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Soaps by Torii – Chia Cherry Lime Soap

Cherry Chia Lime Soap

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We love handmade! We love small businesses too, especially ones that make awesome all natural products.

Torii, from Soaps By Torii, shared with us how she makes her soap and added a Mamma Chia twist. She uses all natural ingredients: non-GMO, organic, and locally sourced when possible!

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Since it’s spring, I wanted to create a scent that was light and warm. Incorporating lime essential oil into the mix and using Chia as the exfoliant, I ended up with a soap inspired by Cherry Lime Vitality!!

First, I melted all of my oils and Shea butter on the stove top. I use stainless bowls, as to not crack the bowl when it heats up.

After everything is heated I let both bowls cool to about 100-120 degrees and try to keep them within a 20 degree range of each other. I then mix them together using a stick blender or emulisifier.

They reach a consistency which is called “trace” that is pretty close to pudding. I then add my add-ins such as color (clay in this instance), scent(essential oils), and of course some Mamma Chia Seeds!


Mix some more and pour into a parchment paper lined mold. Beginners can use a clean shoe box lined. Sprinkle chia seeds on top while it’s still wet. Let sit 24hrs. Remove from mold. Slice. Let sliced bars “cure” for at least three weeks before using. This time allows the ph of the soap to lower and slightly dehydrates the soap for a harder bar that lasts longer.

Share your soap with friends and loved ones! It’s the perfect edition to an Easter basket or spring shower gift. You can find Torii’s soap on Instagram here @soapbytorii

Suns Out Buns Out

Suns Out Buns Out

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The buns are out and the sweet potato rounds are in. Say NO to the grains and dairy this spring! Why?

Because, spring means summer is just around the corner, and so are the shorts and swim suits. Not only will cutting out of grains and dairy from most (if not all) of your meals, means a healthier inside too and that’s what matters most! Let’s keep our bods feeling good, because we deserve to be our best.

You don’t have to give up taste and texture when you eliminate certain foods from your diet or mea, you’re simply expanding your pallet. Sophistication and all that jazz! We opted for organic grass fed  Bison instead of Cow, as its a leaner protein, and subbed our cheese for grilled artichoke and topped this burger with spicy BBQ Sauce.

So this weekend force spring upon yourselves and uncover that grill!

Ingredients:

Organic Grass Fed Bison (find it at Costco)

Basil

Tomato

Artichoke hearts (find these at Sprouts, Trader Joes, and Whole Foods)

Red Onion

Sweet Potatoes (Or jeweled yams)

Avocado Oil

(You can also top this with avocado or Guacamole.. Oh the things you think about later)

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Cut the sweet potatoes in disks

Toss them around in some avocado oil, sea salt, and pepper

*These take about 3-4 minutes on each side. Keep your eye on them!

Season your Bison

*Cook until 140F (about 5 minutes each side.)

Throw on your artichokes and onions grill

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Assemble your burger and enjoy!

 

Three Things

Three Things You Should Do This Weekend

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HIP HIP HOORAY FOR FRI-YAY!!!

Living for the weekend right? That moment we all have when you realize you have a few days to do whatever you want; no meetings, no conference calls, just pure unadulterated weekend vibes.

Let’s face it, all week long we look for ways to remind ourselves of the good stuff only weekends can provide.

One thing’s certain anytime we sip or squeeze a Mamma Chia during our work day, there’s that instant sensation of weekend bliss. It’s a mini inner-body-parts-reviv-acation we wish would last all day, and so desperately need.

So with tomorrow being Fri-yay, we’ve come up with three ways you can weekend all week and make your actual weekends count.

1. Don’t Sleep In

Studies show you can’t actually catch up on the sleep you miss, and waking up late on those weekend days messes with you when good ol’ Monday roles around.

Instead SLOW DOWN. Don’t be in such a hurry to get out the door. Have some morning coffee while staying in your pajamas a little bit longer.

*Tip: Diffuse lavender essential oils, or tuck dried lavender filled pouches in your pillow. Lavender helps you sleep so you’ll wake up feeling like everyday isn’t Monday!

2. Yoga

No slumping into the couch all weekend. Many of us have jobs that cause us to be sedentary for a good portion of our day.

We are free spirits, our bodies are truly healthiest when they reflect that.

