Chia seeds are super popular now, both for their high omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, protein and fiber, and because they’re easy to add to just about everything without changing the taste. And while I love milk, I’ve been looking for ways to reduce my addiction to lactose, so I was excited to try out the Chia Pods that were so popular at the Summer Fancy Food Show.
The Chia Company sent us their whole lineup of Chia Pods to review, which are made simply with chia seeds, coconut milk, and fruit. Before I get into the flavors, I want to comment on their media packaging. Most companies who send us products ship with packing supplies that are hard to reuse – styrofoam, packing peanuts, you name it. These pods, though, came in a neoprene-lined steel lunch pail with easy to reuse cold foam blocks. While I usually prefer packaging to be fully recyclable, I’m curious to give this adorable tin a proper field test. Even better, the Chia Pod itself comes in a fully recyclable container with a built-in spoon.
There are four flavors of pods: Vanilla Bean, Blueberry, Mango, and Banana, and, each is in a great serving size for snacking. They all taste mainly of their fruit or spice, with coconut milk as a background flavor and the chia seeds for crunch. House favorites were blueberry, which has whole blueberries mixed in; and mango, which was mellow, fruity, and not overly sweet. Banana tasted too strongly like ripe banana for me, as I prefer to eat unripe bananas, but it tasted exactly like the fruit. Vanilla Bean, with a hint of cinnamon, also tasted slightly of nutmeg, and I love that they used whole vanilla beans.
As much as I like the tiny superfood, antioxidants and all, eating the Chia Pod is like eating lumpy, crunchy yogurt, which takes getting used to but doesn’t affect the taste. If you’re open to new tastes or already seek out chia seeds for your diet, the Chia Pod is a great way to get some extra fiber and nutrition in a delicious package.