If you girls know me, you know I love snacks. Like, I’m pretty sure this is me. ?
Seriously, when people talk about losing weight or getting fit and how they’re hungry as a result, I look at them with horror. That ain’t right!!! It’s also not sustainable because at some point you’re going to get hungry (or hangry) and make a bad choice. Preachin’ to the LSF choir, I know, but you girls know I’m all about a healthy lifestyle and #LiveGuiltless … and that means making good healthy choices. No deprivation! ?
I get a lot of questions about how I eat and what I eat, and aside from all the goodies I share in the HBMP and Guiltless Nutrition Guide, I have another favorite snack I want to share with you. Chia seeds (and other amazing snacks) from Mamma Chia. Oh. My. GAWD. So good and so many ways to love them, too!
It just so happens ? that today is National Chia Day, too! Woot woot for another delicious holiday!!! ? We also happen to be celebrating it in a BIG way over here at LSF + Mamma Chia… but first.
What’s Chia? Why do I ❤ It?
These tiny little seeds are packed full of amazing goodness like omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, iron, and calcium! Those omega-3s help raise the “good” cholesterol that helps protect against heart attack and stroke. They even have a full 5.6 grams of protein in each 1-oz serving! Sign me up! ?
Another reason to hop aboard the chia train? Chia’s been shown to support a healthy complexion, increased energy, and overall lower weight. Perfect snack much!? YUP!
Why Mamma Chia?
You girls know that I only get behind a brand that I really, truly love. I have to adore their product to recommend it, and part of that is connecting with their brand. When I first heard the story behind Mamma Chia’s founder and CEO, Janie Hoffman, I knew I’d found the brand for me. She and I share so many commonalities in why we started our health journeys and ultimately our health-focused business ventures. Janie had suffered for decades with massive autoimmune issues and when she switched to an organic diet and introduced chia into her life — she went into remission! Seriously, that gives me CHILLS. I can so relate!
Janie realized what I realized after all my years of yo-yo dieting… Food is medicine! Because of her own experience with wellness from an organic diet, Janie had her big a-ha moment and realized it was her mission in life to share the “magic” of chia. And so, her organic chia company, Mamma Chia, was born!
I love, love, love knowing the “Behind the Music” (haha, remember that show?!) for how a brand I love came to be, and Janie’s story really resonates with me — makes me love Mamma Chia even more!
My Best Ways to Chia
So, I obviously love regular chia seeds, but my latest love affair has been Mamma Chia’s granola clusters. It adds the perfect little sweet crunch to greek yogurt. I love having a little greek yogurt bark topped with it and fresh bluberries for a healthy version of dessert after dinner. Yummm…
Blueberry Crunch Yogurt Bark
1 cup 0% fat plain Greek Yogurt
1 tsp Monkfruit
1 cup Mamma Chia Granola Clusters
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In bowl, mix yogurt and monkfruit. Use a spoon or spatula to spread the yogurt mixture across pepper in a thin layer. Sprinkle the granola clusters and blueberries across top and place in freezer for at least 2 hours. When you’re ready to eat, break into pieces like bark and enjoy.
Another fave way to love me some chia on the regular is in chia pudding. Lately I’ve been making a Blue Majik Chia Pudding that is to die for! Adds extra protein and fiber to keep me full when I either can’t have or don’t want to have a real-full-on-breakfast or snack.
Blue Magic Chia Pudding
1/2 cup Mamma Chia chia seeds
1 1/2 tbs vanilla extract
1 tsp Blue Majik
2 cups almond milk (or filtered water)
Monkfruit to tase
Blend all except the chia seeds, pour into a large mason jar or bowl, then stir in chia seeds. Let the pudding sit overnight in the refrigerator to thicken, stir periodically. Layer with greek yogurt.
The last – and probably most delish way I’ve been using them is in a raspberry jam. With spring in full effect, I’m all about berries and this recipe is super simple and delish!
2 cups raspberries
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1½ – 2 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. Mamma Chia chia seeda
Heat rasberries, lemon, and honey over medium heat.
Stir and smash the berries up into a jam consistency! Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and stir in the chia seeds. Let cool, then store in jar until ready to enjoy!
Why I Chia
Aside from all of the obvious reasons to love chia (scroll up ?), I have personally found so many commonalities with Janie’s story and how chia helped her health. Chia is super helpful for me with all of my digestive issues and I will take any help I can get in that department!
What’s that you say? A Giveaway!?
Okay, you caught me! We are celebrating in the biggest, and bestest way possible… a huge giveaway for you ladies! We are hookin’ you up BIG TIME! One lucky gal will be the winner of a year’s supply of Mamma Chia goodies! Yes, you read that right. A FULL year’s worth! ?
Here’s the scoop. You have to….
What are you waiting for!?
Go get yourself a year’s supply of some delish Mamma Chia. And who knows… maybe it’ll just change your life like it has mine and Janie’s.
AND if you just cannot wait to try these recipes, Mamma Chia is giving you 23% off on all orders from ShopMammaChia.com using the code NCD23. If Chia isn’t already a big part of your life, now is like THE time, babe!!