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.

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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.

 

Summer Peach Chia Jam

Summer Chia Jam

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Summer Peach Chia Jam

Let’s jam it out! Chia jam that is. Keep chasing those summer vibes and get your taste buds going with a juicy peach chia jam!  Whip up this versatile treat so you can enjoy at all times throughout the day. Spread it across some crisp toast, slap together two pieces of bread with some peanut butter for a PB & chia jelly sandwich, or add a dab of it to a light cracker during your wine and cheese night for a hint of sweetness on your palate.

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Ingredients: 

Preparation: 

  1. Rinse off your peaches and cut into halves. Skin the outer layer of the peach and remove it’s pit.
  2. Throw peaches into a blender or food processor with honey added. Slightly pulse the peaches until you reach a consistency of your liking.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons chia seeds and ½ tsp of cinnamon, stir well.
  4. Transfer the chia jam into an air tight container and let it sit for at least 3 hours.
  5. Spread on toast or crackers for a sweet healthy treat!

 

The Beauty of Chia Seeds

The Beauty of Chia Seeds

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Benefits of Chia Seeds for Hair and Skin

Did you think you could only reap the benefits of chia seeds by incorporating them into your snacks and meals? Well, who knew you could actually use chia seeds to create your own DIY spa day! We’ve got a handful of tips about how consuming chia can help your hair, skin and body experience the beauty benefits both inside and out!

Benefits of Chia Seeds for Hair

Our hair, just like chia, is full of protein, which is necessary to keep it strong and thick. Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse containing 20% more protein than soy beans, plus added Omega-3’s that are critical to help prevent hair loss.  Adding chia seeds, a complete protein, to your diet can help promote luscious locks.

DIY Chia Seed Hair Mask

Give your tresses an extra boost of pampering with this DIY hair mask. Chia seeds are the perfect ingredient to add to any hair mask treatment of your choice since they are able to swell up to 12x their normal size when placed in water. This allows the chia seeds to create a gel like consistency that will hydrate your hair. Get summer ready locks with this hair mask recipe. All that is required is 4 simple ingredients: apple cider vinegar for glossiness, coconut oil to condition, chia seeds for hydration, and honey to smooth.

Benefits of Chia Seeds for Hair and Skin

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Pop the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds to melt the coconut oil so it can be mixed with all the other ingredients. Set aside to cool.
  3. Gently work a pinch of the hair mask through your ends after shampooing and let it sit for 3-5 minutes. Rinse and enjoy your silky soft hair.
  4. Store leftovers in small glass container and use whenever you please.

Benefits of Chia Seeds for Skin

Your skin is the largest organ of your body, so it is important to take great care of maintaining healthy, supple skin. Soothe inflammation and calm acne blemishes with a chia face mask. The Omega-3 fatty acids in chia can help aid the healing process of irritated blemish wounds, as well as protect the outer layer of skin from bacteria.

DIY Chia Seed Face Mask

Exfoliate your pores with a refreshing 3 ingredient face mask and rejuvenate your face before you tackle the day. This mask will moisturize dry, sun-kissed skin with the power of chia seeds combined with coconut oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Benefits of Chia Seeds for Hair and Skin

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Combine all 3 ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  2. Apply mask to face, avoiding contact with eyes.  Let mask set for 5-10 minutes to allow the chia seeds to create a gel like consistency.
  3. Massage your face with a damp, warm washcloth moving in circular motions to exfoliate skin. Rinse off face with warm water and pat dry.

Chia Pumpkin Overnight Oats

Chia Pumpkin Overnight Oats

April 14, 2016
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If you couldn’t already tell, we LOVE pumpkin! What do we love more than pumpkin? Pumpkin with chia seeds, of course! Pumpkin, just like chia, is a Magical superfood loaded with fiber and disease-fighting nutrients like magnesium, potassium, Vitamin C and E. However, the star in this fruit is the abundance of carotenoids! In just one ½ cup serving, you get more than 200% the recommended daily intake of alpha-carotene and 100% of the daily recommended intake of beta-carotene!

What better way to enjoy pumpkin than with a delicious bowl of Chia Pumpkin Overnight Oats? These oats are a tasty and effortless way to benefit from the powerful nutrients of pumpkin and chia. Top with our Cinnamon Pecan Chia Granola Clusters and you’ve got a Magical creation!

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Makes 2 servings

OVERNIGHT OATS

  • 1 cup organic rolled oats (gluten-free oats work great, too!)
  • 1 ½ cups organic milk (we love almond or coconut milk!)
  • 2 Tbsp. Mamma Chia Organic Black Chia Seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. organic honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ tsp of pumpin pie spice

PUMPKIN PIE LAYER

  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 3 Tbsp organic honey or maple syrup
  • 1 ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ tsp of pink Himalayan salt (to boost flavor)

TOPPINGS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix ingredients together for overnight oats in a large bowl. Use a whisk to evenly distribute the chia seeds within the oats. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight or let sit for a minimum of 4 hours.
  2. Combine ingredients for Pumpkin Pie Layer in a separate bowl and mix well.
  3. In a bowl or mason jar, layer the overnight oats with the pumpkin pie layer on top of each other until desired.
  4. Add desired toppings and enjoy!

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