How Do You Use Chia?

How Do You Use Chia?

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How Do You Use Chia?

We love sharing our chia seed recipes with you and wanted to change things up! We reached out to some of our most influential and inspiring brand ambassadors and asked them: “How do you use chia?” We were so delighted by their creativity, we just had to share this round-up of why they love the Magic of Chia®. Check out how they incorporate these tiny powerhouses into their daily lives, and hopefully you will get some recipe inspiration for your own chia seed creations!

  1. Amie Valpone | The Healthy Apple

How Do You Use Chia?

2. Andrea | Earthy Andy

How Do You Use Chia?

Ingredients: 

  • (2) 8 oz. package of pitted dates
  • 1 cup coconut sugar or 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp of water (*only add this if using coconut sugar and not maple syrup)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp Mamma Chia Organic Chia Seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-1 1/2 cups mulberries (or Rice Krispies/oats)
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut shreds

Preparation:

  1. Chop dates until sticky. In a large flat pan mix in water, coconut oil and coconut sugar. Cook on medium to low heat stirring consistently until you reach a paste-like consistency. (This will roughly take about 10 minutes or until you see little bubbles).
  2. Add vanilla while letting it cool down to touch.
  3. Mix in chia seeds, coconut, and mulberries (or Rice Krispies).
  4. Once combined, roll into balls and transfer to a plate with coconut shreds and roll again.
  5. Store in an air tight container and in the refrigerator.

 

3. Monette Moio | Sweet Eats
How Do You Use Chia?

4. Ashley & Brittany | Twins Kitchen

How Do You Use Chia?

Ingredients: 

Chia Pudding:

Parfait:

  • Coconut flakes
  • Strawberries
  • 1/2 banana

Chocolate Avocado Mousse:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • Less than 1/4 almond milk
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 4 Tbsp maple syrup

Preparation: 

  1. Whisk chia pudding ingredients together and chill in fridge for 2-3 hours.
  2. Add avocado mousse ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Chill in the refrigerator until the chia pudding is ready.
  3. Once chia seeds have created a pudding like consistency begin to layer the pudding into a glass with coconut, bananas, fresh fruit, and top with the chilled avocado mousse you prepared earlier for a nutritious and decadent treat!
  4. Store any remaining leftovers in an air tight container and place in the refrigerator for later.
  5. Dig in and enjoy!

 

Now it’s your turn! How do YOU use chia? We’d love to know! Send us a note at info@mammachia.com and you might just be featured in our next blog post!

Tasty Tailgating Recipes

Tasty Tailgating Recipes

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Tasty Tailgating Recipe

Suit up and double knot those cleats….are you ready for some FOOTBALL?  Stadiums and homes filled with cheering fans, the cool breeze of autumn in your hair, the smell of…oh sorry, we got a little carried away!  But, football season is officially here! We are gearing up for the big games with a list of tasty tailgating recipes that will convert to touchdowns at your party.  You can even incorporate our secret powerhouse ingredient, chia seeds, to make those football party treats a little more guilt-free, if you’re up for the challenge.  There are no penalty flags on the play, just choose your favorite recipe and be ready to tackle your taste buds!

Beverages

CHIA-eers! Here’s a his and hers beverage idea that will score with everyone, no matter what team you’re rooting for!

1.Bloody Mary Beer by Lady Behind the Curtain

This savory concotion is a great way to settle your belly if you’re off to a rocky start before the party begins. You can also throw in a spoonful of chia seeds to help you stay hydrated throughout the game.

