What is Pinole (Hint: A Chia and Heirloom Corn Superfood!)
What is Pinole?
For centuries, my ancestors have been eating Pinole, an Aztec Superfood enjoyed all across Latin America.
Pinole is still eaten today by the Tarahumara, an indigenous community living in Northern Mexico.
Tarahumara runners are 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.
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.
What makes Pinole Special?
My abuela Adela always said "Pinole will make you strong." 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 clean natural energy for a longer period of time. Pinole delivers energy gradually, meaning no spike nor crash.
Pinole is Pro Gut Health
A high fiber diet is key to a healthy gut and mind.
Pinole is a fiber-rich food and can help build good gut bacteria because of its base ingredient maize, which contains prebiotics.
Prebiotics are the perfect food for your gut's healthy bacteria.
Chia Seeds Benefits
Chia Seeds are an important component of Pinole, are also packed with fiber. For more information on healthy fiber foods, check out our fiber guide!
A healthy gut contributes to a strong immune system, a healthy heart and brain, effective digestion and improved mood and sleep.
Where to buy Pinole?
My grandmother added Pinole to her slow-cooked oatmeal, called avena, to give it an extra boost!
Pinole requires high quality heirloom corn. We use nutrient-rich ground heirloom corn, harvested from Mexico’s independent, sustainable farms.
Certified Gluten Free Oats, Chia Seeds, and other powerhouse ingredients are then added to provide a high quality breakfast or pre/post-workout meal.
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