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Better Breakfast Month!

Did you know that September is Better Breakfast Month? In order to encourage people young and old to start their day with a better-for-you breakfast, September 26th is also officially considered Better Breakfast Day! There’s no better way to give your first meal of the day a delicious, soul-powering boost of nutrients than by incorporating some creamy and delicious Organic Chiamilk! Check out our tips below on how Chiamilk can easily make your everyday breakfast routine, well… better!

Our delicious and creamy Mamma Chia Organic Chiamilk is a dairy-free, plant-based milk alternative made from nutrient-rich chia seeds! It is a nutritional powerhouse with essential Omega-3, MCT, more calcium than a glass of traditional milk and zero grams of sugar.

Available in both Unsweetened Original and Unsweetened Vanilla, our creamy and delicious Chiamilk has only 60-70 calories per serving, 0g of sugar and still packs a nutritional chia punch. As with all Mamma Chia products, it is USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Verified, 100% vegan and free from lactose, soy and gluten! Here are just a few ways you can enjoy our Organic Chiamilk for breakfast:

In your coffee!

With your favorite cereal!

In a smoothie or smoothie bowl!

Pineapple Banana Smoothie Bowl
Recipe by: Melissa P.

• 1 c frozen pineapple
• 1 1/2 very ripe frozen bananas
• 1 tsp blue spirulina powder
• Splash of our Organic Unsweetened Vanilla Chiamilk

Or enjoy a cold glass straight out of the bottle to add the Magic of Chia to any breakfast!

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!

5 Reasons To Seed Your Soul With Our Organic Chia Protein Smoothies!

5 Reasons to Seed Your Soul with our organic Chia Protein Smoothies!

1. Packed with Plant Protein

Protein is an essential building block of the body, supporting overall vitality and strength. Each bottle of our Organic Chia Protein Smoothies contains an impressive 13g of plant protein sourced from organic chia and organic pea protein. This complete protein contains the 9 essential amino acids not produced by our bodies that are needed from the foods we eat!

2. High in MCT & Essential Nutrients

MCT, or medium-chain triglycerides, are high-quality fats that are easily absorbed and burned by the body for optimal energy and focus. Our Organic Chia Protein Smoothies contain 2100mg of MCT. Chia is one of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet and each bottle is packed with 1600mg Omega-3, plant protein, fiber, calcium, powerful antioxidants… the list goes on!. The combination of MCT, plant protein, and chia offer a truly powerful way to bring vitality to your day!

3. Smooth, Creamy, and Delicious!

Our plant-based, Organic Chia Protein Smoothies are naturally smooth, creamy and delicious with only 9g of sugar!

4. Great for On-the-Go!

Available in two flavorful 12oz. varieties, Strawberry Banana & Tropical Mango, our Organic Chia Protein Smoothies are a satisfying anytime beverage that naturally provides the vitality to power your soul’s purpose!

5. Socially Responsible and Eco-Friendly

We at Mamma Chia believe in doing good every step of the way and are dedicated to uplifting both the soul of humanity and the soul of the planet. We are proud to be a Certified B Corp, a Certified Women-Owned Business and 1% For the Planet member because we love Mamma Earth and her people!

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How to Use Chia Seeds

How to Use Chia Seeds

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How to Use Chia Seeds

Have you been wondering how to use chia seeds? Well, the opportunities are endless so we’ve put together some easy and creative ideas!

Chia seeds have been revered by the Maya and Aztec for their amazing energy and healing powers. One tablespoon of chia seeds was considered capable of sustaining a warrior for up to 24 hours. Today, chia is the force behind long distance runners, professional athletes, celebrity chefs and more!

Neutral in flavor, chia seeds can be added to virtually any recipe for a nutritional boost! Just one tablespoon of chia provides 2430mg Omega-3s, as well as 16% of your daily recommended value of fiber, protein and more! In a gram for gram comparison, chia has…

  • 8x more Omega-3s than salmon
  • 25% more fiber than flaxseed
  • 2x more potassium than bananas
  • 6x more calcium than milk

According to Janie Hoffman’s The Chia Cookbook, “Chia has unique characteristics that make it a dream ingredient. Just a few tablespoons of the seeds have the potential to transform the texture, lower the calorie count, and enhance the visual appeal of a recipe. Cook with chia and you’ll not only get the benefits of this nutritional power-house, you’ll also delight in sumptuous, flavorful, satisfying foods.”

Here are some simple and delicious (and fun!) ways to use chia seeds below. Enjoy!

How to Use Chia Seeds in Cooking

How to Use Chia Seeds
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According to The Chia Cookbook, “Chia may look like the other seeds in your spice rack, but it’s best to think about this member of the mint family (its botanical name is Salvia Hispanica) as a food rather than a garnish or flavoring. In fact, chia is a whole food, and its qualities are distinctly different from anything else in your cupboard.” Unlike flaxseeds, chia does not need to be ground in order to benefit from the nutrients. However, keep in mind that both whole and ground chia are nutritiously the same.

Chia as a flour substitute

Milled chia is a great substitute for all-purpose flour in a variety of recipes. Use milled chia to thicken soups, mix it with bread crumbs to coat chicken or fish, or use it as a flour replacement in baking! You can even mill your own chia at home with a coffee grinder!

