Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Chia Co. - Oats and Muesli

Imagine you are going on a trip to a city far away. You aren't sure if you'll have access to boiling water or a microwave, but you know you'll have a refrigerator and would like to bring something healthy to eat for breakfast. That's when The Chia Co. comes to the rescue! Based in Australia, The Chia Co. has been growing chia seeds and making chia products since 2003. They believe that the modern diet is lacking in Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein that can be found in high-quality chia seeds so they are finding ways to incorporate them into products that will appeal to most consumers.

For those who may not like the way chia seeds gel up when introduced into many foods, you will love the Oats and Bircher Muesli creations. The former, the Chia Pod Oats, are ready-to-eat breakfast oats with sun-ripened chia seeds, fruit, and coconut oil already mixed in a container complete with a spoon. The directions state to heat them, but I've eaten some cold and they've been great.

My favorite was the Blueberry & Lemon Oats made with chia seed gel, whole grain oats, blueberries, coconut palm sugar, coconut oil, and lemon. So it's just chia, oats, coconut oil and palm sugar, and fruit. These mixes are completely natural with no added fillers and the flavor is phenomenal -- just the right amount of lemon to complement the plump blueberries.

The Apple Spice Oats were filled with chunky shredded apples and delicious spices like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.

Other flavors include the Banana & Mango and Mixed Berry.

The other product I tried was the Bircher Müesli, which was first created in 1900 by Swiss physician Dr. Bircher who went against the accepted practice of the times by advocating a diet rich in raw wholefoods rather than thoroughly cooked meals. These containers are filled with whole grain oats, almond milk, shredded apples, chia seeds, coconut oil, and coconut sugar along with other nuts and fruit. Muesli is meant to be eaten cold and not heated.

My favorite was really a toss up. There was the Apple and Acai, which was filled with chunky apple shreds and walnuts and flavored with an amazing acai puree.

Then there was the Pistachio & Cranberry filled with shredded apples, cranberries, and crunchy pistachios. I felt like I could eat this one all day.

The Orange & Brazil Nut was another great flavor.

The Chia Pod containers are made from BPA-free, food-grade polypropylene plastic, which is completely safe for microwave heating. They say that their chia seeds are non-GMO certified and can be traced back directly to the paddock on which they were grown.

As far as finding where these are sold, it appears that The Chia Co. has distribution all over the U.S. including in DC, however, it may just be their chia seeds that are available here as I've never seen the oats or muesli in DC. You can buy their chia seeds online at Amazon here.You can find their breakfast products direct through their store online. The oats are sold for $42 for a 12-pack and the Muesli is sold for $55 for a 12-pack. They aren't cheap, but they are very good. I think of these as being used best as a breakfast on-the-go especially when you are out of town with just a refrigerator in your hotel room. These might be some of the most conveniently fresh breakfast items ever and I'm excited to have discovered them! I only hope I can find them again on my next trip!

Full Disclosure: Although the products were provided to me for free to review, that in no way influenced my veracious opinion.

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