SEEDS OF CHANGE
New drinks made with chia seeds
If your New Year's resolution--like ours--involves eating less crap, then you've probably already done the potato-chip purge and begun the healthy shopping spree.
But should your cupboards now look like they're full of birdseed, we've got a tastier alternative: surprisingly delicious chia beverages, which are packed with calcium, magnesium and omega-3s and primed to become one of 2012's hottest superfoods.
Mamma Chia This beverage is the most widely distributed of the chia drinks we tried (it's available at Whole Foods and specialty stores around the country) and is most notable for its gelatin-like consistency and subtle fruit flavors. (Blackberry-hibiscus is our favorite.) Though the chunkiness takes some getting used to, we like the idea of a good-for-you drink that's filling.
ChiaVie Rather not chew your juice? Try ChiaVie, which is made from a blend of fruits and chia powder (rather than whole seeds), for a texture that's kind of like a smoothie. Find the California-made beverage in various specialty stores and soon online.
Synergy Kombucha Finally, the meeting of super-seed and fermentation, Synergy Kombucha (which, alas, is currently available primarily in the L.A. area) has just released a drink that pairs the thick chia texture with a tangy kombucha flavor. Health-food junkies, rejoice.