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April 2013

Congratulations to Kenny Shapiro!

mamma chia ambassadorLocation:  Seattle, WA
Hobbies:  My favorite hobbies Spending time with my Katherine 🙂 Gardening, drinking Mamma Chia, brewing beer, volleyball.
On his iPod:  Early 90’s/late 80s hip hop.
Favorite Animal:  op
Favorite Quote:  “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who matter don’t mind; and those who mind, don’t matter.” -Dr. Suess
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor:  Guava Mamma/Pomegranate Mint!
Bio:  I have a BS in Biology (marine emphasis) and currently work for the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Kat Barba and I are due to have a child any day and can’t wait to see her beautiful face. Kat and I live in a zoo with 3 cats and 2 dogs.

It is with great honor we announce our April 2013 Ambassador of the month, Kenny Shapiro! He won us over with his glorious smile and winning attitude! We absolutely love Kenny for his great work ethic- but also because he is so dynamic and such a positive thinker. He also works for the Department of Agriculture for Washington State! Kenny is so passionate about his career and he shines at everything he does. We also want to honor Kenny because he is about to become a daddy!

Thanks Kenny for being our Northwest Superstar! We are so thrilled to have you on our team and congratulations on your baby to be!

LA 2013 Marathon

Come Visit Mamma Chia at
the 2013 LA Marathon!

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Mamma Chia will be spreading the Mamma Chia Love at the LA Marathon Mar. 15-16 at the LA Convention Center Read more…

March 2013

Congratulations to Kyle Caffero!

mamma chia ambassadorLocation:  Chicago, IL
Hobbies:  My favorite hobbies include Brazilian Jujitsu, Running, Thrifting.
On his iPod:  Passion Pit, Architecture in Helsinki, Jim Croce, WHAM!, Florence + The Machine.
Favorite Animal:  My Meowmen, Ben & Luke!
Favorite Quote:  “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor:  Cherry Lime!
Bio:  I was born & raised in the Chicago Suburbs. I’m almost finished up with my degree in Physics. I absolutely believe in pushing myself to be my best but that leaves me with very little free time to do cool things! When I do have free time again I’d like to train in BJJ or maybe train for another marathon. It was fate that I became part of the Mamma Chia team because the day before I randomly met Janie while at my old job, I had learned that my old company had just gotten discontinued! So it’s been a seamless transition and I’m super happy with how well everything is going!

Congratulations to our March 2013 Chicago Super Star, Kyle Caffero! His passionate, dedicated personality topped with his great sense of humor made it easy to choose him as our March 2013 Ambassador of the Month! Kyle is not only an incredible athlete running marathons and studying Brazilian Jujitsu; he is about to earn his degree in physics! We are continually impressed by his intellect, active lifestyle, and professional work ethic! Kyle is a team player and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him Rocking Chicago!

The Humble Seed that Started a Phenomenon

chia, chia drink, chia beverage, chia seeds, mamma chia, mamma chiaInstead of growing chia pets, Janie Hoffman makes chia drinks. Hoffman—CEO and founder of Mamma Chia—burst onto the beverage industry scene in 2011 by launching the first organic chia seed beverage in the marketplace… Read more…

Seeds of Greatness – BevNET Jan/Feb 2013

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Febuary 2013

Congratulations to Lauren Hillenga!

mamma chia ambassadorLocation:  Santa Cruz, CA
Hobbies:  My favorite hobbies include Walking on the beach, hiking in the redwoods, picknicking on a warm day, bike rides, sailing/boating. Watching a sunset or moonrise over the ocean never gets old. I also love yoga, pilates, and a good spin class!
On her iPod:  Lately I have been listening to The Civil Wars, The Lumineers, Lana Del Rey, a dash of country, and of course some hip-hop.
Favorite Animal:  Elephants, especially baby elephants. Too cute.
Favorite Quote:  Open minds lead to open doors.
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor:  Guava Mamma!
Bio:  I was born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA, and I graduated Cum Laude from San Jose State University with a Bachelor degree in Business Marketing in 2011. One of my favorite things in the world is enjoying a delicious meal with great company…I love to eat! I also love to travel and I have been blessed with some amazing trips over the years, including scuba diving in Thailand and eating my way through Italy. I can’t wait to see where my next adventure will take me!

It is with deep joy and gratitude that we announce our February Ambassador of the Month Lauren Hillenga! Lauren has impressed us since day one! So much so that soon after joining our team of dynamic ambassadors she joined our operations team as Operations Coordinator and now helps to oversee the Mamma Chia Magic from start to finish! Her diverse skill set and in-depth product knowledge make her the ideal ambassador! And on top of everything she’s a yoga goddess, shining with beauty from the inside out!