Tasty Tailgating Recipes

2. Tailgate Sipper by Fake Ginger

For a lighter refreshment, try this bourbon based cocktail. For a little added tartness, we like to add a splash of our Strawberry Lemonade Vitality Beverage.Tasty Tailgating Recipes

Snacks

1.Mac n’ Cheese Bites by Old House to New Home

There are absolutely no utensils required to tackle this cheesy goodness. Just pop it right into your mouth!  For an added crunch, simply sprinkle a tablespoon of chia over the top and voila, Mac n’ Chia Cheese Bites. Yum!Tasty Tailgating Recipes

2. Cauliflower Tots by Just a Taste

Everyone loves tots!  What better way to sneak some veggies into your tailgating shindig than to wrap them up in some tater tots that sure won’t disappoint.  Add two tablespoons of chia seeds for more texture, or to take your tots to the next level, create a variety of sauces to dip and dunk your appetizers.

Tasty Tailgating Recipes

3. Smoky Sweet Potato Dip by Healthy Aperture

Sweeten up the party with this healthy chip and dip. This simple dip will delight your taste buds and won’t leave you feeling like a linebacker. Toss a dash of chia seeds in to give it a little crunch!

Tasty Tailgating Recipes

Dessert

1.Football Whoopie Pies by The Cake Blog

Score a touchdown and satisfy your sweet tooth with this delightful dessert.  You’ll be the ultimate victor with this treat on your special teams. You can even try and create a vegan-friendly version by using non-dairy milk and “chia eggs” instead!

Tasty Tailgating Recipes

Raspberry Chia Jam Breakfast Bars

Raspberry Chia Jam Breakfast Bars

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Still trying to find your back-to-school groove? These chia-full bars are a great grab-and-go snack packed with Omega-3s and protein to fuel you up before you start the day! Both vegan and gluten-free, these bars are filled with tasty raspberry chia jam to add a touch of sweetness, making them the perfect treat to enjoy with a cup of joe or tea! Just prep and pop them in the oven the night before the school week begins and you’ll be set for those mornings you find yourself rushing out the door.

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Ingredients: 

Raspberry Chia Jam

Granola & Oat Bars

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Raspberry Chia Jam: In a medium pot, combine all the ingredients listed above, except for the vanilla extract, stirring until it’s combined. Bring the ingredients to a low boil. Once it reaches a low boil, reduce the heat to medium. Cover the pot and let the jam simmer for about 10 minutes. Continuously stir jam while it simmers until the raspberries melt and the contents start to thicken. Remove pot from stove and stir in the vanilla extract. Transfer the jam into a closed container and place in the freezer to cool.
  3. Granola & Oat Squares: Create your chia egg by combining the chia seeds and water in a small mug. Mix and set aside at room temperature for about 5 minutes or until it thickens.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, stir your melted coconut oil, maple syrup, honey, and vanilla. Add chia egg in once it’s ready.
  5. Create your rolled oat flour by grinding it in a food processor or high-speed blender on high until you reach a flour like consistency. It should happen fairly quickly.
  6. Add one ingredient at a time, stirring in first the rolled oats, almond flour, oat flour, baking soda, and salt until the mixture comes together. The mixture should be sticky.
  7. Take 2/3 of the oat mixture in to the baking pan. Use a piece of parchment paper to press the contents down and spread evenly across the pan. You may need to press the dough firmly against the pan with a spatula.
  8. Remove raspberry chia jam from the freezer and layer it evenly over the oat mixture.
  9. Use the remaining oat mixture to layer over the chia jam, crumbling it on top.
  10. Place the breakfast bars in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, uncovered. After the first 20 minutes, remove the bars and sprinkle Mamma Chia Vanilla Almond Chia Granola Clusters on top for an extra crunch. If the tops of the bars appear to have browned cover the pan in tinfoil for the remainder 5-10 minutes.
  11. Remove pan from oven and set aside to cool for 30 mins. Carefully slice the bars into squares and enjoy!

Raspberry Chia Jam Breakfast Bars

Give Yourself a Squeeze

Give Yourself a Squeeze

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School is back in session and souls of all ages are on the go. Staying hydrated and fueled is a must while shuttling between work, school and extra-curricular activities. Psssst…We’ll let you in on a little secret! Our Chia Squeeze will come to the rescue for that mid-morning snack or afternoon pick-me-up, wherever your day takes you. We’ve put together all the different ways to get’chia Squeeze on below and show how you can ‘Seeds the Day’ with the Magic of Chia®.

