Many of you know that I have started taking classes at YogaWorks in Westlake Village (let me know if you want a free pass to try it out for a week). While I’m really enjoying the variety of classes, I’m not going to lie – the sculpting class I’m taking leaves me wiped!
After my work out I try to hydrate as much as possible. Water, of course, is the preferred choice. But at times, I have also chosen to drink Coconut Water which is very hydrating and loaded with vitamins and minerals.
Well, today after class, I was feeling particularly exhausted so I stopped at Lassen’s on the way home hoping to find a magical elixir so pick me up. This caught my eye so I thought I’d try it for fun.
Organic Mamma Chia. This drink is load with Chia Seeds. That’s right Chia, as in Chia Pets.
Apparently, Chia seeds, an ancient grain, were revered by both the Mayans and Aztecs for their amazing energy and natural healing powers. Chia seeds were a main component of both the Aztec and Maya diets, and played a prominent role in religious ceremonies. One tablespoon of the seeds was considered capable of sustaining a warrior for 24 hours.
Today, chia is the force behind famous long distance runners who use it for powerful stamina. As described in the New York Times bestselling book, Born to Run by Christopher McDougall:
“In terms of nutritional content, a tablespoon of chia is like a smoothie made from salmon, spinach, and human growth hormone. As tiny as those seeds are, they’re superpacked with Omega-3s, protein, calcium, iron, zinc, fiber and antioxidants. If you had to pick just one desert-island food, you couldn’t do much better than chia, at least if you were interested in building muscle, lowering cholesterol, and reducing your risk of heart disease; after a few months on the chia diet, you could probably swim home.”
I choose the raspberry passion flavor and gotta say, I liked it! It is weird to drink becaue the seeds are a little “slimy” but it is reminiscent of those drinks with boba in them. Strange but yummy. Now, it’s too soon to tell if it lives up to it’s claim as a “Vitality Beverage” but I will likely purchase and drink this again.
Here are the statistics that sold me. This bottle had:
- 2000 mg Omega-3
- 10 g of Fiber
- 4 g Complete Protein
- 33 mg Calcium
- High in Antioxidants
- Gluten-Free and Vegan
- Lightly Sweetened
- Less than one tablespoon of Organic Agave
- Certified Organic
So, there it is. I drank something WEIRD today…and I liked it!