Lauren, thank you for sharing the Love and Magic of Mamma Chia with the wonderful people of Santa Cruz!

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January 2013

Congratulations to Matt Stintzi!

mamma chia ambassadorLocation: Austin, TX
Hobbies:  My favorite hobbies include Skateboarding, Camping, SXSW, Bike Riding, Walking My Dog, Playing guitar, Jamming with family and friends,Seeing live music and Collecting Vinyl.
On his iPod:  In no paticular order: Ryan Adams, Joy Division, The Smiths, Lower Dens, Black Uhuru, CAN, Grimes, The Cure, Tame Impala, Tim Buckley, Dinosaur Jr, Cocteau Twins, Thee Oh Sees, Burning Spear, Spiritualized, Doug Sahm, Leonard Cohen, Psychic Ills, Yo La Tengo, 13th Floor Elevators, Townes Van Zandt,and Tom Waits. This list could go on forever so I’ll stop now.
Favorite Animal:  I do have a profound love for birds however Leroy my Shitzu, is my favorite.
Favorite Quote:  Open minds lead to open doors.
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor:  Blackberry Hibiscus with Cherry Lime as a close second..
Bio:  I was orginally born in Florida, but have lived in Texas for the past 23 years. I have been skateboarding for over 20 years and plan to skate till I’m pyshically unable to do so. I absolutley love the outdoors and living in Austin TX “The Live Music Captial of the World”!!

We are overjoyed to jump-start the New Year by honoring our January 2013 Ambassador of the Month, Matt Stintzi! Our Texas Star has been sharing the Mamma Chia Magic by truly living the dream! When he’s not impressing us with his stellar work ethic, Matt is enjoying his days skateboarding, bike riding, camping, and playing guitar! We LOVE that Matt uses Chia to fuel his active lifestyle! And we LOVE that he’s self-motivated, friendly, professional, and has a terrific sense of follow-through!

BIG thanks Matt for being an inspiration to us all! Your hard work and positive attitude are deeply appreciated!!

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Mamma Chia Featured in New York Times Article on Chia

chia, chia drink, chia beverage, chia seeds, mamma chia, mamma chiaJanie Hoffman, founder of Mamma Chia fruit juices, was one of the first people to recognize chia’s potential as a food. “My first sales call a year and a half later was to Whole Foods in the southern Pacific region,” she said. “I walked in to meet the buyer and presented this chia beverage and said I would like it to go into a few stores. She said, ‘No, I want you in all of them’ ”… Read more…

Celeb Hot Spot Nobu Debuts Mamma Chia Cocktail!

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Seed of Success: Native wins kudos for chia beverage

chia, chia drink, chia beverage, chia seeds, mamma chia, mamma chia Seed of Success – Native wins kudos for chia beverage – Several years ago, Janie (Hawkins) Hoffman was looking for ways to improve her health, and stumbled across the little-known chia seed. “I totally fell in love with this nutritious powerhouse,” she said. “I became so enchanted with this little seed, I was adding it to every food.””… Read more…

Fit Bottomed Girls: Mamma Chia Review: We Love This Stuff!

chia, chia drink, chia beverage, chia seeds, mamma chia, mamma chia“Mamma Chia freakin’ killed it. Chia-drink winner right here, folks. Big time. The coolest part though is Mamma Chia’s taste and mouth-feel. Somehow the chia seeds are hydrated and suspended in organic fruit juice. The juice is delicious and really refreshing. And the chia seeds are smooth and plump and, well, you just gotta try it. It’s a really unique beverage experience—and it’s a little addicting, in a good way.” Read more…

BevNET 2012 Person of the Year: Janie Hoffman, Founder, Mamma Chia

chia, chia drink, chia beverage, chia seeds, mamma chia, mamma chiaBevNET’s Best of 2012 Person of the Year Award goes to Janie Hoffman, Founder & CEO of Mamma Chia. Over the past 2 years, Hoffman has been at the forefront of chia’s rise. Her leadership and promotion of chia has sprouted a range of new brands in the beverage space, accelerated exposure of chia into mainstream consciousness, and propelled Mamma Chia into national distribution – a rare feat for brand of its novelty and innovation. Read more…

Details: 5 Natural Alternatives to 5-Hour Energy

chia, chia drink, chia beverage, chia seeds, mamma chia, mamma chiaChia seeds aren’t just for growing green animals anymore. Now everyone from hippies to Wall Street bankers are munching on them for a little taste of the energy boost that supposedly powered the famous long-distance running Tarahumara tribe of Mexico. But because these tiny seeds can absorb as much as 12 times their weight in water you need to consume them with plenty of liquid so they can work their energy-giving magic without drying you out. Read more…

