The show floor at Natural Products Expo West featured a wide variety of chia-centric applications.
Nemi Chia, New York, manufacturers of a creamy, spoonable form of chia, highlights six key attributes of the seeds, including natural energy, heart health, fitness fuel, weight management, strong bones and illness prevention. Each nutrient-packed, single-serve cup contains chia seeds soaked in a special blend of almond and coconut milk. The namesake New York-based company developed the product to provide an energy boost for on-the-go consumers. The product comes in four varieties: blueberry, original, peach and strawberry. A 5.3-oz container provides 130 to 140 calories and 5 to 7 grams of fat, depending on variety, as well as 2 grams of protein.
Kale and chia, two of the hottest superfoods at this year’s Natural Products Expo West, show up together in a number of products. For example, SuperEats L.L.C., New York, introduced a namesake line of non-G.M.O. certified Kale + Chia Chips. In addition to kale and whole chia seeds, the chips include black or navy beans and corn masa. Certified gluten-free, the chips come in five varieties: cheddar, chili lime, ranch, sea salt and tomato basil. A 1-oz serving contains 120 calories, 7 grams of fat, 4 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber.
Onion Joy joins Kale Joy, a line of snacks from Freshly Wild Super Foods, Portland, Ore. Onions, which are rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and sulfur, and kale, which is loaded with vitamins A, C and K, as well as minerals, dietary fiber, protein and antioxidants, are first dehydrated using 100% renewable wind energy. The base ingredient is coated with a blend of nuts and seeds, including chia. Each comes in an original flavor, as well as two additional varieties. In the kale line, there’s sweet mustard and mesquite. In the new onion line, there’s herb garden and mesquite barbecue.
Novato, Calif.-based Navitas Naturals introduced Superfoods + Pepitas in a chia rosemary flavor. Pepitas, the culinary term for pumpkin seeds, provide amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, and such minerals as calcium, phosphorous, potassium and zinc. They are also a good source of beta-carotene and vitamins B, C, D, E and K. Rosemary is a source of antioxidants. A 1-oz serving contains 170 calories, 13 grams of fat and 9 grams of protein.
Silver Hills Sprouted Bakery, Abbotsford, British Columbia, has added Chia Chia Bread to its gluten-free baked goods line. The certified-organic bread starts with whole sorghum and is loaded with whole ground chia seeds. One slice delivers 6 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein.
DBA Interfoods, San Antonio, has introduced World of Chia Fruit Spreads. Sweetened with agave syrup, the spreads come in three fruit flavors: blackberry, raspberry and strawberry. A 10.9-oz jar has a suggested retail price of $5.99. The company also markets a line of raw chia seeds in convenient pourable, recloseable spout flexible packages. The seeds may be added to any food or beverage.
Mamma Chia, Carlsbad, Calif., the organic food and beverage company that established the chia beverage category, now offers Chia Squeeze vitality snacks. This concept provides a new way to enjoy the benefits of chia seeds, combining them with fruits and vegetables into a 70-calorie, anytime snack in an on-the-go 3.5-oz squeeze pouch. The company debuted mango coconut and raspberry varieties at the Natural Products Expo West show, joining the original six-month old line consisting of apple cinnamon, blackberry, Green Magic and strawberry banana.
TRAChealth, Denver, combines the convenience of on-the-go ready-to-mix drink packets with the health benefits of chia. The most recent addition is Chia + Superfoods, which is a blend of super fruits, algae, herbal extracts and healthy greens. The line also includes Chia + Blackberry Hibiscus Green Tea, Chia + Coconut Water and Chia + Strawberry Lemonade. The product is marketed as a supplement, with each stick delivering 60 to 80 calories and 4 to 6 grams of fiber, depending on variety, and 2 grams of protein. Stevia helps keep added-sweetener calories low.
Chia, buckwheat and hemp combine to make new Nature’s Path Qi’a Superfood. The cereal from Nature’s Path Foods, Richmond, British Columbia, comes in three varieties: apple cinnamon, cranberry vanilla and original. It may be served in a bowl with milk, mixed into yogurt, blended into a smoothie and used as a topper on soup or salad. The company also provides recipes that work the cereal into bread, cookies, muffins and more.
Yogurt-maker Alpina Foods, Batavia, N.Y., is expanding its Alpina Greek with Artisan Granola line with pineapple with chia granola. Made with strained Greek nonfat yogurt, the gluten-free granola is a blend of nuts, grains and seeds prepared by Udi’s Healthy Foods L.L.C., Denver.