Give Yourself a Squeeze

Looking for some more Chia Squeeze information? Look no further than our Chia Squeeze Infographic:

1. No Need to Refrigerate!

Enjoy at room temperature! Skip the bruised banana and toss a Strawberry Banana Chia Squeeze in your gym bag instead. This non-perishable snack is an excellent source of fiber and protein to pack along with you on your next trip to the fitness studio.

2. Great for Any Diet!

No need to refrigerate! Squeeze more nutrients into your family’s diet. Our Chia Squeeze is gluten-free and vegan friendly, allowing everyone to benefit from the Magic of Chia®.

3. Take it On-the-go!

School is back in session and Mamma is on the go. Slip this energy boosting snack in a purse or clutch as each pouch is packed with 1200mg of Omega-3s to help Mamma refuel and power through the day.

4. Treat Yourself…

…with this delightful frozen treat! Pop a pouch in the freezer for a nutritious cool down or indulge in something extra special like a Berry Chia Yogurt Pop.

5. Get-Chia Greens

Add a little extra MAGIC to your little soul’s lunchbox with our Green Magic Chia Squeeze. Sneak in some power greens with this pouch that contains kale, spirulina, and chlorella making it an ideal after-school powerhouse snack to curb hunger in between meals.

6. Come Fly with Me

Pack light during your travels whether you’re headed for a vacation getaway or business trip. This 3.5 oz pouch is airport friendly. Throw it in your carry-on tote and breeze through security. Instead of the airline snack pack, get a burst of nutrients with Mamma Chia’s Organic Squeeze snack.

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!

 

Birthday Cake Chia Pudding

Birthday Cake Chia Pudding

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Birthday Cake Chia Pudding

Hip, hip, HOORAY! We’re celebrating Mamma Chia’s birthday this week and of course there has to be cake… chia cake that is! Don’t feel guilty digging in for a spoonful of this tasty Birthday Cake Chia Pudding. Avoid the empty calories and treat chia-self with this classic chia seed treat! Celebrate the Magic of Chia ® with us and create your own decadent dessert with just a handful of ingredients.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups organic dairy-free milk
  • 2/3 cups Mamma Chia Organic Chia Seeds
  • 2 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp organic cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp organic agave
  • Dash of organic rainbow sprinkles

Birthday Cake Chia Pudding

Preparation: 

  1. Whisk all ingredients together and transfer to small jars or bowls and chill for at least an hour.
  2. Garnish your chilled pudding with sprinkles of your choice!

Dig in and enjoy!

 

 

 

Power Up with Chia Seeds

Power Up with Chia Seeds

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Chia Seeds for Energy

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.

  1. Mountain Climbers

Chia Seeds for Energy

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!

  1. Superman Planks

Chia Seeds for Energy

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.

  1. Side Plank Crunches

Chia Seeds for EnergyLay 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.

  1. V-Ups Crunch

Power Up with Chia Seeds

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.

  1. Windshield Wipers

Power Up with Chia Seeds

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!

Happy Sweating!

The Ultimate Guide to Chia Pudding

The Ultimate Guide to Chia Pudding!

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The Ultimate Guide to Chia Pudding | Mamma Chia blog

Are you new to incorporating chia into your meals or stumped as to what to create next with your chia seeds? We are here to help you out! We’ve put together The Ultimate Guide to Chia Pudding, highlighting our simplistic in-house recipes along with decadent chia seed masterpieces from our favorite bloggers. Seed Your Soul with recipes that are beginner friendly, using minimal ingredients, as well as intermediate recipes for those who enjoy playing with food art. Grab a bag of Mamma Chia Organic Chia Seeds and explore the possibilities with this neutrally flavored, but highly nutritious seed. Who knows, you might just stumble upon your very own chia-licious recipe!  For more amazing recipes scroll to the bottom and download the full e-book, The Ultimate Guide to Chia Pudding. Get creative and enjoy!

