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Berry Cream Popsicles with Chiamilk!

Cool off this summer with this DIY Berry Cream Popsicle recipe featuring Mamma Chia Organic Chiamilk by the incredible Rachel Mistry, MS, RDN! ☀️  We’re obsessed with these delicious, healthy treats that ae great for you and your little ones – not to mention they are vegan and packed with Omega-3 from chia!

Grab a blender and combine:

1 cup of blueberries
1/2 cup coconut (or choice of) yogurt
1.5 cups Mamma Chia Organic Vanilla Chiamilk
1 Tbsp sweeter of choice (ex: maple syrup or honey)

Pour the mixture into a popsicle mold and freeze for 4+ hours and enjoy!

Check out some of Rachel’s other amazing recipes on her website HERE!

Beat the Heat with Mamma Chia & Kodiak Cakes

Did you know that 2020 is on track to rank in the top five hottest years on record? But don’t let the heat get you down, Mamma Chia and Kodiak Cakes have come together to keep you adventuring all summer long! Check out some of our favorite summer activities that you can do from the sandy beaches of Mamma Chia’s coastal hometown to the mountain tops of Kodiak Cakes’ bear liar. We’ve even crafted four recipes with the nourishment you’ll need to help you keep cool along the way!

Surfing

It might seem a bit cliché, but surfing is synonymous with the summer – especially at Mamma Chia’s home base in Carlsbad, CA. No matter what your skill level, each summer day brings an opportunity for some wave-catching fun. If you’re just starting out, there’s surf lessons abound at almost every surfable beach up and down both the east and west coasts. If you’re an intermediate to advanced surfer, get out of your comfort zone and try riding a retro board or less common shape, such as a bonzer, mini simmons or asymmetrical design.

In a small mountain town surfing may seem an unlikely summer activity in the mountains, however; winter runoff keeps mountain lakes and reservoirs full and waiting to be used come summer. Whether you’re a boating fanatic who wakes up before dawn to make it to the lake, or someone who has never been on a boat before, wakesurfing is a sport for everyone! If you have a boat, you’re probably familiar with the ins and outs of wakesurfing and what you’ll need. If you’re just learning, make sure to bring a towel, a life jacket if you have one, and a good attitude. It may take a couple tries to stand up, but it’s worth the fun you’ll have riding the wave!

Nothing revitalizes after a sun-soaked surf session quite like an Acai Bowl. This recipe packs in nutrients from Mamma Chia Organic Unsweetened Original Chiamilk and Kodiak Cakes Crunchy Bars to help replenish your energy stores after a full day of catching waves and wake.

Click HERE for the recipe!

Caving

If you’re looking for a fun, out-of-the-box summer adventure, consider caving! Either by kayak or on foot. If renting a sea kayak, we recommend asking a local shop about the details. If you own a kayak (or SUP), make sure to do your research, especially when it comes to safety precautions and prerequisites. Group tours are always a good option as well. Whichever you choose, you have our word it’ll be an unforgettable experience!

The fun part about mountain caves is discovering the mysteries inside them. But caving in the mountains is a bit like geocaching, you’re going to have to hunt a little bit to find where the caves are hidden. When you do, make sure to be well equipped with a flashlight or headlamp, snacks, water, and an extra jacket. Some caves require a little more gear and knowledge than your own two legs and a flashlight for exploration. In that case, we suggest doing a little research or calling a shop in your area for more information.

When it comes to keeping hydrated on your caving adventure, you’ll want to plan ahead! We recommend mixing things up with this delicious Blended Chia Lemonade, made using Mamma Chia Organic Unsweetened Original Chiamilk, Kodiak Cakes Apricot Syrup, and Mamma Chia Organic Chia Seeds! Fill up a canteen to keep cold on your journey or save to enjoy for a post-caving toast!

Click HERE for the recipe!

Bonfire

There’s no better way to cap off a summer day than by gathering around a crackling bonfire with your friends and reveling about the day’s adventures. If you’re at the coast, a beach bonfire is an absolute must. Nothing beats the feeling of toes in the sand and the sound of crashing waves in the dark while you keep warm by a fire! Locate the nearest beach that permits bonfires, or – better yet – snag a public fire pit early in the evening as they tend to fill up quick in the summer months! Remember to bring all the beach bonfire essentials: firewood, matches (or lighter), beach chairs, beach blankets and a cooler with ice. We highly recommend starter sticks, old newspaper and lighter fluid to help get the flame going and stay alive.

