Chia Seed Smoothie – Nutrition and Taste Together

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Feb 082017
 
chia seed smoothie

As anyone who has explored out site knows we are big fans of Chia seed and recommend them in many recipes. But, up until now, we have never posted a Chia Seed Smoothie before.

We found this recipe on the food network site (see the original post here). The recipe is credited to an Amy Chaplin and everything from this point forward is hers, including the attached picture.

This simple, nutritious smoothie tastes like summer and is delicious when made with fresh blueberries, but it can also be prepared well into the fall with any frozen berries. Famous for supporting endurance, chia seeds give an omega-3 boost, and also provide fiber and protein to keep sippers satisfied.

2 tbs chia seeds
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1 cup blueberries
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 rounded tbsp coconut butter or coconut oil
pinch of cinnamon
Honey to taste

Directions

Place the chia seeds in a cup or jar, add 1/2 cup of the almond milk and stir thoroughly to combine. Set the mixture aside for 10 minutes, or refrigerate overnight or up to 4 days.

Transfer the mixture to a blender. Add the blueberries, vanilla, coconut butter and cinnamon, and blend until smooth, adding honey to taste.

Chia Seed Smoothie

Dec 292016
 
green carrot smoothie

Carrots are one of those veggies that are available throughout the year which means you can enjoy this green carrot smoothie anytime you want. And I mean “green” in the nutritional sense, not the color of the carrots!

All that said, it is true that “going green for locally grown carrots which are in season during the summer and early fall are most often more flavorful so plan your green carrot smoothies accordingly!

Nutritionally, carrots are a powerhouse of vitamin A, a cup provides over 400% of the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance). Carrots also offer vitamins K, C, B6, B3, B2, and E. Other healthy stuff includes potassium, manganese, and phosphorus. And, of course, we shouldn’t forget the antioxidant nutrient that took its name from the vegetable: beta-carotene.

I hope I don’t get too deep into the weeds here but newer nutritional studies that concentrated on nutritional elements other than the carotenoids called polyacetylenes. At least one major study carried out over a 10 year span identified these substances as phytonutrients which can help to inhibit that growth of cancer cells in the colon. In other words, carrots have even more health benefits than we had already known.

This green carrot smoothie uses a bunch of other ingredients to yield a really interesting and healthy snack or meal replacement.

In your favorite blender mix:

  • 1 good sized carrot
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup berries (fresh or frozen, your choice)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp. Chia seed
  • 1/2 tsp. stevia or other sweetener
  • 1 Tbsp. protein powder (optional)

Here is a tip for a thicker smoothie: Soak the Chia seeds in water for about 10-15 minutes before mixing. Chia is hydrophilic which means it absorbs more than its own weight in water.

Carrot Smoothie

Have another minute to spare for smoothies? Here is another of our very green smoothie recipes

Green Detox Smoothie – Really Good Detox Recipe

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Dec 112016
 
green detox smoothie

Green smoothies are always popular because of their proven nutritional benefits. Green smoothies are also frequently the base for so called  “detox” smoothies This green detox smoothie recipe was first featured on ABC’s Good Morning America television program a while back. As a “detox” recipe it works because it contains a lot of water and fiber, both of which are required to efficiently flush the digestive tract.

As first published, this is certainly one of the more healthy of the green detox smoothie recipes. But, we have added even more nutritional value by adding a tablespoon of Chia seed to the mix. Chia is a natural nutritional powerhouse that brings a whole range of nutritional goodness including heart healthy, cholesterol fighting omega 3 fatty acids. Also, Chia has no taste of its own so adding it to the mix won’t change the results at all.

In your favorite blender mix:
1 1/2 cup of cold water
1 head of romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped (or any other green leafy veg you like)
3 large stalks of celery
2 apples
1 banana
1/3 bunch of cilantro
1/3 bunch of parsley
Juice of 1/2 a fresh lemon
1 Tbsp. Chia seed

Have time for one more? Follow this link for another of our green smoothies.

Green Detox Smoothie

Avocado Honey Smoothie Recipe

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Dec 102016
 
avocado honey smoothie

This quick and easy Avocado Honey smoothie proves that they are more than just an ingredient in dips. Avocados do get some bad reviews because they do have a pretty high fat content, bu 75% of that is mono-unsaturated. Avocados also provide more potassium than a banana and are a good source of B, E, and K vitamins as well as dietary fiber.

And, as a bonus, at least one early study indicates that Avocados may help to lower cholesterol levels!

In any case, whether you are on a smoothie diet, or just enjoying them occasionally, this is a very tasty and healthy recipe.

1 ripe avocado, sliced peeled and without pit
1 cup low fat or 2% milk
1/2 cup low fat vanilla Greek yogurt
2 tbs. honey
Ice to taste

This avocado Honey smoothie can be made even healthier by adding a tsp. of Chia seed to the mix.

Avocado Honey Smoothie Smoothies