You know my love for the chia seeds, it’s an healthy little seed that I like to eat for breakfast every morning.
I met some weeks ago Lina, proud entrepreneur and also founder of Chia Ballz, a local company that you can find at the farmers markets in Miami and Fort Lauderdale (good news if you are not around, they also ship nationwide).
Let’s discuss with Lina so she can introduce us to the ChiaBallz world.
Why chia seeds?
I was brought up eating healthy food and my mom used chia a lot. When I started using it, I found out that chia was a super food that did not change the flavor of any of my recipies both sweet or salty.
How did you start ChiaBallz?
That it is a bit of a long funny story. I needed some extra cash so I went to sell my clay pendants at farmers markets.
In my booth I had complementary Chia balls for the people that would purchase or stop by my booth.
People would taste my Chia balls and they would place an order for balls for the next weekend.
Every week I would sell more Chia balls then clay pendants. And so the journey began.
What’s on ChiaBallz menu?
- The chia balls, are made with chia seeds, almond butter, honey cranberry, coconut and orange.
- The chia chocolate (chiacolate), chia seeds, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and semi sweet organic cacao. It is vegan and gluten-free.
- The chia parfait is made of chia pudding with almond milk, coconut cream, fresh fruits (banana, strawberry, blueberries and crumbs of chiacolate). The parfait is Vegan, gluten free, dairy free. I created it because I wanted a breakfast that tasted like a desert for my boys. The parfait is a desert that you eat and don’t feel guilty about, in fact, It’s the total opposite . When you eat it you feel good and at the same time you satisfied your sweet tooth.
Can you walk us through the healthy side of ChiaBallz?
All the products of Chia Ballz are healthy treats, they are packed with power. My motto is “food that is healthy and yet you don’t have to sacrifice the taste.”
Eating should be a fun activity that should not require the sacrifice of taste or health.
Most of us love ice cream and whip cream and chocolate and cookies and sweets and desserts. But we stay away from them because we know that most of the products out there are unhealthy and have a lot of preservatives and processed sugars and just ingredients that are not good for our body. I always have loved food and enjoy a delicious bite. With chia I combined both worlds … tasty and healthy.
Chia is such a healthy seed, it has been around for thousands of years. It’s a seed that contains a minerals vitamins m, high in omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium … it has so many benefits to the body.
Chia helps digestion, gives you sustained energy, it helps a person that has sugar problems, it is brain food , heart food, it helps the muscles repair after a workout. These are a few of the benefits.
Who is the ChiaBallz team?
This is a family business.
My two boys, my brother and his wife and myself make up the ChiaBallz team.
How do you spread ChiaBallz love in south Florida
We do numerous farmers markets and events.
There are some juice bars that carry our products but the main place are farmers markets and special events. (gyms, sport events, holiday events etc.)
We ship the Ballz and the chiacolate nationwide. Best way is to place your order in chiaballz.com but you can always call me or email me and I would take your order personally .
Where can we find you?
Farmers markets in Dade and Broward (Miami area). The list of the markets are on the webpage chiaballz.com or you can follow us on IG @chiaballz or Facebook @chiaBallz. I post every market or event on our social media. I post constantly to make sure our chia amigos know where we are and when.
Another benefit of following us on social media is that we started going live at least once a week and we show you the fun activities that we get our selves into. I promise at least a chuckle from the videos.
Thank you Chia Amigos and may the Ballz be with you.