High up in the mountains, gather around a campfire with your friends and enjoy the smell of fresh pine as you stay warm in the crisp mountain air. While you take turns sharing campfire stories & making s’mores, you’ll wonder where time went as the flames start dying down after a few hours and there are no more marshmallows left to roast. In addition to firewood and matches, don’t forget to bring along a warm blanket, bug spray, camp chairs, and – of course – s’more supplies. Lastly, remember to always double check fire danger in your area.

As for refreshments, bring along ingredients to shake up this special Summer Refresher featuring Mamma Chia Organic Blackberry Hibiscus Chia Beverages and Kodiak Cakes Mountain Berry Syrup!

Click HERE for the recipe!

Beat the Heat Summer Adventure Challenge

So, you’ve gone for a solid surf, marveled at some cool caves, and hosted the bonfire of the summer. Now you’re ready for our Beat the Heat Summer Adventure Challenge! First things first, a challenge like this calls for a nourishing breakfast like this Overnight Oats recipe. Yes, as the name implies, you’ll need to prep the night before using Mamma Chia Organic Wild Raspberry Chia Squeeze and Kodiak Cakes Power Oats. But, prepping ahead of time also means you can better “beat the heat” by getting an early start! Once you finish your breakfast, you’ll be ready to take on the challenge.

Click HERE for the recipe!

We’ve put our own spin on the classic bike-swim-run triathlon format, but you have the freedom to choose your intensity.

Leg One

Whether you find yourself on the coast or in the mountains, first plot your journey with a 6-12-mile bike ride to your favorite bay or mountain lake. You can choose to keep it casual with a brisk pedal on your beach cruiser, go all out on the road, or hit the trails on top your trusty mountain bike.

Leg Two

Once you arrive at your destination, get ready for a ¼ to ½ mile swim. If you want to use a wet suit, we suggest carrying it with you on the bike, or arranging with someone to have it ready for you before it’s time to take the plunge. Make sure to use landmarks for your swim entry and exit to track your distance.

Leg Three

You may be soaking wet, but it’s time for the final leg — a 1-3-mile run! Whether you choose to take on this leg from the sand, cement, or dirt, your legs will probably feel like you’re running through chia or syrup but keep your eyes on the prize—you’re almost done!

If you complete our Beat the Heat Summer Challenge, we want to hear about it! Track your distances, snap some photos of your journey, and share them with us on Instagram by tagging @mammachia & @kodiakcakes—we’d love to send you some coupons for crossing the finish line!

Lastly, don’t forget to enter our Beat the Heat Summer Giveaway for the chance to win an exclusive prize pack of Kodiak Cakes and Mamma Chia products & swag.

National Freezer Pop Day!

July 8th is National Freezer Pop Day and  we wanted to help celebrate by sharing some quick and easy DIY freezer pop recipes featuring our Organic Chia products! Disposable freezer tubes help make creating these frosty, on-the-go, refreshing snacks a breeze!

Mamma Chia Organic Chia Beverage Freezer Pop

Simply pour your favorite Organic Chia Beverage flavor (we used Blueberry Pomegranate) into the tube and place in your freezer for 1-2 hours. Once frozen, simply cut the top off and enjoy!

Strawberry Banana Chia Seed Smoothie Freezer Pop

Make a large batch of Strawberry Banana smoothie using:

*Feel free to get creative with different frozen fruits and other ingredients!

Blend ingredients until you get a thick and creamy texture. Make sure to mix our Organic Chia Seeds in after blending the smoothie with a spoon then pour into tubes, freeze for a couple hours, cut the top off and enjoy!

Check our online store finder to find a retailer near you or purchase our Chia Squeeze pouches and Chia Seeds directly from us on ShopMammaChia.com!

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/

Top 10 San Diego Hikes

Written By: Izzy Poulin

If you live in San Diego or are visiting the area soon and are looking for a fun hike to do, then look no further! Here is a list of the the top 10 most popular hikes in San Diego. ☀️ From beautiful waterfalls to incredible views, these hikes have been done by some of Mamma Chia’s wonderful employees!

And don’t forget to bring some of our Organic Chia Squeeze pouches along with you! They make a delicious on-the-go snack that is perfect for before, during, or after the hike.

1. Iron Mountain Trail, Poway

Distance: 5.2 Miles

Difficulty Level: Moderate (No shaded areas.)

