff which is obvious by reading the simple ingredients in this product (I purchased the apple almond cinnamon variety): Chia (salvia hispanica), buckwheat, hulled hemp seeds, dehydrated apples, almonds, raisins, organic cane sugar, cinnamon, celtic sea salt. Everything is obviously well thought out to deliver the best possible flavor without sacrificing nutrition. Well…there is added sugar, but trust me, if you’re going to eat this on its own it needs more sugar. The first time I tried it, I just mixed 2TB of Chia Goodness with 4TB hot water. To be honest, I would never eat this product alone again. It tasted a little fishy, probably due to the chia and the omega-3 benefits? Not sure….but not tasty this way. The texture is a tad bit gummy with bits if chia sticking in your teeth sometimes. I had to add some agave nectar to finish the bowl.
Since then, I’ve added this to my yogurt and oatmeal, and it’s MUCH better! It just gives a mild apple cinnamon flavor with a slight crunch- not as crunchy as granola (they’ll still stick in your teeth). If you want your yogurt crunchy with granola, you can still add the Chia Goodness for a nutritional punch…or you can just add your plain old Chia or Salba seeds if you’ve got them. However, if you don’t want that extra crunch or calories from the granola, this is a great nutritional option for you to just get some flavor along with the nutrition. Here’s a handy dandy online pamphlet for you to read if you’re interested in reading more about it and the health benefits.
All in all, if you are interested in your health and something easy to add to your yogurt, this is a great product for you to buy. If you’re more interested in just flavor, I’m not so sure this is for you. If you still want the health benefits but want some awesome food…just put ground chia or Salba in your recipes you know you like. May I suggest my Salba Fudgy Caramel Brownies?