1.Coconut Chia Rainbow Parfait | @earthyandy

Ultimate Guide to Chia Pudding

2. Mango Tumeric Chia Pudding | @willfrolicforfood

Ultimate Guide to Chia Pudding

3. Cake Batter Chia Pudding | @edibleash

Ultimate Guide to Chia Pudding

4. Carrot Cake Chia Pudding | @blueberrysmoothies

Ultimate Guide to Chia Pudding

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Inside Look: Chia Vitality Bar – Peanut Butter & Sea Salt

Inside Look: Chia Vitality Bar - Peanut Butter & Sea Salt

April 14, 2016
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Have you tried our NEW Chia Vitality Bar with only 4g of sugar? Each Organic Chia Vitality Bar delivers 1000mg of Omega-3s, protein, and fiber along with a subtle 4 grams of sugar, making it the perfect bar to power your soul’s purpose. In the infographic below, we break down the ingredients of our Peanut Butter & Sea Salt flavor, blended with creamy peanut butter with just the right amount of savory sea salt to create a tasty, anytime snack! Enjoy!

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Looking for some more Chia Vitality Bar information? Look no further than our Chia Vitality Bar Infographic:

  • Almonds
    • 1 handful = 20% of our daily protein
    • Grab a scoop of tasty almonds! Just 1/4 cup provides 11% of your daily fiber.
    • How seed-sational! Almonds are not considered a nut but are actually a part of the seed family; technically making them relatives to chia seeds.
  • Peanuts
    • 1 acre if peanuts can make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches. That’s nutty!
    • Did you know that peanuts are actually a legume? They’re related to beans and lentils making them another great source of plant-based protein.
  • Peanut Butter
    • Pile on that peanut butter! With just 2 tbsp. you’ll consume 8 tasty grams of protein.
    • Did someone say peanut butter chia time? About 90% of American households enjoy peanut butter, which pairs deliciously with homemade chia jam!
    • Hey there peanut butter lover! Did you know Californain’s consume the most peanut butter over other states!
  • Quinoa
    • Quinoa has 4x more iron than brown rice and 2x more dietary fiber than white rice.
    • Get chi-atta here! Quinoa is not actually a grain. It’s a seed related to beets and spinach.
  • Sorghum (Sawr-guh m)
    • Hosting a movie night? Kick back and pop some sorghum. It’s similar to regular popcorn, but smaller in size.
    • Sorghum? It’s a gluten-free grain that is a popular ingredient in many snack foods.
    • While 49% of sorghum worldwide is consumed, the remaining 51% has other uses like fuel, industry, and livestock feed.
  • Organic Agave
    • Move over honey! Agave is vegan-friendly & a great substitute in baking recipes.
    • Agave is a low glycemic plant meaning that the carbohydrates won’t cause an unhealthy spike in blood sugar. You’ll also avoid the “sugar rush” side effects caused by other sweeteners.
    • Aztecs not only used agave for nourishment, but also incorporated it in ancient healing remedies.
  • Chia Seeds
    • In Aztec days, this “superfood” was so super that it was often used as currency.
    • Stay hydrated and fueled. Chia seeds can absorb more than 12 times their weight in water, making them popular for endurance activities.
  • Sea Salt
    • Larger crystals and a saltier taste help you reduce your sodium intake.
    • Essential for maintaining a balance of electrolytes in your body, sea salt contains approximately 80 elements and minerals.
    • Pure sea salt retains all the essential elements from the sea including magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and iodine.

Top 5 Favorite Green Foods to Eat

Top 5 Favorite Green Foods to Eat

April 14, 2016
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Hello March! We’re feelin’ more green than normal this month and we mean it in a good way! Time to start grubbing on the Magic of these power veggies and discover new facts about our top 5 greens to eat! They’ll be sure to keep you extra groovy this month!

