Friday, March 15, 2013

A plant based breakfast: Qi’a Superfood Cereal

A plant based breakfast: Qi’a Superfood Cereal
Roughly two months ago, I stumbled upon Qi’a while shopping at Whole Foods. They were running a demo instead of sticking out random bins of chips, so we were able to speak with the Nature’s Path representative and sample many flavors. Qi’a combines Chia, Buckwheat, and Hemp to create fiber rich substance chalked full of protein and Omega-3. This cereal, if you choose to call it that, packs power in a health driven manner. For the gluten free crowd you are set, for the non GMO crowd, they have you covered, and the three flavor options give you the addition of either raisins, cranberries, dried apples and or almonds. While pricey, around 8.50 in most stores, you can get around seven servings per bag and if you go to the Nature’s Path website you can orderin bulk, getting 10 bags at once with free shipping, and save around 10% on your order.

Without going into the individual health benefits of each, I can admit to being an avid consumer of Chia. I ingest a couple tablespoons a day either by mixing it with water or adding it to various substances. Once I found Qi'a, I was happy to ingest hemp for the protein and light fat content as well the buckwheat in order to get the health effects of Chia as well. Thus I take about the suggested portion, about a 7th of a bag, and dump it into a small bowl. Typically I add extra chia and sometimes flax to the pile. At this point add in Almond milk in order to add extra protein and a nice, dairy free liquid to allow the Qi'a to congeal (mostly the chia causes this) and let sit for five-ten minutes.
Myself, I add a smattering of fruit to the pile, ranging from blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and goji berries in order to fill the small portion with antioxidants. For those looking for something negative to say here—well there isn’t. I love this stuff, eat it daily, and have consumed it before multiple marathons.

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