seed the soul

In pre-Columbian times the Maya and Aztecs revered chia seeds for their amazing energy and natural healing powers. One tablespoon of the seeds was considered capable of sustaining a warrior for 24 hours. A component of both societies diets, the ancient grain played a prominent role in religious ceremonies, too. Today, chia is the force behind the famous long distance runners, the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s Copper Canyon. Chia seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family, which grows in North and South America. Consumed as early as 3,000 B.C., chia seeds were eaten as a grain, mixed with water, ground into flour, mixed into medicines, and pressed for omega-3 oil. As anyone who has followed my capricious dietary peregrinations since the start of this site knows, these extraordinary seeds offer a complete nutritional profile of omega-3, balanced dietary fiber, complete protein, antioxidants and minerals – chia really is one of the world’s healthiest whole foods.  Now along comes Mamma Chia, a new all-organic beverage pairing chia seeds, fruit juice, and a light touch of agave. With flavors like Blackberry Hibiscus, Cherry Lime, Raspberry Passion, Coconut Mango, and Pomegranate Mint, it’s official: chia has gone mainstream. Which is a good thing, really, because I’m addicted to the funky viscosity of these little super seeds.

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me & goji

We’ve all heard of custom suits and shirts.  And artisanal foods have been all the rage for years now. But custom artisanal cereal?  Readers, it’s time to dump those boring bran flakes: Me & Goji, the internet’s first custom cereal and granola company, is mixing some of the healthiest, flavor-bursting superfoods from around the globe into breakfast blends wholly designed by – you guessed it – you. Whether just rising and shining or questing for vitality, if you expect the best out of your body, you need to put the best in.  You’ve heard it said a thousand times because it’s true:  breakfast is the most important meal of the day. At Me & Goji you can design a functional cereal that satisfies your tastes and nutritional needs.  Think of it as cereal that works.  Gluten-free, wheat-free, raw food?  No  problem. Energy-packed, nutrient-dense, health-enhancing whole foods – you’ve come to the right place.  Start your design with a base cereal, like goji oats, samurai wheat or healthy hoops.  Enhance it with add-ins: flax seed for extra fiber or chocolate chips for extra fun, then toss in a few dried fruits and nuts.  To help you make informed choices you’re given the health benefits and nutritional details of the 60-plus available ingredients at every step.  (Who knew mulberries were such a powerful antioxidant or that pine nuts were nature’s only source of the appetite-suppressing pinoleic acid?) Once you’re done experimenting in the lab, customize your creation’s capsule with a name and add a photo above the nutritional label.  And since I know your dying to know, Michael’s Gladiator Mix is a fiber-packing blend of artisanal cereal base, mulberry, goldenberry, goji berry, pine nut, amaranth, and chia seed. The revolution, people, has been cerealized.

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