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Chia amigos

27 Jun

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.

My emergency kit during this trouble period

19 Nov

survival kit for urban people1. Communication
Data don’t go through when you are in crowded areas, calls don’t go through. The best is to send texts. They always go through even with a tiny little signal.

If you have an iPhone, make sure to switch to send texts instead of IM (IM means data).

Go to Settings > Messages and turn the IM option off.

2. Flashlight
Don’t forget you have a flashlight on your iPhone available straight from the home screen. I have an extra flashlight from Surefire.

3. Food
Have a snack in your bag (jerky, bar, …), something that has a long due date. I go for the Healthy Warrior energy bar.

4. Drink
Bring a bottle of water with you. I carry every day my Klean Kanteen (dishwasher safe).

5. Rope
I wear my survival bracelet, as you never know. Having a rope can be useful to close a door, tie a bad guy down … You never know. I wear my Survival Strap.

6. Extra battery
Add battery life to you smartphone.

7. Exit
Don’t panic, stay close to exits to be out as fast as possible if anything happens.

8. ID
Don’t forget to carry your ID with you! Mine is protected by my Trayvax wallet.

I hope those advises won’t be helpful for you because you won’t face emergency situation.

Stay calm and safe!

Chase It, the Show! Episode 2, all about chia seeds!

5 Nov

ChaseIt_BC_rectoThanks for coming back to Chase It, the Show episode 2!

In this episode, I’ll walk you through the mystery of chia seeds from the seeds and its superpower, to recipe from a world well-known pastry chef to health info from our in-house doctor.

Thank you

  • @pierrickboyer, the famous pastry chef from Melbourne, for your great chia pudding recipe
  • JB from @espconsulting13, for your healthy comments
  • Philippe Swan for the great music

and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel

The essentials for the office

13 Apr

essentialsSpring is here (for the moment, so let’s enjoy while it lasts), it’s time to ride the Parisian cement with my Biscuit.

But what’s in my backpack to survive the day at the office?

Now, I’m ready for the office … Need to push faster my Biscuit as I’m already late …

The breakfast of champions!!

29 Sep

Chia PodRecently I discovered the chia seeds at the US Open in New York City where an Australian company was giving away for free chia desserts during the 2 weeks of the tournament (thank you ChiaCorp!).
There were many flavors and I tried them all (banana, vanilla, strawberry,…).
Its consistence was weird (kind of slimy) at first and not very sweet (which I liked, my friend missed the sugar).
I loved it and became a regular at the Chia Corp booth.
I wanted to know more about this little black seed.
Digging a bit, I discovered that the Chia Pod were gluten free (quite fancy right now), dairy free and vegan.
Digging a bit further, I learned that it was a seed that the Aztecs used to eat often for it’s long lasting energy it provides.
So what composes the seed to qualify it of the label “superfood“?
The chia is a great source of
. omega-3 fatty acids,
. high quality proteins,
. natural antioxidants
. and dietetic fibre (good for a healthy digestive system),
. as well as Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids.

The chia seeds have the property to absorb liquids and grow to become a slimy texture stuffed with liquids.

Back home in France, I didn’t find the Chia pods so I decided to buy the seeds and to make my very own chia pudding!

The recipe is super super easy, even for me.

Soy milk, chia seeds and that's it!

Soy milk, chia seeds and that’s it!

Chia seeds first

Chia seeds first

add the milk and stir

add the milk and stir

. Drown one portion of chia seeds with 4 portions of liquid (I use almond milk or nut milk, my brother coconut water)
. and go watch an episode of House Hunters international,
. after 20 minutes, stir,Chia seeds
. watch another episode and 20 minutes later stir again,
. Let it rest for the night in the fridge and voila!

The Next morning, you got yourself your breakfast ready to eat!
I add honey, some nuts, kinako powder or cranberries but plain is great too!

It fills me easily until the next meal, and you have usually left overs for the next couple of days.
I even take it at the office when I don’t have the time to eat a proper lunch (as you know I’m not into sandwiches).

Chocolate sprinkles on Chia pudding

Chocolate sprinkles on Chia pudding

 

More infos
. Chia Corp official website
. Follow Chia Corp
. TheChiaCo on Instagram
. Spork on the walk

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