Now this is a fun breakfast! Everyone loves a good smoothie, am I right? But after a while, the usual blended concoction can start to seem a little, well… boring. Despite the fact that smoothies allow us to consume a variety of nutrient dense foods in a simple, fast, and effective way! Not to mention these nutrients are basically pre-digested for quick absorption and utilization by the body. Win-win.
For this recipe, I took my favorite Tropical Smoothie and upgraded it, by setting it atop a layer of chia pudding. Sherry Strong, from Return to Food, shared this amazingly simple chia pudding recipe with me. Here it is:
The easiest and healthiest pudding you'll ever make!
- 4 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 cups spring or filtered water
Mix seeds and water, making sure the seeds are not clumping and are covered by water.
Soak overnight. Soaking overnight allows the enzymes to activate, which means you will get more nourishment from the seeds.
Recipe by Sherry Strong from Return to Food. www.returntofood.com
As simple as that! If you have never worked with chia seeds before, you will be delighted to find that the seeds have become gelatinous overnight to create a thick “pudding.” This recipe can be enjoyed as a breakfast or dessert. I usually start with about ¼ cup serving of the prepared chia pudding, as it is quite filling!
Let’s stop here for a minute and discuss why chia seeds are amazing. First, they are little protein powerhouses! An ounce of chia seeds (about 2 tbsp) contains nearly 5 grams of protein. And the fiber… Oh the fiber!
An ounce of chia seeds will provide you with 10 whole grams of fiber.
As a soluble fiber, their expansive quality helps keep you full and satiated, as well as regulating blood sugar levels. Plus, chia seeds are about 20% omega 3 ALA, providing a good dose of essential fatty acids (healthy fats). Not to mention they are incredibly versatile in baking (chia egg anyone?).
So we have our delicious & nutritious base… Now for our topping! You can make this straight up as a smoothie, or layer it on top of the chia pudding for some aesthetic fun. Enjoy!
Pretend you're on the beach as you sip on this green, fruity smoothie with a hint of spicy ginger.
- 1 banana (preferably frozen)
- 1/2 to 1 cup pineapple (frozen)
- 1/3 of a cucumber
- 2 large or 3 small kale leaves + stems
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- pinky size chunk of ginger (or more if you love ginger)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup coconut water (start with ¼ and add more as needed)
- 1/4 cup almond or coconut milk
- 1/2 cup ice cubes- OPTIONAL (may be preferred if fruit is not frozen)
Place all ingredients in a high powdered blender & blend until well combined.
Start with ¼ cup coconut water and add more if needed, or if you prefer a thinner smoothie. I kept mine quite thick so I could eat this tropical parfait with a spoon.
Garnish with kiwi or a sprinkling of coconut flakes. Who knew a smoothie could be so much fun?
If you don’t have a great blender, I would suggest grating the ginger first, to ensure it gets integrated properly.
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