“Beet, cherries and chia seeds are three of the best foods for runners. Full of antioxidants, nitrates and omega-3’s, these foods have been linked to increased speed, improved endurance and quicker recovery. This little packet serves them all up in one tasty little package, a perfect 70-calorie snack.” -Jessica Sebor, editor in chief Read more…
The start of school is rapidly approaching. And, let’s face it – you aren’t going to be creating homemade lunches from scratch every single day. Fortunately, grocery stores are offering better packaged options that aren’t just good for your health, they give back to the community and planet as well. Here are a few lunchbox upgrades to consider when stocking up for back to school. Read more…
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…
Power up and give your workout an added boost by consuming chia seeds for energy! A tablespoon of these nutritious seeds are the perfect ingredient to incorporate into pre-workout snacks like protein bites or chia pudding. Our Chia Energy Beverage is also a quick way to hydrate prior to an intense workout, plus you get the added kick of natural caffeine from guayusa. Why does chia give you energy? Well, these tiny seeds are packed with protein, fiber, and omega-3s to provide a balanced ratio of nutrition! Avoid spikes and drops in your blood sugar or insulin levels by consuming these powerful seeds to fuel your body, keeping it happy and satisfied throughout your entire work out.
Combine this pre-workout nutrition with a quick 5 minute ab routine and take your fitness regimen up a notch! Set time aside at the beginning or end of your workout and tighten your core with this speedy combo of exercises for tighter abs. This workout requires no extra equipment, so feel free to get your heart rate pumping wherever your day takes you!
First, warm up your body. Sit back into Child’s Pose to open your hips for a few breaths. Slowly rise to a tabletop position and flow through Cow and Cat Pose to warm up your back and begin to engage your core. Inhale as you drop your belly for Cow and exhale as you arch your back up to the sky, drawing your belly in for Cat. Move one breath to one movement until your body is ready for the core workout.
*Please listen to the wisdom of your body while attempting the following routine. Each movement will be performed non-stop for 1 minute without any pauses in between each exercise.
- Mountain Climbers
Return to a neutral tabletop position and extend one leg out straight behind you, one at a time, to set yourself up into a plank position. Shoulders will be stacked directly over wrists, belly button is drawn up and in towards your spine. Create a straight line with your body and tense your quads to fully engage your body. Have a clock or stopwatch handy to keep track of when you need to switch to the next ab exercise. Start the clock and one knee at a time begin to pull them in towards your chest, alternating each leg for 1 minute. Remember to keep a flat spine throughout this movement and to work at your own pace!
- Superman Planks
In this round, you will alternate between lifting the opposite arm with the opposite leg at the same time, while in a plank position and keeping your core pulled in tight. Begin by lifting your left arm and right leg at the same time until arm is shoulder height and leg is hip height. Switch arms and legs, lifting your right arm and left leg this time. Alternate between each side for 1 minute.
- Side Plank Crunches
Lay on your right side and drop down onto your elbow, being mindful that your shoulder is stacked directly over your elbow with your fingertips pointing in the same direction that you are facing. Spin to the outside of your right ankle and stack the left ankle on top, lifting your hips up to the sky while pressing down with your palm. Extend your left arm overhead and lift the left leg up to match. Crunch your left elbow in to meet your left knee and extend back straight. Repeat this movement for 30 seconds then switch sides. Remember to try to not take any breaks in between transitioning.
- V-Ups Crunch
Take a seat and slowly lower down onto your back one vertebrae at a time. Legs are extended straight, arms are stretched overhead. For 1 minute you will crunch up, bringing your knees in toward your chest as you rise up onto your sitting bones. Lift your heart forward rather than hunching your shoulders, allowing you to use all of your core strength to sit up. Make sure you aren’t using the weight of your arms to hoist you up and keep shins parallel to the sky as you lift.
- Windshield Wipers
Time to target your obliques! Return your back to the floor and extend your arms out to a “T” by your sides. Lift your legs back up if they aren’t already. Keeping your legs as straight as possible above your hips, alternate leaning your legs to the left and right. Remember to pause for a second in the middle before switching to the other side so you are in control and gentle on your lower back. Press into your palms to keep you grounded and stable.
