Chia seeds – these fiddly little super seeds are the latest craze.
To be honest I’m not too sure how I feel about them.
As nutrition graduate Felicity Curtain explained, these expensive little “super-foods” while being very nutritious, have a similar nutrient profile to many cheaper and just as healthy alternatives.
With the amount of people buying chia seeds on the increase, it is completely understandable for these seeds to start popping up in expensive food products. For example: Chia Pods. But is this new product a tasty and healthy alternative to other on-the-go snacks?
Read on to find out my opinion…
These pods are available in Vanilla Bean, Mango, Banana and Blueberry flavours. While I am yet to try the blueberry flavour (can’t seem to get my hands on it!), the three flavours I have tried were pretty nice. Odd, but nice.
The first mouthful was interesting for me. The texture is hard to ignore… It is a pudding-like texture but the chia seeds have made a very thick and gluggy consistency. While I feel the flavour of the chia seeds are flavourless, I recommend the Mango or Banana over the Vanilla Bean flavour as I found the Vanilla Bean was just a little bland and boring.
These days it seems all anyone ever cares about is convenience. With most people living extremely busy lifestyles, some feel if they can’t eat a food product on-the-go between tasks, then the product will not be of use to them.
Chia Pods are convenient and great for an on-the-go snack. They even come with a little spoon, although I personally found that the spoon couldn’t handle the thick jelly-like consistency of the pudding.
You kind of feel like you need to gulp down the whole pudding in one go it is that difficult to spoon up.
I thought I would nutritionally compare a tub of Chia Pod to another type of on-the-go snack, a tub of yoghurt.
I decided to compare my favourite tasting Chia Pod, the banana flavour, with my favourite yoghurts; a tub of Apple Cinnamon flavoured Chobani and a tub of Plain flavoured Fat Free Chobani.
Clearly yoghurt is a better source of protein and calcium; however Chia Pods have a greater content of healthy fats and fibre. Both the Chia Pods and the single serves of yoghurt are portion controlled and contain roughly similar amounts of kilojoules.
At the end of the day it really depends what you want to get out of a product. If you are after a protein-rich snack, full of calcium and probiotics, opt for the yoghurt. If it is a good serve of fats and fibre you are after, give the Chia Pods a try.
What Would Jenna Do (WWJD):
While the Chia Pods are nice, my wallet does not necessarily appreciate their purchase on a daily basis. So I think I’ll have a happy mix of yoghurt, Chia Pods, homemade chia pudding and other great nutritious snacks to keep me going in between meals!
If you are after a great chia seed pudding recipe to make yourself, check out this yummy Chia Seed & Date Pudding recipe from dietitian Heidi Apples.