Kale Blueberry Chia Smoothie
I have long professed my love for this smoothie. It’s part of my daily routine and helps me feel good all day. I’ve never been one to gravitate towards coffee or energy drinks (though I’ll do a decaf latte once in awhile, I’ve never really consumed either and the latter never). I know, love, and believe in this smoothie and over time, I’ve added a smorgasbord of healthy bits to mutate it to the ultimate powerhouse concoction. Today, I bring to you the chia seed version.
Why chia seeds?
Chia means strength. The body can process intact seeds and won’t go rancid and because of it’s high fiber content (11 grams in 1 oz), it helps you feel fuller for longer, (it also doesn’t hurt that when it gets wet, it swells up and has a gel-like hydrophilic quality that can expand in the stomach). This property also aids in digestion and contributes to a low glycemic index. This gel can also be substituted for eggs in baked goods (1 tb=1 egg), how cool is that? It’s also rich in omega-3 fatty acids (5 grams in 1 oz) as well as 18% of your daily recommended intake of calcium and 10% of protein.
- 1 c kale
- ½ c blueberries, dark cherries, açaí
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tb chia seeds*
- 2 c milk
- Tip everything into a blender and mix.
Happy mornings and happy tummies,
Your Squishy Monster ^.~