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  • Chia: A Superfood

    Chia Seeds are tiny black and white seeds that used to be a staple food in Aztec and Mayan times. They are now experiencing a surge in popularity due to their wonderful health benefits. I recently read up on them to find out what all this hype was about. I found out they are tiny miracles of nutrition in a micro-seed! Now every time I take a Chia Surge Gel made by Vitalyte, I think about how they’re benefitting my body and mind! Chia Seeds Equal Healthy Living

    Chia seeds are indeed a superfood!  Just to list a few of the comparisons, they have:

    • 2x the amount of protein of any grains
    • 3x the amount of antioxidants of blueberries
    • 5x more calcium than milk
    • 2x the amount of potassium in a banana
    • 3x the iron of spinach

    Chia seeds are also loaded with Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids and have trace amounts of boron, which is an essential mineral to help transfer calcium to the bones. Now I don’t think I’d be able to eat ALL of that on a run! So it’s pretty cool to be able to get all that nutrition at once from some little Chia Seeds in an Energy Gel! Actually, that is my favorite quality of CHIA Surge; it doesn’t upset my stomach or cause any gastro-intestinal distress! Most anything eaten during exercise will give me stomach cramps, however Chia surge is absorbed so quickly that I don’t feel any stomach discomfort ever!!! It’s such a relief! Just pure energy and high quality nutrition on the run. I’m so happy to finally have such a wonderful solution for my running energy needs!

  • What's A Little Chia Between Friends

    By Milena Glusac
    unknown“So how did you meet Taylor?” my roommate Jill asked me as we were heading out the door this past Friday night. We were on our way to meet up with a group of my friends she had not met before.
    “It’s a funny story,” I told her, as a smile came to my face.  “I was running down Pacific Coast Highway one morning last fall and this guy caught up to me and just hung out right behind me.  I was getting frustrated because I couldn’t shake him, even at our six minute mile pace.
    Neither one of us were going to slow down.  Finally he said to me after about two miles, ‘you keep a pretty good pace.’  We started chatting and as it turned out he coached at the local high school, ran in college and we have a ton of friends in common.
    We decided to meet up for breakfast Sunday morning.  “It’s been so hot out,” our friend Greg commented,  “I’m super dehydrated.”  Of course that was my moment to start talking about one of my favorite subjects: the amazing hydrating capabilities of Vitalyte are the perfect way to recover from a hot day, long run or a stellar Saturday night. I’ve lost count of the number of Sunday morning “house calls” I have had to make to friends who had a long and challenging Saturday night... they call me the hangover fairy but I digress...
    When we walked out to our cars after breakfast, I opened my trunk and tossed everyone a few samples of Vitalyte.  I also tossed Taylor a Chia Surge Endurance Gel.  “What’s this?” he asked.  I told him about the amazing benefits of chia seeds and the other great ingredients that set this gel apart from anything else on the market.  “You better bring it with you on our run tonight!”  I told him.  “You aren’t going to run as fast as you were that first day I met you are you?”  Taylor pensively inquired.  “No I'll take it easy but take Vitalyte and bring your chia.  You'll be happy you did.”
    We all went our separate ways for the afternoon and around 6:20pm, when there was a cool breeze and the sun was lazily dangling towards the horizon, Taylor and I met on the corner of Chesterfield and Pacific Coast Highway in Cardiff, chia gel in hand.  We set out for another great run and I really realized what I love about what I do: I've met some pretty amazing people. Some  friends chat over coffee, but my crew chats over an eight mile run and we chat over chia. After all, all of my friends now love Vitalyte so- what’s little chia between friends!
  • Chia Essentials: A Complete Nutritional Revolution or The Ultimate Accessory

    chia-seeds-photo-1024x768Once in a great while man is able to step back from advances in nutritional discoveries, he is able to put down Brazilian rainforest fruit with funny sounding or even unpronounceable names, he is able to step back from the GMO table full of everything artificial and recognize that sometimes the key to complete nutrition and total health lies not in the undiscovered, but in the knowledge that has been available for centuries.

