Ruth's Hemp Chia Goodness Cereal

Ruth's Hemp Chia Goodness Cereal is definitely an acquired taste, but once your palate gets over the unusual texture, however, this new raw cereal is a keeper, especially for folks with special dietary needs—and at least one nutritionally challenged writer who often forgets to eat. (Please don't tell my Mom.)

Although typically associated with grow-your-own "pets," the chia seed surprisingly packs a wallop of sustenance, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which notes that chia contains more than 4.4 times more calcium than milk, 16 percent of your recommended daily protein intake, and more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon. A mix of chia seeds, shelled hemp seeds, buckwheat, dried apples, almonds, raisins, and cinnamon, this cereal is also gluten-free, lactose-free, low glycemic, and rich in fiber. You can eat it hot or cold; it "gels up" with contact to any liquid, giving it the texture of oatmeal, but without requiring any cooking. Personally, I enjoyed snacking on it with just a spot of organic soy milk to retain the crunchiness.

Ruth's Hemp Chia Goodness Cereal is currently available in Cranberry Ginger and Apple Almond Cinnamon flavors. ::Ruth's Hemp Foods