Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mamma Chia Giveaway!


Once only known for creating a beautiful Chia Pet, now the world knows the chia seed as a healthy superfood. If you haven't heard of chia seeds, or you haven't tried them yet, today is your lucky day. Not only will you learn all about these little powerhouses, but you'll have a chance to win a prize pack from awesome local company, Mamma Chia.

Chia seeds have been around for centuries and grow primarily in Central and South America. They became popular in the running community through the book Born to Run as the chia seed was described as the dietary staple of the members of the Tarahumara Indian tribe, providing long-lasting nutrition and the source of the tribe's everlasting stamina.

These tiny seeds pack the healthiest bang for your buck. They are known to help with weight loss, regulation of blood sugar levels, gastrointestinal issues, as well as aid in hydration and nutrition for endurance athletes. Chia seeds are loaded with heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and so much more. They are easier to digest than flax seeds, so you can eat them whole. When added to water, they absorb the liquid to create a gel. When eaten, this gel helps control body fluid levels, helping to prevent dehydration. It also helps slow the metabolism of carbohydrates, which means the carbs you eat will fuel you longer. This also helps stabilize blood sugar levels, preventing that horrendous sugar crash. Really, there's not much this little seed can't help you with (health-wise, anyway). You can eat them in a variety of ways, from sprinkling them into your yogurt, cereal or salad to adding them to your main dinner meal and your desserts! For those of us who can't do dairy, the way chia seeds absorb liquids helps them to make puddings and yogurts that rival their dairy counterparts. Check out our simple recipe for a chia seed pudding (it's the second recipe listed). 

One company has literally bottled the magic of the chia seed. Carlsbad-based Mamma Chia has created a line of chia drinks and on-the-go squeeze packs, allowing you to refuel and hydrate while either running your errands or running your long run. Combined with organic fruits and vegetables, their drinks and squeezes provide all the health benefits of the chia seed in a healthy, portable way. This means you can still have healthy snacks and drinks while on the go. 

Now you can enjoy Mamma Chia goodness for free! We're giving away an awesome prize pack containing all of their chia squeeze flavors, some creamy dreamy lip balm and four coupons to try their chia drink for free. All you have to do is leave a comment here, on our Facebook post, reply to us on Twitter or like/comment on Instagram @SoleHealth.

We'll take comments/likes/responses through 8/19 and announce the winner 8/20.