Chia Seed Smoothie

Chia seed smoothie is one of the most beneficial meals you can add to your diet. They are packed with fiber, protein, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds are also a great source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

The Benefits Of Using Chia Seeds In Smoothies

  • Regulate sugar levels – Fiber is essential to help your body regulate insulin levels. The high fiber percentage in chia seeds can help your body to control your blood sugar levels.
  • Helps your digestive system – The soluble fiber in chia seeds forms a gel-like substance in your stomach. This gel-like substance can support your body by acting as a prebiotic substance. This promotes healthy bacteria (probiotic) growth in the gut.
  • Helps you to feel full – The high fiber content in chia seeds are perfect for smoothies. When they are blended the fiber reacts with liquid and start to form a gelatine-like substance. This makes smoothies thicker helps you feel and stay fuller for longer.
  • A healthy dose of protein – Chia seeds is one of the best plant-based sources of protein.

How To Use Chia Seeds In Smoothies

Chia seeds can be used with a variety of ingredients, further down the post you can find a few of the best chia seed smoothie recipes.

There are two methods of using chia seeds in your smoothies.

The firs method is called the “pre-soak”. All you have to do is to soak your chia seeds in water before you blend it. The chia seed soaks up the water and becomes gelatine like. They become softer and easier to blend.

The second method is to “pre-blend” the chia seeds into a fine powder. You will need a coffee grinder for this method. The chia seed powder can then just be added to the smoothie. One thing to keep in mind with this method is to remember that chia seeds absorb water. So you can end up with a thick smoothie. 

Best Chia Seeds For Smoothies

In its basic form, chia seeds can be bought in two different colours, black and white. Is there a difference between black and white chia seeds? No, not really.

Both colours of chia seeds contain pretty much the same amount of protein, fats, fiber and antioxidants.

Chia seeds can also be bought in powder form, a convenient but expensive option. Stick to whole chia seeds and the soaking method, it delivers the best chia seed smoothies.

Try one of the 5 chia seed smoothie recipes below. They are well balanced, full of flavour and benefits.

Chia Seed Morning Smoothie

Morning Chia Seed Smoothie

You won't get a better "wake me up" smoothie recipe. This coffee and chia seed smoothie is the perfect breakfast for coffee lovers and people that need a more a bit more help to wake up in the mornings.

Not only does the nutty flavour of the almond milk compliment the banana and coffee it is also a great source of high-quality protein and fiber.

The oats and chia seeds add more healthy carbohydrates, fiber, and protein to the morning chia seed smoothie.

The Chia Seed Morning Smoothie is full of fiber, plant based protein and low in fat. It is perfect for vegans and people looking to lose weight.

Best Time To Drink: Breakfast 

INGREDIENTS AND PREPARATION:
  • 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup coffee
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon date honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • blueberries
Preparation Instructions:
  1. Place all the ingredients in the jug
  2. Blen until you are satisfied with the texutre
NUTRITIONAL INFO:
  • Calories: 440
  • Protein: 8g
  • Carbs: 66g
  • Fat: 19g
  • Sodium: 15mg
  • Fiber: 11g

           Servings: 1

Kale Banana Chia Seed Smoothie

Kale Banana Chia Seed Smoothie

There's not a lot of smoothie recipes that's healthier than a kale and chia seed smoothie. With this combination of kale, spinach and chia seeds you'll be consuming almost all of the fiber you need for the day.

Not only is kale and spinach a good source of fiber it's also high in iron and vitamins.

The banana, blueberries, chia seeds and hemp seeds are used in the smoothie as sources of potassium, carbohydrates for sustained energy, omega-3 fatty acids, and plant-based protein.

This is a nutrient dense smoothie recipe. Easy to make and full of flavour.