Other: Leashed Dogs, Mountain Bikes, and Horse Back Riding Permitted

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/iron-mountain-trail–5

 

2. Three Sisters Waterfalls, Descanso

Distance: 3.9 Miles

Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult (Temperatures can reach up to 100+ degrees)

Total Ascent: 1,035 Feet

Other: Leashed Dogs Allowed (Not recommended due to excessive heat during summer months and unpredictable terrain.)

Three Sisters – Hiking SD County Link

 

3. Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson Trail, Poway

Distance: 7.6 Miles

Difficulty Level: Hard (There is no shade.)

Time: 3-4 Hours

Other: Mountain Bikes and Leashed Dogs Permitted

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/potato-chip-rock-via-mt-woodson-trail

 

4. Cedar Creek Falls, Ramona

Distance: 4.9 Miles

Difficulty Level: Moderate (Warmer Weather = Difficult)

Other: -Must purchase a permit HERE. Permits are $10 and are good for up to 5 people. All visitors must be listed on the permit and must carry government issued photo ID (except dependent minors whose parents are present).

-All cliff areas above and around the falls are closed (no climbing, jumping or diving anywhere along the cliffs adjacent to or near the falls).

-Leashed Dogs Permitted

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/cedar-creek-falls-trail

 

5. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, Torrey Pines

Distance: 2.3 Miles

Difficulty Level: Easy

Other: -NO Dogs Allowed

-Parking: High Season: Which traditionally starts from Spring Break until the end of September, costs $15 Monday – Thursday and $20-$25 Friday – Sunday. Low Season: Which traditionally starts from October to Spring Break, will cost $12 Monday – Thursday and $15 Friday – Sunday. There is some free street parking just north, in front of beach area, but those can fill up quickly.

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/torrey-pines-beach-trail-loop

 

6. Black Mountain Summit, Rancho Peñasquitos

Distance: 3.9 Miles

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Time: 1.5 – 2 Hours

Other: Mountain Bikes and Leashed Dogs Allowed

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/nighthawk-trail-to-black-mountain-summit

 

7. Los Peñasquitos Canyon Trail, Sorrento Valley

Distance: 6.8 Miles

Difficulty Level: Easy

Time: 3 – 3.5 Hours

Other: Leashed Dogs and Mountain Bikes Allowed

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/los-penasquitos-canyon-trail

 

8. Cowels Mountain Summit, La Mesa

Distance: 2.9 Miles

Difficulty Level: Moderate (There is no shade. The best time to complete this is early morning or evening)

Other: Leashed Dogs Allowed

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/los-penasquitos-canyon-trail

 

9. Double Peak, San Marcos

Distance: 4.25 Miles

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Other: Leashed Dogs and Bikes Allowed

Photo by Scott Turner for Modern Hiker

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/double-peak-trail

 

10. Del Dios Highlands Preserve, Escondido

Distance: 7.5 Miles

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Other: Leashed Dogs and Bikes Allowed

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/del-dios-highlands-preserve-trail

 

*Most photos are taken by Izzy Poulin – unless otherwise noted*

Have Your Fiber and Drink It Too: 3 Easy Ways to Soak Up the Benefits of Chia Seeds!

Including enough fiber in your diet is crucial for healthy living and we at Mamma Chia are all about staying healthy! A quick refresher: fiber is a carb found in plant-based foods (like chia seeds) and consuming fiber can help you feel fuller for longer!

Here are 3 easy ways to incorporate fiber into your daily diet using chia!

  1. Organic Chia Beverages & Chia Energy Beverages are a delicious and refreshing way to add fiber to your daily routine. Each 10oz bottle contains 6g of fiber which equals to 24% of the daily recommended value! Feel refreshed, revitalized and “fiber-fied” with just one tasty Chia Beverage bottle!

     2. Mamma Chia Organic Chia Squeeze is the ultimate on-the-go fiber source! Each pouch contains 4g of fiber making it the perfect snack for those on the move!

     3. Another easy way to soak up the benefits of Chia Seeds is to just add water! In just one serving (1 tablespoon) of chia seeds, there are 4g of fiber! You can easily create your own fiber-packed refreshment in the comfort of your own home!

Recipe for Chia Water:

  • 2 cups of water or coconut water
  • 1.5 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp. fresh lemon or lime juice to taste!

