Chia Essentials

  • Surf City Recap

    Good Evening Ladies and Gents.

    The Surft City Marathon Expo just came to a close here in Huntington Beach, CA where thousands of runners will gather tomorrow morning to run either a half or full marathon. We will be the official on course beverage, as we have for the last few years now but this year, we were proud to introduce 2 new products into the Vitalyte family.

    You may have heard us mention Chia Essentials, the original Chia bar and our break into the bar market. This awesome, all natural bar weighs in at 180 calories and comes in chocolate peanut butter and blueberry vanilla (more flavors to come). The bars were a huge hit today as we sampled and educated runners and friends alike about the amazing health benefits of chia... and a few chia pet jokes.

    Next up on the announcement lineup is... wait for it.... a brand new flavor of Tri Phase Endurance: Mandarin Orange. This revolutionary pre work out product fuels your body in ways you've never experienced and we're thrilled to add this refreshing new flavor to our lifestyle nutrition line.

    We'd like to wish all competitors the best of luck tomorrow, including our Brand Ambassador Laura Conley. We'll let you know how she does as soon as the results are in. Thanks to everyone who stopped by today and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow during the race!

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  • Chia bars navigate Nymphenberg Palace!

    Before my big Munich Half Marathon race, a few of us went out sight-seeing in Germany.  We walked around the entire Nymphenberg Palace in Munich, Germany which has over 130 bedrooms.
    The grounds of the Nymphenberg Palace are so expansive (490 acres!), after only walking to the edge of the garden, all of us started getting a little worn-out and hungry.
    Fortunately, Evan brought some of the new Chia Essentials bars for us to eat.  Not only were these bars great tasting, but they gave us that extra pick-me-up energy we needed to finish the tour and make it back to the train in time.  Of course we also had some refreshing Vitalyte to wash it down!
    This was the perfect energy bar to travel and backpack through Germany with.  They didn't melt in the warm weather or freeze/harden in the cold temperatures either.  I can't wait until they are for sale in the United States!  I plan on hiking the California Mountains with them all winter long.
  • Bikes, Trains, and Chia Seeds

    By Milena Glusac
    Saturday afternoon around 4:20pm I heard the clip cop of cycling shoes making their way up my stone steps. The knock on the door followed and I knew automatically that Thoryn had arrived safely from his ride from Los Angeles.
    I opened the door and was greeted by Thoryn who is holding an empty Chia Surge Endurance Gel wrapper. He was grinning from ear to ear as he pointed to his GPS watch that read, “99.92”- the exact miles he rode from Long Beach to Cardiff.
    “Come in you crazy,” I told him, “Let’s get you some Vitalyte. I want to hear all about the ride!”
    Thoryn gave me the low down. “It was pretty easy, I just took the 101 highway the whole way. It was nice and overcast. The only major hiccup was that my bike seat fell off with ten miles to go.” The trials and tribulations of Ironman training.
    His race was a little less than four weeks away. Both Thoryn and his mom -also known as Lavamom because of all of her Ironman Hawaii finishes- are going to race the Wales Ironman. After the race, Thoryn will spend a few weeks in London for the UK premier of his band’s (Rage Area) video. The band’s album entitled “Venice Dubtronica” will also be making it’s UK premier.
    I pointed Thoryn to the bathroom so he could shower. Jill my roommate had come into the room by this point and was laughing at the scene: a carbon fiber triathlon bike, a helmet, bike shoes, and a few empty Chia Surge wrappers. Essentially, my living room had become the triathlete graveyard.
    As Thoryn re entered the room, he could tell Jill was laughing at the casualties. “That’s nothing,” he said, “Tomorrow I have a twenty mile run.”
    My friend grabbed his keys, iPhone, and wallet and we ran out the door so he wouldn't miss the train.
    I guess given that I have friends who race Ironman triathlons, I should never be surprised when they call to tell me that they're going to cycle to my house -and they arrive six hours later. That’s what I love about being in the endurance community: the sport brings friends together and makes life fun, by way of bikes, trains, and chia seeds.
  • What I Eat Before a Race

    screen-shot-2012-08-15-at-91322-pmBy Laura Conley

    Laura's eating routine before a 10K or half marathon race is just that...a ROUTINE!

    I eat exactly half a cup of cheerios cereal with half a cup of Honey bunches of Oats with 2tbs cottage cheese and peach yogurt mixed with milk.  I also slice up one banana on top and strawberries or peaches if they are in season.  Then I have a cup of black coffee and a cup of green tea along with it.

    About an hour before my race I drink Tri-phase and load my pockets with chia surge.  Now I know many people want the benefits of Chia, but don't know how to consume it during a race... Chia energy gel is by far the BEST way to eat on the run.  The gel is not very thick so it goes down easily and doesn't choke you like some thick gummy candy. The best part is that it absorbs rapidly with without stomach discomfort. With this pre-race meal and during race nutrition, I am set to run my best and win!!!