December 2012

Congratulations to Steven Snyder!

mamma chia ambassadorLocation: Los Angeles, CA
Hobbies: My favorite hobbies include Writing, Comedy, Improv, Working Out, Drawing, Acting
On his iPod: The Mark Levin Show AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, The Schnitt Show, John & Ken, George Carlin
Favorite Animal: The Lion. Lions are intelligent, strong & beautiful creatures.
Favorite Quote: “Creativity is the Companion of Wisdom.” –St. Augustine
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Cherry Lime. It makes me feel like a kid again.
Bio: I was a former therapist in Springfield Illinois and moved out to Los Angeles for my second Masters Degree. I am an actor, writer, comedian and entrepreneur who loves Mamma Chia! Mamma Chia gives me the energy that I need while working late nights on set, writing for hours on end or if I’m in the gym working out. The Mamma Chia team has been terrific for me. Always remember, “To Accomplish Great Things, One Must Not Only Dream, But Act.”

It is with great pride that we honor our December 2012 Ambassador of the Month, Steven Snyder! His mesmerizing smile and engaging personality instantly won our hearts and we are so grateful to have him sharing the Mamma Chia Magic with the fabulous folks of Southern California! When Steven isn’t sharing the Magic of Mamma Chia he’s engaging his talents by acting, writing, and being a comedian! We are so proud to have such a creative, talented soul on the team!

Steven, you embody the heart and soul of Mamma Chia! We are so grateful for your hard work and dedication.

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Ashtanga Yoga Confluence

Join Mamma Chia at the
Ashtanga Yoga Confluence

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Come join us Feb 28-Mar 3rd at the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence in San Diego! Mamma Chia will be seeding souls at this wonderful event! More Details…

November 2012

Congratulations to Kiem Snyder!

mamma chia ambassadorLocation: New York, NY
Hobbies: My favorite hobbies include laughing, having a good time, and spreading that warm and fuzzy feeling called love! I also enjoy all things related to the arts, painting/drawing, playing violin, hiking, bike rides, snowboarding, rock climbing, zip lining, yoga, meditation, dancing around like a maniac and just having the best time possible… at all times!
On her iPod: Old School: Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Aretha Fankin, Etta James, Ray Charles, Bill Withers, The Beatles, John Lennon, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Cash, and Echo & The Bunnymen. New School: The XX, The Shins, Radiohead, Phantogram, Massive Attack, Metric, MGMT, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Minipop, The Killers, Silversun Pickups, Mazzy Star, Irsael ‘IZ’ Kamakawiwo’ole, Matisyahu, Panjabi MC.
Favorite Animal: I love all the creatures of this world… especially my two Shitzu’s, Ish & Winston a.k.a “My children.”
Favorite Quote: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~ Dali Lama
“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.” ~ Unknown
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Guava Mamma all the way!!! Yummy yummy in my tummy!!!
Bio: Hi! I’m Kiem and I love to love ya! I love life and most of all, I love to spread joy and happiness! My motto is “Give a stranger a smile, as it might be the only sunshine they see that day.” Be thankful for what you have, as opposed to what you don’t. Spirituality plays a huge part in my life. Most all religions are based around the same fundamental message of love, compassion, and forgiveness. It is important that we try and spread this message to all we can. As The Beatles put it, “Love is all we need.” So seed your soul 🙂

We are pleased to present our November Ambassador of the Month, Kiem Snyder! Ever since she became part of the team, Kiem has exuded the true essence of Mamma Chia by being a beautiful soul inside and out! Not only is she a true Mamma Chia Magic-Maker, she is organized, reliable, and professional. We are so grateful to have a hard-working, dependable soul that truly exceeds our expectations. We know that when Kiem is on the job, it will be top-notch quality!

From all of us here at the Mamma Chia family, thank you Kiem for a job well done and a spirit that shines!

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Green Festival – LA

Join Mamma Chia at the
Green Festival LA!

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Come join us Nov 17-18th at the Green Festival Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center! Mamma Chia will be seeding souls at this wonderful event! More Details…

LA Rock ‘n Roll Marathon

Join Mamma Chia at the
LA Rock ‘n Roll Marathon!

