Top Savory And Sweet Eats From NYC’s 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show
Every summer at the biennial Fancy Food Show, the Javits Center in New York City turns into a massive food hall as thousands of specialty food vendors from across the world occupy the space to showcase their finest culinary goods. The quality and the variety of food items displayed at this year’s show was no exception – these are just a few of my favorite things! Read more…
Recently, I had the great privilege of reconnecting with Mamma Chia founder and CEO, Janie Hoffman. I reached out after re-reading her brilliant book, Chia Vitality and then using her amazing chia cookbook. Hoffman is one of those rare social entrepreneurs and business leaders who is humble to the core, leads every day with gratitude, and is constantly cultivating her curiosity. Read more…
“There’s nothing you can’t put a chia seed in,” said Janie Hoffman, founder and chief executive officer of Mamma Chia. Her Carlsbad, Calif.-based company offers an assortment of beverages and snacks featuring the nutrient-dense seed. “Chia is neutral in flavor and boosts the nutrients of anything it’s added to,” Ms. Hoffman said. “I put chia in everything in my kitchen.” Read more…
Mamma Chia’s Organic Chia & Greens beverages were chosen as one of the nationwide Buyers’ Picks for 2016 in the Specialty Food Association’s Summer 2016 issue. Our Grateful Greens, a mixture of Kale & Mint and other veggies was chosen as one of the “Better-for-You-Beverages.” Click here to read more!
When the weather warms up, our thoughts drift to seaside frolics with our favorite group of beach-going friends. So, we’ve taken to making our own portable paradise by packing a bag of beach essentials that includes snacks, drinks, and entertainment. Here are five items to bring beachside that’ll keep all your worries at bay. Click here to read more!
Organic is Non-GMO
We love our Mamma Chia community and enjoy the authentic connections and personal interactions we share. One of the questions we often get is whether Mamma Chia products are Non-GMO. Being Non-GMO is part of the USDA Certification process, so as all Mamma Chia products are USDA Organic, they are naturally Non-GMO too!
What does it mean to be Organic?
USDA Certified Organic products are produced without the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers, antibiotics, synthetic hormones, genetic engineering, sewage sludge (yes! that’s a conventional farming input), or irradiation. Yay! Who wants that?!
And, in order for Organic farms and processors to get certified they:
- Do not use genetically modified ingredients
- Preserve natural resources and biodiversity
- Support animal health and welfare
- Provide access to the outdoors so that animals can exercise their natural behaviors
- Only use approved materials
- Receive annual onsite inspections
- Separate organic food from non-organic food
What does it mean to be Non-GMO (Non-Genetically Modified)?
Foods that are Non-GMO are free from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and are not created in a laboratory using genetic engineering techniques.
Is Non-GMO always Organic?
No, it’s not! Non-GMO is one of the many benefits you get when you buy organic, but just because a product is Non-GMO, does not mean it is also organic.
Mamma Chia is a passionate supporter of the labeling of genetically modified foods and believe everyone should have the opportunity to make informed choices about what goes into their bodies – because we love Mamma Earth and her people!
It’s fairly common to have a new beverage brand insist that it’s creating a new segment. It’s not as common to have that actually happen. But that’s essentially what occurred in 2009 when Janie Hoffman founded Mamma Chia after she discovered the wonders of the chia seed. Read more…
According To Janie Hoffman Of Mamma Chia
If part of your New Year’s resolution was to live better and eat healthier, chances are you’ve come across chia seeds in wanderings for nutritious snacks. They’re having a bit of a food moment and for good reason. Not only do they play well with other ingredients, but they also offer a host of health benefits. We got the deets on chia seeds from Janie Hoffman, founder of Mamma Chia. Read more…
Walking up and down the aisles at Natural Products Expo, you’ll see chia everywhere—in chips, granolas, beverages, cookies and bars. But it wasn’t always that way. When Janie Hoffman, the founder and CEO of Mamma Chia, founded the company in 2009, the superseed hadn’t yet gone mainstream. Read more and watch the video!
If you haven’t experienced Mamma Chia’s drinks, you’re missing out. Ever since the recent explosive popularity of chia seeds and all of their health benefits, Mamma Chia has been flying off the shelf. And for good reason, their drinks are so delicious and unlike any other drink on the planet. Read more…
Watch this fun interview with Mamma Chia Founder & CEO, Janie Hoffman, on Fox5 News celebrating National Yoga Month at Karma Yoga Event in San Diego, CA. Click here to watch…
Honoring only the best of the best foods, drinks and culinary-related books, gizmos and gadgets, it’s like the Oscars for healthy food. Best use of chia in a drink: Mamma Chia…Read more…
Congratulations to Kenny Shapiro!
