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Chia Seed Smoothies for a Hot Summer Day

July 30th, 2012

I wanted to share some information on how easy it is to add nutrients to a refreshing smoothie using Chia Seeds without losing the taste! A friend of mine swears by starting the morning right with a nutritious smoothie for breakfast. She goes all out: adding kale, spinach, Greek yogurt, and sometimes even some protein powder for an extra boost. But for me, I still want my smoothie to taste as sweet and ‘berrylicious’ as it did before the added nutrients; so I tried out chia seeds. They are high in protein and fiber so this helps you to feel full longer. Chia seeds also contain the Omega-3 fatty acid (alpha-linolenic acid) ALA that is sometimes hard to get even in a well balanced diet.  As with any nut or seed, however, they are rather calorie dense, but consumed in moderation they can be a great way to add nutrients. Adding one tablespoon to a smoothie is ideal because it allows you to absorb all the potential nutrients that oils or supplements may have lost. So here’s one of the smoothies that has been keeping me going!

 

Orange Mango Smoothie

 

1 Cup Orange Juice

½ Cup Frozen Mangoes

½ Banana

¼ Cup Plain Greek Yogurt

1 Tbls Nutiva Organic Chia Seed

1 Tsp Honey Gardens Apitherapy Raw Orange Blosson Honey

Now for those of you that are like my friend and really want to get all you can from a morning smoothie, I decided to include a variation of her favorite recipe. I think I give her more of a hard time for it than she deserves…it’s actually pretty good! It works really well as a post workout boost as well.

 

Mixed Berry Smoothie

 

½ Cup Skim Milk

1 Cup Frozen Mixed Berries

½ Banana

2 Tbls Greek Yogurt

½ Cup Raw Spinach

½ Cup Raw Kale

1 Scoop BODYSTRONG 100% Whey Protein – Natural Strawberry

1 Tbls Nutiva Organic Chia Seed

 

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