Chia Goodness is a "new concept breakfast cereal" (as described by their website). The ingredients are completely raw - just stir in milk or water, hot or cold, and wait a few minutes for it to thicken, giving it the comfort quality of oatmeal. I received a sample of Chia Goodness Apple Almond Cinnamon Cereal to review, and since I was already hip to the "new concept" thanks to my experience with Chia Goodness Cranberry Ginger Cereal, I knew what to expect ... that this should not be eaten as a cereal!
Now don't get me wrong - I ADORE Chia Goodness Apple Almond Cinnamon Cereal - but the tag line should be something like, "we make cereal better." And I say that because one serving is 2 tablespoons, which provides 130 calories from 6 grams of total fat, 0.5 grams of which is saturated (9% and 3% of the daily value), 4 grams of fiber (16% of the DV), 4 grams of sugars and 4 grams of protein ... no way I could eat 2 tablespoons of anything and call it breakfast!
So I add this to stuff - and it makes it better. I add Chia Goodness to plain cereal, like the ever so nutritious yet slightly bland Weetabix Organic Crispy Flakes & Fiber Cereal - it makes it taste better - interesting texture from the chia seeds and almonds, plus it makes it even more nutritious! I add Chia Goodness to plain oatmeal - it makes it 10x better. I add it to plain yogurt - wowza!
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.