Good morning! I thought I would start this week with my very first Running Muffin giveaway! Read on to find out more…
The kind folks at Mamma Chia reached out to me last month to review their new energy drink called Chia Energy Beverage. Bonus, they want to give one lucky reader a chance to try it free!
Mamma Chia’s new Chia Energy Beverage is the first beverage that combines chia with guayusa (gwhy-you-sa) giving you a healthy and delicious energy drink that is not filled with sugar and other chemicals that you may find in sodas and other energy drinks.
The Chia Energy Beverage is USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Verified, gluten-free, vegan and Kosher.
So, what’s in this drink anyway and what are those little seeds?
In addition to organic fruit juices and organic cane sugar, there are two star players: chia seeds and guayusa.
Chia seeds are the richest plant-based Omega-3’s you can find. They are an excellent source of dietary fiber, protein and antioxidants.
Guayusa is a natural caffeine that has been around in the Amazonian culture for over 2,000 years. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamins and it doesn’t give you that energy crash feeling you would get with coffee or other energy drinks.
Some more fun facts:
More than an entire day’s worth of Omega-3s (2500 mg)
25 percent of one’s daily fiber (6 grams)
4 grams of complete protein
90 mg of natural caffeine (about as much in an 8 oz. cup of coffee!!!)
Twice the antioxidants of a cup of green tea
Calcium, powerful antioxidants and valuable minerals
As someone who is super-sensitive to caffeine, I decided to try this in the morning on a day I didn’t have to work just to make sure I didn’t crash (I’d never tried guayusa before). To my surprise, I had absolutely no crash, in fact I didn’t even feel like I had had caffeine.
The drink itself does have softened chia seeds floating in it, which may make someone think the texture would be a little funny, but I didn’t have a problem with it. The flavors were subtle and it wasn’t too sweet, which suited me perfectly. I don’t like drinks that are too sweet or have a certain fruit “flavoring,” I like the real flavor of the fruit that is going into the beverage. My favorite flavor is Raspberry Razz.
The Chia Energy Beverage will be available this month at grocery stores such as Whole Foods, Target and Safeway, and retails for $2.99 per bottle.
To find out more about Mamma Chia, visit them on their website, Facebook, Twitter!
Now, for the giveaway.
One lucky reader will win (Retail value $45):
A one week supply of Chia Energy Beverages
A one week supply of Chia Squeezes
A Mamma Chia Camelbak waterbottle
Open to US residents only.
Giveaway ends at midnight on 1/19/15
Winner will be announced on 1/20/15 and I will email the winner that day.
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This post is sponsored by Mamma Chia. I received free samples of Chia Energy Beverage to try in exchange for a review, as always all opinions are my own.