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Green Recipes to Help Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day!

Top o’the morning to ya! Looking for some delicious and nutrient packed ways to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at home? Well, you’re in luck! We’ve put together 3 of our most magical (and greenest) chia-powered recipes that will have you doing a jig all through the day! Enjoy!

Spinach Pineapple Banana Smoothie Bowl – By Melissa P. (@Melissa_Gin_Khaao)

We dare you to find a pot o’gold greener and more yummy than this amazing Spinach Pineapple Banana Smoothie Bowl featuring our Organic Green Magic Chia Squeeze!

Ingredients:

• 1/2 Mamma Chia Organic Green Magic Chia Squeeze Pouch

• 1/2 c frozen spinach

• 1 c frozen pineapple

• 2 very ripe frozen bananas

• 1/2 tsp blue green spirulina powder

Green Chia Pudding – By Amy Katz

There truly is a Chia Pudding for every occasion! This Green Chia Pudding featuring our NEW Organic Unsweetened Vanilla Chiamilk and Organic Chia Seeds will have you tasting a rainbow of delicious flavors!

Ingredients:

• Fresh spinach

• Medjool date (more or less for sweetness)

Organic Unsweetened Vanilla Chiamilk (or milk alternative of your choice)

Mamma Chia Organic Chia Seeds (3 tablespoons per 1 cup of liquid)

• Additional fruit for topping (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Create some “Green Chiamilk” my mixing the Chiamilk, spinach, and dates
  2. Pour the “Green Chiamilk” into a bowl with the Chia Seeds and continue stirring every few minutes for 15 minutes
  3. Let sit in the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight
  4. Just before serving, stir again, then top with fruit and enjoy!

 

Superfood Green Smoothie – By Olena

Make your first round of the day a hearty pint of Superfood Green Smoothie!

Ingredients:

• 2 cups cold water

• 2 handfuls spinach

• 1 kale leaf, medium

• 1/2 long English cucumber, sliced

• 1/2 any apple, chopped and not cored/seeded/peeled

• 2 tbsp Mamma Chia Organic Chia Seeds

•  Juice from 1/2 lemon

Directions:

In a powerful blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. If using a regular blender it is best to add the ingredients in the order listed above and press “pulse” on and off to get the blending process started. Then hit “grate” and “liquify” after. Pour into a glass, top with additional Chia Seeds, and enjoy!

The Best Indoor Plants to Help Seed Your Home!

You already know how the plant-based power of chia can help Seed Your Soul, but what type of plants are the go-to when you need to Seed Your Home? Well breath easy friends, because we did the research to help you see the forest for the trees and created this leafy list of the best indoor plants to help purify and refresh your interiors! 🌱

1. Peace Lily

  • Produces oxygen and removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene
  • Requires some more attention, so make sure you’re not over or under watering and place them in a bright and shady spot. We recommend the bedroom!
  • Important to note that the flowers produce pollen!
  • Not a pet-friendly option

2. Spider Plant

  • Nature’s air purifier! Spider plants remove formaldehyde and xylene.
  • These are easy to care for and like bright, but not-direct, sunlight
  • Pet-friendly!

3. Snake Plant (Laurentii)

  • Have been shown to filter out chemicals like: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene
  • Low maintenance!
  • Not pet-friendly

4. Aloe Vera

  • In addition to having anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, they are an air purifier and remove formaldehyde!
  • Easy to care for, just leave in a bright, sunny spot
  • Not pet-friendly

5. Bird’s Nest Fern

  • Ferns have been shown to filter formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene
  • They thrive in medium indirect light and humid environment. We recommend placing them in a bathroom with windows to provide natural light.
  • Pet-friendly!