  • 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 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!!!! :)
  • 5 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Chia


    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.

  • Chia: A Miracle Food in the Aztec Empire and the Modern World

    Health food stores are flooded with seeds, seasonings and supplements that promise some amazing benefits, but there is one incredible seed that has remained largely under the radar in modern times, despite centuries of cultivation. That seed, of course, is chia. Chia boasts numerous health benefits, and has been promoted by health experts like Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Mehmet Oz, but what exactly is chia and where does it come from? This history of this miracle food is just as remarkable as its benefits.

    By most estimations, chia consumption is believed to date back to approximately 3,500 B.C. The chia seed comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, which belongs to the mint family. The plant grows most abundantly in southern Mexico, and was an everyday part of the Aztec and Mayan diets more than 5,000 years ago. Evidence suggests that between 1,500 and 900 B.C., chia was even an important cash crop in the Aztec empire.

    During their golden age, chia seeds were used and consumed in a myriad of different ways. They could be enjoyed by themselves, mixed with other grains, mixed with water to create beverages, ground into flour, incorporated into various medicines, and pressed into a liquid base for face and body paints. Chia seeds were even traded as currency and presented to the gods during important religious ceremonies.

    The ancient Aztecs actually consumed four essential grains on a daily basis: maize (corn), beans, amaranth, and of course, chia. Incidentally, the combination of these four grains satisfies the current Food and Agriculture Organization-World Health Organization (FAO-WHO) guidelines for healthy eating. Clearly the Aztecs were ahead of their time.

    These seeds were not only consumed for everyday sustenance. They were even essential to Aztec warriors, who could sustain themselves for 24 hours on a single tablespoon. Even the Aztecs' enemies saw how vital and important these seeds were to the culture, health and religion of early Mexico, and the Spanish sought to do something about it.

    When the Spanish conquistadors invaded Latin America, they quickly outlawed the cultivation of chia. Hernando Cortez, who led the invasion, sought to subjugate the Aztecs, and believed that the suppression of chia would serve as a huge blow to the Mesoamericans. The Aztecs, after all, believed that chia had religious significance, supplying them with almost supernatural power. The Spaniards succeeded in eliminating chia from daily life, and it soon became an obscure and almost forgotten crop.

    In recent years, chia has made an incredible comeback, as many scientists have come to the conclusion that the diet of these early Americans was far superior to the typical American diet today. Chia has become popular not only in the United States for its nutrients, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, but it has made an impressive comeback in Mexico as well. It remains a traditional food of the Tarahumara and Chumash peoples of Chiuahua.

    Vitalyte's Chia Surge is a revolutionary new energy gel for runners and athletes looking for a healthier, more natural boost during grueling challenges.

  • Consuming Chia Seeds for Weight Loss

    Chia comes from the Mayan word for “strength,” and the Mayans certainly knew what they were talking about. Chia seeds were a staple crop of the Aztec and Mayan empires more than 5,000 years ago, and scientists today are starting to uncover just how many amazing nutritional benefits these tasty seeds have. Chia is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, calcium, electrolytes, antioxidants, vitamins and even protein. Plus, chia seeds’ calories will hardly make a dent in your daily caloric intake. Few superfoods offer so many benefits.

    Regardless of your individual health goals, chia can make an excellent addition to your diet. The nutrients can promote overall nutrition, the protein can aid in physical fitness and improve your recovery time, and research shows that chia consumption may even offer certain benefits to individuals trying to lose weight.

    If you’re trying or struggling to lose a few pounds or even a substantial amount of weight, you may want to consider adding chia seeds to your healthy diet. It is believed that ancient Aztec warriors devoured chia seeds because of the energy and endurance they provide, and that same energy boost can give you the stamina you need to get the most from your exercise routine.

    Chia seeds can also aid your weight loss efforts for other reasons. For instance, there are a number of foods, energy drinks and supplements on the market that promise to raise your energy level, but very few of them have as few calories as chia, and even fewer provide the same essential nutrients. Chia gel can naturally improve your energy level and get your heart pumping without filling your body with empty calories. The benefits are astounding.

    Furthermore, chia absorbs up to 12 times its own weight, so it can work wonders if you have an overactive appetite. Even just an ounce of chia can reduce your caloric intake and help lower the energy density of the foods you eat, in addition to doubling the amount of fiber you receive, according to the Dr. Oz blog. In fact, just once ounce of chia contains more than 40 percent of your daily fiber recommendation, and fiber is the ideal nutrient for satisfying hunger.

    Any weight loss effort is difficult, and should include a combination of daily exercise and good nutrition. While chia is not a weight loss supplement, it does contain enough beneficial nutrients to help you meet your health and weight loss goals. Even small amounts of chia can go a long way in promoting good health, so try incorporating it into your lifestyle today.

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