Tropic Chia Seed Smoothie // My Favorite Green Smoothie

 

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Ohhhh, mmmah gah!

That’s what my son says when I give him this. He’s two.

I learned about the magic of chia seeds when I was working two jobs and going to culinary school at the same time, I would only eat once a day if I was lucky to be in the kitchens and not the classrooms that day.

I’d stop by the grocery store and grab two chia seed peach smoothies from a certain nude brand after school and down them during work. Eight to ten hours later, I wasn’t hungry. Turns out chia seeds are so full of fiber that you don’t even get hungry after eating just a tablespoon of them! And I had two tablespoons!

Chia seeds are also full of omega-3s, antioxidants, protein, and of course, vitamins and minerals. It’s a super-food, and it’s fantastic as an after-workout smoothie or as a morning breakfast smoothie. It is really quick to make, just throw everything in the blender and then into a cup and go. Sorta.

The seeds blend up better when they sit in water for a couple of minutes, they ‘gel’ up (which is why it fills you up so well! Go fiber!) in the cup with the water. Just throw that in with the other ingredients, make sure to scoop up all the gelled up seeds on the sides.

This smoothie is great for those just jumping into the green juice/smoothie thing, or for those of us who just don’t like a ‘green’ tasting smoothie. The pineapple and mango makes it taste like a tropical smoothie. Add orange juice, coconut milk, banana, whatever. You’ll have a delicious tropical smoothie without all the bad calories but with all the nutrients and it’s quicker than making a whole meal.

 

That’s a life saver when you have a toddler and somewhere to get to.

 

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Serves 2-3

2 large handfuls of fresh baby spinach leaves

1 tbsp chia seeds

1/2 cup cold water

1 handful frozen pineapple

1 handful frozen mango chunks

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1 tsp honey

 

  1. Prep chia seeds by putting them in the water. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Dump all the ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth.

 

Let me know how you like it!

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