After you’ve completed the ab workout flip over onto your belly and press yourself into Cobra pose to stretch your core and relieve it of the heat you created. Repeat this workout as much as you desire!
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!
WHY WE LOVE: Perfectly paired strawberries and bananas are combined with fresh beets to make this Chia Squeeze simply irresistible! Seed Your Soul® with this delectable vitality snack wherever your daily journey takes you! Organic chia seeds are infused with delicious fruits and vegetables to create a convenient, fun and tasty snack for active people of all ages. Click here to see the entire article.
“Nutritious snacks are a must when traveling with kids,” says Jillian Michaels. “You don’t have to feed them junk when their blood sugar crashes.” The trainer, 42, chooses fare free of artificial ingredients for daughter Lukensia, 6, and son Phoenix, 4 (with fiancee Heidi Rhoades). Load up on her favorites! Click here to see the entire article.
One word sums up Mamma Chia’s Pinterest page: Inspirational. Mamma Chia taps into that brand gestalt with every board it’s created. Seeds of Knowledge, Gratitude, and Joy are well thought-out, brand-centric examples of those ubiquitous “inspirational sayings” boards you see peppered throughout Pinterest. Click here to read the entire interview.
Mamma Chia Joyful Greens was featured in Phil’s Food Reviews as a Pick of the Week! We caught up with Janie Hoffman, Mamma Chia Founder and CEO, to find out more about how this hit new product was developed.
Click here to read the entire interview.
One such emerging brand tapping into consumers’ desire for new and interesting products that engage consumers in culinary, wellness and fresh experiences is Mamma Chia. Hartbeat recently sat down with Janie Hoffman, Mamma Chia founder and CEO, to chat about the company’s roots and consumer reactions to its unique offerings. Click here to read the entire interview.
Chocolate Raspberry Chia Pudding
Aristotle once said, “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” This Valentine’s Day, drop that box of chocolates and give your sweetheart something good for the body and soul! Our decadent Chocolate Raspberry Chia Pudding is full of heart-healthy Omega-3s and protein to satisfy any chocolate craving for this special day. The best part? This dessert has no added sugar and tastes absolutely amazing! It is sure to surprise and delight your sweetheart’s soul. We promise 🙂
- 6 Tbsp Mamma Chia organic chia seeds
- 2 cups organic non-dairy milk
- 6 large squares organic dark chocolate (at least 60% cacao)
- ½ cup fresh organic raspberries + 6 to decorate
- Place raspberries and 1 cup of non-dairy milk in blender and puree until smooth. Pour the mixture into a glass jar and add 3 Tbsp. of Mamma Chia organic chia seeds. Stir well with a spoon, or if your jar has a lid, shake well until all of the seeds are evenly covered in the raspberry liquid. Cover with a tight lid and and place in the refrigerator.
- Place 4 chocolate squares into a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until chocolate is fully melted. If a microwave isn’t available, melt the chocolate over low heat on the stove. Be sure to place chocolate in a heatproof bowl that fits snugly over a pot of barely simmering water (or put the bowl directly in a wide, shallow skillet of barely simmering water). Stir occasionally until the chocolate is melted and smooth; remove it from the heat. Add 1 cup of non-dairy milk and whisk until combined.
- Once the chocolate mixture is cool, pour it into a glass jar and add 3 Tbsp. of chia seeds. Stir well with a spoon, or if your jar has a lid, shake well until all of the seeds are evenly covered in the chocolate liquid.
- Keep the raspberry and chocolate chia seed mixtures in the fridge overnight for at least 4 hours.
- Layer the chocolate and raspberry chia pudding into 2 small dessert glasses.
- Chop the remaining 2 squares of dark chocolate and use to decorate the chia pudding. Top with 2-3 fresh raspberries and enjoy!
Mamma Chia NEW Chia & Greens is Phil Lempert’s – the Supermarket Guru’s – Pick of the Week! Phil loves the organic Chia & Greens Joyful Greens, a delicious mix of organic chia, broccoli, lemongrass and ginger!