6. Chrysanthemum Flowers

  • Pretty-in-pink and they help to filter out a host of toxins including ammonia and benzene, which is often found in plastics, detergents, and glue
  • They loves sunlight, we recommend having them brighten up a kitchen or living room near a window
  • Not pet-friendly

7. Chinese Evergreen

  • Proven to be an effective cleanser of formaldehyde and benzene, found in detergents and cosmetics
  • Tropical plant that enjoys low-lit and humid conditions. Great addition to the bathroom!
  • Not pet-friendly

 

Resources:

https://www.womenshealthmag.com/life/g26610281/best-indoor-plants/

https://www.countryliving.com/uk/wellbeing/a668/houseplants-to-purify-house-air/

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)

 

6 Reasons to LOVE Chia in 2020!

How exactly does so much joy come from such a tiny seed? Although small in stature, chia is bursting with an immense supply of vitality, energy and strength. It may feel like magic, but the source is no mystery!

Omega-3

Omega-3 is a polyunsaturated fat and considered an essential fatty acid because it cannot be manufactured by the body. For such a tiny seed, chia is quite high in Omega-3, boasting more than 10x the amount of Omega-3 in salmon (when compared gram for gram). Studies have shown that Omega-3 fatty acids work to protect the heart by lowering blood pressure, bad cholesterol and inflammation!

Dietary Fiber

Chia seeds have both soluble and insoluble fiber, which can aid in digestion. The rich fiber content in chia seeds also helps people feel more full quicker!

Antioxidants

Research has shown that free radicals play a major role in disease formation and antioxidants reduce the effects of free radical damage, thus protecting healthy cells!

Complete Protein

Not only is the protein from chia plant-based, it’s also complete protein (or whole protein)! Complete protein contains the desired proportion of all nine essential amino acids believed to be necessary for the dietary needs of humans!

Calcium + Magnesium

Beyond Omega-3, fiber and protein, chia seeds are also a source of calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium and zinc! When compared gram for gram, chia seeds have 5x more calcium than milk and 15x more magnesium than broccoli!

You can discover the many benefits of chia seeds by enjoying your favorite Mamma Chia products!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Chia Overnight Oats

Pumpkin Spice Latte Chia Overnight Oats

By: Ansley Beutler (@The.Fit.Peach)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Purée
  • 2 Cups Nut Milk
  • 4 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Pumpkin Spice
  • 2 Shots Espresso or 1/3 Cup Extra Strong Coffee
  • 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 Cups Rolled Oats (Use gluten-free if desired)

Toppings (Optional)

  • Dollop of Yogurt (Greek or Dairy-Free)
  • Chopped Nuts of Choice (She used pecans here)
  • Extra Sprinkle of Pumpkin Spice
  • Nut Butter

Directions:

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree and nut milk until there are only a few pumpkin lumps left
  • Add in the chia seeds, pumpkin spice, espresso or coffee, and sea salt and continue to mix
  • Stir in rolled oats and mix to coat
  • Pour mixture into 1 large airtight container (or individual containers) and store in fridge overnight (at least 6 hours)
  • Top with toppings of choice and enjoy!

Check out Ansley’s other delicious recipes on her Instagram and Website!

 

Do you want a chance to be featured in the first-ever digital Mamma Chia Cookbook? We want to share your Chia-rrific recipes with the world! Submit your favorite Chia-fied culinary creation and you may be selected to be featured online as well as win a $50 Gift Card to ShopMammaChia.com AND a Mamma Chia Prize Pack including Mamma Chia Product, Beverage Vouchers, apparel and more!

Here’s how to enter and participate!

  • Create a culinary chia creation of your choice (puddings, bowls, muffins, smoothies, soups, salads, dips – you name it!)
    • Your recipe MUST include chia (of course)! This can be done through the inclusion of chia seeds or using any Mamma Chia products.
  • Snap some before (ingredients & prep), during (your creative process) and after photos!
  • Share your delightful creation with us via the form below, following all the requirements and instructions.
    • You must include your step-by-step instructions and ingredients list.
    • Remember to share your wonderful photos!