    The Revolution for total health begins with Chia Essentials Complete Nutrition Bar. The Original Chia Bar™ is packed full of whole of whole seed chia for an amazingly nutritious super food blast. Calcium, magnesium, antioxidants, omega’s, and protein are just the beginning. Chia, with its unique properties, helps control blood sugar over an extended period of time, helping burn more calories. Not only is Chia Essentials Complete Nutrition Bar a health revolution, you won’t find a better tasting bar. Seriously, we could have created the healthiest bar in the world (which we did) but if it tastes like cardboard, or something much much worse, then what’s the point. The point is; you really can have it all.

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    Chia Essentials Complete Nutrition Bar is the perfect accessory to your healthy lifestyle. You wouldn’t leave the house without your purse, your earrings or your keys, so why would you even think about leaving without the most essential accessory of them all. Chia Essentials. Start your revolution today.

    Click here for Chia Essentials Complete Nutrition Bar.

  • CHIA SURGE- Energy in a different kind of Gel!

    chia-surge3So I've been training and running for many years and I've seen it all:  sugary energy gels loaded with caffeine, chewy gummy blocks, brick-like bars.  But there's never been a great way to get your energy on a run without suffering in one way or another!  The chewy candy blocks get stuck onto your teeth and suffocate you!  The bars are practically impossible to consume while on the run because I hate chewing and running at the same time!  Then you have the energy gels that give you a blast of sugar and caffeine but 15 minutes later you crash again!  The first time I tried Chia Surge, I didn't feel much of anything at first.  I was waiting for that rush of hyper energy during my race I'm used to getting after consuming a gel.  But Chia energy is different; the chia seeds gave me a slow increase in energy until I started feeling great and then it lasted all the way to the finish line and beyond!  I felt a steady strength and growing energy that never faded or crashed!  Not to mention I climbed the last 3mile up-hill with no burning lactic acid in my legs!  That's when I realized how great CHIA energy gel is!  I didn't even think about eating or feeling fatigue once after consuming that first gel!  The benefits of CHIA seeds are well known amongst endurance athletes all over the world...and now I know why!  Those little seeds are packed full of long lasting energy you can run forever!

    Visit http://www.vitalyte.com/products/energy-gel.html for Chia Surge!

  • How to Survive the Zombie Apacolype on an Island with Only a Seed

    screen-shot-2012-07-25-at-101004-pmMan’s intellectual preparation for impending doom has led to many conversations (some sober, some not so) about what few things a person would take to a deserted island. Having had a few of these conversations (some sober, some not so) in the past, I would like to throw out my list of the most essential things a person would need to survive on that deserted island until help came or the Walking Dead Zombie Apocalypse ended.

    #1 – Celebrity Crush of choice. That deserted island is well; deserted so companionship is necessary to avoid talking to a volleyball for years on end. I choose Team Vitalyte member Kellie MacMullan. 

    #2 – Swiss Army Knife – I watched MacGyver do some pretty amazing things with that knife. Granted, I would never expect that I would need to disarm a nuclear warhead with that knife and a chocolate bar, but I imagine that its array of tools would be a godsend on our deserted island.

    #3 – Chia Seeds. This entire conversation borders on the ridiculous, probably why it usually takes place over fermented or distilled beverages, but for the purpose of deciding on subsistence for an extended period of time, I find it might be prudent to have a game plan in place for when the zombies come or my plane crash lands in the jungle. So why Chia? Simply put, there is not a better super food on the planet. It's full of antioxidants, calcium, magnesium, protein, omega fatty acids. Its properties allow it to absorb up to ten times its weight in water and create a time release system delivering a complete nutritional powerhouse. And, it grows fast, is easily harvested and can be prepared in numerous ways, either consumed as tasty edible seed or mixed with local vegetation like a coconut (this statement is a hint at a very exciting upcoming Vitalyte product. Can you guess what it is?). There is a reason Dr. Oz is such a fan. There is a reason that Chia seeds have long been considered the greatest super food on the planet.

    So for future cocktail conversation sake, or in the horrible event that the Zombies come calling and you and your celebrity crush have to high tail it to that remote tropical island, make sure to remember your chia seeds. If past conversations have taught me anything about this topic, it is that nothing will ruin paradise with your celebrity crush like the monotony of pepperoni pizza for every meal, or even worse, the scurvy that will inevitably follow. I can guarantee boys and girls that Angelina Jolie or Matthew McConaughey will not want to make out with you when you start losing your teeth.

