Drink Chia review and giveaway

I mentioned before that I’ve been experimenting with chia and have come across some awesome recipes lately that I’m excited to try, like the ones in this post at the fitness dish.

In the process of searching, I came across a new (to me) product: Drink Chia.  These are light and refreshing fruit juice-like blends with chia seeds added.  Genius!

I was lucky enough to get to sample one of each flavor this past week: Honeysuckle Pear, Strawberry Citrus, Mango Tangerine, and their newest flavor, B Meyer Lemon.

I finished off my last one this morning, after a challenging interval run.  The run felt amazing, in that challenging-rewarding sort of way (8x 400’s in the 1:30-1:37 range) and refueling with breakfast and a Honeysuckle Pear hit the spot!

I am really impressed with the simple ingredients in these and the nutrient content in each.

Here are some of the stats:

  • Rich in omega- 3
  • Packed with B complex vitamins
  • Only 4 grams of sugar
  • Only 40 calories
  • High in antioxidants
  • No caffeine, sodium, gluten or artificial ingredients


Chia seeds are packed with nutrients, including protein, calcium, iron, Omega 3 and Omega 6, and the list goes on… you can learn more about the benefits of Chia and some other ideas for how to use them here or on Drink Chia’s What is Chia tab.

I loved all of the flavors, but the strawberry citrus was my favorite.  I used these both pre- and post-workout for fueling and recovery, and drank one just to complement my afternoon snack.  The flavor is perfect- not too sweet or overpowering, but it’s more satisfying than I expected for only 40 calories. I even let L taste my final few swallows yesterday, and she was begging for more!

However, I will say this: if you have texture issues or don’t like pulp in your orange juice, this may not be a great fit for you.  Remember how chia seeds turn into a gel in liquids? The seeds take on a soft, gummy consistency that is almost a mini version of Bubble tea (which I personally love!)

Finally, I love the story behind this company– Chandra, one of the founders, was searching for an extra boost while training for a marathon, and began experimenting with chia seeds and adding them to drink mixes.  It became such a hit, she and a few partners decided to bottle it up! I love supporting small companies and this is a great one-  they created a product they believe in and are excited for others to benefit from.

You can learn more about Drink Chia and the company behind it on their website.

It gets better: Drink Chia would love to supply one of you with a case of Drink Chia!

To enter:

  • Leave a comment telling me which flavor you would like to try

For additional entries, leave a comment for each of the following telling me if you:

This giveaway will remain open through Thursday evening, May 3, 2012 at midnight.  I will announce the winner on May 4, 2012.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.


Tomato poached eggs

I’m still feeling good after Sunday’s race, and have been able to ease back into my normal routine with a recovery spin on Monday and a easy run yesterday in place of speed work.

I would love some training feedback: I’m debating how to handle this Saturday’s long run, as the following Saturday is a 5k race and also the weekend I was planning to do a 20 mile training run.  For you seasoned marathoners, does it make more sense to do the 20 this week, assuming I’m recovered enough? Or somehow combine the 5k and 20 miler on the same weekend? What would you do?

I have a new favorite recipe to share.  For dinner last night, we had a spinach salad and tomato-poached eggs with brown rice.  I love the tomato-egg combination, and have tried a variety of recipes for this family-friendly dish. It would be really good with sharp cheese and avocado as well.

Tomato Poached Eggs (print recipe)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional chili powder or crushed red pepper
  • 1 small can of diced tomatoes, or 2 cups prepared pasta sauce
  • 5 or 6 eggs

Heat oil in saucepan, and saute onion and peppers for 5 minutes.  Add garlic and spices, and sauce another few minutes.  Add tomatoes or sauce and simmer until nearly boiling.  Gently drop in eggs and cook covered 4-6 minutes, or until done.  Serve over rice or pasta, and sprinkle with fresh parsley or scallion.

This was just enough for the three of us.  Happy Wednesday!

Sunday tidbits…

1) Long Run: What a gorgeous day for a run yesterday! Sunny and 60’s here… I must say, living in Texas is growing on me.  :)  It was one of the first runs in a long time that I felt really strong the whole way through, and wanted to keep going.  I ran 12 miles at an even 9:00 min/mile pace.  I’ve always resonated with the advice that says give your body one day of recovery for each mile you race before you can expect to feel “normal” again… yesterday was day 13 after racing 13 miles, and I could tell my legs were back.

2) Race Updates:  I was debating racing the Houston Fit 5k this morning, but in my delay to register, I missed the deadline.  So I’m obviously not running it.  But I did officially register for the Austin half in February… yay! This is also our first visit to Austin, so any tips for activities or sights with a toddler in tow?

3) Blogging Schedule: Lately, I’ve been falling into a pretty consistent blogging pattern… Monday, Wednesday, Friday and once over the weekend.  I like having a schedule, and a day on/day off is much more manageable with computer time management.  It’s flexible, of course, (I plan to break it this week with a January recap on Tuesday), but I enjoy connecting with Wednesday’s WIAW posts, and the Fitness Friday group most weeks.