You have until December 6th to submit and participate! Selected recipes and prize-winners will be contacted mid-December and if selected, your recipe will be featured in the first ever digital Mamma Chia Cookbook launching in January 2020! Don’t forget to have fun, be creative and SEED YOUR SOUL! 💜

ENTER HERE!

Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Pudding – By Meghan Shookman

🍓 Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Pudding 🍓

Recipe By: Meghan Shookman (@TheShooksLife)

Ingredients:

Vanilla Cinnamon Chia Pudding
– 1 1/2 Cups Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
– 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
– 1/4 Teaspoons cinnamon
– 1/4 Cups + 2 Tablespoons Mamma Chia Organic Chia Seeds
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
-2 1/2 Cups Strawberries (Quartered)
-1 Cups of Rhubarb, Sliced (1-2 stalks)
-4 Tablespoons Maple or Date Syrup
-2 Tablespoons Mamma Chia Organic Chia Seeds
-Squeeze of Lemon Juice
Garnish
– Additional fresh sliced strawberries
– Chopped nuts or a grain-free granola

Directions:

Step 1: Make the chia pudding by adding the almond milk and seasonings to a mason jar. Stir to combine. Add the chia seeds and stir until evenly distributed. Place in the refrigerator overnight. Note that I always recommend adding the chia seeds after you’ve mixed everything else together because the seeds very quickly start to clump and adhere to the mixture. Combining the other ingredients first ensures more even distribution of the flavoring.

Step 2: Make the Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Jam by adding the strawberries, rhubarb and maple (or date) syrup to a small pot over medium heat on the stove top. Stir to combine and continue heating until bubbling. Once bubbling, mash the strawberries and rhubarb with a fork or potato masher, then add the chia seeds. Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened. Remove from heat and give it a squeeze of lemon. Store in a covered mason jar for up to a week.

Step 3: Layer equal amounts of the jam into 3-4 glasses or mason jars. Top with the chia pudding once it has set and garnish with additional freshly sliced strawberries as well as chopped nuts or granola.

Check out Meghan’s other amazing creations and recipes on her Instagram and Website!

 

Do you want a chance to be featured in the first-ever digital Mamma Chia Cookbook? We want to share your Chia-rrific recipes with the world! Submit your favorite Chia-fied culinary creation and you may be selected to be featured online as well as win a $50 Gift Card to ShopMammaChia.com AND a Mamma Chia Prize Pack including Mamma Chia Product, Beverage Vouchers, apparel and more!

Here’s how to enter and participate!

  • Create a culinary chia creation of your choice (puddings, bowls, muffins, smoothies, soups, salads, dips – you name it!)
    • Your recipe MUST include chia (of course)! This can be done through the inclusion of chia seeds or using any Mamma Chia products.
  • Snap some before (ingredients & prep), during (your creative process) and after photos!
  • Share your delightful creation with us via the form below, following all the requirements and instructions.
    • You must include your step-by-step instructions and ingredients list.
    • Remember to share your wonderful photos!

You have until December 6th to submit and participate! Selected recipes and prize-winners will be contacted mid-December and if selected, your recipe will be featured in the first ever digital Mamma Chia Cookbook launching in January 2020! Don’t forget to have fun, be creative and SEED YOUR SOUL! 💜

ENTER HERE!

 

1% For The Planet Video Feature

We are so grateful and delighted to be a part of this special 1% for the Planet feature celebrating our local San Diego community of partners! Check out the video to learn more about 1% for the Planet and how Mamma Chia and our friends at BLDG Active, JuneShine, Everyday California, & Pure Project Brewing are bringing about positive change in the world through 1% giving! By supporting Mamma Chia and other brands in the 1% family, you’re helping to amplify impact and commit to something bigger than all of us.You can always support the 1% for the Planet network by purchasing for the planet! The next time you buy, keep an eye out for the logo.