Be sure to grab one of our many delicious Organic Chia Beverages, Chia Energy Beverages, Chia Squeeze or Chia Seeds today and start incorporating fiber into your daily diet the simple and delightful way! 🙂

We invite you to use the code FIBER20 to receive 20% off your entire order of any of our Organic Chia Squeezes, Chia Granola Clusters and Chia Seeds at www.shopmammachia.com!

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Mamma Chia Summer Chia-Pops

No Summer Day is complete without a yummy frozen treat! If you’re trying to beat the heat and searching for a refreshing spin on the classic popsicle, look no further than these ice-cold Mamma Chia Summer Chia-Pops! Not only are they incredibly delicious, they’re also a great way to add more Omega-3, fiber and antioxidants to your day through the Magic of Chia®! Best of all, they’re so simple to craft at home! These homemade Chia-Pops taste just as good as they look… and they’re ridiculously good-looking! Check out the recipe below and enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Vanilla – organic Honey Yogurt
  • 1 organic Mamma Chia Squeeze (we recommend Wild Raspberry or Blackberry Bliss)
  • Spirulina for the blue coloring
  • Dragon fruit Pitaya powder for pink coloring

Directions:

Step 1) Mix and Swirl the yogurt and Mamma Chia organic Chia Squeeze together in a bowl

Step 2) Drizzle in some spirulina or dragon fruit Pitaya powder for coloring

Step 3) Pour the colorful mixture into individual popsicle molds

Step 4) Freeze for about 6+ hours. We recommend overnight for the best results!

Step 5) Enjoy while you soak up the sun!

Save on your favorite Chia Squeezes for your Mamma Chia Summer Chia-Pops today by using promo code POP20 for 20% off your entire online order at www.shopmammachia.com.

Make sure to snap some photos of your magical creations and tag us! #SeedYourSoul

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4 Refreshing and Revitalizing Summer Cocktails You’ll Love!

It’s summertime and the living’s easy! What better way to both unwind and revitalize than with a delicious summertime, chia-infused cocktail? Are you ready to get shaking, stirring and mixing? Each recipe adds a unique, chia-riffic spin to the traditional cocktail ingredients. In addition to adding essences of lemon, lime or mint, all are infused with the Magic of Chia®! These four chia cocktails are just what you need to thrive this summer!

Note: All recipes are crafted for a 8 oz glass.

TIP: Frozen Mamma Chia ice cubes prevent diluting these delicious cocktails! Heart shapes are our go-to!

  1. Blueberry Pomegranate Chia-jito

There’s a reason why classic cocktail recipes are considered the classics; they’re timelessly enjoyed! A refreshing take on the traditional Mojito, this Chia-jito combines mint leaves and limes muddled with fresh blueberries and our Mamma Chia Blueberry Pomegranate Chia Beverage, mixed with your choice of white rum.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Mamma Chia Blueberry Pomegranate Chia Beverage
  • 1/4 cup of white rum
  • Fresh organic blueberries
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 1 sliced lime
  • Ice cubes

Instructions:

Add 1 slice lime, 5 mint leaves, 5 blueberries in a 8 oz glass and muddle. Pour in Mamma Chia Blueberry Pomegranate Chia Beverage and rum. Garnish with blueberries, mint, lime and ENJOY!

  1. Strawberry Lemonade Chia-rita

Add a little sabor y alegría to your summer with a delicious Strawberry Lemonade Chia-rita! With a little ice, your favorite tequila and our revitalizing Strawberry Lemonade Chia Beverage, the Chia-rita is the perfect complement to a warm summer day! The colorful combination of flavors comes to life with every sip! ¡Salud!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Mamma Chia Strawberry Lemonade Chia Beverage
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 2 tablespoons of simple syrup
  • fresh strawberries
  • 1 sliced lemon
  • Ice cubes

Instructions:

Add Mamma Chia Strawberry Lemonade Chia Beverage, tequila, simple syrup and ice in a shaker and shake. Pour in a glass and garnish with lemon and fresh strawberries and ENJOY!

  1. Raspberry Passion Chia-politan

Pinkies up! It’s time to jazz up the go-to cosmo with our delicious and nutritious Raspberry Passion Chia Beverage! Fresh raspberries and mint leaves pair incredibly with vodka in this delightful cocktail. The libation itself is just as delicious as it is beautiful – which only adds to the fun!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Mamma Chia Raspberry Passion Chia Beverage
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 1 sliced lime

Instructions:

 Add Mamma Chia Raspberry Passion Chia Beverage and vodka in a shaker and shake. Pour in a glass and garnish with fresh raspberries and mint leaves and ENJOY!

