Chia offers two products - Chia Squeeze and Vitality Beverages. Each
consists mainly of organic chia seeds with organic fruit and vegetable
juices lightly sweetened with organic agave nectar. Chia seeds are a
good source of omega-3, which is good for the heart and the brain, and
contain powerful antioxidants and dietary fibers, as well as complete
protein, calcium and magnesium. So they are nutrient-rich, and great for
endurance athletes! I love that they are all organic!
I put together a team to taste test these goodies and put them to the
test, give them a test run, if you will, but first....how do they taste?
Chia Squeeze 3.5 oz. squeeze pouch are available in four flavors;
Strawberry Banana, Green Magic, Apple Cinnamon and Blackberry Bliss. I
had my team try each and below is what we found.
Green Magic; a
flavor derived from bananas, mangoes, kale, spirulina and chlorella. It
possess an earthy flavor, no doubt a result of the latter three
ingredients, and is accented with a combination of lightly tart and
sweet tang flavors. We found it to be a great addition to yogurt, and a
favorite among one of the testers!
The Apple Cinnamon was
reminiscent of apple pie filling and would be a perfect compliment to a
morning bowl of oatmeal. This was by far the most popular flavor of our
Strawberry Banana provided a perfect balance of
each flavor; neither overpowering the other. Great right out of the
pouch or blended in yogurt or oatmeal. One tester also added to her
Blackberry Bliss definitely lived up to its name providing a very berry taste, no too heavy and only slightly sweet.
tasters felt that the flavors were found to be light in taste and
sweetness, which allowed the natural flavors of the fruits to come
through and making it a satisfying snack without that heavy feeling
found with other snacks. All can be enjoyed chilled or at room
temperature which means it can be a perfect food to fuel before, during,
or after workouts or runs. They all pair well with plain yogurt,
oatmeal, and protein shakes. The texture is pleasant, not thick and
gummy but rather like apple sauce with the addition of the whole chia
The Vitality Beverages are available in 10 oz bottles
in nine different flavors - Blackberry Hibiscus, Cherry Lime, Cranberry
Lemonade, Raspberry Passion, Pomegranate Mint, Coconut Mango, Kiwi
Lime, Guava Mamma, and Grapefruit Ginger.
All are similar in
characteristics as Chia Squeeze when it comes to lightness in flavor and
sweetness, and I find the flavors to be enjoyable. They are definitely
refreshing after one of my long runs or marathons and are an important
part of my recovery, but the chia seeds with the "gel" texture in a
beverage seem different. I sometimes feel like I have to chew my drink,
so something I need to get used to.
Overall I love Mamma Chia’s
products though I tend to favor the Squeeze. Portable and excellent
choice for a more "whole" food fuel option and organic! Great for
athletes and the entire family, kids enjoy the squeeze too!