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3 Delicious Chia Drinks with Health Benefits


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Chia seeds have many nutritional benefits-- essential fatty acids, most importantly. They also are relatively low in calories and can bulk out a drink so that you don't feel so hungry after drinking it. 

Chia seeds have a neutral flavour profile, unlike flax seed which has what some people describe as an "unpleasant flavour". Chia will happily combine with the fruits or herbs that you use in your drink to take on their flavours 100%.

So, choose the flavours and other features you like most from the following chia drink recipes and check them out-- pick and click!  These recipes are all win-win!  Save yourself the money, effort and time of reading and watching ads with a chia seed drink 'hook' into their expensive supplements!

1. Lemon and Chia Seed Weight Loss Drink


Only 3 ingredients in this recipe from Beauty Epic and you have the makings of a daily healthy weight-loss program along with your regular healthy lifestyle of plant-based eating, exercise, getting out into nature, adequate rest, stress reduction and an attitude of faith, optimism and loving kindness. Click on image above to go to the recipe for the lemon-chia drink and also a honey-chia drink.

2. Raspberry-Mint-Chia Smoothie




This raspberry-chia smoothie from Prana Snacks is particularly pleasant on a hot summer day (but can be sipped any day, no matter the temperature). If you pick your own ripe raspberries in the heat of the summer and freeze them, you won't need any sweetener. If you do need to sweeten it up a little, start with just a small amount. You will likely be surprised at how little sweetener you actually need once you get used to experiencing the whole natural flavour profile of the fruits and herbs-- mint in this case. The chia seeds will help to take some of the tart edge away without adding any flavour of their own.  Click on the image above to go to the recipe.

3. Super-Detox Green Smoothie


Skinny Ms  Super-Detox Green Smoothie has both spinach and kale in it, as well as cilantro (or parsley), so it is definitely a GREEN smoothie. But the addition of celery, cucumber and APPLE -- as well as the chia seeds-- amps down that green pasture-taste considerably. You will likely become one of the fans of this particular green smoothie-- let's say, a positive addiction. Click above to get the recipe.


The above smoothies are not going to reverse any long-standing illness or medical condition. Please see your trusted physician or other health care provider for that. Please check the ingredients to determine whether they counteract with any medications you might be on.


Almond Butter-Apple Pie Smoothie

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Any Apple Pie Smoothie recipe I've come across that is delicious seeks to replicate the apple pie a la mode idea using yogurt or thick cream to replicate the ice cream scoop mixed in with the fruit and the crust.  So, so yummy!  

I was experimenting and found that the following ingredients come together creamy, sweet, fruity and so satisfying as a dessert smoothie that you might never want to fuss around with pie crust again!

Into your Vitamix carafe put the following:

*3 Apples, sliced, core and seeds removed
*small nob of fresh Ginger, peeled and sliced or grated
*2 T. Maranatha Raw Almond Butter
*1-2 T. Raw Honey
*1 T. Cinnamon
*Pinch of Celtic Sea Salt (or to taste)
*1 C. Frozen Peaches (Secret Ingredient!)
*3-4 C. Almond Milk (I used Almond Breeze)

Whirl together until creamy smooth.  The Frozen Peaches bring out the 'apple' flavour more than apples do on their own (don't know why?).  Try it yourself and see if it is not ambrosia!

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Blueberry Sunrise Smoothie Porridge Bowl

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This Blueberry Smoothie Porridge Bowl is lovely to see and full of flavour and texture that is to eat fun to eat.  

Here are the suggested ingredients for a similar  smoothie porridge bowl as high in nutrient density and healing deliciousness:

Start with a creamy oatmeal base, either made in the morning  hot and hearty  or as overnight oats that save on morning prep


Then  add on:
  • A simple blueberry smoothie
  • Non-dairy yogurt (eg., soy or coconut)
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Chia seed gel
  • Cacao nibs
  • Sliced orange rounds
  • Coconut shreds
If you try your hand at a similar smoothie porridge bowl, take a snap and add hashtag #smoothiemoves on Instagram so we can celebrate your creation with you!

Enjoy your day!
 
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Pineapple-Mango-Plum Smoothie Porridge Bowl -


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I call this Pineapple-Mango-Plum Smoothie Porridge Bowl.  The pineapple and mango make for a sunny smoothie (not that you can see much of the sunny piece) and the luscious plum preserves-- a precious gift from a friend's mom-- are set like gems and criss-crossed with delicious almond butter.

Suggested Ingredients:

Start with a foundation layer of creamy oatmeal, either the overnight variety or regular cooked oatmeal.

Then:
  • A simple splendid pineapple-mango smoothie made up up of fresh or frozen fruit chunks, a scoop of vegan vanilla protein powder  and water or almond milk
  • Italian plum preserves
  • Almond butter
  • Hemp seeds
If you like this smoothie porridge bowl and are on Instagram  please snap a pic of your masterpiece and hashtag it as #smoothiemoves !

Here is a closeup;
Enjoy!
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Sweet Dates with Nuts-Strawberry Smoothie Porridge Bowl


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I am calling this smoothie porridge bowl "Sweet Dates with Nuts".  Hope you enjoy!

A FEW WORDS ABOUT DATES

In the Bible, dates are referred to many times, often in reference to their sweetness.  Dates continue to be grown and eaten in-- and exported from-- the Middle East.  Our North American grocery stores now also sell soft delicious Medjool dates grown in the USA.  Such a nice change from the hard cake of dates I knew as "dates" when I was a girl in rural Saskatchewan.

