Monday, May 12, 2014

Mamma Chia Review + GIVEAWAY

I've written before about how much I love chia seeds and about how great they are for energy during running, as mentioned in the book Born to Run. Chia seeds are extremely nutritious for their size, with lots of fatty acids, protein, calcium, iron, and other vitamins an nutrients. When placed in water, they become gel-like and thus are perfect for making energy gels for endurance sports. Their water-retaining properties are also thought to help regulate electrolytes and the absorption of sugar. So chia seeds paired with sugar and electrolytes is really the perfect running fuel.

I was excited when Mamma Chia sent me some new products to try. They make drinks, gels, and other products with chia seeds and fruit juice. The drinks and gels taste amazing and go down easy. I actually love the consistency of the Mamma Chia products. And the flavors are great! Coconut Mango in both the drink and the gel is my favorite. The Green Magic is great too because it contains spirulina and kale.

I am really picky with the gels that I eat during running because most of them make my stomach hurt. But I knew that the Mamma Chia gel would be good because it only has natural fruit and chia ingredients. I tried the gels both before and during running and they were fantastic. I even had a gel during my half marathon last week. My only complaint is that the gel packs are quite big and don't fit in a pant pocket. I put mine in my bra and they would probably fit in a belt pack.

Janie Hoffman, the founder of Mamma Chia, also has a great book, Chia Vitality, about how to harness the power of chia seeds to boost stamina, lose weight, prevent disease, and get healthier.




GIVEAWAY!

FitFluential and Mamma Chia have partnered to giveaway an awesome prize pack to one of my readers. You get all of the items pictured above (total retail value of $75):
  • 7 Chia Squeezes (varied flavors)
  • 7 beverage vouchers
  • One copy of Janie’s book – Chia Vitality
  • One Mamma Chia T-Shirt
All you have to do is comment below telling me if you already use chia seeds (and how) in your daily diet. If not, tell me why you want to! Then fill out the rafflecopter app below telling me that you commented. If it doesn't work, just say so in your comment and I will enter your entry manually. You can also tweet about the giveaway and follow me and Mamma Chia on social media for extra entries.

Giveaway ends on Thursday, May 15 and the winner will be announced on Friday! Open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: FitFluential and Mamma Chia provided me with free products and the giveaway in exchange for a review post and social media shares. All opinions and text are my own.

16 comments:

  1. I love chia seeds, especially at breakfast. My go-to is Greek yogurt with chia seeds and fresh berries, but I also love adding chia to smoothies and oatmeal. Incorporating into my pre-workout routine is on my summer to-do list!

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  2. Lindsay @ The Garden Apt.May 12, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    I'm addicted to Chia seeds. I use them regularly with my protein shakes for breakfast in the morning! I'm also a big fan of Momma chia drinks for when I'm not feeling 100%

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  3. I love adding chia seeds to my smoothies, or making chia pudding with cacao as a healthy treat!

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  4. I have never used chia seeds but am starting to learn more about new things to add into my diet. I'd like to give it a try.

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  5. I just recently discovered chia seeds. I love putting them on my morning oatmeal!

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  6. These look great! I occasionally add chia seeds to my overnight oats and smoothies, but I would love to try these variations!

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  7. The key in this article is "go down easy". My son son has special needs & he refuses the texture of chia seeds in their natural state. This would be the best way for him to consume chia in a delicious format.

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  8. I love adding them to breakfast foods - smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt.

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  9. Samhita PennathurMay 14, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    I love Chia pudding!

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  10. Love chia in smoothies, breakfast porridge and pudding!

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  11. I've never tried chia seeds, but I would love to use them in my smoothies.

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  12. No, but I would like to start.

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  13. I love chia seeds! My favorite thing right now is my homemade chia jam, but I also sprinkle it on oatmeal or blend it in to smoothies, too!
    xo,
    Lauren at www.lakeshorelady.com

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  14. I used to put chia seeds in my yogurt, but I haven't bought them for a long time! I need to starting adding them to my smoothies...

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  15. Yes, I use them in my overnight oats

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  16. Brittany KoelmelMay 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    I put them in my yogurt and smoothies!

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