  • What Not To Eat When Training for a Race

    images-1By Milena Glusac
    Food being one of my favorite topics, I thought it appropriate I blog about what to eat and probably most importantly, NOT eat, prior to training and racing.  Granted, this is insight coming from someone whose Facebook post this morning read, “A stop at Leucadia Donut Shoppe this morning before heading out for work and a day of tennis.  Not a bad way to start the day.”  I will put aside my glazed twist obsession for now and offer you unbiased nutrition tips.
    Here are my top three nutrition tips during training and racing.
    1. Keep it simple- Your body needs time to digest and start to be able to use what you intake.  When you're training and racing, your digestive system slows down because blood is being shunted to other areas of the body.  Focus on easy to digest foods.  That means pass on the T-bone and go for a half a bagel toasted with a little cream cheese instead.  Good news for all you Vitalyte fans.  The new Chia Surge Endurance Gel is the perfect go to fuel source prior to training.  So easy to digest and an amazing source of fuel and nutrition, Chia Surge can be taken a half hour prior to training and also every 45 minutes during training.
    2. Follow the four hour rule- Your body will not like you so much if you decide to partake in a Denny’s Grand Slam and then head out for a training session.  Eat protein meals no less than four hours prior to training.  Leave the Moon’s Over My-hammy and eggs over easy for the days you need a little hangover help.
    3. Balance the blood sugar- Your body can’t perform if it is not properly fueled.  During training and racing, you must keep your blood sugar balanced while giving your body fuel that it can utilize.  What are your options other than some sugary soupy gu that makes your blood sugar rise and then crash, leaving you feeling lethargic?  Vitalyte’s Chia Gel is the perfect option.  The carbohydrate source that is in the gel provides you with a steady burning fuel source.  Chia seeds offer a great source of fatty acids for optimal nutrition.
    Good luck with your training and racing.  Don’t forget to give Chia a chance and you can still have a bear claw...just leave it for after the 5k!
  • Chia Energy Gel Review

    chia-surge2By Laura Conley
    So, last weekend I was out for a training bike ride with a few of my friend's racing team called P5.  We rode approx. 20miles up the coast and then stopped at our turnaround point to regroup and head back.  At this point everyone pulls out their nutrition source (i.e. Energy Gels, Bars, etc.)  I grabbed my favorite Chia Surge and of course my friend Chris screams "CHIA SEEDS!"  Because he know the multitude of chia seed benefits such as sustained energy, no crash, and plenty of omega 3's.
    So then of course, we had to explain to everyone on P5 what this Chia Seed Gel is and where to buy it.  I had a couple of extra gels on me so I gave them to two teammates.  They both loved them and felt great because when we returned to our cars, we all ran 1hr40min down the beach to complete our brick workout!  The best part is we didn't need to eat anything else because we had so much energy!  I love sharing such a great product!!!! :)
  • Chia for Runners.

    By Laura Conley
    One sunny day I was out for a run with my friend Phil.  We usually run for about 1hr30min-2 hours but halfway through the run, Phil started slowing down and dragging!  He said he "ran out of gas" and had no more energy to keep running.  I had my usual supply of Chia Gel on me so I offered him one-  (promising he would feel better shortly and finish the run if he ate it).
    This may have been a mistake on my part because in about 15 minutes Phil took off and sprinted up the hill ahead of me!  He ran the entire way home at a 6:15min/mile pace and I couldn't keep up with him!  The benefits of Chia seeds were obvious that day!  Pure Chia energy and speed in Phil's case!  So I warn everyone be careful giving CHIA Seed gel to an opponent....they may beat you from now on!
    If you're interested in stocking up on chia energy gel for your next run, then click here to visit the Chia Surge energy gel page.
  • 5 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Chia

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    When I mention chia seeds to the non savvy consumer, their first reaction is, "wait, like the chia pet?" Yes ladies and gents - EXACTLY like the chia pet. What you don't know though is that chia seeds have been alive and kicking since far, far before the 90s and they're not going anywhere anytime soon.

