I love smoothies. The thing to watch out for though, is that most smoothies that you’d get at a restaurant or juice shops are loaded with unhealthy sugary additives (like ice cream or frozen yogurt) which you really don’t need to make smoothies taste good. When done right, smoothies are a great way to get a ton of nutrients without adding sugar or compromising fiber. This Berry Vanilla with Chia Seeds is one of my favorite recipes that I have been making for years. This recipe is not only healthy, it's berry delicious. You may substitute the raspberries or blackberries for any other berries or fruit. I love adding the chia seeds to this because the chia seeds provide Omega-3 Fatty Acids, fiber, and minerals.
It is extremely easy to make your own smoothies at home: all you need is a blender, a few ingredients, and 5 minutes.
What You'll Need
1/2 cup raspberries 1/2 cup blueberries 1/2 cup blackberries 1 tablespoon chia seeds 2 cups coconut water 12 ice cubes
If you freeze your berries ahead of time, you can omit the ice cubes.
You'll want to place all of the ingredients in a blender, mix and enjoy!
What To Love:
- Chia seeds are rich in polyunsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds' lipid profile is composed of 60 percent omega-3s, making them one of the richest plant-based sources of these fatty acids -- specifically, of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA. The omega-3s in chia seeds can help reduce inflammation, enhance cognitive performance and reduce high cholesterol.
- Berries in general are considered low in terms of their glycemic index (GI), making them a perfect add-in to smoothies.
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup blackberries
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 cups coconut water
- 12 ice cubes
- You'll want to place all of the ingredients in a blender, mix and enjoy!