On his iPod: Early 90’s/late 80s hip hop.
Favorite Animal: op
Favorite Quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who matter don’t mind; and those who mind, don’t matter.” -Dr. Suess
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Guava Mamma/Pomegranate Mint!
Bio: I have a BS in Biology (marine emphasis) and currently work for the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Kat Barba and I are due to have a child any day and can’t wait to see her beautiful face. Kat and I live in a zoo with 3 cats and 2 dogs.
It is with great honor we announce our April 2013 Ambassador of the month, Kenny Shapiro! He won us over with his glorious smile and winning attitude! We absolutely love Kenny for his great work ethic- but also because he is so dynamic and such a positive thinker. He also works for the Department of Agriculture for Washington State! Kenny is so passionate about his career and he shines at everything he does. We also want to honor Kenny because he is about to become a daddy!
Thanks Kenny for being our Northwest Superstar! We are so thrilled to have you on our team and congratulations on your baby to be!
Come Visit Mamma Chia at
the 2013 LA Marathon!
Mamma Chia will be spreading the Mamma Chia Love at the LA Marathon Mar. 15-16 at the LA Convention Center
Congratulations to Kyle Caffero!
On his iPod: Passion Pit, Architecture in Helsinki, Jim Croce, WHAM!, Florence + The Machine.
Favorite Animal: My Meowmen, Ben & Luke!
Favorite Quote: “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Cherry Lime!
Bio: I was born & raised in the Chicago Suburbs. I’m almost finished up with my degree in Physics. I absolutely believe in pushing myself to be my best but that leaves me with very little free time to do cool things! When I do have free time again I’d like to train in BJJ or maybe train for another marathon. It was fate that I became part of the Mamma Chia team because the day before I randomly met Janie while at my old job, I had learned that my old company had just gotten discontinued! So it’s been a seamless transition and I’m super happy with how well everything is going!
Congratulations to our March 2013 Chicago Super Star, Kyle Caffero! His passionate, dedicated personality topped with his great sense of humor made it easy to choose him as our March 2013 Ambassador of the Month! Kyle is not only an incredible athlete running marathons and studying Brazilian Jujitsu; he is about to earn his degree in physics! We are continually impressed by his intellect, active lifestyle, and professional work ethic! Kyle is a team player and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him Rocking Chicago!
Congratulations to Lauren Hillenga!
On her iPod: Lately I have been listening to The Civil Wars, The Lumineers, Lana Del Rey, a dash of country, and of course some hip-hop.
Favorite Animal: Elephants, especially baby elephants. Too cute.
Favorite Quote: Open minds lead to open doors.
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Guava Mamma!
Bio: I was born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA, and I graduated Cum Laude from San Jose State University with a Bachelor degree in Business Marketing in 2011. One of my favorite things in the world is enjoying a delicious meal with great company…I love to eat! I also love to travel and I have been blessed with some amazing trips over the years, including scuba diving in Thailand and eating my way through Italy. I can’t wait to see where my next adventure will take me!
It is with deep joy and gratitude that we announce our February Ambassador of the Month Lauren Hillenga! Lauren has impressed us since day one! So much so that soon after joining our team of dynamic ambassadors she joined our operations team as Operations Coordinator and now helps to oversee the Mamma Chia Magic from start to finish! Her diverse skill set and in-depth product knowledge make her the ideal ambassador! And on top of everything she’s a yoga goddess, shining with beauty from the inside out!
Lauren, thank you for sharing the Love and Magic of Mamma Chia with the wonderful people of Santa Cruz!
Congratulations to Matt Stintzi!
On his iPod: In no paticular order: Ryan Adams, Joy Division, The Smiths, Lower Dens, Black Uhuru, CAN, Grimes, The Cure, Tame Impala, Tim Buckley, Dinosaur Jr, Cocteau Twins, Thee Oh Sees, Burning Spear, Spiritualized, Doug Sahm, Leonard Cohen, Psychic Ills, Yo La Tengo, 13th Floor Elevators, Townes Van Zandt,and Tom Waits. This list could go on forever so I’ll stop now.
Favorite Animal: I do have a profound love for birds however Leroy my Shitzu, is my favorite.
Favorite Quote: Open minds lead to open doors.
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Blackberry Hibiscus with Cherry Lime as a close second..