4) Training: I’m mapping out a training schedule for the next few months that I’ll share later this week.

5) New shoes:  It’s time for an update!  I love Brooks, and have spent the last several cycles in Glycerins.  For some reason the latest model (9, I believe?) was irritating my Achilles, so I might venture out and try something new.  I’ve heard so many good things about the Brooks Cadence and Brooks PureFlow, so I’m going to look into these, (thanks Robin for the vlog!) Any other suggestions, especially along the lines of transitioning to a slightly more minimalist shoe?

Cross training challenge and looking ahead

Thanks to Kim’s New 2 U Cross Training Challenge, I’m determined (and excited) to try some new things this year.  I’m most curious about some of the unique classes at our gym, with intimidating names like “Chiseled,” “Cardio Sculpt” and “Ripped.”  I’ve backed off my running this week to recover from Sunday’s race, so I figured this would be a good week to venture into the group exercise room.

I chose a class offered Thursday mornings, called “Ball-ates.”  One of my friends has taken it, and told me it can be awkward in the beginning but a great workout.

I have no idea if this is a standard class, or if it’s something this particular witty instructor created.  (Has anyone taken a similar class?) The description was vague, but it’s mostly what it sounds like– a fusion of pilates and other strength moves, incorporating the exercise ball for balance.  We did standard moves like push ups and crunches on the ball, as well as trickier (for me!) balance moves like abdominal twists with the ball in the air between our legs, and side planks on the ball.

We were supposed to look something like this:

I don’t want to know what I looked like, but I did have fun in the class.  It was challenging, but I always feel like I didn’t get a “real” workout if I skip cardio, even though I know it’s not true.  Is anyone else like that? I still had energy to burn, so I went for a short run before dinner, too.

With less running this week, I’ve had time to think about what’s next and am trying to write up a basic training plan for the next few months.  I was going to run a 5k next weekend, but haven’t registered yet and am wondering if it’s wise to race hard again so soon.

I’m still planning to run Austin’s half in February, but have to decide if I want to race it, or use it as a fun training run toward a full later in the spring.  I’ve been unsure about squeezing in a marathon yet this season, wanting to build up to it very carefully, but watching all the full marathoners finish on Sunday gave me a serious marathon bug! So we’ll see… I think I may start the training, and back off if my body isn’t ready for the longer runs quite yet.  My husband keeps reminding me that there will always be marathons to run.  Thoughts?!

Race recovery and baking fail

Besides having little left in the tank after my half, the second sign that I under-trained a bit was how sore my quads were on Monday!  The good news is my shins feel fine.

I took it easy on Monday and Tuesday, with just a few short walks to and from the playground with L.  I’m planning to head back to my spin class this evening, but will probably skip the hill work.

I’ve never really experienced the post-race blues, but I think I did on Monday.  I’m sure it was also connected to the fact that I hadn’t slept well for several nights, and I do not function well on little sleep.  L seemed to sense my exhaustion, and was testing the limits all day after being sweet as could be for daddy all weekend!

It didn’t help that we were without a car for the day (unexplained car trouble) so we had few options to get out of the house.  I decided to test out one of the cupcake options for L’s party this weekend, and have her “help” me.  I always crave sugar when I’m tired! Unfortunately, the combination of my fatigue and L’s determined boundary pushing was not a good one.  (Did she get the memo to begin the terrible two’s a week early?)

She was up on a stool to be my helper, and was doing a nice job stirring the flour together, keeping her fingers out of the bowl. While I was scrambling around for ingredients, she decided to dump the olive oil on the counter.  Salt dumping was next, with a taste test (“ewww, I don’t like it, mommy!”) Then her hand was in the sugar bowl for another taste test, (“mmm, I LOVE this one, mommy!”)  I am not sure why I didn’t have the foresight to remove these items from her reach– I guess I wasn’t moving fast enough to keep things interesting, and in the past she has followed my instructions better. Sigh.

In any case, I managed to throw the cupcakes in and had her help me clean up the mess.  Sadly, my experimental cupcakes didn’t fare too well.  I’m sure they would have been yummy if I had been more careful, but somewhere in there I lost track of the liquid, and they came out gummy and a bit too moist.

After more failed attempts at keeping us both entertained, I finally called my husband in tears around 4pm, and he came home a bit early to give me a break.  I guess it was just one of those days… I’m glad they don’t happen too often. Thankfully, yesterday was back to normal for both of us.

Have you ever experienced the post-race blues? I think that was the first time for me, and luckily it didn’t last long.  Any tips for avoiding them altogether?!

Also, L keeps asking for blueberries and strawberries on her cake, so I’m thinking about trying angel food cupcakes… has anyone had success with these in cupcake form?