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Come join us Oct 26-27th at the LA Rock ‘n Roll Marathon at the Los Angeles Convention Center! Mamma Chia will be fueling all the great runners at this wonderful event! More Details…

October 2012

Congratulations to CJ Roberts!

mamma chia ambassadorLocation: Providence, RI
Hobbies: Exercising, Sports, Cooking, Eating, Organic Food, Farmers Markets, Nutrition, Inventing and Socializing… to name a few!
On his iPod: Fabolous, Lil Wayne, Metallica, Jay-Z, Big Sean.
Favorite Animal: Pitbulls
Favorite Quote: “Don’t chase people. Be yourself, do your own thing and work hard. The right people- the ones who really belong in your life- will come to you. And stay.”
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Blackberry Hibiscus
Bio: I was born in Norwood, MA and lived half of my life in Bellingham, MA and the other in Naples, FL. I am currently a senior at Johnson & Wales University and plan to graduate next May with a B.S. in Marketing & Entrepreneurship. I am a very positive, athletic, and motivated person who is always trying new things or thinking of new inventions. I am a huge sports fan, especially football, basketball and recently hockey. My favorite teams are any New England sports teams. Mamma Chia is an awesome company to work for! I love all of the products and am a big fan of chia seeds and spreading the magic of Mamma Chia to everyone.

Dynamic, positive, friendly, engaging, passionate, intelligent, and athletic are just a few words that describe our AMAZING October 2012 Ambassador of the Month CJ Roberts. CJ truly embodies the spirit of Mamma Chia and we couldn’t be more delighted to have him representing us in the North Atlantic. Since his first day, CJ has taken the initiative to build valuable relationships in his community and share the Mamma Chia Magic with everyone he meets!

CJ, we are THRILLED to have you on the team, and we look forward to a bright and beautiful future working together!

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Bites on Today: 6 Delicious Ways to Snack on Superfood Chia

today show, chia, chia drink, chia beverage, mamma chiaMamma Chia Vitality Beverages – These delicious organic drinks—the first chia-based beverage on the market—are gluten free and full of protein, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids.The consistency reminded me of aloe drinks (I am thinking about freezing them into ice pops for my one-year-old!) Sweetened with agave nectar, the drinks are available in nine flavors including Blackberry Hibiscus, Cherry Lime and Pomegranate Mint. Plus, Mamma Chia donates one percent of their gross sales to farmers and community groups that build healthy local food systems. Read more…

Examiner.com: Chia seeds add energy packed nutrients to drinks

examiner.com, chia, chia drink, chia beverage, mamma chiaThe next time you are in The Whole Foods Market in Charlotte, search the shelves for Mamma Chia Organic Fruit drink. This drink is packed with antioxidants and contain 2500 mg of omega-3s, 25% of daily fiber, 4g of complete protein and 10% of daily calcium. This healthy beverage comes in a variety of flavors: Blackberry hibiscus; grapefruit ginger; cherry lime;… Read more…

Long Beach Marathon

Join Mamma Chia at the
Long Beach Marathon!

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Come join us Oct5-6th at the Long Beach Marathon at the Long Beach Convention Center! Mamma Chia will be fueling all the great runners at this wonderful event! More Details…

September 2012

Congratulations to Tammy Warren!

mamma chia ambassadorLocation: Michigan
Hobbies: Yoga, Running, Camping, Hiking, Beaching, Gardening, Cooking, (Eating), Reading and making my own health and beauty products and cleaning supplies.
On her iPod: Bhavagan Das, Girish, Mike Cohen, James Taylor and Yo-Yo Ma.
Favorite Animal: All!!! They are our friends, not food!
Favorite Quote: “It is better to be hated for who you are, than loved for who you are not.”
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Grapefruit Gingerrrrrr mmmmm 😉
Bio: On the day my twin sons turned 21, I was released from the corporate sales world and began my journey into myself. I founded Muse Wellness, a company which helps people locate the divine inside of themselves. I share this message of we are ALL our own Muses through Yoga, Reiki, Meditaion, Raw Food cooking classes and gentle health coaching and motivation.

Congratulations to Tammy Warren our September 2012 Ambassador of the Month! Tammy’s love for life combined with her passion for healthy living makes her a model ambassador. Her events and product demonstrations are always fun, playful, and educational. Her magnetic personality brings joy to all she meets. We are so grateful to have her sharing the Mamma Chia Magic in Marvelous Michigan!

Thank you, Tammy! You truly are a Shining Star!

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Bhakti Fest 2012

Join Mamma Chia at
Bhakti Fest West!

