What is Pinole?
Pinole, the ultimate superfood.
For centuries, my ancestors have been eating Pinole, an Aztec superfood eaten all across Latin America.
It’s made out of Non-GMO heirloom maize (or corn, as most know it). The dried maize is then ground and mixed with spices, such as cinnamon. Sometimes chia seeds or sweeteners, such as piloncillo (unrefined whole cane sugar) are added.
Pinole is still used today by the Tarahumara, an indigenous community living in Northern Mexico. Known for their long-distance running abilities, they call themselves the Rarámuri, which in their native language means “light feet” or “runners on foot." To fuel their long runs, the Rarámuri consume Pinole, a staple of their diet.
Pinole was a big part of my upbringing. My grandmother added Pinole to her slow-cooked oatmeal, called avena, to give it an extra boost! Her recipe inspired Pinole Chia Oatmeal. Packed with 10 grams fiber, loaded with protein and 2500+ omega-3's, it's the breakfast upgrade!
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What makes Pinole special?
Pinole is the ultimate fuel, whether you’re gearing up for a long day or want sustained plant-based energy during a workout. This is because Pinole is a complex carb, which means it digests at a slower pace, thus, providing energy for a longer period of time. This is great for endurance athletes who need more energy and need that fuel to last longer.
Other energy products provide a short term boost then a blood sugar crash. Not Pinole, this superfood delivers energy gradually meaning no spike nor crash. Instead you’ll get energy from start to finish.
On Organic Authority, Dr. Elizabeth Trattner says "Pinole ticks all the boxes." She adds that it's "gluten-free, vegan, and high in healthy fat and fiber.” Dr. Elizabeth Trattner, who specializes in women's health, weight management, allergies, and more highlights why we need fiber, and that fiber is vitally important for a healthy heart and much more. She also points to the gut benefits of chia seeds, which are a main ingredient in our Pinole Chia Oatmeal.
This fiber-rich food can help build good gut bacteria because of its base ingredient maize, which contains prebiotics.
You may have heard of probiotics, which give your gut a quick hit of good bacteria. But that's not what this is. Prebiotics provide long-term nourishment for your gut.
They are a type of carb found in foods like corn, which have resistant starches and are not digestible by the body. Because of this, they pass through the gut and serve as food for the probiotics, helping them thrive.
Why is a healthy gut important? Well, it contributes to a strong immune system, a healthy heart and brain, effective digestion and improved mood and sleep. It may also help prevent some cancers and autoimmune diseases.
Incorporating pinole into your diet
What’s great about Pinole is that it can be added to anything and it mixes perfectly. No Meat Athlete, a plant-based blog, features many recipes using Pinole. One is race-day Pinole chia waffles. Yum!
That leads me to Very Vegan Val, who featured a chia and Pinole pudding recipe on her blog. Check out my video below where I make her delicious recipe!
Pinole Chia Oatmeal
You are also be able to incorporate Pinole into your diet with our Pinole Chia Oatmeal! Packed with 10 grams fiber, loaded with protein and 2500+ omega-3's, it's the breakfast upgrade!
For our Pinole recipe, we use nutrient-rich ground Olotillo corn, harvested from the independent, sustainable farms of Oaxaca, Mexico. Oats, chia seeds, and other powerhouse ingredients are then added to provide a high quality breakfast or pre/post-workout meal. Pinole Chia Oatmeal is available in three delicious flavors: Peanut Butter & Cacao, Original, and Banana Cinnamon.
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