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

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

Take a Hike…Together!

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

Watch the Sunset (or Sunrise!)

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

The Classic: Picnic at the Park

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

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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

Photo from: stock.adobe.com

Bike Ride

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

Stream & Swoon

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

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

Ingredients/Supplies:

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

Directions:

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

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

 

4-Ingredient Coconut Chia Clusters

4-Ingredient Coconut Chia Clusters (VEGAN)

By, Lauren Sephton

ABRIGHTMOMENT.com

@BrightMomentCo

Servings: 6

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Cooling Time: 30 Minutes

Total Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients:

½ Cup Coconut Flakes

¼ Cup Pumpkin Seeds

2-3 tsp. Chia Seeds

2 tbsp. Maple Syrup (Or Honey)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together
  3. On a sheet pan lined with parchment paper, drop 2 tbsp. scoops onto the pan
  4. Squeeze the coconut clusters together with your fingers or two spoons
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown
  6. Tip: If the maple syrup seems to be a little runny, then use a spoon to push it back together after it is done baking
  7. Allow the coconut clusters to cool for at least 30 minutes

Recipe by: Lauren Sephton

ABRIGHTMOMENT.com

@BrightMomentCo

 

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!

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!

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!

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