We’ve gone on and on about chia before, but did you know that chia is also an amazing food for workouts? Chia seeds are a superfood as they are nutritionally dense, contain around 4 grams of protein and large amounts of fiber, potassium and omega-3s in just a one-tablespoon serving. Chia seeds are widely popular among athletes training for large, high-intensity races and competitions — and with good reason. They’re an amazing pre- and post-workout snack and serve as a great fuel for exercise! Oh, and fun fact: Chia literally translates to strength. So get strong today with some of these top chia-friendly, energizing products in celebration of Superfoods Week!
5 Ways to Eat Chia for Workouts
1. KIND Maple Walnut Clusters with Chia & Quinoa: This granola is perfect for pre-race fueling or pre-workout snacking. Just throw some in a baggie and, literally, go! A mix of walnuts, chia, amaranth, quinoa, oats, millet and buckwheat with a touch of maple, it’s a superfoodie mix!
2. Drink Chia! If you’d like to drink your chia, try this beverage that’s great for boosting hydration, endurance and post-race recovery. Especially good for those who don’t want to chew anything or have trouble digesting!
3. Health Warrior Chia Bars. These make eating chia on-the-go easy. Take a few bites during your long workout or race to keep your energy up. And want to double-up on your superfood powers? Go with the Acai Berry flavor. Boom. (And if you’re not into Acai, try Coffee, Banana Nut, Apple Cinnamon — all new Health Warrior Chia Bars flavors!)
4. New York Superfoods Chia Moxie Peanut Butter. Munch on a banana and this chia-packed peanut butter for an extra boost of potassium, which is known to help with muscle endurance and prevent cramping. Plus, this stuff is super tasty and comes in coffee and chocolate flavors!
5. Mamma Chia Squeeze. We wrote about these a few weeks ago, and we love throwing one in our gym bag or race-day bag for a hit of healthy energy. Sweet and so full of chia goodness, you can’t beat ’em!
Do you have a favorite go-to chia product you love for workouts? Make your own chia gel? —Jenn