The 1% for the Planet seal indicates that businesses such as MammaChia donate 1% of annual sales to environmental nonprofits. Every time you buy a product with a 1% for the Planet logo, a portion of your purchase goes back to Mamma Earth!

With a little bit of research, you can make sure that every purchase you make is a #purchasefortheplanet.

Learn more about how you or your business can make a difference at https://www.onepercentfortheplanet.org/

Loaded Pumpkin Chia Energy Balls

Loaded Pumpkin Chia Energy Balls 🎃

Recipe by: Megan from Truly Healthy Kitchen

Meet your new favorite fall snack! Filled with healthy fat, fiber, and omega-3’s, this dairy-free and flourless recipe is not only easy to make, but extremely delicious!

Servings: 12  / Prep Time: 10 Minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • ⅔ cup Creamy Natural Peanut Butter

  • ⅓ cup Honey

  • 2 tbsp Mamma Chia chia seeds

  • ¼ cup Oat Flour

  • 1 cup Rolled Oats

  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree

  • ¼ cup Pepitas

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mix peanut butter and honey well in a large mixing bowl. Add in oat flour and rolled oats and mix again.
  2. Add pepitas, pumpkin, and chia seeds. When everything is mixed well, use a tbsp measuring spoon to create large “balls” and spread out on a plate. This should make 12-15 bites.
  3. Place in the fridge for 2 hours before eating. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Check out all of Megan’s other amazing recipes HERE and make sure to follow her on Instagram and Pinterest!

5 Poses to Celebrate National Yoga Month

September is National Yoga Month which was designated by the Department of Health and Wellness to help spread awareness of the health benefits of yoga! This will be the 11th year yogis all around the world, at all sorts of levels, will celebrate and express their love for yoga. To help celebrate, we give you 5 easy poses that can be done every day, PLUS a Mamma Chia yoga mat giveaway!

1. Seated Pose

There are a lot of ways to position your legs, so chose one that is most comfortable for you. Also make sure to lengthen your spine and lift your sternum. This pose helps to open up your hips and inhaling through the mouth and exhaling through the nose helps to release stress and bring you to a more clear and balanced state.

 

2. Downward Dog Pose

This pose helps to stretch out calves, hamstrings, feet, and hands and to also strengthen your arms, shoulders, and back!

Photo from Gaia.com

3. Tree Pose

Push your foot into your inner thigh, find something to focus on, and make sure to keep your chest lifted. This helps to improve balance and posture and increases flexibility in ankles, knees, and hips!

Photo Taken By: Casey Richmond

4. Child’s Pose

This pose helps to stretch the hips, thighs, and ankles and also helps to reduce fatigue and stress. Doing this pose with your knees closer together and your belly resting on your thighs can massage your internal organs which may even help with digestion!

 

5. Warrior Pose II

This pose helps to stretch your hips, groin, and shoulders. It also helps to develop increased balance and stability.

Photo Credits to: Heidi Kristoffer

 

Don’t forget to enter our Social Media Giveaway on Instagram!

There will be 1 grand prize winner that gets a yoga mat, shirt, and $100 gift card to our online store + 4 runner up winners that will receive a shirt and $50 gift card to our online store! ✨
 
How to enter:
1️⃣ FOLLOW us on Instagram!
2️⃣ LIKE this photo on our Instagram Page! 👍
3️⃣ COMMENT your favorite yoga pose and TAG your favorite yogi in the comments section of this photo!
4️⃣ BONUS ENTRY – Share this giveaway on your Instagram story! (Be sure to tag us so we can see!)
Contest will end 9/30 and is open to US residents 18+ only.

National Chia Day March 23rd, 2019

National Chia Day 💜 March 23rd, 2019

It’s that time of year everyone – National Chia Day is THIS weekend! Did you know that Chia Seeds are one of THE MOST nutrient-rich foods on the planet!? They can easily be incorporated into almost every meal. We are also doing a giveaway which you can find all the details for at the bottom of this page!

