The chia seed packs a nutritional punch unrivaled by almost any other superfood, and has skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years. It's no wonder that it made up a key component of the diet of Aztec warriors: Chia is an excellent source of protein, omega-3s, anti-oxidants, fiber, and much more! In Chia Vitality, Janie Hoffman--founder of beverage and snack company Mamma Chia, has created a 30-day program for harnessing the power of chia to improve your whole life.
Chia Vitality is Janie's down-to-earth 30-day plan that shows readers how to harness the power of chia to boost stamina, lose weight, prevent disease, and get healthier. Informed by research, as well as her personal experience with the life-changing health benefits of chia, Janie outlines the amazing benefits of chia and walks readers through a flavorful and accessible eating plan, chia-based menus, blueprints for working chia into meals, snacks, and beverages, and a yoga and meditation plan.
The diet category is full of 30-day fix-it books that make lofty promises about just how much change can be achieved in a month. Hoffman, founder and CEO of Mamma Chia, the original chia seed beverage, offers another such title but with a new twist: her path to perfection is liberally sprinkled with chia seeds rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, calcium, and antioxidants. Hoffman extols the virtues of chia with an infomercial level of enthusiasm. Her diet is a variation on the ubiquitous low-cal, gluten-free, low-sugar diet that avoids red meat. The 30-day plan, with chia-sprinkled recipes (for example, soft fish tacos with chia pico de gallo; chia Caesar dressing) is enhanced by her recommendations regarding exercise, pleasure, meditation, and ways to expand one's sense of belonging and community. Granted, following this integrative approach should result in positive change with or without consuming chia. That the author believes that chia is the source of all things good is clear; whether the reader will swallow the story, or the seeds, is another question.