There are so many outlets available and they don’t have to cost a lot either! Find a free class, or snag that Groupon, or YouTube it. Whatever you do just find yourself a space and stretch out your body.

https://www.doyogawithme.com/

https://www.butiyoga.com/

* Keep your body whole keep your mind present. Share your favorite yoga poses with us. #mammachia

3.  Reward

You work your butt off! Rewarding ourselves with positive thoughts, energy, and the occasional gift is so important in generating a constant light around ourselves.

Don’t let a reward be self-destructive the way a two-for-one happy hour can be, or a cheat meal full of processed food satisfying something emotional that ends up making you feel bloated.

A reward can be enjoying good company, buying yourself flowers, taking that weekend trek to somewhere new and exciting. Reward your hard work and be lighter for it!

A few of our reward wants:

Candle (available on Pigment)


Succulents! They never get old. Head to a local nursery or garden store

and pick yourself up a couple bring them home, name them, and put them in one of these Mint Pots


Lastly, everyone needs water. Pick yourself up a Swell Bottle, because you deserve to be hydrating in style.


 

 

Too Good To Be Two Ingredient Chocolate Truffles

Too Good To Be Two Ingredient Chocolate Truffles

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There comes a moment when our hearts scream for chocolate. Our minds tell us no, stay away from the sugar packed, processed, artificial deliciousness that is most chocolate candies and treats. We have the solution! Not only is this recipe so easy to make, but it literally will take you ten minutes. Time is of the essence when it comes to consuming chocolate, there is literally no time to waste. So here they are! Our “Too Good To Be Two Ingredient (or vegan) Chocolate Truffles.”

 

 

What You Need

1 Cup + 4 Tablespoons Vegan Chocolate

1 Cup Organic Almond Milk (or coconut)

*For our topping we used raw slivered almonds. You can use really anything. Some other options are cocoa powder, powdered sugar, sesame seeds, other sorts of crushed nuts, etc.

For The Filling 

Simply chop chocolate
Heat up the almond (or coconut) milk
Pour over chocolate
Melt
Stir
Chill (or don’t chill and sit and eat it with a spoon, no one says you have to finish these.)

For The Coating 

While the filling chill melt straight chocolate in a double boiler

Once they are chilled scoop them and roll into small balls

Dip them into a the melted chocolate and roll around in the almonds

Chill again.

Eat them!
Have one, two, or ten. These things are bordering the line of healthy, so it’s rude to only eat one.

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Jar Full Of Blues

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Too good to be just a blueberry smoothie!

You’ll love this bit of purple and red magic to seed your soul. Perfect for mornings or as a snack!

For The Smoothie:

2 Large Handfuls of Frozen or Fresh Blueberries

1 Large Handfuls of Frozen or Fresh Raspberries

2 Ripe Bananas(Use frozen for extra texture)

*Try using half an avocado or frozen mango instead of banana

1/2 cup Organic Apple Sauce

Handful of Ice

1/4 Cup Organic Almond Milk

Blend until you’ve got the blues!

Layer it up!

Create a base with Mamma Chia Vitality Granola

Pour that blues smooth smoothie in

Follow with another layer of granola and pack the top with fresh fruit

Option: add Mamma Chia organic Chia Seed and organic shelled hempseed to the top

NOW EAT IT!

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Why We Love: Blackberry

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Blackberries are a true super-food, they carry a number of benefits that can reduce intestinal inflammation and protect the body. Many of the micronutrients present in blackberries have antioxidant activity that works to help nuetralize “free radicals,” which can damage the cells and are a major source of disease and aging.

Mamma Chia is always looking for ways to Seed The Soul, and utilize our products and the whole super food ingredients we jam into each one of them. So grab a cup of blackberries, have them as a snack or toss them in your favorite chia breakfast bowl.

To take it one step further, we are giving you a quick easy salad recipe that incorporates our Vitality Blackberry Bliss Squeeze, and fresh Blackberries. Give this recipe a try and make sure to share yours with us!

Ingredients

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Salad

Organic Blackberries

Organic Arugula

Organic Roasted Pistachios

Organic Dried Figs

Organic Mamma Chia Seeds

*Optional Goat Cheese

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Dressing

1⁄2 Blackberry Bliss Squeeze

1⁄2 Cup Balsamic Vinegar

1⁄2 Cup Cherry Preserves

1⁄4 Cup Red Wine Vinegar

1 Cup Olive Oil

Dash Pink Himalayan Salt

Dash of Pepper

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Directions

Make the salad. You got this on dial. Slice those figs, toss on the blackberries, chia seeds, pistachios, and crumble the goat cheese.

