Copycat Mamma Chia [Chia Squeeze] Pouches

Copycat Mamma Chia [Chia Squeeze] Pouches — janny: organically.

I was discussing Sawyer’s diet with my husband last night, OK, so I discuss her diet nearly every day with him, but last night was specifically about veggies. Sawyer doesn’t consume as many veggies as she should; the most she eats is when I give her something I don’t prepare. Sure, she chucks grilled and seasoned asparagus or blanched broccoli on the floor, but give her a few raw pieces of spinach and she won’t complain.

But still, she doesn’t chow down on veggies like I'd always dreamed she would…unless it’s an amazing fruit and veggie squeeze pouch. You know what else is amazing? Chia seeds. Now what if we combine those? Winner winner.

Chia seeds. So many supplements to take right? Vitamin C, Vitamin B and possibly something called euthanasia. But really though, these tiny chia guys pack a big punch. They have been touted as “Runner’s Food” and it’s no wonder; when placed in liquid, the seeds can absorb 10x it’s weight of fluid, so athletes can hydrate quickly, while benefiting from the nutritional benefits of the seed itself. The seeds are a great source of magnesium, potassium and calcium, which help your muscles function properly.

Here’s a short nutritional breakdown of the seeds per 3 Tablespoons:

  • Omega 3 – 5.7g
  • Carbs – 12.3g
  • Fiber – 10.5g
  • Protein 6.8g
  • Vitamin A – 16.5iu
  • Folate (Folic Acid) – 14.9mcg
  • Calcium – 174.4mg
  • Magnesium 102.4mg
  • Potassium 200mg

Click here for a full nutritional profile.

Not just athletes or work-out-aholics can benefit from this special seed – anyone, including your kiddos, can place these seeds in water or favorite beverage, stir it up, let it gelatinize and consume!

I discovered some Chia Seed Pouches at the store. I bought them to see a.) If Sawyer enjoyed them and b.) how I could replicate them without any stabilizers and so-called natural flavoring.

Guys. These are one of the easiest things to make. And the pouches? Not just for the kiddos. While they should be kept in the fridge, throw one in your bag as you head to the gym or on a walk.

Copycat Mamma Chia [Chia Squeeze] Pouches — janny: organically.
Copycat Mamma Chia [Chia Squeeze] Pouches — janny: organically.

I replicated Mamma Chia’s Chia Squeeze – Strawberry Banana flavor, then just made up a couple others with plenty of greens. Once you understand the consistency to aim for, make your own; use any fruit and/or veggies you have, add more/less apple juice to make the sweetening level to your liking.

Sawyer had to show her Dada how to eat the pouches after he spilled them on himself.

Copycat Mamma Chia [Chia Squeeze] Pouches — janny: organically.

The great thing is, the chia seeds are tasteless, so they won’t ruin any flavor you have created. Or you could just throw them in water!

Chia seeds are naturally gluten/grain free, so no need to worry about that either!

Equipment needed:

  • A blender. I use my trusty Vitamix
  • A bowl.
  • Food/Puree Pouches, if needed. I prefer Kiinde. Less equipment than the standard pouch assembly kits. Bags are disposable, not not the Spouts. I re-use these a few times as they are very easy to rinse out, yet don't break the bank if you need to toss them. I calculated in 2 uses per bag to get the cost noted above. 
  • Kiinde Foodii Starter Kit
  • Kiinde Foodii Pouches - 40 Pack
  • Kiinde Snack Spouts - 2 Pack (I got extra to have around)

What happens when I try to take photos for the blog. Clearly my daughter has a preference. 

Copycat Mamma Chia [Chia Squeeze] Pouches — janny: organically.

Copycat Mamma Chia’s Chia Squeeze Strawberry Banana Recipe

Ingredients:

Recipe yields approximately 15 oz (or three 5-oz pouches). I usually make a few different flavors at a time, so you can simply double the recipe to make more.  

  • 4 oz Organic Pure Apple Juice (no sugar added)
  • 4 oz Filtered Water
  • 4 Organic Strawberries
  • 1 Small Organic Beet or 1/2 Medium Beet, peeled and cubed (optional - can omit if you are concerned about stains. Small kids can do that.)
  • 1 Organic Banana (Ripe, but not mushy)
  • 3 Tablespoons Organic Chia (I use Nutiva)

Kale Mango Banana Recipe

  • 4 oz Organic Pure Apple Juice (no sugar added)
  • 4 oz Filtered Water
  • 1 small Organic Mango or Approximately 1 cup frozen Mango
  • 3 small leafs  Organic Kale
  • 1 Organic Banana (Ripe, but not mushy)
  • 3 Tablespoons Organic Chia (I use Nutiva)

Directions:

  • Put all ingredients except Chia seeds in blender and liquefy until smooth
  • Put Chia Seeds in a bowl large enough to contain the contents of the blender
  • Pour the Strawberry Banana mixture into the bowl over the Chia seeds
  • Stir in Chia seeds. Make sure to break the chia seeds up as much as possible
  • Place bowl in the fridge from 20-30 minutes
  • Once the Chia seeds have gelatinized, you can now pour them into pouches

 

Enjoy!

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