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Bhakti Fest is a Yoga and Music Experience of a Lifetime. Come join us Sep 6-9th in Joshua Tree, CA for this wonderful event! More Details…

August 2012

Congratulations to Lindsey Middlemas!

mamma chia ambassadorLocation: Pacific Northwest
Hobbies: Running with my sons and friends anywhere from 5 to 50k events. Volunteering in the art program at my kids’ elementary school. I love offbeat movies too. And anything French!
On her iPod: I love Mason Jennings, AWOLNATION, RHCP, The Black Keys and old-school stuff like Madonna and Erasure.
Favorite Animal: Tomato frogs! And great blue herons.
Favorite Quote: “A faint heart wins nothing.” – Cub Houck
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: All time fave: coconut mango. Mainstay: blackberry hibiscus.
Bio: Hi! My name is Lindsey and I love my life. I describe the life that my husband of 15 years and I have built as ‘symmetrical chaos’ because of the way we balance one another out and have two sons and two daughters. Although I have a degree in Elementary Education, I spend my days with my trusty toddler sidekick, Winter. We cart her older siblings, Hunter, Wiley & Scout to all sorts of activities while we sing and dance in the car. I try and nap with her every day as well. Life flies by, and I am so thankful that I can spend these years raising my kids. Having so many kids has also helped me learn to let go of my expectations and embrace the pace of things. I believe that every day matters and there is no sense in waiting to do what you love. When I just can’t stand all the fun at home any longer, I love/need to head out for a run or a movie or to Target with one of my dear friends. Without my husband, my mother (who lives 2 blocks away) and my friends, I would not survive, let alone thrive in this suburban grind.

Our brand new Pacific Northwest ambassador Lindsey Middlemas has captivated us by her shining smile and magnetic personality! Lindsey is so multi-talented, in addition to sharing the Mamma Chia Magic she’s a mother AND a marathoner! Our running star uses Mamma Chia to seed her soul and fuel her beautiful spirit. Chia has been nicknamed the “Running Food” as its amazing nutrients nourish the body and mind, and it is so great to see that wonderful energy in action!

We can all strive to be more like Lindsey with her positivity, enthusiasm and zest for life!

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Afternoon Snack: Try Sipping Some Mamma Chia

glamour, mamma chiaIf you’re not familiar with chia seeds, they’re a tiny, ancient grain that were believed to be a staple in the ancient Aztec’s diet. They were said to be given to warriors before battle–one tablespoon sustained them for 24 hours. Today, health nuts are crazy about them because they’re an excellent source of fiber, protein, Omega-3, calcium and antioxidants. Read more…

Drink Your Superfoods: Mamma Chia Vitality Beverages

real simple, simply stated, mamma chiaIf you thought that bubble tea was the greatest thing to happen to beverages, then Mamma Chia drinks are for you. Each bottle contains chia seeds mixed with different flavors of juice. Plus, there’s an added benefit: Each bottle provides 25% of your recommended daily fiber. Instead of empty calories, chia seeds also provide protein and omega-3 fatty acids. … Read more…

Progressive Grocer: Mamma Chia

Mamma Chia, maker of the first organic chia-based beverage, has added three more beverages to its lineup, bringing the total number of SKUs to nine. Like all of the company’s gluten-free, vegan, kosher, USDA-certified organic beverages, Grapefruit Ginger, Guava Mamma and Kiwi Lime are… Read more…

Moksha Yoga 2012

Moksha Festival 2012

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Moksha festival is a two-day celebration of wellness, spiritual expansion and conscious living through Yoga, Health, Ayurveda, Sacred Music and healthy food. Come join us Aug 4-5th in Santa Monica, CA. More Details…

July 2012

Congratulations to Yuki Tsuji-Hoening!

mamma chia ambassadorLocation: Southwest
Hobbies: Rock climbing, hiking, skiing, cross country skiing, AcroYoga, anything outdoors…
On her iPod: I have many favorites, but Lady Gaga is my most favorite these days.
Favorite Animal: Penguins and cats
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Coconut Mango
Bio: Yuki is originally from Japan and now lives in Boulder, Colorado. She LOVES to be outdoors rock climbing, skiing, cross country skiing, hiking, playing in the park with friends or anything that makes her feel alive in nature. She’s currently a yoga teacher, an AcroYoga teacher and a licensed Thai massage therapist who travels frequently to share her passion. Her love of movement arts led her into AcroYoga/acrobatics performing. She also performs with AscenDance Project dance company (ascendanceproject.com) in Boulder to dance on the climbing wall.

It is with great joy and gratitude that we announce our July 2012 Ambassador of the Month Yuki Tsuji-Hoening! Yuki devotes her life to happiness, freedom of self-expression and creativity! In addition to sharing the Mamma Chia Magic with the beautiful people of Colorado, she’s a certified AcroYoga & Yoga teacher, licensed Thai Massage Therapist, and registered Thai Therapist! Whether on the tips of the highest mountains or beside a babbling brook, you will feel her magnetic spirit throughout all of Mamma Nature!