Photo Credit: @cookiesnsandals

Not too familiar with Chia Seeds? Below are some amazing facts about this tiny, but mighty superfood.

What is Chia?

Chia seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, which is a flowering member of the mint family and is native to North, Central, and South America.  They have been enjoyed for thousands of years and can be traced all the way back to 3,000 B.C. where it was a staple of both Maya and Aztec diets. They believed one tablespoon of chia was capable of sustaining a warrior for 24 hours!

What are the health benefits of Chia?

  • Omega-3: They are extremely high in Omega-3, which is a polyunsaturated fat and is considered to be an essential fatty acid since it cannot be manufactured by the body. Studies have shown that Omega-3 fatty acids work to protect the heart by lowering blood pressure, bad cholesterol, and inflammation.
  • Dietary Fiber: Chia Seeds have both soluble and insoluble fiber, which can aid in digestion. The gelatinous texture that forms on the outside when the seeds are hydrated is the soluble fiber! Being rich in fiber content also helps people feel more full quicker and longer.
  • Complete Protein: Not only does it contain plant-based protein, but it also contains complete protein (aka whole protein)! Complete protein contains the desired proportion of all nine essential amino acid believed to be necessary for the dietary needs of humans.
  • Vitamins & Minerals: Chia seeds are also a source of calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, and zinc!
  • Antioxidants: Research has shown that free radicals play a major role in disease formation and antioxidants reduce the effect of free radical damage, thus protecting healthy cells!
  • Hydration: When chia seeds are placed in water, they can swell up to 12x their normal size! Due to the extra retained H2O, consuming hydrated chia seeds can help you stay hydrated for a longer period of time.
  • Prebiotic: Prebiotic foods are high in special types of fiber that help to support digestive health. They are believed to promote the increase of friendly bacteria in the gut, help with various digestive problems, improve metabolic health, and even boost your immune system!

What can I do with Chia Seeds?

Chia pudding, chia water, chia muffins…the possibilities are endless! Powerhouse versatility makes it a welcome addition to any meal, snack, or beverage, wether it be a smoothie, parfait, salad – you name it!

Photo Credit: @thevegnish

Here is a quick and easy Chia Pudding recipe:

  • Ingredients: 1 cup liquid (almond milk, coconut milk, water, juice, etc.) + 3 Tbsp Chia Seeds + Optional 1 Tbsp sweeter (honey, maple syrup, agave, sugar, etc.).
  • Directions: Add all ingredients, mix well, store in refrigerator for 6-8 hours, top with fruit, and ENJOY!
Photo Credit: @Rianfeldman_RD

Mamma Chia Products:

All of our products are USDA Certified Organic, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, and Vegan! We are a proud Certified B Corporation and a member of 1% for the Planet. We make Chia Vitality Beverages, Chia Energy Beverages, Chia Granola Clusters, and Chia Squeeze pouches. You can purchase our Granola Clusters, Chia Seed, and Chia Squeeze on our online store HERE.

Our Chia Energy and Chia Vitality beverages contain 2500mg of Omega-3, 4g of Complete Protein, and has 24% of your daily Fiber! Our Energy Beverages contain 90mg of natural caffeine, which comes from organic yerba mate ad organic green coffee bean.

Our Chia Squeeze pouches are just chia mixed with fruit and vegetable puree and have NO added sugar! They contain 1200mg of Omega-3, and since they don’t require refrigeration, they make the perfect yummy snack for on-the-go lifestyles!

Our Granola Clusters are both Soy-Free and Dairy-Free and each 55g serving contains 1500 mg of Omega-3, 10g of protein, and 5g of Fiber.

Celebrate National Chia Day by purchasing our Chia Love Bundle which includes a 6 oz. bag of our Black Chia Seeds, your choice of flavor Organic Chia Granola Clusters, and your choice of flavor 8-Pack Organic Chia Squeeze pouches. All for just $18.99!