  1. Blackberry Hibiscus Chia-Tini

Shaken or stirred; either will do because we adore this Blackberry Hibiscus Chia-tini! Made with the freshest organic ingredients, this remix is a bit sassy, but always classy! Our Mamma Chia Blackberry Hibiscus Chia-tini infuses fresh mint and blackberries with vodka to create a delicious and sophisticated beverage!

 Ingredients:

  • 1 Mamma Chia Blackberry Hibiscus Chia Beverage
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • Fresh blackberries
  • Fresh mint leaves

 Instructions:

 Add Mamma Chia Blackberry Hibiscus Chia Beverage and vodka into a cocktail shaker and shake it up! Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with fresh blackberries and mint leaves and ENJOY!

 

We hope our signature Mamma Chia Summer Cocktails surprise, delight and make your summer all the more magical! Make sure to tag us in all of your #MammaChia creations!

 

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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!

 

DIY Summer Essentials

DIY Summer Essentials

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We’re feeling hot, hot, hot this month as the summer days are coming to an end. Squeeze in some last minute rays and spice up your warm weather game with these DIY Summer Essentials. As pre and post sun necessities, this beach towel and aloe vera go hand-in-hand, especially when the majority of the day is spent outside basking in the sun.

DIY Beach Towel

DIY Summer Essentials

Let your creative soul shine through with this custom beach towel made with one common household item…bleach! Create witty summer sayings like “In need of Vitamin Sea”, “Salty but Sweet”, or “Seas the Day” on your favorite colored towel. You can also ditch the quote and create a bleach design like (splatters, polka dots, stripes, tie dye, etc.) instead! Your towel can be anything you want it to be. Get crafting and show off your towel at the beach or pool before your summer fun is over!

*We suggest adult supervision if working with children

DIY Summer Essentials

What You Need: 

  • beach towel
  • 1/2 cup bleach
  • 1/2 water
  • rubber gloves
  • card board
  • spray bottle
  • thick paper, card stock, or stencils

DIY Summer Essentials

Instructions: 

  1. Type out the quote you chose onto a document making sure letters are big enough so when you go to print there is only one letter per page. If you are using store bought stencils skip to Step 3.
  2. Cut down the letters into smaller rectangles so when you place them on the towel they are as close together as possible. Remove the inside lettering from the rectangle to create a stencil, but remember to keep inside pieces that have holes in the center i.e. (D, O, R).
  3. In a well ventilated area, set up your work surface by laying out a piece of cardboard to place the towel on. Set your stencils on the towel in the desired order. To avoid splattering outside of your stencils use extra pieces of cardboard to surround any open space that could be ruined if you want a more clean look to your towel. Also, tape any seams between each stencil to prevent bleeding in between letters (see in photo below). DIY Summer Essentials
  4. Mix 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup bleach into a squirt bottle. Put your rubber gloves on and begin to spray the letters evenly with the bleach mixture. BEFORE spraying make sure to twist the squirt bottle cap and test each spray until you reach a light mist. This is very important so you don’t over-saturate the towel with bleach causing your letters to bleed with one another. Stand 2-3 feet away as you spray to lightly cover the stencils. Spray no more than 15 times. From there use your judgement for how much more you should spray for your desired look. Depending on the towel some colors will change quickly, others like the one in the photo, will take a while to notice any change so be patient during this process. Once finished spraying, let the bleached towel sit for no more than 10 minutes.
  5. After 10 minutes and with rubber gloves on, remove towel from work surface and rinse out the towel in a sink or tub with cold water. Wring out the towel and toss it into a washer with laundry detergent. Transfer to a dryer after it’s finished. While towel is in the wash dispose of the cardboard and stencils with gloves on.DIY Summer Essentails
  6. Once towel is dried, take it for a trip to the beach or hit the pool and show off your summer creation!

 

DIY Aloe Vera Cooling Cubes

DIY Summer Essentials

After a day full of fun in the sun your skin may be a little irritated with you. We all know the common remedy to curing sun burnt skin is aloe vera. But, before you go out and buy the store bought option create your own 100% natural aloe vera cooling cubes at home. They will relieve your skin and have it thanking you and singing “aloe you vera much”, after this extra special treatment. Chill out! Not only will this organic remedy take some heat off, it will also cool your skin to the touch since this DIY remedy requires freezing to help soothe and return your skin to its happy state.

