“Let’s Go Chia” brand uses chia seed powder to fuel an active lifestyle

“For the days when you want to feel alive.” Photo: Come on Chia


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Editor’s Note: This feature is presented by our partner Come on Chia.

It is common knowledge that chia seeds are good for you, but what is not as well known is what they actually do. Well that’s a lot. Chia seeds are a great source of plant protein, contain fiber to support gut health, are loaded with minerals essential for bone health, contain more antioxidants than blueberries, and contain all nine essential amino acids your body needs. cannot produce but needs. This is especially important for vegetarians, as protein and amino acids are difficult to find when you are not eating meat. As Christopher McDougall says in Born to run, the best-selling 2009 non-fiction book about the Tarahumara Indian tribe and their extreme long-distance races: “In terms of nutritional content, a tablespoon of chia is like a smoothie made with salmon, spinach and human growth hormone. “

Chia seeds come from Hispanic Salvia, a type of flowering mint native to Mexico that was as widely used as corn by the Aztec people. So why don’t we all eat chia seeds today? The main problem is that there hasn’t been a right way to consume them that has spread to the Western diet. To really get the full range of nutrients in a chia seed, the hard outer layer has to be bypassed – either by soaking the seeds in water for more than 15 minutes or by grinding them. Soaking the seeds isn’t the easiest to do and produces that weird, gelatinous porridge which, I’ll be honest, isn’t my favorite texture. But grinding the seeds avoids the goop problem and produces a powder that can be added to virtually any food or drink.

This is the breakthrough that Lance and Kelli Capel, former Division I college racers, encountered as they tried to incorporate chia seeds into their diet. The powdered form of chia seed also makes it easy to combine chia seeds with other great ingredients, like the chia superfood blends that Lance and Kelli pioneered under the Let’s Go Chia label. So far, there are two Let’s Go Chia mixes to help you incorporate chia seeds into an active, healthy lifestyle, and more are on the way.

let the anti-inflammatory chia mixture go in hot water

A ball of Anti-inflammatory blend and a little hot water makes a delicious tea. Photo: Come on Chia

The Anti-inflammatory blend is made from three all-natural ingredients: chia powder, turmeric, and monk fruit. Turmeric is a superfood in its own right with potent anti-inflammatory properties that help your joints, skin, and brain. Monk fruit adds a bit of sweetness (without adding sugar) and brings even more antioxidants to the table. Lance and Kelli sent me a sachet of the anti-inflammatory blend and I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious it is. I quickly fell into a routine of mixing a spoonful of the powder mixture with hot water in place of tea (but definitely not in place of coffee, I am a desperate caffeine addict) in the morning and on. evening. The result was a lightly sweet and delicious hot drink – tea is something I usually drink just for fun, so I was delighted to drink something I loved that also had incredible health benefits. I also tried it as a cold drink, brewing tea and adding ice, and found it to be incredibly refreshing and an obvious replacement for a soda or sweet iced tea in the middle of the day. Lance let me know that the mixture may be most effective before or after activity in helping to relieve joint pain and low level inflammation.

Let's go chia peanut butter protein powder

The Peanut Butter Protein Powder is made with just five ingredients and is super tasty. Photo: Come on Chia

Just released this month is the Peanut Butter Protein Blend, made from five all-natural ingredients: chia powder, peanut butter, cocoa, Himalayan pink sea salt and monk fruit. Peanut butter contains the protein, cocoa promotes a healthy heart and blood circulation, and Himalayan sea salt is packed with minerals that help balance your body’s pH and improve the quality of sleep. I’ve always been wary of the huge bottles of 50-ingredient protein powder that used to be a staple in the diet of many friends in college, and this protein powder reassures me with five simple ingredients. Just a few scoops, a banana, and a bit of milk made a delicious and filling smoothie, and it was also delicious in more robust smoothies made with frozen fruits, yogurt, nuts, vegetables and more.

This spring, keep an eye out for new mouthwatering chia blends to hit the market. Lance and Kelli hope to expand their chia offering over the next few months to create blends that offer a wide range of other benefits that can be incorporated into all aspects of a healthy, active lifestyle. Lance shared with me their plans to produce an immunity-focused blend from camu camu (an Amazon rainforest fruit with more vitamin C than oranges) and mango, and a blend of natural energy to based on coconut and guarana (another Amazonian plant, this one rich in caffeine).

Find the anti-inflammatory mix here, and the peanut butter protein blend here on Amazon. Or visit the The Let’s Go Chia website, and for a limited time, get an extra 15% off the peanut butter protein blend with the code “CHIALOVER”.

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