    They are naturally gluten and grain free, have more than a glass of milk's worth of calcium, oodles of Omega-3s (more than salmon), and more antioxidants than, wait for it, blueberries. Sounds pretty amazing right? I'd like to introduce you all to the world's next (even though it's been around for hundreds of years) superfood.

    Now they're being used for a bunch of things these days but some items on that laundry list include: aiding nutritional and medicinal healing, aiding regularity, increasing endurance for athletes, suppressing your appetite, for weight loss, and leveling blood sugar.

    Now that you know about these chia nutritional benefits, you want to know what to do with them eh? Allow me to enlighten you.

    1. Make your soup thicker by adding a few tablespoons of chia seeds instead of cornstarch or another thickener.


    2. To thicken meatballs - instead of using bread crumbs - just add a few tablespoons and you'll be good to go!. Make your own sprouts- you know when you were a kid and you had to grow plants? Kick it old school and do it again. Simple pour some water over your seeds and in a few days you'll have home grown sprouts for your salads and sandwiches.


    3. Make your own sprouts- you know when you were a kid and you had to grow plants? Kick it old school and do it again. Simple pour some water over your seeds and in a few days you’ll have home grown sprouts for your salads and sandwiches.

    4. Start your day right with a few spoonfuls washed down with some coffee - if you're hard core. Otherwise just add them to smoothies, yogurt,whole grain toast with avocado, you name it. You'll notice the energy for hours.


    5. During your workout, pack one chia surge gel, the first whole seed chia gel to market

    and notice 2 hours of sustained energy.  You can buy our chia seed gel at any of our retailers, including REI or on the Vitalyte website.

    Want to know more about Chia gel and chia seed concoctions? Stay tuned. There's plenty more where this came from.

  • The Many Benefits of Chia

    The Many Health Benefits of Chia

    The word “Chia” is derived from the Mayan word for strength, because the Mayans and Aztecs fully understood the power that one can derive from these amazing seeds. Quite often, manufacturers and sellers will drastically overstate the health benefits associated with a seed or supplement, but the benefits of chia are backed up by science as well as history.

    In the early Aztec and Mayan empires, people knew there was something special about chia. These seeds, which come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, comprised one of four essential grains used as part of everyday consumption, and were also incorporated into medicines and used by Aztec warriors as a source of strength and vitality.

    Fast-forward more than 5,000 years, and scientists are coming to prove what the Aztecs and Mayans knew all along: Chia is an amazing nutrient source. For starters, chia seeds are very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than fatty acids. These fats are essential for human health, but most people do not get enough of them. Chia seeds are also so rich in antioxidants that the seeds can be stored for extremely long periods of time without becoming rancid.

    But omega-3's and antioxidants are just the tip of the iceberg. Chia is also very rich in fiber, as well as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, niacin, phosphorous and zinc. It can enhance the nutritional value of other food when used as an additive, and with its nut-like flavor, it can enhance the taste of your favorite foods as well.

    For these reasons and more, chia is being heralded as a “superfood.” You may have heard a lot about other superfoods like blueberries, broccoli, spinach and salmon, and these foods are all great, but many of them contain only a subset of the vast array of nutrients that you will find in chia. For instance, blueberries—like chia—contain phytonutrients and antioxidants, but they lack the omega-3 fatty acids. With its diverse selection of nutrients, vitamins and essential fats, chia is arguably the perfect food.

    Chia can be consumed in many ways. The grain is completely beneficial on its own, and unlike flax, you can derive its benefits without grinding the seeds. You can also use chia as a food additive or as a liquid. Unlike most seeds, you can even find chia in gel form, which is extremely beneficial in its own right. The gel causes a reaction in the stomach, drastically slowing the conversion process of carbohydrates into sugar. Chia gel can also help to balance your electrolytes.

    Like the Aztecs and the Mayans who lived centuries ago, you can enhance your own health and vitality by incorporating chia into your everyday diet. Whether you want to increase your energy or just ensure that you get those essential vitamins and nutrients every day, chia can set you on the right path.  Check out our Chia gel, Chia Surge.

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