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…
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Mamma Chia founder Janie Hoffman, who like me has overcome years of health crises and restored her health by changing her lifestyle to incorporate more plant-based, anti-inflammatory foods. Hoffman’s goal is to share the magic of chia seeds, and create a brand that will honor and uplift humanity — a message easily interpreted by the brand’s brightly covered packaging. Watch the video and 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. Watch the video and 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…
Consumers in the United States and around the world continue to snack more and more every day, with less room for traditional meals. While this trend is influenced by many factors, the key demographic driving it is millennials, the generation of Americans born roughly between 1977 and 1995 who account for nearly a quarter of the total U.S. population. 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!
This is exemplified by Mamma Chia Organic Chia & Greens. The new line combines the nutritional powerhouse of chia with vibrant greens, including kale, spinach, broccoli, spirulina, barley grass and wheatgrass. Mamma Chia Organic Chia & Greens offers one of the most nutrient-rich green beverages on the shelf. Read more…
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…
Janie Hoffman launched a revolution in 2009 when she boldly took chia seeds from the bulk section to the beverage cooler. The color, unique look and even the gelled texture captured customers and created a category that practically stands on its own as food-makers followed her lead and added chia boosters or put the seeds center stage in new products. Read more…
Tricks to Eating (Healthy) Halloween Treats
When most folks think of Halloween, they immediately jump to visions of sugary candy with harmful ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup and synthetic dies (yikes!). So how do you trick your little souls into eating healthy treats this Halloween? We’ve put together two fun and tasty recipes that magically hide some very powerful and nutrient-dense ingredients!
Your little ones will love these just as much as their Halloween candy… well, almost.
Makes 8 Boo Pops
- 4 large organic bananas
- Large tub of organic vanilla greek yogurt (approx. 32 oz.)
- Mamma Chia White Organic Chia Seeds
- Unsweetened organic coconut shreds
- Chocolate chips
- Gently peel the bananas and cut in half.
- Insert Popsicle sticks into each banana half.
- Dunk the banana halves into the tub of Greek yogurt until fully covered. Quickly roll the yogurt-covered banana in Mamma Chia White Chia Seeds, followed by the coconut shreds. Arrange three chocolate chips onto the banana to create a face.
- Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, freeze overnight and enjoy!
Protein Mummy Balls
Makes 12 Mummy Balls
- 1/4 cup organic honey (we love Wholesome’s Organic Raw Honey, but you may use agave nectar, too)
- 1/2 cup organic nut butter (we used almond butter, but any will do!)
- 2 Tbsp. Mamma Chia Black Chia Seeds
- 1/4 cup organic oats
- 3/4 cup organic chocolate rice crisp cereal (we used One Degree Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Cacao Crisps!)
- 1/4 cup organic vanilla protein powder (we love Orgain!)
- ¼ cup unsweetened, organic coconut shreds
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 tsp. organic coconut oil
- In a medium mixing bowl, mix the honey and almond butter together until smooth.
- Add the oats, chia seeds, rice crisps, coconut shreds and protein powder and mix together until it forms into a (nearly solid) dough. Roll the dough into 12 balls and place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Melt the white chocolate chips and coconut oil on the stove or in the microwave at 30 second increments.
- Dunk the balls into the white chocolate mixture and place back onto the baking sheet. Once all have been covered, place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to set.
- Once set, remove the balls from the fridge and use the remaining white chocolate to drizzle on top to “mummify.” While the chocolate is still wet, place mini chocolate chips as eyes.
- Return to the refrigerator to set once again for an additional 30 minutes and enjoy!
Have a very Magical and Happy Halloween!
Mamma Chia, a leading producer of organic, chia-based foods and beverages, made its second appearance at the National Association of Convenience Stores show. In a video interview filmed at the event, Matt Buckley, Mamma Chia’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, discussed the company’s foray into convenience stores, noting that the retailing channel may offer access to millennial consumers. Read more…
Every year at Natural Products Expo West and Natural Products Expo East, editors and trend researchers from New Hope Natural Media and Sterling-Rice Group scour the show floor to find the products and brands they predict will shape the future of the natural products industry. The best of the best receive NEXTY nominations, which recognize the companies that embody not only the most innovative edge of the natural products industry, but also its deeply held social and environmental values. Click here to read the full article.