Looking for a retailer near you? Check out our online Store Finder HERE.

⚠️  Social Media Giveaway ⚠️

Want to celebrate with us? Enter our giveaway and start posting today!

  • Post a chia-related photo on Instagram. Can be a photo with our product or just chia seeds in general! Ex: recipe, chia-related facts, your favorite Mamma Chia products, etc.
  • Make sure to tag @MammaChia and #NCD2019
  • Profiles MUST be public otherwise we won’t see the post!
  • There will be 2 winners:
  • Contest ends Sunday, March 24th and winners will be chosen and notified on Monday, March 25th.
  • *USA and 18+ only*

Make sure to follow us on: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest!

Mamma Chia Pumpkin Pie

All things pumpkin, please! Pumpkin pie is the crown jewel of any Holiday meal for a reason; the aroma and taste wonderfully combine for the perfect blend of Fall flavors and childhood memories.

To help celebrate this iconic Holiday staple, we’ve created our own delicious organic pumpkin pie recipe complete with a Mamma Chia Granola Cluster pie crust! Delightfully rich and smooth, it’s sure to be a hit at all Grateful Gatherings!

So get that oven ready and tell your friends to save some room for dessert as we share the magic of our Mamma Chia Pumpkin Pie! Don’t forget to invite us over!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups Mamma Chia Organic Vanilla Almond Granola Clusters – The Special Ingredient 😉
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 12oz Evaporated Milk
  • 15oz Organic Canned Pumpkin Pie Puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon Round Cloves
  • 2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Large Eggs

Directions:

CRUST
Every Pumpkin pie starts with a fabulous pie crust!
1 1/2 cups finely ground Mamma Chia Vanilla Almond Granola Clusters
6 tablespoons melted butter
1/3 cup sugar

Take 1 1/2 cups of Mamma Chia Vanilla Almond Granola Clusters and ground in food processor until it is as fine as possible.

Mix the sugar and melted butter until all is combined evenly and press into a 9-inch pie plate.

Bake in oven at 375 degrees for 7 minutes. Take out and set aside to cool.

PUMPKIN PIE FILLING
3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
2 large eggs
1 can organic pumpkin pie puree
1 12-oz can of evaporated milk

Reduce your oven temperature from 375 degrees to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and cloves. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat 2 large eggs. Then, stir in the pumpkin puree, followed by the sugar and spice mixture from the small bowl.
Gradually add in the evaporated milk while mixing and mix well until all is combined evenly.
Pour pumpkin pie mixture into previously made pie shell.

Bake pie at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes until a knife can be inserted and come out clean. Let cool and serve room temperature or slightly warm. Add to your Instagram story and enjoy your homemade Mamma Chia Pumpkin Pie!

From our kitchen to yours, enjoy our Mamma Chia Pumpkin Pie Recipe!
Wishing you all a magical Holiday season! <3

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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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

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2. Mango Tumeric Chia Pudding | @willfrolicforfood

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3. Cake Batter Chia Pudding | @edibleash

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4. Carrot Cake Chia Pudding | @blueberrysmoothies

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Creamy Breakfast Chia Pudding by Amie Valpone

Creamy Breakfast Chia Pudding by Amie Valpone

April 14, 2016
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My journey to “Eating Clean” started over a decade ago when I was suffering from a dozen health issues and doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. After being on a cocktail of drugs and losing hope, I have learned how to heal my body from numerous illnesses including Lyme disease to Hypothyroidism and C.Diff colitis. I started my website, TheHealthyApple.com to help anyone suffering from everyday minor symptoms such as a headache and bloating to chronic illness and autoimmune disease. I soon realized I wasn’t the only person suffering and there were others out there who needed healthy recipes that didn’t taste like cardboard! I learned how to get my body working FOR me- not against me. Instead of treating symptoms, I learned how to find the underlying imbalances in my body that were making me feel sick.

