Chia Goodness is a new concept cereal. From the website, the ingredients are completely raw -- just stir in water, hot or cold, and wait a few minutes for it to thicken, giving it the comfort quality of oatmeal.
Chia is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax seeds. And it has another advantage over flax: chia is so rich in antioxidants that the seeds don't deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid. And, unlike flax, they do not have to be ground to make their nutrients available to the body. Chia seeds also provide fiber (25 grams give you 6.9 grams of fiber) as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc [Source: Dr. Weil].
The ingredients in Chia Goodness Cranberry Ginger Cereal are chia, buckwheat, shelled hemp seeds, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, currants, organic cane sugar, Celtic sea salt & ginger. When they say this cereal will thicken, they are not kidding! The first time I tried this, I added some Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almond Milk and it got thick like oatmeal immediately! I didn't think this would make a very filling breakfast, so the next time I tried this I added it one serving to Fiber One Cereal with Honey Clusters and wow did it make this cereal pop!
What stands out the most are the cranberries, which gave the cereal a little sweet & sour bite, and the chia seeds which are a plenty. They don't have a unique flavor, but they add a lot of texture. My favorite way to really enjoy this was by adding it to yogurt and oatmeal.
Each 30 gram (2 tablespoon) serving of Chia Goodness Cranberry Ginger Cereal provides 130 calories from 7 grams of total fat (11% of the daily value), which includes 1 gram of saturated fat (5% of the DV), 120 mg of sodium (5% of the DV), 4 grams of protein and 16 grams of carbohydrates which includes 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of sugars. There is also 4% - 25% of many vitamins and minerals - none of which is added.
This is definitely not for when you're watching your calorie intake. Ans since I'm not right now, I thoroughly enjoyed completing my morning oatmeal with Chia Goodness Cranberry Ginger Cereal. Chia Goodness is available at natural grocery stores like Mrs. Greens (although I have to say this place is more expensive than Whole Foods). Or you can buy it online at $7.50 for 12 ounces. Quite expensive, but when you're ready to Eat Clean or incorporate more natural foods in your diet, then this is a great place to start.