Chia seeds now available at Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Sept. 29, 2015

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is offering a roasted smoothie blend with nutrient-packed ingredients designed as a get-up-and-go meal option, according to a company press release. The Chia Banana Boost Smoothie blends almonds, cinnamon, whole grain oats, dates, coconut and oven-roasted bananas and chia seeds. Guests may also add late summer strawberries, peaches or peanut butter to the Chia Banana Boost.

"Chia seeds have a long history as a super food," said Lisa Dimson, CMO of Tropical Smoothie Cafe. "Just one serving of the Chia add-in delivers 2 grams of fiber, 1 gram of protein, a great punch of Omega 3s, and lots of antioxidants all with just 30 calories. We know our consumers are searching for superfoods and other better-for-you options so we're not surprised our consumers are reacting so favorably to the Chia Banana Boost."

Often regarded as a favorite pre-race snack by distance runners and fabled to be the ancient Mayan's secret ingredient for strength and energy, chia seeds have started appearing in a number of pre-packaged health foods.

"On their own, chia seeds are fairly plain," Dimson said. "They've got a great crunch, but a pretty neutral flavor profile. By pairing them with our signature fresh fruits and vegetables, we're showing people that chia seeds are versatile in any of our great tasting smoothies."

Topics: Coffee / Specialty Beverages

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