Mamma’s Throat Soothers

Mamma's Throat Soothers

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Cold season, it’s not just about weather my friends. We all know the symptoms we do our best to avoid this time of year. The only way to do it would be to stay cooped up inside, binge watch Netflix, while living off shipments of Mamma Chia Vitality Granola, and Mamma Chia Seed Pudding. As amazing as this does sound, we must all face the world and their stuffy-nose-coughing-faces.

Have no fear Mamma Chian’s we are here to get you through all types of cold this season, and hopefully leave you feeling a bit better. To continue with our Winter Wellness we are making throat drops. Skip buying brands that contain artificial colors and additives we can’t pronounce. These not only taste better, but they’re better for you.

Minimal. Natural. The way an ingredient list should be.

 

Ingredients:

1 cup tea

1 organic lemon (juiced)

1/2 cup manuka honey

1 tbsp cloves (optional)

Make It:

First, make your tea. For these drops we went with straight Lavender and a Lemongrass Ginger (Earl Grey also works great). Feel free to choose any flavor. Do some research on what each tea can do for your body, and go from there!

 Pour that cup of tea into your pot, and stick on the stove top.

* An option which we left out of ours would to be add cloves. The oils in cloves are known to help break down the “cold glue” (eww gunk) in the back of your throat, as well as kill germs.

Squeeze your lemon into the pot (we went with a whole lemon)

Pour in the manuka honey and watch the magic happen!

*Honey is a natural cough suppressant, as well as a great way to soothe the throat.

Allow to boil, strain anything you added, or may have missed (lemon seeds, who knew when you squeezed a lemon seeds came flying out. Note: squeeze lemon into a bowl first, strain seeds as you add it to the pot…)

  You want this throat saving potion hot! Try to get the mixture up to 300 degrees. If you don’t have a candy thermometer just hanging out in your kitchen, use a glass of ice water. Drop a tiny bit of the mixture into the glass, if it solidifies, it’s ready.

Carefully spoon the mixture onto parchment paper.

Yours will be better circles than ours. Great thing is, you’re going to eat these, so if they aren’t perfect circles no need to worry. If you want your drops to be pretty, silicone molds work really well!

Let the drops harden (feel free to put these little guys in the freezer).

You did it!

Once hardened keep in a small jar, canvas bag, or up-cycled metal mint container.

Give these a try, tell us know what you think!  We love hearing from you. If you have any other tips to make the cold season less cold share them with us! #MammaChia

Mamma’s Winter Wellness

Mamma's Winter Wellness

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Say no to the aches, coughs, and fevers this year! Mamma Chia is here to give you the extra boost and support needed during this cold and flu season, so you can get back to what you love doing most. We’ve put together three of our favorite wellness remedies to help keep you and your family, healthy and ready for adventure this winter! Save these recipes for use all year round as they’ll make a great addition to your daily wellness regimen.

Cold Symptom Relieving Tea

2 teaspoons organic sage

Juice of one organic lemon (or one teaspoon lemon balm herb)

Pinch cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon (15 ml) organic honey (preferably raw)

2 teaspoons of Mamma Chia Organic Chia Seeds

*To prepare the tea, pour one cup boiling water over sage and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Strain out herbs, add remaining ingredients, and drink hot.

Diffuser Congestion Blend

2 drops of Eucalyptus

2 drops of Lemon

3 drops of Peppermint

*Essential oils are a great way to make aromatherapy a part of your day-to-day regimen. Plus, there are truly astounding health benefits from using aromatherapy! Essential oils have the ability to boost energy levels, speed up healing, eliminate headaches, strengthen our immune systems, improve digestion, act as a cleaning agent, and purify air. Use this blend to help ease any congestion!

Chest Rub

2 drops of lavender

2 drops of frankincense

4 drops of cedarwood or melaleuca

4 drops of wild orange

1 1/2 tbs Shea butter

1 1/2 tsp organic coconut oil

*Gently melt the Shea butter and coconut oil together. Remove from heat and stir in essential oils. Transfer to a container with a tight fitting lid. (A jar or Tupperware works fine)

Mammas Winter Wellness

We like to get our oils from these sites:

 Plant Therapy

  Mountain Rose Herbs

Auracacia

 Young Living

 

 

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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Chia Holiday Brunch

Chia Holiday Brunch

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To wrap up our #chiaholiday, we asked artist and foodie Heather Fenner to

make us her favorite brunch! A painter, wife, and mom of three from Los Angeles, she knows

a few things about making a filling and well decorated Holiday Brunch! Oh, and it’s super yummy, too!

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The Holidays are all about family, food and fun. Don’t you agree?!

For your holiday gathering you have to pull out all the stops, ring those bells and deck those halls! 

This is why I love to make an amazing Christmas Morning Brunch! This year I’m making two versions of my famous overnight French toast bake.

One will be a paleo version, as many of us in my family are Paleo/Primal, and of course the traditional version, as well. 