Bio: I was orginally born in Florida, but have lived in Texas for the past 23 years. I have been skateboarding for over 20 years and plan to skate till I’m pyshically unable to do so. I absolutley love the outdoors and living in Austin TX “The Live Music Captial of the World”!!
We are overjoyed to jump-start the New Year by honoring our January 2013 Ambassador of the Month, Matt Stintzi! Our Texas Star has been sharing the Mamma Chia Magic by truly living the dream! When he’s not impressing us with his stellar work ethic, Matt is enjoying his days skateboarding, bike riding, camping, and playing guitar! We LOVE that Matt uses Chia to fuel his active lifestyle! And we LOVE that he’s self-motivated, friendly, professional, and has a terrific sense of follow-through!
BIG thanks Matt for being an inspiration to us all! Your hard work and positive attitude are deeply appreciated!!
BevNET’s Best of 2012 Person of the Year Award goes to Janie Hoffman, Founder & CEO of Mamma Chia. Over the past 2 years, Hoffman has been at the forefront of chia’s rise. Her leadership and promotion of chia has sprouted a range of new brands in the beverage space, accelerated exposure of chia into mainstream consciousness, and propelled Mamma Chia into national distribution – a rare feat for brand of its novelty and innovation. Read more…
Congratulations to Steven Snyder!
On his iPod: The Mark Levin Show AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, The Schnitt Show, John & Ken, George Carlin
Favorite Animal: The Lion. Lions are intelligent, strong & beautiful creatures.
Favorite Quote: “Creativity is the Companion of Wisdom.” –St. Augustine
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Cherry Lime. It makes me feel like a kid again.
Bio: I was a former therapist in Springfield Illinois and moved out to Los Angeles for my second Masters Degree. I am an actor, writer, comedian and entrepreneur who loves Mamma Chia! Mamma Chia gives me the energy that I need while working late nights on set, writing for hours on end or if I’m in the gym working out. The Mamma Chia team has been terrific for me. Always remember, “To Accomplish Great Things, One Must Not Only Dream, But Act.”
It is with great pride that we honor our December 2012 Ambassador of the Month, Steven Snyder! His mesmerizing smile and engaging personality instantly won our hearts and we are so grateful to have him sharing the Mamma Chia Magic with the fabulous folks of Southern California! When Steven isn’t sharing the Magic of Mamma Chia he’s engaging his talents by acting, writing, and being a comedian! We are so proud to have such a creative, talented soul on the team!
Steven, you embody the heart and soul of Mamma Chia! We are so grateful for your hard work and dedication.
Mamma Chia, maker of the first organic chia-based beverage, has added three more beverages to its lineup, bringing the total number of SKUs to nine. Like all of the company’s gluten-free, vegan, kosher, USDA-certified organic beverages, Grapefruit Ginger, Guava Mamma and Kiwi Lime are… Read more…
Mamma Chia Adds Three New Varieties to Innovative Line of Chia-Based Vitality Beverages
Category Leader Introduces Guava Mamma, Grapefruit Ginger and Kiwi Lime
Tastebuds, pack your bags for a trip to the tropics!
Congratulations to Yuki Tsuji-Hoening!
On her iPod: I have many favorites, but Lady Gaga is my most favorite these days.
Favorite Animal: Penguins and cats
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Coconut Mango
Bio: Yuki is originally from Japan and now lives in Boulder, Colorado. She LOVES to be outdoors rock climbing, skiing, cross country skiing, hiking, playing in the park with friends or anything that makes her feel alive in nature. She’s currently a yoga teacher, an AcroYoga teacher and a licensed Thai massage therapist who travels frequently to share her passion. Her love of movement arts led her into AcroYoga/acrobatics performing. She also performs with AscenDance Project dance company (ascendanceproject.com) in Boulder to dance on the climbing wall.
It is with great joy and gratitude that we announce our July 2012 Ambassador of the Month Yuki Tsuji-Hoening! Yuki devotes her life to happiness, freedom of self-expression and creativity! In addition to sharing the Mamma Chia Magic with the beautiful people of Colorado, she’s a certified AcroYoga & Yoga teacher, licensed Thai Massage Therapist, and registered Thai Therapist! Whether on the tips of the highest mountains or beside a babbling brook, you will feel her magnetic spirit throughout all of Mamma Nature!
Yuki, we are thrilled to have you in the Mamma Chia family! Warm thanks for all you do!
Chia seeds (yes, the same ones in the Chia Pet you bought in 1994) have taken off in popularity as a high-protein, fiber-rich supplement. They’re a great natural source of energy, and when placed in liquid the seeds expand and develop a slightly chewy texture (think of bubble tea). Read more…