For the Dressing

In a medium saucepan on medium high heat add vinegar, until boiling then simmer till reduced by half. (You’re making a reduction) Add preserves and cook 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Whisk in red wine vinegar, Black Berry Blast Chia Squeeze, and then the olive oil. Season with salt & pepper.

*If you don’t have the time, or the motivation to make the dressing from scratch, this salad pairs well with any sort of balsamic dressing. Simply drizzle the squeeze directly onto the finished salad.

ENJOY!

Mamma’s Mask

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Mamma Chia is all about living a life full of Vitality. That means taking care of ourselves inside, and out. For our last January wellness post we’ve come up with a perfect at home clay mask that does just that.

Throughout history healing clays have been used by numerous cultures to help rid the body of toxins, as well as heal skin, leaving it looking smooth and bright. Mamma’s Mask uses Bentonite Clay, known to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals. Bentonite Clay can also help irritation caused from eczema, psoriasis, chicken pox, insect bites, burns, and unwanted blemishes. It’s a unique clay due to its ability to produce an an electrical charge once it comes in contact with liquid. When the liquid is added, the electrical components in the clay change. This is what gives the Bentonite the ability to absorb toxins.

It’s like a science experiment you get to do on your face! So many masks you buy in stores contain this healing clay, or other clays like it. They also contain chemicals and additives our bodies really don’t need to get the job done!

Ingredients

4 Tbsp Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

5 Tbsp Bentonite Clay Powder (find it at most vitamin shoppes or online)

1-2 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

1-2 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

2 Tsp Organic Lemon Juice

*Optional: 2 tsp Raw Honey

Directions

Place your lemon juice and apple cider vinegar in one bowl, and your clay in a separate one.

Slowly pour the liquid into the bowl with the clay, as you simultaneously stir the mixture.

Add two to three drops of your lavender, and tea tree essential oils. (This is when you would add the honey.)

Mix until all ingredients are combined. (Make sure there are no clumps of clay that haven’t been mixed in well.)

Apply paste evenly across face. Leave on for about 30 minutes. (If you have sensitive skin, reduce the time to 15 minutes.) Mask should completely dry before removing.

*Do a patch test first for about 10-15 minutes. Even though these ingredients are great for us, everyone’s body reacts differently to different things.

To remove, simply use a wash cloth soaked in warm water. We recommend letting the wash cloth sit on your face for about a minute, giving the heat and moisture time to break apart the hard clay. Next, gently wipe away the mask. Rinse and repeat if needed. We suggest using this Mamma’s Facemask 1-2 times a week.

 

Turning Mantra Into Action

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While 2017 is all about incorporating our mantras, January is all about wellness! This post is aimed at giving you examples of how to turn those mantras into actions. Our overall wellness should be a focal point in every aspect of our lives. From the foods we useto nourish our bodies, to the remedies we use to keep ourselves whole, to creating tidy spaces where we can manifest creativity, maintaining wellness throughout the year is imperative to our personal growth!

To continue with our ideas of being well and living by our mantras, we’ve put together a few ways for you to quickly reset your mind, body, and soul.

Revisit these all year-round, whenever you need to recenter yourself!

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I Am Free From Clutter

“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” written by Marie Kondo was featured as number one on the  New York Times best seller list. Throughout her book she walks readers through a step-by-step process of cleaning up their spaces. Use this mantra to declutter your life. Start simply by discarding unnecessary time wasters on your digital devices. Next, move onto your car, and end with the largest project, your home.

You’ll find with exhaling all we don’t need, we give ourselves space to inhale beauty, contentment, and productivity.

We are firm believers that a clear, well curated, space can help cultivate peace, and serenity, while providing a place to create and inspire ourselves and others.

*You can buy the book HERE

I Am Nourished 

There are so many foods we could talk about here. Heck! We could do an entire year’s worth of posts, just on what each food does to nourish our soul, and feed our body. Chia is close to our heart, it’s the reason we love what we do. Any chance to share more about the benefits of these funky little seeds with you,  is an opportunity we’ll jump at!

We love the powerful benefits of Chia! Chia seeds are among the most concentrated sources of  calcium. In fact, they contain about three times more per ounce than skim milk! Each one of our Mamma Chia Vitality Beverages is jammed packed with a daily dose of Omega-3, 25% of our dietary fiber and 4 grams of complete protein!

