Amazing Chia Seed Smoothie Recipes
A few years ago, if you heard someone talking about “chia”, you might immediately think of chia pets. But with the advent of the health food movement, chia seeds mean so much more than a fun, novelty toy from the 80s. Now, chia seeds are touted as one of the most effective superfoods, and are a fantastic addition to a healthy diet.
Chia seeds have actually been around for thousands of years, and are believed to have been a large part of the diet of ancient civilizations like the Aztecs (the same people who brought us delicious and nutritious quinoa!). These seeds, which come from a plant closely related to mint, is still an important part of the diet for many people in central America, especially Mexico and Guatemala.
Health Benefits Of Chia Seeds
How can such a tiny seed pack such a powerful and nutritious punch you might ask? Their value is due in large part to the concentration of nutrients in each seed. They’re rich in antioxidants, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and minerals, just to name a few. All of these nutritional properties contribute to health benefits such as anti-inflammation, blood sugar regulation, lowering cholesterol, and protection from free radicals- all in just a couple of tablespoons! These amazing seeds can also be used as an egg substitute in most recipes due to their gelling property when soaked in water. This property also contributes to a satiating effect, keeping you fuller for longer in between meals.
There are many ways to integrate chia seeds into your diet to reap the benefits of this powerhouse food, but one of the best and easiest ways to consume chia seeds is by incorporating them into a smoothie. They’re such a versatile food, and their mildly nutty flavor won’t overpower other ingredients so you can easily add them into your favorite smoothie recipe.
While chia seeds can actually be digested whole, as opposed to their nutritional seed counterpart, flaxseed, you should still either grind the seeds into a powder using a coffee grinder, or soak the seeds in liquid in order to fully blend them into your smoothie. Doing this won’t affect the nutritional value and because of their very mild flavor, you won’t even notice they’re in your smoothie- all of the benefits without affecting the taste! And you’ll definitely want to maintain the flavor of these delicious chia-seed smoothie recipes:
Chia Seed Smoothies
Classic Tropical Chia Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 handful fresh spinach
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
Orange Cream Chia Smoothie
- 1 ½ cup orange juice
- ½ mango
- ½ banana
- 2 tbsp yogurt
- 1 tbsp chia
Soak your seeds in the orange juice for 10 minutes. Place everything in a high powered blender and blend for 2 minutes until smooth. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Now you’re ready to enjoy the amazing benefits of chia seeds in your diet. Just find your favorite blender, and drink your way to a better you!