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What You Need: 

  • dixie cups or ice cube tray
  • lavender essential oil
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp witch hazel extract
  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel from Medical Aloe Plant

DIY Summer Essentials

Instructions:

  1. Melt your coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl for 10-15 seconds if solid. Remove from microwave, add 2 tablespoons of avocado oil, mix the two ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Remove a few stems from your aloe plant that will give you at least 1/4 cup of aloe gel. It is very important that you are using aloe from a Medical Aloe Plant as this is specifically used for topical usage. Skin the aloe gel from its outer shell until you have several clear gel strips. Dice the aloe and add to the bowl of coconut and avocado oil.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of witch hazel to the bowl and 8-10 drops of lavender essential oil.
  4. Whisk together all the ingredients until you reach your desired consistency.
  5. Pour mixture into dixie cups and freeze overnight.
  6. Remove from freezer and rip around the edges of the dixie cup until aloe pop is exposed. Slowly move across sun burnt shoulders, arms, and legs to soothe your skin. Pop any remaining aloe back in the freezer for next time.

Guava Watermelon Chia Fresca

Guava Watermelon Chia Fresca

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Happy National Refreshment Day! 

Guava Watermelon Chia Fresca

Cool off with the family after a day in the sun! Enjoy summer’s most popular fruit with a little twist of chia seeds for the ultimate hydrating beverage. Sip on our Guava Watermelon Chia Fresca and serve up this tasty drink whichever way you prefer! We have kid-friendly and adults-only recipes to share so that souls of any age can enjoy this summery treat! You can even freeze any left overs to create your own homemade Guava Watermelon Chia Fresca popsicles for dessert! YUM!

Guava Watermelon Chia Fresca

Guava Watermelon Chia Fresca

Guava Mamma Chia Fresca

Ingredients: 

Family-Friendly Mocktail:

  • 1 organic seedless watermelon
  • 1/2  cup Guava Mamma Chia Vitality Beverage
  • 1 organic lime, freshly squeezed
  • 1 Tbsp organic agave nectar
  • Watermelon or lime wedges set aside for garnish (optional)

Adult Cocktail: 

  • 2 1/2 ounces White Rum
  • 1 1/2 ounces Triple Sec

Guava Watermelon Chia FrescaPreparation: 

Family-Friendly Mocktail: 

  1. Chop the watermelon into 2-inch chunks separating it from the rind and place 4 cups into a blender.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients from the list to the blender and puree everything until it reaches a frothy consistency.
  3. Pour the Chia Fresca over ice and garnish with a watermelon or lime wedge.

Adult Cocktail: 

  1. Once the chia fresca is pureed, move to a beverage pitcher and add the Triple Sec and rum of your choice. Stir the additional ingredients until mixed well.
  2. Serve over ice and garnish with a watermelon or lime wedge.

Guava Watermelon Chia FrescaCHIA-EERS! 

Make Your Own Shade – DIY Sun Hat

Make Your Own Shade - DIY Sun Hat

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Make Your Own Shade - DIY Sun Hat

Hold onto your hats! This summer DIY craft will blow you away and protect your skin this toasty summer! As we make our way through summer, our sun-kissed skin could use a little break from the UV rays. Make your own shade, and cool your skin, with your own personalized sun hat! We like to keep our bodies happy and healthy so what better way to protect your neck, ears, eyes, and nose than with this one-of-a-kind accessory. This simple DIY  is a great activity to do with friends or family and will have everyone at the beach wondering how they can get their own! Now go grab your sunscreen and hat for a full day of play in the sun!

This craft was inspired by Studio DIY with her playful donut hat that we just had to try, but with our own spin! Sticking to our roots we were inspired to use our chia seeds and ombré them onto the hat brim in our favorite color of course…PURPLE! Let your soul’s creativy take the reigns and make your hat as playful as you want. Here are some design inspirations to get the endless hat ideas flowing: polka dots, gold-trimmed, ombré, striped or create a design that sings to your soul.