Yuki, we are thrilled to have you in the Mamma Chia family! Warm thanks for all you do!

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June 2012

Congratulations to Kyle Hooks!

mamma chia ambassadorLocation: Southwest
Hobbies: Listening to and playing music, playing and watching all kinds of sports, reading, running, hanging out with friends, playing poker, EATING, riding waverunners, going to the beach
On his iPod: The Black Keys, Manchester Orchestra, Kevin Devine, Bad Books, The Beatles, Bob Schneider, The Chariot, Beastie Boys, Sam Cooke, Envy on the Coast, Modest Mouse, Incubus, Ben Harper, Rage Against the Machine, Cake
Favorite Quote: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein
Favorite Animal: The Arctic Fox
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Blackberry Hibiscus. It reminds me of Fruity Pebbles.
Bio: I was born in Michigan, but I did the majority of my growing up in Houston. I received my BBA in December 2011 from Texas State University where I studied Management. I have the coolest friends and family a guy could ask for. I’ve had all different kinds of jobs from managing a pizza restaurant, to working on an off-shore oil rig. But this is definitely the coolest job I’ve ever had. Kyle + Mamma Chia = 🙂

We are proud to announce our June Ambassador of the Month, Kyle Hooks! Kyle is committed to excellence! Spreading the Mamma Chia Magic with his positive attitude and gorgeous smile! He’s been wowing us since January 2012 and we could not be more excited to have him on the Mamma Chia team! The Southwest is well served by his exceptional customer service and amazing merchandising! We know that when Kyle’s on the job, it’s a job well done!

Kyle, we are thrilled to have you in the Mamma Chia family! Warm thanks for all you do!

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May 2012

Congratulations to Sarah Camiel!

Location: Northwest Washington
Hobbies: I love to ride my bike around town with friends, taking my dogs hiking, going out to see live music, Seattle Sounders games, reading, learning how to play the guitar, and trying to be creative.   I enjoy regularly starting crafty projects, but rarely finishing them.   I love enjoying food, and of course consuming large amounts of Mamma Chia to fuel all these exciting activities.            
On her iPod: Lately, I’ve been really into the Stevie Wonder Pandora station.   It’s amazing and filled with greats like Aretha, Earth, Wind and Fire, and the Jackson 5.   Other bands that I’ve been playing on repeat for the last year are Mumford and Sons, The Other Lives, Of Monsters and Men, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., and the Shins.   Basically, a bunch of brooding indie rock.
Favorite Quote: “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” – Frank Zappa.   This is certainly not my favorite quote of all time, but the most thought-provoking quote I’ve heard in the last few weeks.            
Favorite Animal: Well, I could try to come up with something clever and exotic, or I could just be real and boring and admit that I am obsessed with dogs.   I have two: a chocolate lab/hound mix named Vader, and a Boston/Boxer mix named Dexter.   They are by far my favorite animals.                  
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Definitely Coconut Mango.   That stuff is unstoppable, and makes me feel like I’m on a tropical island.            
Bio: I fell in love with Bellingham (WA) when I moved here eight years ago, and am still so happy to call it home.   I am back in school once again studying to be a Veterinary Technician and afterwards possibly Vet School, but it’s been a long road trying to figure out what I “want to be when I grow up.”   I’ve been a sea kayak guide, a snowboard/skate shop buyer, a burrito roller, a bartender, a scuba shop salesperson, worked at a nursery (the garden kind), a Humane Society volunteer, and a Mamma Chia Ambassador.   I’ve driven across the country twice, lived in New Hampshire for awhile and went to Alaska for a couple summers, but always ended up back in the Pacific Northwest.

 

We are proud to announce Sarah Camiel as our May 2012 Ambassador of the Month!   Sarah has done an outstanding job embodying our mission leading in the renaissance of Chia! She joyously shares the magic of Chia with everyone she meets and spends much of her free time volunteering at animal shelters, a cause that is near and dear to our hearts. She is a beautiful soul inside and out and we couldn’t be more grateful to have her as a part of the Mamma Chia family!
 
Congratulations Sarah, we are so happy to be honoring you!

Check our tastings page and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find Sarah’s upcoming tastings and come in to congratulate her!

