Chia Seed FAQs
Chia seeds are one of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. They are full of Omega-3, which are essential for brain and heart health. In fact, gram for gram, chia seeds have 10x more Omega-3 than salmon, 3.5x more antioxidants than blueberries, 15x more magnesium than broccoli and 5x more calcium than milk. Chia is also packed with dietary fiber (Mamma Chia beverages provide 26% more fiber than flax seed) and plant-based protein!
Chia is neutral in flavor so it can be easily incorporated into just about any recipe.
Chia seeds will last up to 18 months when stored at room temperature. We believe our product is best when consumed before the Enjoy By date and do not recommend you consume your product if expired.
The birth places of chia are Mexico and Guatemala, but it is now grown in several other places around the world including Argentina, Ecuador and Paraguay. Our USDA Certified Organic Chia Seeds are sourced from North Mexico, Central and South America. More specifically: Mexico in North America, Guatemala in Central America and Paraguay in South America. Since Mother Nature is often unpredictable and a certain region may experience a drought or early freeze, it is imperative that we work with multiple Certified Organic growers in many regions. Wherever the highest quality organic chia is grown in a particular season plays a huge factor in where we source our organic chia seeds throughout the year.
Nope! Unlike flaxseeds, chia seeds do not have a hard shell and do not need to be ground in order to benefit from the nutrients. They are very bio-available due to their soluble fiber shell.
Chia seeds do not need to be hydrated (or soaked) in order to be ingested, they are perfectly fine to consume dry! We prefer to hydrate them in our products, such as in our Organic Chia Beverages and Organic Chia Squeeze. This happens naturally when they are placed in a liquid, as chia has a soluble fiber shell that is very bio-available. That being said, there are many recipes that call for dry seeds and dry chia seeds can be added to anything from yogurts to salads for a delicious nutritional boost.
Enjoy as much Mamma Chia as you’d like! One serving naturally includes Omega-3, dietary fiber, plant-based protein and minerals. You are not limited in the amount of chia you can consume.
The chia seeds that we consume and the chia seeds used in the popular product, Chia Pet, are the same, just used in a different application. And no, you won’t start sprouting if you ingest chia seeds.
Mamma Chia FAQs
Any time is a great time to enjoy our Organic Chia Beverages and snacks! They can be enjoyed before, during, after, or even as a replacement for meals – morning, afternoon, or night.
All of Mamma Chia’s snacks and beverages are 100% vegan and contain no animal-derived ingredients.
Yes, our Chia Beverages and Chia Squeeze are pasteurized for the safety of our community. However, it is minimally processed to preserve its nutritional integrity. All the nutritional benefits listed on our label reflect the potency of our products in their ready-to-enjoy state.
Our Vitality Beverages, Chia Squeeze and Chia Prebiotic Squeeze do not contain any caffeine; the vitality benefits come purely from our organic chia seeds! Our Chia Energy Beverages and Chia Energy Squeeze contain 90mg of natural caffeine from organic yerba mate combined with the same powerful nutrients from our organic chia seeds.
Yes, Mamma Chia beverages can be mixed with alcohol. It is recommended to drink your mixed alcoholic beverage with a straw to maintain the rich texture and seed balance.
Mamma Chia beverages should be kept refrigerated before and after opening to preserve the integrity and maintain the highest quality & taste. If unopened, they can be left overnight at room temperature, but it is recommended that they be chilled before enjoying. Our Chia Squeeze pouches are shelf-stable and if unopened they do not need to be refrigerated. After opening, we recommend refrigerating and enjoying within 2 to 3 days.
None of Mamma Chia’s products contain peanuts or treenuts, apart from Mango Coconut Chia Squeeze which contains treenut (coconut). All facilities have a thorough post-allergen cleaning procedure in place; Quality Control performs allergen testing after the cleaning and if any positive results are detected then the lines are re-cleaned until results are negative.
Here’s a breakdown of allergens that are within the facilities (this applies to allergens that exist in the same facility):
Beverage: wheat, cheese (dairy), sugared egg yolks (eggs), soy lecithin (soy), coconut (treenut) [peanut free]
Chia Squeeze: milk (dairy), barley (gluten), coconut (treenut) [peanut free]
Bagged Chia Seeds: milk (dairy), wheat, soy, egg, fish, treenut, peanut, sesame
We are careful not to make any health claims, so if you have specific concerns regarding your sensitivities as they relate to this allergen information, we suggest you check with your health care practitioner.
Yes, all of Mamma Chia’s products are gluten-free.
Mamma Chia beverages and Chia Pudding Mix varieties are keto-friendly (6g Net Carbs per serving).
Mamma Chia products are great for souls of all ages! We hear from parents all the time about how their little souls often enjoy multiple Chia Squeeze pouches a day as a soft and nourishing source of nutrients. We would just suggest avoiding our Chia Energy Beverages and Chia Energy Squeeze, as they contain natural caffeine from organic yerba mate (this is noted on its packaging). None of our other products contain caffeine.
We believe our products are best enjoyed in terms of flavor and quality when consumed before the Enjoy By date.
At the moment, only the pouch cap is fully recyclable (#2 HDPE). Although our pouches are currently not fully recyclable, they do have many benefits over alternative packaging when it comes to their environmental impact. As our pouches are lighter, flexible, and more compact, they require less energy and fewer raw materials to produce, and result in far fewer greenhouse gas emissions when transported to your local store.
That being said, we are working diligently towards improving our pouch material’s recyclability and their impact on the environment. We are members of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (OSC2). The Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s flexible film recovery group and OSC2’s packaging collaborative is continuously working to identify and test pouch recyclability solutions.
We are concerned and remain committed to find sustainable packaging solutions for our entire line of products. We are pleased to share that our glass bottle Chia Beverages remain fully recyclable and our Chia Seed Bags can be recycled with store drop-off (visit how2recycle.info to learn more).
CHIA PUDDING FAQs
Prior to opening, Chia Pudding Mix does not need to be refrigerated but should be stored in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. Once opened and prepared, Chia Pudding should be kept in refrigeration.
Absolutely! We made it a convenient recipe with all the ingredients you need to create a delicious chia pudding. Just add water, it’s as simple as can be!
Yes! We celebrate creativity when it comes to preparing your Chia Pudding and there are infinite possibilities! We recommend thorough whisking and overnight refrigeration for best results, but feel free to truly make it your own with additional ingredients. If you are looking for some chia pudding inspiration, check out the Mamma Chia Blog or @MammaChia on Instagram!
We recommend preparing the entire bag to ensure best results as ingredients may settle inside. Once the full batch is whisked and prepared, our Chia Pudding can easily be divided into separate servings and stored in the fridge for future consumption!
We recommend consuming a prepared and refrigerated Chia Pudding within 5 days.