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl
Fall is in the air, and if you’re like most of us at Mamma Chia HQ, you love the seasonal flavors of pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon! Here in sunny San Diego, the weather has yet to cool down, so we put together this Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl to enjoy the flavors of fall without having to drink something hot! This smoothie bowl is delicious for morning fuel or a delightful dessert to end your day. Enjoy!
- 1/2 cup organic canned pumpkin
- 1 organic, overripe frozen banana
- 1 scoop (2 Tbsp.) organic vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 cup organic milk (we love almond or coconut milk!)
- 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- Mamma Chia Organic Chia Seeds
- Mamma Chia Cinnamon Pecan Chia Granola Clusters
- Organic pepitas
- Organic sliced almonds
- Dash of organic cinnamon
- Blend ingredients together until smooth.
- Pour into a bowl and decorate with toppings as desired!
This product is a hit! 1,000 mg of Omega 3s and 1,000% great taste. This bar is delicious. Packed with blueberries, almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts, cherries, currants, raisins and, of course, Chia seeds. One bite and you’ll be hooked.
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Energy Drinks Are Still Going Strong! Marketers should also note ongoing activity in organic energy drinks. More specialized introductions include Mamma Chia’s Chia Vitality energy drinks with chia seeds, guayusa, and fruit juices. Click here to read the full article.
Chia & Greens Rated 4.5 of 5 by BevNET! With its dark red-colored liquid, the Love Greens variety of Mamma Chia’s USDA Organic certified Chia & Greens line is certainly the most unique looking of the bunch. It’s also the most unique tasting, with the unmistakable flavor of beet juice hitting your palate relatively quickly. Read more…
The folks at Mamma Chia decided to make a good thing even better with their Chia Squeeze pouches. They took the basic fruit puree base, made it 100% organic, and added hydrated chia seeds to ramp up the nutrition factor with 1200 mg of brain-boosting Omega 3s, 4 grams of fiber and 2 grams of complete protein in every pouch. Read more…
When lots of new products are stocked, Zack Hellmann, 26, swings through a couple of times a week. He hangs out, chats with other customers and sometimes takes home a keeper of a product he’d never noticed at his grocery store, like the Mamma Chia brand vitality snack he sampled. [n.b., Chia Squeeze retail price is $1.79 not $4.00 as reported in the article] Read more…
Mamma Chia’s Clean Energy beverages were featured in the Specialty Food Association’s Summer 2015 issue on Out of the Ordinary Drinks. “Desire for clean energy without the jitters has led to a category of natural energy drinks with guayusa or yerba mate.” Click here to read more!
Mamma Chia’s Organic Chia Granola Clusters was awarded Delicious Living’s 2015 Best Bite award for Best Granola! Available in 3 tasty flavors – Wild Blueberry, Vanilla Almond and Cinnamon Pecan – each serving contains 10g of Protein (Soy free and Dairy free!), is organic, non-GMO and gluten free. Click here to read more!
Mamma Chia Founder & CEO, Janie Hoffman, visited Ken Rutkowski, host of Business Rockstars, for a fun, informative and unpredictable interview! Business Rockstars is carried in over 170 markets and reaches over
1 million viewers daily!
Snack Fairly with These Nine Outstanding Brands: Mamma Chia donates 1 percent of its gross sales to build tenable food systems by supporting farmers and community groups around the world. The company is also… Read more…
Mamma Chia Organic Chia Granola Clusters were selected as a finalist for a 2015 Foodie Award by Vegetarian Times! Available in 3 delicious flavors: Vanilla Almond, Wild Blueberry and Cinnamon Pecan, our Chia Granola Clusters deliver 10g of Protein (Soy and Dairy free!), are gluten-free, Non-GMO and certified Organic! Read more…
Real Leaders Magazine featured an interview with Mamma Chia CEO & Founder, Janie Hoffman, talking about the skyrocketing popularity of chia as well as the story of how she started Mamma Chia in her kitchen, the company’s social mission and the importance of organic food in the world. Read more…
Fox5 News San Diego featured Mamma Chia as one of the best healthy beverages available in local San Diego markets on its “Healthy Beverage Shopping” segment!