Make Your Own Shade - DIY Sun Hat

Make Your Own Shade - DIY Sun Hat

Make Your Own Shade - DIY Sun Hat

Make Your Own Shade - DIY Sun Hat

What You Need: 

  • Acrylic paints of your choice
  • Paint brushes
  • Wide brim hat
  • Newspaper

Instructions: 

  1. Lay out your newspaper across your work surface to protect it from any paint.

Make Your Own Shade - DIY Sun Hat

2. Set your hat on top of the newspaper and begin to paint any design or color you prefer (we printed our chia petals and cut them out to use as stencils)!

Make Your Own Shade - DIY Sun Hat

  1.  Paint however many coats you feel is necessary for your design, the hat will still remain floppy!

Make Your Own Shade - DIY Sun Hat

Enjoy!

 

A Chiarrific Memorial Day!

A Chiarrific Memorial Day!

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Memorial Day is almost here — can you believe it? As the unofficial kick-off of summer, we tend to overindulge on summery classics that aren’t the healthiest for us (hot dogs and ketchup anyone?). We wanted to share some of festive classics with a slightly healthier (and chiarrific!) twist, all while still staying true to the red, white and blue!

A Chiarrific Memorial Day | Mamma Chia Blog

Cheesecake Filled Strawberries With Chia

Cheesecake Filled Strawberries With Chia

Ingredients:

  • 24 large, fresh organic strawberries
  • 1 (8oz) package organic cream cheese, room temperature or softened slightly
  • ½ cup organic powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp organic white chia seeds
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries

Preparation:

  1. Wash your strawberries, then cut the stems from the strawberries, so the strawberries can sit cut-side down.
  2. On the opposite side of the strawberrry, cut an”X” from the tip down, being careful not to cut all the way through.
  3. Mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice in a bowl until soft and fluffy.
  4. Gently open up each strawberry and pipe the filling inside using a pastry bag or plastic sandwich bag with a star piping tip.
  5. Sprinkle with chia seeds and top with a blueberry. These are best served after the strawberries have been chilled for at least an hour.

Dressed Up Deviled Eggs With Chia

Dressed Up Deviled Eggs With Chia

Dressed Up Deviled Eggs With Chia

Ingredients:

  • 12 organic, cage free eggs
  • 1/3 cup organic Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp organic mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp organic Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp organic black chia seeds
  • 2 tsp organic vinegar
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 tsp natural, plant-based red food coloring of choice
  • 1 tsp natural, plant-based blue food coloring of choice

Preparation:

  1. Place eggs in a large saucepan. Cover them with cool water by 1 inch. Slowly bring water to a boil over medium heat; when the water has reached a boil, cover and remove from heat. Let sit 12 minutes.
  2. Drain eggs and place back in saucepan.  Make an ice bath and let sit for 15 minutes.  This will allow the eggs to easily peel.
  3. Peel and cut your hard boiled eggs (make sure they are cooled down), placing yoke in a bowl.
  4. For the red dye, combine 1 cup boiling water with 1 tsp. vinegar and 1 tsp. red dye in a medium bowl. For the blue dye, combine 1 cup boiling water with 1 tsp. vinegar and 1 tsp. blue dye in another medium bowl.
  5. Place 4 eggs in the red dye bowl, and another 4 eggs in the blue dye bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes, remove and then pat dry. We recommend repeating this step to ensure brightly colored, vibrant eggs.
  6. In a separate mixing bowl, mix together egg yolks, Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, and salt. Scoop into eggs, or pipe them using a pastry bag or zip-top bag with a piping tip
  7. Sprinkle with chia seeds and paprika (if desired). Enjoy!

Red, White and Blue Sangria With Chia

Red, White and Blue Sangria With Chia

Red, White and Blue Sangria With Chia

Red, White and Blue Sangria With Chia

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup organic turbinado sugar
  • 2 cups organic blueberries, divided
  • 1 cup loosely cut organic strawberries
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) rosé
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 2 Tbsp. Grand Marnier
  • 1/3 cup Blackberry Hibiscus Vitality Beverage
  • 3 cups sliced fruit: we used peaches, lemon, and strawberries

Preparation:

  1. In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup turbinado sugar with 1/3 cup hot water to create a simple syrup.
  2. Pour simple syrup into blender, add 1 cup blueberries and blend until smooth. Pour mixture directly into pitcher (option to strain out solids to extract as much liquid as possible before pouring into pitcher).
  3. Pour the remaining blueberries into the pitcher, along with the cut strawberries. Then add the bottle of rosé, bourbon, Grand Marnier, Blackberry Hibiscus and sliced fruit.
  4. Stir and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Enjoy!