A note from Joy: While I'm travelling I asked my good friend and healthy-vegan-foodie Candice to blog for me. Candice has a wonderful blog and she is incredibly enthusiastic about all things yoga, health and nutrition related. And I've been lucky enough to sample many of her delicious vegan creations!
By: Candice of The Real Dish
Good day Joyous Readers and fellow Nutritionistas! I am honored and privileged that Joyous Health asked me to guest post while she is away! Be sure to read about Joys adventures in her last blog post.
Joy has asked me to test out a product from Ruths Foods, one of hers, and mine, favorite brands of organic goodness. Ruths Foods is an incredible brand. Their products are GMO free, contain nothing synthetic, and they support sustainability [and family farms]. A lot of love goes into what they make. Ruths Food specializes in high quality Chia and Hemp products.
The product I had the pleasure of testing out was Ruths Foods Chocolate Chia Goodness. Joy is good; she knows how much I love chocolate! If you are an avid reader of the Joyous Blog I am sure you are familiar with Chia. If not, you may be asking yourself why should I eat these crazy little seeds?
So, what is so great about Chia Seeds? Well, Chia Seeds:
Are and excellent source of Calcium. [This is good for people who are lactose intolerant or Vegan.]
Also, they are an excellent plant based source of iron with one tablespoon containing 18% of your daily-recommended intake.
Contain all nine essential amino acids and are therefore contain complete protien.
Contain both essential fatty acids: Omega 6 and Omega 3. Essential fatty acids are an integral part of maintaining good health. They support the cardiovascular, reproductive, immune, and nervous systems. In addition EFAs repair cell membranes, enabling the cells to maintain optimum nutrition. A primary function of EFAs is the production of prostaglandins, which serve to regulate various bodily functions including regulation of inflammation. Chia seeds have an ideal omega 6:3 ratio. This is the ratio to Omega 6 fatty acids to Omega 3 fatty acids. Ideally you want more Omega 3s than Omega 6s as too many Omega 6s can be pro-inflammatory. To give you an idea of what is recommended, an ideal 6:3 ratio is 1:1 or 4:1. Chias 6:3 Ratio is about 1:3.4 which is more than ideal!
Are high in fiber. One serving of Chia Seeds contains ¼ of your daily intake of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps with regulation of the bowel and has been shown to lower cholesterol.
Also, Ruths Chocolate Chia Goodness contains Raw Cacao, which adds more health benefits to this already amazing product. If you want to learn more about raw chocolate and a chocolate trader right in Toronto, then check out this post: http://therealdishto.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/more-than-just-great-chocolate/
As you can see, Chia is a nutritional superstar! Now how to get Chia seeds into your diet? This is when Ruths Chia Goodness comes in handy. Ruths is super yummy and, as the name implies, full of Chia goodness. Be sure to grab a bag and get your Chia on!
Joyous says: Thanks for the review Candice!
If you would like to get some Chia Goodness, you can find it at most health food stores in Toronto or better yet, check Ruth's Foods link for Chia Goodness
How to enjoy it? Here are some ideas on how to incorporate it into your diet: http://www.joyoushealth.ca/2010/09/09/8-health-benefits-of-chi-chi-chia-blood-sugar-belly-fat-more/ In fact, right now I'm in Venice, Italy and I brought a bag with me to mix with yogurt in the mornings. It keeps you "regular", if you know what I mean (wink wink).