You’ll discover, as you get to know me, that I’m a big fan of a green smoothie and it’s generally a daily struggle deciding what to have for breakfast – green smoothie or overnight oats?!? – because I love them both. I follow a pretty simple recipe for all of my green smoothies and one constant in every recipe is a superfood. Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to take you through some of my favourites and extol the benefits (and drawbacks if there are any) of each.
Let’s start with chia – I love chia! These little black (or white) seeds are protein powerhouses and are packed with an arsenal of other essential nutrients. What’s not to love? It gets even better though, this superfood doesn’t taste or smell bad and most of my favourite meals and snacks that call for them can be prepared in less than five minutes. So do I have you’re attention?
These little beauties are best added to smoothies pre-soaked. I find adding them dry means that they just end up floating around in your smoothie. This isn’t necessarily a problem but I prefer my smoothies smooth. Soaking 2 tablespoons in 1/4 cup of coconut water (or regular mineral water) plumps them up nicely. Then when you add them to your smoothie they get blitzed up with the rest of the ingredients to deliver a protein packed punch.
Benefits of chia
The omega fatty acids in chia seeds help to increase brain function. They also help to look after your heart, fighting cholesterol and heart disease. These super seeds are also high in calcium, phosphorous and magnesium and gram for gram have more protein than most dairy products. That’s great news for your bones!
Have you tried chia seeds? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Until next time…