Chia Smoothie for Younger Skin and Radiant Hair

chia berry smoothieRecently Dr. Oz posted an article about the health benefits of chia seeds.

He calls chia seeds ‘super’ because “they deliver the maximum amount of nutrients with minimum calories.”

Dr. Oz states that ‘super seeds’ are similar to flax seeds in nutritional benefits except you don’t have to grind them.

Chia seeds have numerous health benefits like high fiber and calcium, rich in antioxidants and omega fatty acids plus protein.

Chi Seeds for Your Health

Chia seeds are definitely a ‘super food”. Here are some of the health benefits they provide:

  • Antioxidants: Help protect body from free radicals, cancer and aging
  • Fiber: Regulate bowel function, reduce inflammation and lower cholesterol
  • Protein: Maintain healthy muscle, provides energy and encourages strong and shiny hair
  • Minerals: Help prevent hypertension, maintain healthy weight and support energy metabolism
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Help reduce inflammation, lower high cholesterol and enhance cognitive performance

Oh, I forgot to mention that chia seeds have a shelf life of 2 – 4 years without refrigeration, and 4+ years if refrigerated.

Chia Smoothie for Younger Skin and Radiant Hair
Serves 2
Healthy, Creamy & Delicious
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. * 1 banana (frozen bananas make a smoothie thicker), sliced
  2. * 2 cups coconut milk or almond milk (unsweetened)
  3. * 1-2 TBLS chia seeds, to taste
  4. * 2 TBSP fresh orange juice (optional)
  5. * ½ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  6. * 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  7. * 1 TBLS agave nectar or ¼ teaspoon stevia (powdered or liquid), to taste
Instructions
  1. In a glass, stir in chia seeds with almond or coconut milk; let sit for 15-20 minutes or until the chia seeds create a gel
  2. Add the gelled liquid, spices, banana, vanilla, sweetener and ice to a blender. Mix on low until well combined
  3. Serve cold with a slice of orange or sprig of fresh mint
Notes
  1. You can substitute ½ cup of the coconut or almond milk with fresh berries. Be creative and have fun!
  2. Extra Note: Use organic ingredients as much as possible
  3. Diet Type: Vegan
  4. Diet Tags: Low Calorie, Reduced Fat, High Protein, Gluten Free, Raw
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Mary

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  1. April 13, 2014

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