Best Time To Drink: Breakfast and mid morning snacks

INGREDIENTS AND PREPARATION:
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon hemp protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon spirulina powder
  • 2 medjool date
Preparation Instructions:
  1. Pit the dates
  2. Put all the ingredients in the blender
  3. Blend on high speed for around a minute to two minutes
NUTRITIONAL INFO:
  • Calories: 320
  • Protein: 7g
  • Carbs: 69g
  • Fat: 4.5g
  • Sodium: 50mg
  • Fiber: 11g

         Servings: 1

Kiwi Pineapple Chia Seed Smoothie

Kiwi Pineapple Chia Seed Smoothie

If you struggle to drink green smoothies this is probably the best solution. The kiwi, banana and pineapple is sweet and overpowers the flavour of the spinach.

The yogurt and chia seed give the kiwi pineapple chia seed smoothie a rich and creamy texture. This is really a flavor full smoothie with loads of benefits.

The banana and chia seed is a great source the protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and electrolytes. You will get plenty of fuel to burn for energy from this smoothie.

You get a lot of protein, fiber and healthy fats in this smoothie making it perfect anyone looking for a healthy breakfast.

Best Time To Drink: Breakfast 

INGREDIENTS AND PREPARATION:
  • 2 cups of baby spinach
  • 1 cup sliced kiwi
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped pineapple
  • 1/4 cups fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
Preparation Instructions:
  1. Chop and peel the kiwi, pineapple and banana
  2. For the healthiest option of juice, squeese your own orange juice
  3. Put all the ingredients in the blender and blend for approximately one minute
NUTRITIONAL INFO:
  • Calories: 190
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbs: 36g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Sodium: 30mg
  • Fiber: 7g

         Servings: 2

Green Tea Chia Seed Smoothie

Green Tea Chia Seed Smoothie

This is a great smoothie is you want a smoothie to give you energy and burn fat. The raspberries and chia seed added in this smoothie give you a healthy dose of antioxidants.

It's also a great smoothie if you are trying to avoid dairy. The banana and chia seeds are a great combination and make a rich and creamy texture. The texture combined with the fiber in the spinach and chia seeds will keep you feeling fuller for longer.

All the sugar from the fruit combined with the fiber provides enough healthy fuel for your body to burn to keep you going during the morning or late afternoon.

Best Time To Drink: Morning and late afternoon.

INGREDIENTS AND PREPARATION:
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 15 mint leaves
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 3 ice cubes
Preparation Instructions:
  1. You can make this smoothie in two parts.
  2. First make the green smoothie, which uses all the ingredients expect for 1 banana, 1 cup coconut water and the raspberries
  3. Blend the green smoothie ingredients until you are satisfied with the texture
  4. Pour it into your serving glasses
  5. Blend the remaining banana, coconut water and raspberries
  6. Top up the green smoothie with the raspberry smoothie
  7. You can  make it as one smoothie, if you're blender is big enough
NUTRITIONAL INFO:
  • Calories: 230
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbs: 53g
  • Fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 190mg
  • Fiber: 10g

         Servings: 3

Low Calorie Chia Seed Smoothie

low calorie chia seed smoothie

This smoothie is loaded with antioxidants. Blueberries and strawberries are loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin C, great for your immune system. The raspberries are another great source of antioxidants, Vitamin K, E and other minerals like magnesium and potassium.

This is a great smoothie for pre or post workouts. It's got enough carbohydrates to refuel your muscle and the antioxidants get rid of all the toxins released during your workout.

Best Time To Drink: Post and pre-workout

INGREDIENTS AND PREPARATION:
  • 1/4 cups chia seeds
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 2 cups frozen blackberries
  • 1 1/3 cups frozen raspberries
  • 2 bananas
  • 4 tablespoons agave nectar
Preparation Instructions:
  1. Blend all the ingredients for around 1 minute
NUTRITIONAL INFO:
  • Calories: 150
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbs: 29g
  • Fat: 3g
  • Sodium: 10mg
  • Fiber: 9g

         Servings: 6

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