This morning my breakfast smoothie was sooo fantastic-tasting that I thought I had better pass the recipe along before I forget:
Into the blender canister, add the following:
*1 large cup frozen organic Blueberries
*1/2 C. Chia Gel*
*2 scoops Vanilla protein powder (there are lots out there-- my husband buys Brendan Brazier's Vega brand)
*1 organic Banana (peeled of course)
*Large Handful of Fresh Parsley (leaves & stems)
*About 4 C. of Filtered Water (or 2 C. Water, 2 C. nut milk)
To make Chia seed Gel, place 1/4 Cup of whole chia seeds in a quart mason jar and add water to the top. Stir until the seeds are dispersed. Let absorb the water for at least 15- 20 minutes. Stir again. Put on lid and keep in the fridge to use with other recipes. Provides a high source of protein (4 gm in an ounce), fibre, calcium, magnesium, and more Omega3's than any other plant source, including flax seed. Use the "whole seeds" and not milled seeds. There is some indication that milled seeds lack the nutrients.
This is a 'green smoothie' but it turns out purple because of the blueberries (they are almost always the dominant color-maker). Position the 2-piece VitaMix lid securely and then start the VitaMix on low, increasing the speed gradually, and ending by flipping over into the highest speed until homogenized (about 1 1/2 minutes?). You can use a regular blender, but it will just take longer-- pulsing to break the stuff up helps. Enjoy!