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Dating on a Budget: Fun and Affordable Valentine’s Day Dates!

Whether you’re a struggling student or you’re simply trying to live more financially savvy, you can still treat your main squeeze to a fun and intimate Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank! Here are some of our favorite date ideas that will still keep you on budget!

Take a Hike…Together!

Nothing beats the affordability of your own two feet! Take a romantic stroll on the beach at sunset or gear up and head to your local trail head and enjoy the great outdoors with your special someone! Don’t forget to pack our Chia Squeeze pouches for a snack!

Watch the Sunset (or Sunrise!)

It’s hard to think of anything more romantic than watching the sun go down while embracing your one and only. Something about watching watching Mamma Earth do her thang really sets the intimate vibe! If you can’t schedule in a sunset and you’re both early risers, the good news is this show runs more than once a day and is arguably equally as romantic – it’s just in reverse!

The Classic: Picnic at the Park

Go old school with this timeless date strategy! Grab a blanket and cooler or basket filled with snacks and beverages and head to your local park!

Here is a simple Mini Peanut Butter and Chia Jam Heart Sandwiches recipe that you can include in your snack bag:

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 pieces of bread of choice
  • Peanut Butter of choice
  • Jam or Jelly of choice
  • 1 tsp chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Mix chia seeds with jelly in a separate bowl 
  2. Place peanut putter onto bread with a knife and then spread the chia jelly and onto the other side of the bread
  3. Bring together and use cookie cutters to cut into fun shapes such as hearts!
  4. Put into a container or reusable bag (such as a Stasher Bag) and enjoy!

Photo from: stock.adobe.com

Bike Ride

A two-seater might be hard to get, but a bike ride together makes for a great time together. If you don’t own, chances are there is an affordable bike-share service in your town, perhaps even offering complimentary rides for new service! Cycling is not only a guaranteed good time, but it’s also an environmentally-friendly way to get some cardio in together and explore more of your town! Go ahead and bring along your picnic basket and stop at the park or beach for the ultimate timeless Valentine’s Day experience!

Stream & Swoon

Some might call it Netflix & Chill, but cliche or not you can’t argue with the money-saving affordability of a movie at home. If you’re already spending money on streaming services, you may as well make it a date!

Here is a DIY Garlic Butter Chia Seed Popcorn recipe to snack to ad some class to your home-theater experience:

Ingredients/Supplies:

  • 1 bag of plain microwavable popcorn
  • 1 large bowl
  • 3 tbsp melted butter OR melted coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Heat the butter (or coconut oil) so that it is fully melted. Cook the popcorn as directed.
  2. Once all kernels are popped, open the bag and drizzle with the butter (or coconut oil), shaking the bag after to ensure all kernels are evenly coated. Then sprinkle the chia seeds, onion powder, and garlic powder, and toss to event coat kernels once again. 
  3. Pour into a large bowl and enjoy!

Photo from: Sarah Remmer (www.yummymummyclub.ca)

 

Mummy Chia Halloween Treats

We’re creepin’ it real this Halloween season with these SPOOKtacular healthy and fun Halloween chia treats that are scary good! Not to mention, these devilishly delightful chia treats make for a BOOtiful display at your big Halloween Monster Bash!

Frankenstein Chia Pudding

This delicious and colorful chia pudding will keep your guests screaming with delight all through the dark night!

Ingredients:

2/3 cup of Chia Seeds

3 cups of Chocolate Almond Milk

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 tsp organic Cinnamon

3 tbsp organic Agave or Honey

3 tbsp Green Matcha Powder

1 case of Fresh Blueberries

Directions: Blend all the ingredients together and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Pour into a cup of your choice (use a clear glass to draw on your Frankenstein face for the ultimate treat) and top with fresh blueberries!

Chocolate Graveyard Chia Pudding

More like a Chia & Chocolate FLAVE-yard! These pudding cups are one of our most frightful favorites! Make your cups even spookier with a tombstone topping! 😉

Ingredients:

2/3 cup of Chia Seeds

3 cups of Almond Milk

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 tsp organic Cinnamon

3 tbsp organic Agave or Honey

3 tbsp Green Matcha Powder (for color)

1 bag of cookies

1 bag of Milano’s (To use as the tombstones)

Directions: Blend all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Pour half of the chia seed pudding into a cup of your choice then layer with crumbled cookies and add your last layer of Chia Seed Pudding on top! Then sprinkle the rest of the crumbles to bury your yummy chia pudding and mark the grave with an RIP Milano cookie tombstone!

We hope you enjoy these healthy, spooky and fun Halloween chia treats! Make sure to tag us in all of your chia recipes. We love to see and help create the magic!

 

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Back to School Snacks Edition

School is officially back in session and there’s no better time to start packing some nutrient-rich, nourishing snacks for your little ones! Juggling schedules can get a little bit hectic, so we put together some of these delightfully simple, wonderfully delicious and easy-to-prep snack ideas and recipes for healthy lunch box treats your kids will absolutely adore!