Who better to turn to than our friends, who are already incorporating Mamma Chia Seeds into their daily diets.

Now you can too!!

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Who said you had to eat a meal with a spoon or fork? Chia seed are a great addition to any healthy smoothie!

From Earthy Andy, Neapolitan Chia Partfait/Smoothie

California Country Gal used our Mango Coconut Chia Squeeze to make Grain Free Bread Pudding 

A fan favorite of ours from Instagram @FromMyVeganKitchen shows us how three simple ingredients can turn into a delicious stack of Chia pancakes.

* We love to see how you are nourishing your bodies with the power of Chia! Make sure to tag us and use the hashtag #MammaChia and #MammaChiaMakes to share your recipes with us and the rest of the Mamma Chia family!

I Am Hydrated 

Start your mornings off with a big dose of hydration by drinking a cup of hot water with a whole lot of lemon.

1. Lemon water helps rejuvenate dull skin.

2. Drinking lemon water aids in digestion, leaving your tummy feeling better, and you looking less bloated.

3. Lemon water has been known to boost your energy levels while giving you needed vitamin C.

Whether it’s boosting your immune system, or aiding in balancing your body’s PH levels, with water, there’s a little something for everyone!

Infusing your water with fruit is a simple yet effective way to assist in detoxing your body. Not to mention the added flavors make water way more exciting to drink! Chances are, you’ll not only enjoy making these pretty drinks but love the way they taste too!

I fill My Mind, Body, And Soul

In our last post of 2016, we talked about choosing mantras over resolutions. Dedicate time each day to evaluate yourself.  A large focus for this year should be whether or not we are truly living our mantras, inviting in all they have to offer us.

Make 2017 and every year after, a year where you fulfill goals, and attract positivity into your life. Set time to keep filling in these bucket lists, as well as giving yourself time to reflect, and find ways to turn these mantras into actions.

Find, or set up, a quiet space to keep only for you and your soul. Spend time here each day, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Meditate on your mantras, and refocus if need be. Work hard with us this year to solidify your daily, weekly, monthly, and life long intentions. Sometimes, we need a simple reset, and a reminder of what we need to fill our mind, body, and soul.

#SeedYourSoul #MammaChia

Share with us how you are turning your mantras into actions! We might just share them in our next week’s blog!

Mantras Over Resolutions

Mantras Over Resolutions

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2017 is essentially here and with the New Year comes a whole list of resolutions! Resolutions can be daunting, truly limiting to our unconscious. Common resolutions people make are often intended to break a pattern, or accomplish something they feel will change their lives for the better. Truth is, 80% of those who make resolutions on January 1 will have given up by Valentine’s Day!

So this year, we’ve decided to skip the resolutions altogether! We have come up with two positive ways to set a tone of inspiration and creativity in 2017.

First pick a mantra. A mantra is a powerful word or phrase that creates meaning differently than a typical sentence. A mantra, when repeated over and over, affirms our belief in ourselves. We begin to allow its meaning to seep below the surface, into our subconscious, helping to shift our negative habits and patterns into positive ones. A mantra can have a significant impact on our lives!

What we think and speak shapes how we feel inside and how we see the world around us. Boost your confidence this year and allow yourself to highlight and focus in on trust, courage, love, creativity, success, confidence, balance, partnership & clarity. Use words that are clear and easy to remember. Begin each day by repeating your mantra out loud or silently to yourself. Allow the words to guide your daily intentions and be the driving force of positivity!  Here are some examples:

*Seed Your Soul

*I am here to grow

*I choose calmness over anxiety

*I am strong and healthy

*I strive to improve

We also think a bucket list is more interesting than a list of resolutions as it inspires us to explore, create, and make time for growing as individuals! Whether it’s exploring a new place, or trying a new activity, this list can consist of items that are as simple as eating at a restaurant you’ve been driving by for years or visiting your family a little more often. Your list can grow through the year as new ideas manifest themselves. Enjoy the simplicity of it. Set time aside to allow yourself to check off the items on your bucket list instead of your resolutions list! Your bucket list is a group of things you should look forward to doing, a way of creating new memories and trying something new!

We made a few printable templates to get you started. Download them below, set forth and be inspired this year!!!

Mantras Over Resolutions

Mantras Over Resolutions

Mantras Over Resolutions

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