Eating healthy doesn’t have to be a chore. Try out my chia berry smoothie! It’s packed with nutrients and it’s super tasty! (Who knew you could have both??)
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January is drawing to a close and we still have 11 months to keep up with our resolutions—I mean, goals. Are you up for the challenge??
I know I am. Granted, I know I have been working hard on some of my goals and not doing so hot in others. For example, one of my goals is to work on growing this blog. Though I get frustrated that I am not where I want to be right now, I am learning to embrace the journey. With that being said, it’s very slow moving.
But, as a wise old friend had once told me, even small steps in the right direction are still steps in the right direction. So this goal is being upheld!
On the flip side, my goal of getting myself moving and excersising more has kind of taken a back seat. I’m just not a very active person, okay? I’ll change that eventually (maybe).
For now, I felt that making a healthy smoothie would help me get into the active spirit! And you know I’m always thinking about you guys, so I had to share this recipe with you.
Also, it’s finally a drink recipe! I don’t think I have posted one since last year. Or maybe it was earlier this month. I lose track of the days….
Enter the chia berry smoothie
If you read my last post, you would know I can’t eat bananas. When it comes to smoothies, that is a serious disadvantage for me. Everyone loves to put bananas in smoothies for their nutritional offerings and their creamy texture!
I had to come up with a different thickening agent. Luckily, I have two delicious ingredients to help me out: chia seeds and protein powder!
Chia seeds, for those well versed in the internet (and especially Pinterest) know that they are packed with all sorts of healthy goodness. In all seriousness, I could write a whole post about the health benefits of chia seeds! But to keep it short, chia seeds are bursting with protein, fiber, heart-healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. To read more on chia seeds, click here. To buy some chia seeds, click here.
Protein powder is great to add to smoothies because they add, well, a lot of protein. Depending on the brand you buy, some add a lot of extra vitamins and minerals in as well. My family has been drinking Spiru-tein for many years now and we really like it. You can get that here if you want to try it out.
One last note! I tried this recipe in both a regular blender and a personal high-speed blender. If you are using a personal blender, note that it does work but reverse the order that the ingredients go in (i.e., put the strawberries in last so they are the closest to the blade).
Have you been able to keep your goals so far? Let me know in the comments below!
Chia Berry Smoothie
Goods you need
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 cup frozen strawberries (about 14-16 strawberries)
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- Whipped cream (optional)
Let's get to it!
Place chia seeds in a blender. Pulse 5-10 times or until the seeds begin to break up.
Put the rest of the ingredients in this order: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, almond milk, and then the powder on top. Blend on low to medium speed until smooth.
Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream, if desired. Serve immediately.
This recipe is easily halved for a single serving. (You're welcome.)
I have been using chia seeds to make a pudding. I will have to try this recipe, it looks great.
I’ve actually have been playing with chia seeds for chia seed pudding lately! Recipes to come soon 🙂
Chia seeds is an awesome idea, I may try it wit my grand daughter who doesn’t always eat well.
Me, I like bananas
I have read on a few mom blogs that their kids love chia, so it’s definitely worth a try. Especially if she doesn’t eat well! And I wish I could add bananas! It would definitely add a creamier texture to the smoothie.
Hey Gem, this is great I have all the ingredients except the protein so going to get some and try this recipe out. Thank you for sharing. I love bananas but I can’t eat them as much as I used to because the give me serious heartburn.
Let me know how it comes out! and bananas burn the inside of my mouth… it’s very odd. Maybe I should have advertised it as a banana free smoothie! lol!
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