I enjoy several of Nature’s Path organic products like their Love Crunch Granola and the Flax Plus Pumpkin Raisin Crunch Cereal. When the company offered to send me samples of a new product, Qi’a, I decided to give it a shot.

They call Qi’a a superfood cereal. I understand superfood is buzzword, a marketing term and that many foods, both processed and whole, are deemed superfoods lately. What makes Nature’s Path say Qi’a is a superfood?

It’s made of chia, buckwheat and hemp. This combination is full of plant-based protein, fiber and ALA omegas. A serving (two tablespoons) contains 6 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, 6 grams of fat and 140 calories. All of the varieites of Qi'a are certified organic, gluten free, and Non-GMO Verified. Superfood or not, there's some good stuff in here.

The variety I received is the Cranberry Vanilla. Here are all of the ingredients.

Chia seeds*, buckwheat groats*, hemp seeds*, cranberries* (coated with sunflower oil*), almonds*, natural vanilla flavor. *Organic. Contains tree nuts. Produced in a facility that uses soy, peanuts and dairy.
I added 1 tablespoon of Qi’a to Stonyfield Farm organic, fat-free, plain Greek yogurt – making a 150-calorie breakfast this morning. I’ve recently decided to switch from sweetened yogurt to plain yogurt. It’s taking a while to get used to it, and I wondered if the Qi’a would perk it up a bit. It did, especially when I got a spoonful that contained dried cranberries.

I noticed that I didn’t get my 10 A.M. desire to snack like I often do. That was nice. I usually get the mid-morning munchies, and it’s so hard to stay out of the kitchen considering I work in the very next room and write about food half of my day. I’m going to have it again tomorrow. I’ve been in need of some extra energy lately, and I’m hoping that if I continue to eat this daily, I won’t get as tired so easily.

In addition to adding Qi’a to yogurt, it can be added to smoothies, oatmeal or salads. It also can be served as a hot or cold cereal. Nature’s Path has some recipes online that use it as an ingredient like “Bumpy Smoothie” or Blueberry Burst Scones

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