Imagine my surprise when I walk into FitPro Live last month, during Whole30, and I was offered a sample product I could actually eat!
Banana Chia Pods you say?! Just chia seeds, coconut milk and banana?! Perfect!
What Are Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds are potent little bundles of energy with generous doses of omega-3, fibre and protein.
Chia seeds are also a good source of several vitamins and minerals, containing vitamin A, B3, iron and magnesium (find more inspiration in the simpElle found: Chia Seeds post)
…I remember having a short conversation on Twitter about chia seeds and whether they were Whole30 compliant or not. At that time, I came away thinking YES!
Then when I shared a picture on IG of my ‘The Chia co’ delivery this month, Leah informed me that they were not technically Whole30 approved!
She said ““official #whole30 word says “because of the nutrient profile, we believe it (chia) falls more into the flax/hemp category than the buckwheat/quinoa category (pseudo-cereal). Those foods – flax, hemp and chia – are not encouraged because of their particularly fatty acid profile, but they are highly unlikely to be problematic in the same way other grains are during your whole 30. Therefore – they are in – not encouraged, but not banned.”“
Hmmm…somewhat too late for me. I was already licking the inside of the Chia Pods pot!
Chia Pods come in 4 different varieties – Vanilla Bean, Mango, Banana and Blueberry. That’s also the order in which I like them most!
This is why I love them more:
Dairy and gluten free, Chia Pods deliver 100% of your daily omega-3 and 25% of your daily fiber requirements.
Chia Pods are entirely preservative and additive free. Cold processing has been used to ensure the full nutrition, taste and color of the fruit is retained, and pure coconut milk gives Chia Pods a creamy texture while providing healthy, medium-chain fatty acids.
In the last 30 days, they have been uber useful as part of my daily meals. They’ve helped to ensure I am full and keep me feeling full for longer in between meals.
Now I’m officially post Whole30, I also have some chia seeds and shots from The Chia co to experiment with. The shots will come in handy for sure; in hindsight now, I’m thinking a chia shot would’ve been perfect in an iced tea I had while out today! I’ll be sure to remember that for next time!
What are your thoughts on chia seeds?! …have any great recipes for me to try out?! Share with me!