Chia as an egg substitute

Chia eggs” are probably one of the best ways to use chia in cooking or baking! When chia is hydrated to the right consistency, it forms a gel that’s as thick and smooth as an egg. This makes it a perfect egg replacement in baking, an excellent binder in recipes like meatballs, or an egg “extender” for frittatas and omelets. To replace one large egg, combine one tablespoon of chia seeds with three tablespoons of room-temperature water. Whisk together and let sit until it forms into a gel.

Tip: think beyond water! Using juice, broth, almond, coconut or dairy milk to hydrate the chia will add more flavor to whatever dish you’re creating. Always be sure to use room-temperature gels! Cold liquids can make the gelling process take longer.

More ways to use chia gel

For smoothies, cocktails, and soups, use a thin chia gel by whisking together 2 tablespoons of chia seeds with 1 cup of room-temperature water. More ideas for that are below!

For condiments, dips, salad dressings, sauces, and egg dishes, use a thick chia gel by whisking together 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of room-temperature purified water.

How to Use Chia Seeds in Baking

How to Use Chia Seeds
Photo Credit: The Chia Cookbook

According to The Chia Cookbook, replace up to one-quarter of the flour called for in a recipe with milled chia. This will give your baked goods a healthy makeover, raising their fiber, protein and Omega-3s.

When using chia gel to replace an egg in baking, it will add water to your recipe, which can result in slightly moister baked goods. Try adding chia to your next loaf of banana bread! If you’re aiming for a drier texture, simply add a few minutes to the baking time to allow the excess liquid to evaporate.

How to Use Chia Seeds- Chia Pudding

How to Use Chia Seeds
Photo Credit: Earthy Andy

How to Use Chia Seeds
Photo Credit: Earthy Andy

Chia pudding might be one of the most traditional ways to use chia. It’s so easy to make, we can see why! A creamy chia pudding makes a wonderful breakfast that’s packed with Omega-3s and complete protein to keep you energized throughout the day. Similar to chia gel, combine 1/2 cup of chia seeds with 2 cups milk of choice. Add in your choice of sweetener, extracts or spices; whether it’s cinnamon, vanilla, honey, maple syrup, etc. the opportunities are endless! Whisk all ingredients together, let sit overnight in the refrigerator, and wake up to a beautiful breakfast the next day (makes 4 servings)! Top with fresh fruit or layer it with granola to make a beautiful parfait.

How to Use Chia Seeds
Photo Credit: Nads Healthy Kitchen

It can also double as a healthy, fiber-packed dessert! Download our Ultimate Guide to Chia Pudding e-book for more recipe ideas and inspiration!

How to Use Chia Seeds in Drinks

How to Use Chia Seeds
Photo Credit: The Chia Cookbook

How to Use Chia Seeds
Photo Credit: The Chia Cookbook

Chia is a delightful way to add a nutritional boost to your shakes, smoothies or cocktails! Tip: be careful not to add dry chia seeds to your drinks, as it may cause further thickening. When chia seeds are fully hydrated, they won’t cause further thickening to the beverage to which you add them. For best results, use chia gel in smoothies, shakes and cocktails.

How to Use Chia Seeds as a Garnish

How to Use Chia Seeds
Photo Credit: The Chia Cookbook

Chia seeds are wonderful for garnishing any meal! Add a visually pleasing contrast by sprinkling chia seeds over curries and soups! Sprinkle 1-2 teaspoons on top of a salad to give it a nice crunch. Whisk chia into your yogurt or sprinkle it on your ice cream. Spread some on top of a bagel with cream cheese, or mix them into a stir-fry or pasta sauce. Mixing chia into condiments like ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, salsa, guacamole, relish and vinaigrettes will make them go farther, increase their nutrients, and cut their fat and calorie content! Plus, by adding volume to condiments and dressings, chia can also help you consume less sugar, a common ingredient in prepared foods. The opportunities are truly endless!

How to Use Chia Seeds for Your Work Out

As mentioned above, chia seeds are a wonderful source of complete protein. A complete protein (or whole protein) is a source of protein that contains an adequate proportion of all nine of the essential amino acids necessary for the dietary needs of humans. To make the most of your workout, aim to eat a chia protein shake within an hour after your workout. This can help reduce inflammation as well as build and repair muscle tissue.

How to Use Chia Seeds
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Chia seeds are also an excellent way to stay hydrated! When chia seeds are placed in water, they can swell up to 12x their normal size.  This means that you’ll reap the benefits of that additional H2O when you eat them, thus helping you stay hydrated for a longer period of time.

Chia seeds are often used by runners to avoid leg cramping and reduce inflammation and joint pain!

How to Use Chia Seeds for Beauty 

How to Use Chia Seeds
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A diet rich in healthy fatty foods can help you achieve beautiful hair, skin and nails. In addition to eating chia seeds for their Omega-3 benefits, you can place them directly onto your hair and skin for added benefits! Incorporate them into your next face mask, like this Chia Green Tea Face Mask for an ultra hydrating and energizing lift to your skin!

How to Use Chia Seeds
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Or combine them with hydrating ingredients like aloe and honey to create this ultra luxe leave-in hair treatment.

Who knew such a tiny little seed could be utilized in so many magical ways! We hope you found this guide useful and would love to hear your thoughts! Do you have any tips and tricks on how to use chia seeds? Email us your ideas at info@mammachia.com! We are looking forward to hearing from you!