Top 5 Favorite Greens to Eat

1. Broccoli

Skip the fruits with this green veggie that’s ready to fill your belly up. One cup of fresh broccoli is equivalent to an orange, giving you your full daily serving of vitamin C! Broccoli, just like chia seeds, are high in fiber and it just so happens our new Chia & Greens beverages contain the two! So grab a bottle, drink up and get a double whammy of both nutrient packed foods!

2. Kale

Kale Yeah! This power green is great source of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid, which is essential for brain health. Did you know most of the kale in the U.S is grown in California? No wonder we’re nicknamed Kale-ifornia!

Throw together a quick kale salad to keep you sustained throughout the day. Kale and Honeycrisp Apple Salad: 2 handfuls of Kale, half of a honeycrisp apple diced, 1 tbsp dried cranberries, 1 tbsp feta cheese, 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds, add any dressing of your choice.

3. Cucumber 

Be “cool as a cucumber” with this refreshing snack. This veggie may not be considered a power green, but its special powers have us wanting more, which is why this veggie is on our top 5 list. Don’t drink enough water during the day?  Crunch on some cucumber slices to hydrate your soul since they’re made up of 95% water, keeping you full and kicking any hunger cravings to the curb!

Kick back and relax with this light and easy salad from The Fresh Find! Tomato, Cucumber, and Mint Salad: 2 medium cucumbers, 3 roma tomatoes, 1/2 small onion, 1/2 medium avocado, 1 handful of mint, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp red wine vinegar.

4. Spinach

With Kale taking the current spotlight in the “power green” category, nutrient-rich spinach is often left in the dark. This leafy green is exceptionally beneficial for our vegan and vegetarian friends, as it is high in niacin, zinc, protein, fiber, vitamins C, A, E and K, thiamine, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium and copper. Wow! This soft and flavorful green is a wonderful addition to any smoothie, juice, or salad!

Sauté a handful of spinach in a pan with a small drizzle of olive oil, and you’ve got a nutritious and delicious side dish. Add 1 Tbsp. of chia seeds for even more added nutrients!

5. Swiss Chard

It’s evident how nutritious this plant is by its bright-colored stalks and dark green leaves! The high fiber content in this plant (4g in 1 cup of cooked chard) is perfect for aiding digestion, as well as regulating blood sugar levels and improving overall colon health.

Incorporate swiss chard into your next smoothie with this simple and tasty recipe! Swiss Chard and Mango Smoothie: blend 1 cup of swiss chard with 1 cup frozen mango, ½ cup water, ½ cup ice, 1 lime wedge, and fresh squeezed juice of ½ an orange. Enjoy!

Coconut Yogurt Parfait

Coconut Yogurt Parfait by Connor Haris

April 14, 2016
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Happy Healthy New Year!

This chia-licious Coconut Yogurt Parfait is a fun way to fuel up and get back on track with our 2016 health goals. Big thanks to our favorite male vegan Instagrammer @connorharis for inspiring us with this beautiful creation! Who knew healthy eating could look good and taste even better!?

Coconut Yogurt Parfait | Mamma Chia

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Create your chia seed gel by simply mixing 1/3 cup of chia seeds with 8 oz. of water + a tablespoon of any added sweetener you prefer (or 8 oz. milk of your choice for chia pudding), let it sit aside for 15 minutes to let the chia seeds soak and expand into a pudding like consistency.
  2. Gather your other ingredients and begin to layer your parfait in any order you desire.
  3. Dig in and enjoy!

About the author: 

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Connor Haris is a teen food Instagrammer who started his health journey at the age of 13 after facing multiple life threatening diseases and mental issues. Connor created his YouTube channel and Instagram to document his journey and share his experiences with his followers. Connor’s Instagram @connorharis has reached an audience of over 13 thousand and growing, and his YouTube channel has over 100 thousand views.

“I want to give people hope that living a healthy and compassionate lifestyle is not just possible for all ages but is also an extraordinary and vibrant way of living.”