My hope is that my new book, Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body, helps change lives and gives you hope that you can get to the root cause of any symptom by eating and living a clean lifestyle, which means removing chemicals in our food and our environment on a daily basis so we are lowering our body burden. Something I learned for myself, that doctors didn’t tell me (and I’ve been to over 500 doctors) was that nothing changed until I started to clean up my food and my environment (personal care products, cleaning products and beauty products) because our skin is our biggest organ! I never realized how important it is to look not just at what we are putting in our bodies but also what we are putting on our bodies, as well. I also realized that I had to put my health in my own hands and be my own doctor to navigate through the world from illness to wellness and vitality!

In my new cookbook, Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body, I talk about how to start cleaning up your food and your life from chemicals and toxins that are in our everyday lifestyles from our food to our cleaning products. Detox is not what you think. In this book I outline what you need to do to detox your body on a daily basis and how to eat clean to support your overall health. I want to show you that eating clean feels amazing- not because you should, but because once you see life this way, you’ll never go back. There’s not a processed cupcake I’d eat to give up for how incredible I feel and if more people realized what an important role they play in their own health, they could change the quality of their life forever.

This cookbook is filled with over 200 plant-based recipes that are free of gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, eggs, white flours, peanuts and other inflammatory ingredients. No xanthan gum, no binders, no fake ingredients- all pure, whole anti-inflammatory foods such as chia seeds, walnuts, ground flaxseeds and more. Here’s a fun recipe from my cookbook that can be served as a quick and easy breakfast that can be made the night before (for busy weekday mornings) or served for a lazy Sunday morning brunch. Enjoy! Xo


For a grain-free breakfast packed with anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids and protein, you can’t beat chia. This makes an easy, no-cook breakfast for a weekday morning.

Creamy Breakfast Chia Pudding by Amie Valpone

 

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄4 cup Mamma Chia Organic Black Chia Seeds
  • 1 1⁄2 cups water
  • 2⁄3 cup raw cashews
  • 6 large dates, pitted, soaked in water overnight, and drained
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch sea salt

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS

  • 1 cup fresh berries, chopped pineapple, or sliced bananas
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder or ground cinnamon
  • Handful Amie’s Grain-Free Granola (page 121) or another granola (pages 118 and 122) or Mamma Chia Organic Chia Granola Clusters

Directions:

In a small bowl, combine the chia seeds and water; set aside until the mixture forms a gel, about 20 minutes.

Combine the cashews, dates, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, and half of the chia gel in a high-speed blender. Puree until smooth. Transfer the pureed mixture to a medium bowl and stir in the remaining chia gel. Serve immediately, topped with one or more of the optional toppings, if desired, or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

SERVES 4


About the author:

amie-valpone_circleAmie Valpone, HHC, AADP is the Editor-in-Chief of TheHealthyApple.com; she is a Manhattan Celebrity Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Writer and Motivational Speaker specializing in simple gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free ‘Clean Eating’ recipes.  Amie recently healed herself from a decade of chronic pain including Lyme Disease, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Hypothyroidism, Adrenal Fatigue, Leaky Gut, Heavy Metals and much more exhausting thousands of doctors in the country and Mayo Clinic; she shares her story of how Clean Eating  and Detox saved her life and inspires you to Clean up your food, too.  Amie lives in Manhattan, NYC where she cooks for a variety of clients including celebrities and people with busy lifestyles who enjoy healthy, organic, whole foods. Amie’s work appears on Martha Stewart, ABC News, Fox News Health, WebMD, The Huffington Post, The Food Network, Glamour Magazine, Clean Eating Magazine, SELF Magazine, Prevention Magazine, PBS and many others. Visit Amie on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and Pinterest @TheHealthyApple. Amie’s first cookbook, Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation & Reset Your Bodywill be in stores nationwide March 8, 2016.

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!

Organic is Non-GMO

Organic is Non-GMO

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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

(Source: usda.gov)

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!