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Vanilla Bean Chia Pods: a nutritious breakfast on the go

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I had the great fortune to be able to snag a few of The Chia Co's 'Chia Pods' while attending the Natural Foods Expo in Anaheim, CA, last week.

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Chia Pods are "wholefood nutrition in a convenient single serve". Made in Australia by sustainable fourth generation farmers who believe in making Chia available to as many people as possible, Chia Pods are rapidly growing in popularity. Their 'Commitment to Sustainability' reads as follows:

COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLILTY

Social:

  • Make a positive contribution to public health by making Chia available to as many people as possible
  • Educate the global community on the value of good nutrition and Chia’s role in that
  • Provide fair value to all communities we operate in and help build those communities in which we farm

Environment:

  • Grow Chia in perfect harmony with nature, improving nature’s gifts along the way
  • Use natural, gravity-fed watering methods
  • All natural harvesting and sun-ripening
  • Minimize total environmental impact

Economic:

  • A long-term global initiative ensuring that Chia is in a vital part of the world’s diet in 50-100 years
  • Make Chia available at a fair value to the global community
  • Invest profits in future growth, more nutritious chia

I fell in love with the Vanilla Bean flavor, but the pods also boast blueberry, banana, and mango. In addition to the pods, The Chia Co sells bags of chia seeds, chia shots, chia oil, Bircher Müesli chia pods that include chia seeds, oats, and raw fruits, and ground chia seeds.

The consistency of the pod's breakfast contents looks a bit frightening at first, but the taste is unbelievable, and leaves one feeling full for a good two hours.

At the moment it seems that US consumers can only purchase chia pods online, with the store locator listing chia pods in UK grocery stores, but the fact that they were sampling at last week's Natural Products Expo seems to indicate that they will be hitting the US markets sooner rather than later.

Let's hope it's sooner! A portable breakfast with only three simple ingredients rich in Omega-3's, protein, and fiber would be welcomed by a nation of confirmed breakfast skippers.

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