CBS TV: First Annual Green Festival

Mamma Chia is a new product made out of chia seeds. It is a complete whole food. Janie Hoffman launched this product at the San Francisco Green Festival and completely sold out so she knew she had a winner! It is the same seed that made Chia Pets, but it is absolutely delicious! Watch more…

NBC TV: Green Festival Weekend

mamma chiaFounder Janie Hoffman launched this product in San Francisco and just completely sold out. This is a new drink and it is just incredibly nutritious. It will keep you young forever! Watch more…

NYC Green Festival, It’s Fresh

Two stands in particular caught my attention: One was Mamma Chia, a new fruity drink that I’ve been seeing in all my local grocery stores. I usually don’t drink a lot of bottled juices or tea but I enjoyed the taste (especially the mango coconut) and texture of this not-too-sweet drink that reminded me a bit of bubble tea. Read more…

Triathlete Wall: Mamma Chia

mamma chiaDon’t limit yourself to just sport drinks for healthy replenishment. Mamma Chia, an organic chia-based company, has created a nutritional beverage containing the popular superfood chia seeds. These little South American seeds are packed full of nutrients…. Sounds like a great pre and post workout drink to us.  Read more…

Spreading the Green Message: NYC green festival 2012

This year marked the very first Green Festival in New York City. The festival was held April 21st and 22nd at the Javits convention center in beautiful Manhattan. I was fortunate to be a media correspondent; an opportunity which enabled me to speak with exhibitors, speakers, and founders of wonderful green companies.  Read more…

The Road Not Processed: Mamma Chia

Ah Mamma Chia! Contributing to my love of chia seeds, this drink is packed with Omegas 3, 6, and 9, and of course tastiness.  I recently entered their “eco-friendly” themed photography contest (picture above) and won!  Read more…

A Weird But Delicious Beverage

Mamma Chia, Blackberry Hibiscus vitality beverage is a yummy treat. It is also a little weird because it is made up of chia seeds.. Which are gelatinous mini seeds that do wonders for your body and soul!  Read more…

6 Quick & Easy Drinks to Start the Day

mamma chiaChia seeds (yes, the same ones in the Chia Pet you bought in 1994) have taken off in popularity as a high-protein, fiber-rich supplement. They’re a great natural source of energy, and when placed in liquid the seeds expand and develop a slightly chewy texture (think of bubble tea).  Read more…

Mamma Mia this is Great Chia!

Mamma Chia is an organic juice type-drink with chia seeds suspended throughout. Made with delicious organic fruit juices and lightly sweetened with a touch of organic agave, these USDA Certified Organic drinks are truly delicious.  Read more…

Mamma Chia featured in Today’s Diet & Nutrition Magazine

The overachieving chia seed also provides a vegetarian source of protein, a plethora of antioxidants, and the bone-building trio of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium.  Though often under consumed, magnesium has been shown to confer protection against type 2 diabetes, possibly by improving insulin sensitivity.  It now seems obvious why the Mayan word for strength is chia. Read more…

The Daily Meal: 12 Quick and Easy Drinks to Start the Day

mamma chiaSupermarket Picks: Mamma Chia – Chia seeds (yes, the same ones in the Chia Pet you bought in 1994) have taken off in popularity as a high-protein, fiber-rich supplement. They’re a great natural source of energy, and when placed in liquid the seeds expand and develop a slightly chewy texture (think of bubble tea). If you don’t feel like experimenting with your own homemade version, pick up this new bottled fruit juice and chia seed drink for a healthful boost. Read more:…

BevNet: Mamma Chia Discusses Growth

Since launching Mamma Chia in October, 2010, Janie Hoffman, the company’s CEO and founder, has found her product in stores across the country and has received numerous awards, including BevNET’s Best Non-Carbonated Beverage of 2011.  Read more…

Liquid Lunch: Food Becomes Drinkable

The Mamma Chia line of Organic Vitality Beverages is one novel entrant. The first-to-market organic chia seed beverage, Mamma Chia pairs whole organic chia seeds with organic fruit juices and a touch of organic agave nectar. The drink offers a complete nutritional profile of omega-3, balanced dietary fiber, complete protein, antioxidants and minerals.  Read more…

Cupcakes, Rings, and Glittery Things…

Normally I do not drink any juice or anything sweetened for that matter but this has a wonderful flavor palette, 4 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, calcium, antioxidants and Omega-3, not to mention it is Gluten Free and Vegan.  Again, how could I say no!  Read more…

Natural foods: Eating up the trends

Well, chia is back, big time (the seeds, not the pets). And so is regular old food. We recently spent hours plodding the floors – along with 60,000 others – at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, Calif., the biggest health food trade show in the world. The overarching theme we saw: What’s old is new again.  Read more…

April 2012

Congratulations to Doug Atkins!

