Chia Seeds | From Decorative Planters To Powerful Superfood

Are Chia Seeds Good For You? Have you heard of eating chia seeds as a source of energy? When we informally surveyed a number of health-conscious people (including some certified nutritionists), we discovered that many consumers today have heard of chia seeds, but haven’t considered eating them as part of a snack or a meal. Therefore, we decided to write this brief article to share some of the lesser-known truths about chia. But before we cover some of the amazing nutritional qualities of chia seeds, we have another question for you. The Chia Pet Do you remember the “Chia Pet” that used to be sold on TV? Back 20 years ago in the United States, the chia seed was seen by people as something you pour onto an animal-shaped piece of clay and water it so it looks like green hair when the grass grows out. In case you’re too young to remember this (or you just blocked it out of your conscious mind and pretended it wasn’t there), here are a couple pictures of some “chia pets”: So is there more to chia than just silly looking pet sculptures? You bet there is! The chia seed is actually a superfood that is jam-packed with nutrients designed to give you sustainable energy over many hours. The chia seed was used centuries ago by Aztec and Mayan warriors in Mexico as a staple in their diet to help provide them with a long term energy boost that carried them through battle, through 100+ mile hikes, and through any other physical challenges they faced. And still today, there are native tribes...

Gluten Free Oats | Why are they good for you?

Gluten-Free Oats Most people think that all the oats you buy in stores are gluten free oats. In fact, if I asked you right now if the oats in your cupboard at home are gluten free, you may say “Aren’t all oats gluten free?”. The answer is actually both Yes and No. The oat grains themselves are naturally gluten free, but most oats you purchase in stores today are not gluten free. The reason for this is that most oats are harvested in facilities that also harvest wheat (i.e. a primary source of gluten). Therefore, since the oats are prepared for packaging on equipment that also packages wheat and wheat products, there is often gluten mixed in with the packaged oats. In my travels, the only people I’ve met who know the difference between normal oats and gluten free oats are nutritionists and individuals suffering from celiac disease or a gluten allergy. When I was formulating the Juti Bar, I wanted to make sure it was the healthiest food possible and that it was something most people could eat — including the growing population of gluten free eaters. And naturally, when I learned that most oats available on the market today are tainted with gluten, I began an intensive search for the best gluten free oats available. Further on the journey I eventually found a beautiful farm in Powell, Wyoming that specializes in growing and harvesting the healthiest, all organic gluten free oats you can imagine. Oddly enough, the company is called Gluten Free Oats, LLC. In future articles, we’ll discuss some of the many benefits of eating gluten free foods....