Produce Business Magazine featured Mamma Chia Organic Vitality Bars and Chia Granola Clusters in its May 2015 article about new products appearing in the produce aisles of stores. Read more…
Mamma Chia Founder & CEO, Janie Hoffman, answers a fun and wide range of questions in Ken Rutkowski’s 60-second CEO segment on Business Rockstars!
Business Rockstars is carried in over 170 markets and reaches over 1 million viewers daily!
Mamma Chia Organic Chia Granola Clusters were featured on FOX5 Morning News and selected as a Healthy Food Find by Merilee Kern!
Mamma Chia Organic Chia Squeeze was selected by Good Housekeeping Magazine as a “Best of the Test” for breakfast! “If you’re craving a smoothie and don’t have time to make one, these squeeze pouches are your best bet. Our favorite: Mamma Chia in Strawberry Banana.” Read more…
From The Chia Cookbook by Janie Hoffman, Sticky Chia Brown Rice with Fried Egg: Chia seeds add crunch and extra omega-3s to this simple sticky rice and fried egg dish. Enjoy it for breakfast, lunch or dinner — it will keep you satisfied any time of day. Read more…
Cognitive health appeals to all ages! Mamma Chia’s Vitality Energy contains 2,500mg of omega-3’s in a 10 oz. bottle. Read more…
Wellness in a bottle! Like fiber and protein, omega-3 fatty acids are another nutrient getting a lot of buzz due to the role it plays in overall health and wellness… Read more…
Granola’s getting a little giddyup: These crunchy clusters have a chia boost! They’re also packed with whole grains, protein, and healthy omega-3s. Plus, the stats are pretty impressive for granola. Read more…
Who doesn’t suffer from an afternoon slump? These Mamma Chia Energy Beverages ($3 each) are my new obsession for combating fatigue. For one, they taste great (no icky cough syrup flavor often associated with energy drinks)… Read more…
Mamma Chia Founder & CEO Janie Hoffman visited the Fox Morning News Show to share some chia recipes from The Chia Cookbook and spread the Magic of Mamma Chia!
Janie Hoffman’s book, Chia Vitality, named one of the top 3 essential books to jumpstart the New Year by the Huffington Post: If you aren’t incorporating chia seed into your daily diet you should start. I have been amazed at the difference chia seed has made in my own life and it is one of those rare superfoods that not only has numerous health benefits but thousands of applications.
Chia-based food and beverage company helps to drive market through quality and community
If you ask Janie Hoffman how chia has impacted her life, you’ll notice her face light up with excitement as she shares what those little seeds have done for her health and well-being and why she wanted to share that same passion with a broader community. Read the entire featured article…
When a friend told Janie Hoffman about the health value of chia seeds, Hoffman thought they sounded too good to be true. But she had long suffered from autoimmune disorders, so she gave the seeds a try, incorporating a couple of tablespoons a day into her diet. Read more…
We kick off our bumper gallery of new products with the latest innovation from Mamma Chia, which first entered the snacks category with Chia Squeeze vitality snacks, and has followed up with the new organic Chia Vitality Bars, combining chia seeds with dark chocolate, nuts, fruit and honey. Read more…
Fitness Expert Ali Holman from CoreCamper.com shares the Magic of Mamma Chia Organic Chia Squeeze snacks on Fox 9 Morning News! Hear why Ali says the Chia Squeeze is a great snack for adults and kids!
Those who know energetic and enthusiastic Janie Hoffman, CEO and founder Mamma Chia, Carlsbad, CA, and author of Chia Vitality and The Chia Cookbook, may hardly believe what her life was like just a few short years ago. Read more…
A staple of Aztec and Mayan diets, the ancient chia seed is a nutritional dynamo, packed with Omega-3s, calcium, iron, fiber and antioxidants. Luckily, cooking with it is also a breeze, as Janie Hoffman, founder and CEO of the organic food and beverage company, Mamma Chia, reveals in her new book, The Chia Cookbook: Inventive, Delicious Recipes Featuring Nature’s Superfood. Read more…
Mamma Chia Vitality beverages and Chia Squeeze snacks were featured on Toronto’s top morning talk show, Breakfast TV! Watch as guest Andrea Donsky from NaturallySavvy.com shares the Magic of Mamma Chia with the host and their Canadian Viewers!