1.  Mamma Chia Organic Chia Squeeze make for the perfect healthy, on-the-go Vitality Snack option for all ages! Each nutrient-rich Chia Squeeze is packed with organic fruits, veggies and, most importantly, chia! Our Organic Chia Squeeze come in 6 delicious flavors that will be sure to suit your every taste bud!

2. Another fun way to enjoy our Organic Chia Squeeze is by using them as a topping for crackers! The Crackers + Chia Squeeze combo is a pairing that everyone is sure to love! Layer your favorite crackers with any of our Organic Chia Squeeze and enjoy!

3. Another yummy and nutrient-packed snack that requires just a little bit of prep is our Apple Chiaslider! Cut up an organic apple of your choice into thin slices, layer with your favorite peanut butter and add some nutritious crunch with our Organic Chia Granola Clusters! Stack these dressed-up slices all together to create this delightfully tasty (and photogenic) Chiaslider snack! (@thenakedbroccoli)

If you’re looking to surprise and delight with a unique snack option, these No Bake Chia Jam Balls are wonderfully nutritious, delicious and take no time at all to create! The base is made with just 4 key ingredients that will BOOST your energy for the afternoon. Oats for fiber to keep you full, chia jam for that extra tastiness plus healthy nutrients, crunchy peanut butter for more healthy fats and the stickiness to hold the balls together!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons raspberry chia jam
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup Crunchy peanut butter

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine oats, Raspberry Chia Jam, and salt. Add Peanut Butter and mix well to combine.
  2. Form the mixture into 1-inch balls, pressing the mixture together in the palm of your hand. Repeat until all the oat mixture is rolled into balls. Freeze for at least 20 minutes or overnight. Pack and enjoy!

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4. Lucky Charms Chia pudding is always a crowd pleaser for all ages and is a quick and easy snack to prepare!

Ingredients:
2 cups almond milk
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup honey, or sweetener and amount of choice
1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1 chocolate bar
Lucky Charms cereal
Raspberries

Directions: Stir the almond milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract, honey and cinnamon all together in a bowl, then set the bowl in the fridge for a couple of hours. Once the chia pudding is ready, pour into a desired jar and top with some Lucky Charms, fresh raspberries and a drizzle of melted chocolate!

 

We hope you and your little ones enjoy all of these delicious chia-powered recipes that are ready to boost any packed school lunch or after school snack!

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8 Surprisingly High-Fiber Snacks!

Mamma Chia and ENLIGHTENED worked together to find 8 Surprisingly High-Fiber Snacks to help you keep your day fiber-filled.

What is fiber?

Although fiber might have a bad reputation (💩), a fiber deficiency can actually cause sluggishness, constipation, and even increase your risk of colon cancer. A commonly overlooked, but extremely important, element of a balanced diet, fiber reduces your risk of heart disease, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, and can even aid weight loss. Fiber is commonly found in many fruits, vegetables, and high-fiber snacks. It helps to keep your digestive system running properly by breaking down and moving nutrients through your body, though it itself is not broken down or absorbed.

Know your fiber.

Fiber comes in two forms: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber (peas, beans, and oats) dissolves with water and lowers blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Insoluble fiber (whole wheat flour, nuts, and wheat bran) absorbs the water in your digestive tract, helping to move food through quickly.

How much fiber do you need?

Women need about 25 grams per day while men need closer to 38 grams. Many people choose to supplement their intake with high-fiber snacks that can be added between meals. Luckily there are many high-fiber snacks to choose from, including a few of which you might never have guessed. It’s common knowledge that prunes have a lot of fiber, but did you know that raspberries are also fiber-filled?

We’ve pulled together 8 surprising high-fiber snacks so that you can keep your body healthy and your snacks yummy!

Raspberries

Who knew raspberries were so high in fiber! 1 cup has a whopping 8 grams. Raspberries are delicious straight off the bush, but if you want something even sweeter, try these homemade raspberry popsicles.

ENLIGHTENED Ice Cream

That’s right, ice cream can actually be a high-fiber snack! Each serving of ENLIGHTENED Ice Cream has 5 grams of fiber, meaning if you eat the whole pint (and sometimes we do…) you can get 20 grams of fiber from your favorite frosty treat.

Split peas

Split peas pack a ton of fiber with 16 grams per cup. They’re also great for pairing with other ingredients for a high-fiber snack, like this yellow split pea spread! (BTW a split pea is just a regular pea that’s been dried)

Artichokes

Artichokes are a super versatile vegetable, great in dips, salads, and roasted in the oven! Each artichoke has about 9 grams of fiber. Add this delicious artichoke and mushroom salad to your dinner to round out your fiber needs for the day.  

Curious about the other 4 high-fiber snacks? Finish reading this post on ENLIGHTENED’s blog, and head over to our Instagram to find out how you can win a prize package from Mamma Chia and ENLIGHTENED! 🎉

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