Qi’a Superfood: My Product Review
Did you hear there’s a new “superfood” on the market? This marketing declaration refers to foods with an impressive nutrition profile and linked with supposed health benefits. However, this term is often over-used to sell products, as demonstrated by Dr. Oz (see past blog for Dr. Oz is no Diet authority).
What is Qi’a?
Qi’a (pronounced Kee-ah) a new “superfood” cereal produced by Nature’s Path that contains three main ingredients: chia seeds, hemp and buckwheat. Qi’a comes in three flavours: original, cranberry almond and apple cinnamon.
Let’s Talk Nutrition:
2 Tbsp Qi’a = 140 calories, 4 grams of fibre and 6 grams of protein.
Qi’a is a great source of plant-based protein and fibre to keep you full. Qi’a also contains ALA omega-3’s, which are the most common omega-3 found in Western diets. Only a small percentage (less than 15%) of ALA is converted to the more active forms of omega-3s (EPA and DHA) that are linked to heart health benefits. If you are looking to meet your omega-3 needs, you’re best to include fatty fish (e.g. salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines) or speak with your dietitian for alternatives.
How to Use Qi’a?
Topper to Boost Nutrition:
Similar to chia seeds or hemp hearts, you can top your hot/cold cereal with Qi’a for a nutritional boost of fibre and protein. You can also add Qi’a to yogurts or smoothies. I enjoy sprinkling Qi’a on salad for extra crunch and sweetness with the cranberry and almond flavour.
Pudding Snack Style:
For one serving, use 2 Tbsp Qi’a cereal and mix with 4-5 Tbsp of milk or milk substitute or water. Wait 5 minutes for the chia seeds to soak and enjoy! This makes a satisfying snack that is ideal for those looking for an easy desk snack.
As a Breakfast Cereal:
To make Qi’a into a b-fast cereal, simply double the above recipe (4 Tbsp Qi’a and 8-10 Tbsp liquid) and let it sit to thicken. You can then add sliced fruit or berries for a topping if you like. This breakfast will provide 280 calories, 8 grams fibre (or more with fruit), 12 grams of protein (more including the milk), and you will also receive a third of a day’s iron. Use warm milk if you prefer hot cereal.
Where can I get Qi’a?
Qi’a is sold all across Canada and can be found in national retailers like Costco, Sobeys, Shoppers Drug Mart and Walmart. You can also make your own Qi’a by mixing chia seeds, hemp hearts and buckwheat.
Qi’a is a great product to boost fibre and provide plant-based protein. It can be ideal for a quick snack at work or a great option for b-fast or as an add-on to your salads, smoothies or cereal.
*Disclosure: This is NOT a paid for product-review or endorsement.