Hot apple cider and bottomless mimosas shall flow freely… especially the mimosas. Definitely the mimosas. 

Wait. What was I talking about ?! Oh right, the Brunch!

One of my favorite egg dishes is a frittata. But when you have several hungry family members to feed, I love changing it up a bit.

I make the mix but add it to muffin tins instead! I actually double, sometimes even triple the recipe for my Mamma Chia Seed Frittata.

The best part about baking the recipe in muffin tins are all the left overs. They’re great when someone needs a quick snack.

I mean let’s face it, after all of those mimosas the only thing Mrs. Claus wants to cook is herself, in a nice hot bath, while sipping on her bottomless mimosa!

So here is my recipe for my Chia Seed Frittata Muffins which complement as a side to any Christmas Brunch!

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INGREDIENTS
3/4 cup shredded store bought organic hash browns
(If you make your own has browns) 3/4 cup shredded potato
4 whole organic eggs
4 egg whites or 3/4 cup of liquid store whites
1/4 cup organic cherry tomatoes diced
1/3 cup organic white or sweet onion diced
3 tbs organic canned green chilies
1/4 cup organic artichoke hearts diced
1/4 cup organic fresh cilantro finely chopped
2 tbs organic fresh chives finely chopped
1 cup organic pepper jack cheese shredded
1/4 cup organic feta cheese
3 tbs organic Mamma Chia Organic White Chia Seeds
Salt

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DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees
  • Prepare the hash browns according to instructions – these will be added in the next step
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk eggs with egg whites. Add remaining ingredients; mix well to combine.
  • Prepare a muffin tin with nonstick baking spray. Pour egg mixture evenly into cups.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until set. Remove from oven; set aside to cool for about 5 minutes
  • Serve warm or place in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and serve for a quick breakfast or snack

*Pair with a Mamma Chia Vitality Drink Mimosa!

Simply mix together a desired amount of organic orange juice and your favorite

Mamma Chia Vitality Beverage in a flute glass. Pour over with champagne and enjoy!

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Teas The Season

Teas The Season

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Teas the season for homemade tea! Get ready to sooth some souls with your own seasonal blend. If you’ve been looking for a personal, last minute gift idea, this DIY is sure to bring much needed warmth to your holiday season!

Step One:

Head down to your local spice shop, or pick up a few packages of your favorite organic loose leaf tea blends.

Tea is a great gift, especially during the chillier months. Not to mention it looks so pretty!

Experiment with your blends. Scout out different types of edible tea flowers and spices.

A few of our holiday favorites include peppermint, orange peel, cranberry and cinnamon.

We went with an invigorating three ingredient blend.

Our Blend

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*Organic Vanilla Earl Grey

*Organic Dried Rose Petals

*Organic Crystalized Ginger

Teas the Season

Teas the Season

Teas the Season
Step Two:

Mix all your ingredients in a bowl. Keep in mind, tea smells similar to the way it will taste. We chose a base tea and added accompanying flavors to create a unique blend with delightful aromas.

Teas the Season

Teas the Season

Teas the Season

Teas the Season

Step Three:

Once you’ve mixed up the perfect homemade tea, get creative with your packaging! Glass is a great way to display your colorful creations. You can also use brown paper lunch bags, or large tea bags. Wrap up in colorful yarn or twine and add a GIFT TAG!!

Teas the Season

Teas the Season

Teas the Season

Additional Pairing Ideas

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*Lavender, Hibiscus, and Vanilla

* Black tea (of your choice), Crystalized Orange Peel, Dried Orange Slices, Cinnamon, and Rainbow Black Pepper

*Dandelion Petals, Mint, and Dried Raspberry Leaves

*Lemon Verbena, Rooibos, Vanilla, and Dried Rose Petals

Teas the Season

 

Teas the Season

 

DIY Cold & Flu Aromatherapy

DIY Cold & Flu Aromatherapy

April 14, 2016
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With flu season in full swing, we all do our best to avoid those pesky sniffles and coughs.  We’re mindful to take good care of ourselves by washing our hands, working out and nourishing our bodies with chia (of course!), but sometimes it’s just not enough and we get run down.  So when those winter colds get the best of you, we have just the thing to put you on the path to feeling better; a simple DIY home remedy!

DIY Cold & Flu Aromatherapy | Mamma Chia Blog

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups of purified water
  • 5 organic lemon slices
  • 1 Tbsp. of organic dried rosemary
  • 7-8 organic whole cloves
  • 4-5 drops organic essential oil blend of your choice (our blend contained: lemongrass, coriander, clove, oregano, thyme, and red mandarin)

Directions:

  1. In a large pot combine water, lemon, rosemary and cloves and heat to a simmer on your stove top.
  2. Once it is heated to a steam, turn off the stove and add essential oil.
  3. Deeply inhale the aromas from the combined ingredients until satisfied.