With the kids back in school we are no longer enjoying our lazy mornings. Breakfast needs to be quick and filling and smoothies definitely fit that bill! What I love about making my kids smoothies in the morning is how easy it is to sneak in some extra love, like chia seeds, hemp seeds, ground flax seeds, moringa powder, psyllium husk powder, etc, etc, etc.... Of course, I don't use them all at once but I pick one or two each morning and add a tsp or two to the blender. (And although I'm talking about "sneaking" these great superfoods into the smoothies, my kids actually like to hear about what I am putting in and why. It's a great time to talk with them about what is fueling their engine every day and why some types of fuel works so much better than others!)
All of these secret ingredients add something super healthy without changing the taste or the appearance. In case you aren't familiar with these superfoods, I will blog about each one over the next few weeks. School's in, winter is just around the corner, germs are everywhere! Let's work together to keep our families healthy this season!
Here's one to try...
1 peeled and sectioned naval orange
1 c frozen strawberries or blueberries
1 tsp chia seeds
1 c coconut milk
1/2 c water
Toss in blender, puree and enjoy (Here's how I do this to get the biggest bang from the chia seeds. I put the ice and liquids in the blender first and then the chia seeds. Then I take a break and make the kids lunches, this allows the chia seeds to gel in the liquid before I continue on and whip it up)
WHY CHIA SEEDS?
Chia seeds are packed with omega-3s, rich in antioxidants, and also contain fiber, calcium, magnesium, niacin, iron, and zinc. Chia is a member of the mint family and grows abundantly in Mexico. Another bonus, the seeds store for long periods without going rancid.
When chia seeds are added to water or another liquid they will form into a gel. Researchers believe that this gel, when in the stomach, causes a feeling of fullness and slows down the conversion of carbs to sugar.
Enjoy the Chia! Chia!