Mila™ Chia Seed

milabagMila by Lifemax is a proprietary selection of Salvia hispanica L. - a uniquely beneficial seed classified as a food by the FDA and backed by almost 20 years of scientific and agricultural research. Mila contains the highest levels of nutritional components - Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. As an added benefit, Mila is gluten-free, trans-fat free, sugar-free and is high in fiber and protein. Mila can be deliciously combined with a variety of foods and its supreme biological properties are not diminished by heat in the cooking process. Ingredients: 100% natural whole raw chia seed. 1 lb. (16 oz.) package.

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Chef Cherie Soria of Living Light Culinary Arts:
Making Smoothies with Mila

Length - 5:00 minutes
Watch Cherie Soria demonstrate how to get more essential fatty acids in your diet by incorporating Mila into two simple smoothie recipes.

Mila - A Power-packed Product for Home or Travel!

By Cherie Soria, Article from April Newsletter

I rarely get excited about a new product. People send me products all the time hoping for an endorsement, or at least hoping I will carry it in the Living Light Marketplace. I am admittedly a hard sell because I can't recommend something unless I fully embrace it in my own life. Recently a graduate of our chef and instructor program sent me a product to try and I was, as usual, skeptical - but since I trust this person, I tried it and now, I am really excited to share it with you.

The product is called Mila and it is a blend of 4 different strains of chia seeds. I have been using chia more and more lately, as I have been studying about fats and the importance of omega-3 fatty acids. Most people are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids and get too much omega-6s. Even raw fooders get way too much omega-6s, since they are easily found in nuts, seeds, and fractionated oils (even raw oils), among other things. Cooked food eaters, especially those who eat oils like canola, corn, sunflower oil and baked or fried chips, crackers, cookies, and other snack foods are even more deficient in omega-3s.

I had been using regular chia seeds whole, soaked for puddings and cereal, in order to create a tapioca-like texture. I was also grinding it for things like smoothies and crackers (since I know the fatty acids are much more bio available that way) so when I was introduced to Mila, I was curious about what made this product different from the chia seeds I was already using.

What I didn't know is that not all chia seeds are the same. Mila is a mixture of Salvia hispanica L. seed, which has been carefully selected for its nutritional value. According to what I have read, more than 100 varieties of the seed exist, and Mila contains the four most nutrient-dense strains.

These are grown at a high altitude near the equator. I had no idea that various strains of chia differed in omega-3 content or the ratio of 3s to 6s. I also didn't know that some strains are higher in protein, calcium, iron, and other minerals and nutrients. Also, Mila is classified by the FDA as a "whole raw food" and chia is not.

After harvest, the Mila mixture is mechanically processed (micro-sliced) using a proprietary system that keeps the chia seeds from clumping. This specialized process, along with the amazing antioxidant properties of the chia seeds themselves, keeps the oils protected so shelf life is extended, and the oils do not become rancid. So, unlike flax, Mila does not require refrigeration. It has no taste or smell, and it can be deliciously combined with many foods.

In using Mila, I've found that it does not behave the same way that regular ground chia does - it thickens, but does not become too gelatinous, and is very pleasant and nurturing to drink even after sitting for an hour or more.

I've also found that unlike ground chia, I can easily use it in recipes to thicken sauces, soups, and desserts! I can "sneak" it into all kinds of foods and it reacts beautifully. From a culinary perspective, it is more adaptable, and greatly superior to regular ground chia.

At Living Light, we are now offering Mila to our students in plain water every morning (some add a drop of Stevia, but Mila is quite flavorless) and some of our students enjoy it in their smoothies. Their breakfast includes a shot of E3Live, a green smoothie made with Vitamineral Green, and a fresh green drink-even with such a nutritious breakfast, students notice a decided difference in their energy levels when they add Mila to their daily regime.

At a recent conference in Hawaii, I heard testimonials from people who have had amazing health transformations without making any changes in their diet except for adding a scoop of Mila to their juice or smoothie every day. Most people are severely deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, and these deficiencies cause all kinds of problems, from depression to insomnia and life threatening diseases. A welcome positive side effect is that most people lose significant amounts of weight as well, especially if they take Mila twice a day. My husband Dan and I are taking it twice a day and have not lost weight, since our weight is already in balance, but those with extra weight to lose will lose it!

Mila is produced by a company called Lifemax. It is their only product, and is offered via network marketing, which at first made us wary. However, after researching the company, we decided not to let that stop us from using or selling this extraordinary product. In fact, our students are as enthusiastic as we are, especially since it provides an opportunity for them to create an extra income stream that frees them up to explore their true passion - teaching others about the raw food lifestyle - and it supports the health and well being of their clients, family, and friends!

We plan to organize a call-in show for raw chefs to share ideas about Mila and also plan to create new culinary videos using this amazing product. Dan and I see this as a great opportunity for chefs and others who want to create an income stream that is in integrity with their mission. Our friends, Diane and Michael, who are world class athletes, graduates of Living Light, (and were for years the top Vita-Mix representatives in the country), are passionate about Mila and about helping raw fooders use Mila for all the right reasons! If you'd like to learn more, here's a link to Lifemax/Mila.