Location: Tri-State Area (NYC/NJ/LI/CT)
Hobbies: My favorite hobby is playing guitar, but it’s more than a hobby! I am a co-songwriter play lead guitar in my band, Catch Wild. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Fairleigh Dickinson University so I love to draw, paint, and sculpt. I also enjoy tennis and skiing, and playing poker. I’m definitely a foodie. I love reading graphic novels and comic books, as well.
On his iPod: Oh man, music is my life so this answer can go on forever, but here we go: Cream, Eric Clapton, RX Bandits, Bush, MuteMath, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Third Eye Blind, Shades Apart, Weezer, The Wallflowers, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Dave Matthews Band, The Black Keys, Doves, Jimmy Eat World, The Joy Formidable, Metric, Paramore, Pete Yorn, Rolling Stones, Rage Against the Machine, Stereophonics, Tonic, Two Door Cinema Club.
Favorite Quote: “If you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all.”
Favorite Animal:   White Tiger
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Raspberry Passion
Bio:   I grew up in Short Hills, New Jersey and graduated from Millburn High School in 2002. I then attended Syracuse University for 2/ 1/2 years and transferred to Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey for a smaller atmosphere and graduated from there with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art. I’ve been playing music almost my entire life and still do to this day in my band, Catch Wild (www.catchwild.com). I am very close with my immediate and extended family. I love sports, especially the New York Rangers and New York Giants. I worked for Prometheus Springs Capsaicin Spiced Elixir for two years before starting work with Mamma Chia. I love sales and merchandising and I especially love spreading the Magic of Mamma Chia!

 

For his passion, sincerity, dedication, and sense of humor, we are overjoyed to announce our April Ambassador of the Month – Doug Atkins! Doug hit the ground running and we are blessed to have him sharing the Mamma Chia Magic in NYC! His tremendous skill set and high level of proficiency has raised the bar and paves the way for endless possibilities!

You’re a Rock-Star, Doug! (Literally and figuratively!) Thank you for your outstanding commitment and your generous attitude! You’re an inspiration and a joy to work with!

Check our events page and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find Doug’s upcoming events and come in to congratulate him!

BevNET TV: Mamma Chia at Expo West 2012

It’s been a quite a successful run for Mamma Chia during its first year and a half. The first to market chia drink went national with UNFI only eight months after its initial launch and quickly established a solid footing in major natural retailers including Whole Foods, Sprouts and Wegmans. Read more…

Exploits of a Vegan Wannabe – Mamma Chia

chia, chia drink, chia seeds, mama chia, mamma chiaThe other day I found a new chilled drink called Mamma Chia. Their tag line is Seed Your Soul and I think that is lovely. I went for the Cherry Lime but they also offer Blackberry Hibiscus, Cranberry Lemonade and Raspberry Passion. Read more…

Celebrities are Turning To Mamma Chia

chia, chia drink, chia seeds, mama chia, mamma chiaChia seeds used to be something you stuck to a clay figurine to grow a pet. Today, they are part of a new fruit drink called Mamma Chia that can help you improve your energy and stamina all day. Chia seeds are an ancient super seed that contain 500 times more calcium than milk, as much omega-3 as wild salmon, antioxidants, fiber, complete protein, and they can aid … Read more…

Vogue Daily – The New Health Kicks of the Season – Mamma Chia

chia, chia drink, chia seeds, mama chia, mamma chiaNew in from California, Mamma Chia comes without that fizzy mess, and is packed with Omega-3s and powerful antioxidants, which are said to be great for the skin, among other organs. Just try not to focus on the fact that the gelatinous seeds in the bottle are the same ones that used to sprout “fur” on the back of your Chia Pet. Read more…

March 2012

Congratulations to Kelly House!

Location: Greensboro, NC
Hobbies:  Bikram Yoga, Ascension, hiking, visiting wineries, and enjoying anything fun.
On her iPod: Foo Fighters, Echo and the Bunnymen, Prince, Radiohead, I love most music.
Favorite Quote: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
Favorite Animal: My seal point siamese, Sammy and my tuxedo boy, Simon.
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Blackberry Hibiscus…unless there is Coconut Mango!
Bio: I get told at least 3x a month that I should be a stand up comedian. I teach a very wonderful Enlightenment tool called Ascension. I have a pre-med degree and majored in health science and psychology. I love showing appreciation for others and really enjoy working with companies that can do the same. Mamma Chia is wonderful!

 

Congratulations to Kelly House our March 2012 Ambassador of the Month! Kelly’s vast experience in the natural foods industry combined with her love of chia has made her an invaluable addition to the Mamma Chia family! She is always willing to step forward and take on additional responsibilities and she puts 110% in everything she does. She truly has a wonderful and giving heart and her positive and energetic attitude is very contagious!

Thank you Kelly, for being a shining star and helping to share the magic of Mamma Chia with the fabulous people of North Carolina!

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