Dates also turn out to have the highest nutritional profile as a sweetener. They contain vitamin K, magnesium, selenium, antioxidants  and of course, fibre.  Early risers during the time of Ramadan (fasting all day) eat dates for breakfast as a chief way to get through the day.   

Date Syrup

Many Middle Eastern cooks make a date syrup-- dates and water-- as a delightful sweetener and for baking.  There are different methods, some more traditional methods with a 100% hands-on approach: soaking the dates, squeezing all the "juices" through cheese gauze, and then cooking the date juice down with constant stirring until a honey-like texture is obtained.  

I made a syrup by pouring boiling water over  2 cups of Medjool dates and letting them overnight.  Next morning I sieved out as much liquid as I could and boiled it down.  I mashed the leftover bits and they are a mass I can call "date butter"-- basically, jam. Very yummy.

The syrup I used in the smoothie porridge bowl, along with thin almond butter to represent "the nuts."  

So, here are the suggested ingredients:

*simple strawberry-water smoothie
*almond butter, thinned with a bit of H2O 
*date syrup (see above)
*coconut yogurt
*strawberries
*Hemp seeds

ENJOY!

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Blueberry-Apple-Cinnamon Smoothie Porridge Bowl

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This pretty blueberry-apple-cinnamon smoothie porridge bowl is another in a series of delicious  nutritious plant-powered breakfast bowls.

Here are the ingredients I layered on so you can go get any that you like the looks of for tomorrow's breakfast:

Always start out with a base of creamy oats, either overnight oats or hot, cooked oats.

 

And add in/on the following:

*blueberry-banana smoothie with blueberries, chopped banana, almond milk and a scoop of plain coconut yogurt.
*blueberries
*walnuts
*organic unsweetened apple sauce
*cinnamon powder

If you make this smoothie porridge bowl and want to share it on Instagram  please use hashtag #smoothiemoves so we can admire your work!


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Pineappuccino (or Home-made Pineapple Frozen Whip)

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This refreshing fruity drink is a take off on the frappiccino family of sweet frozen fruit drinks that my granddaughters love so much.  It is also a bit of a copy cat of a famous pineapple whip from one of the world's favourite amusement parks.

Here are the ingredients for making 4 servings of this delicious, cooling drink:

  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 2 pineapples, peeled and cored (you can use the core too, if you have a Vitamix or Blendex)
  • 1 organic lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 1/2 cups of coconut milk 


  • Add all the above to the cannister of your Vitamix or Blendex blenders... other blenders may need to do this in a couple of batches.  
  • Place on the lid securely
  • Pulse or blend until a smooth, frozen consistency
  • Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!







Avo Tropical Custard Smoothie (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Avo-Tropical Custard Smoothie-- drink it or spoon it! Yum!


Oh Yum! This Avo-Tropical-Custard-Smoothie is just the ticket if you are looking for something to consume that is refreshing and sweet (but not cloyingly so like the butter tarts and chockies you have eaten too many of over the holidays).  Besides the water, it is 100% fruit (including the avo and the coconut shreds).  I added a small packet of "Sweet Leaf" Stevia powder, but that was likely gilding the lily-- you could drink it fine without!  You could adapt it, too, by making it with coconut milk instead of water, and it would truly be a custard pudding effect then!  But here is the way I made it this morning:

  • 1 C. Frozen Pineapple chunks (fresh would be great)
  • 1/2   Ripe Avocado (flesh only, of course)
  • 1/4 C. Coconut Shreds (unsweetened)
  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • Juice from 1 Fresh-squeezed Lime
  • 1 "Sweet Leaf" Stevia Packet (no after-taste, no calories, no weird additives)
  • Water to suit
Spin up and enjoy!
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Chocolate-Mint Smoothie Recipe (Vegan, Gluten-Free)



Silky Smooth Chocolate-Mint Smoothie (with sage leaf garnish b/c no other mints around)
This chocolate-mint smoothie is the 4th of the 7 Christmas Smoothie recipes.  What would Christmas be like without these two fabulously nostalgia-evoking flavours from our Christmas stockings and our office treats and our edible ornaments?  This is a pretty easy smoothie.  If you have some nice fresh mint available, please use it... if not (as in this time of year in my garden), please use a high grade ingestible health supplement Peppermint essential oil.  You only need a drop in your smoothie, and you can use the rest for countless other purposes.*  I'm happy to tell you that this smoothie is a lot healthier than peppermint candy canes and boxes of chockies!

Put the following in your blender carafe and let sit for 15 minutes:
*1 T. Chia Seed
*2 C. Almond Milk
*1 pkt. "Sweet Leaf" Stevia or sweetener (or not) of your choice
After 15 minutes of hydration of the Chia Seed (for improved digestibility), add in:
*2 T. Organic Cocoa or powdered raw Cacao or Cocoa/Carob Powder combination
*2 Frozen Bananas, chunked
*1/2 teaspoon Peppermint Extract, or 1 - 2 drops food grade Peppermint Essential Oil (NO MORE!) OR small handful fresh Peppermint Leaves
Spin up until it is silky smooth!

Merry Christmas!  Happy Holidays!
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The other 6 smoothies in the 7 Christmas Smoothie Recipes are as follows:

Cranberry-Apple, Green Grape and Chia Christmas Smoothie

Cranberry Lassi with Coconut Milk, Cumin, Chia and Ginger Smoothie

Mandaringo-Ginger Smoothie

Christmas Cake Smoothie

Luscious Eggless Nog Smoothie

Sweet Pumpkin Pie Smoothie


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Cranberry Lassi with Coconut Milk, Cumin, Chia and Ginger (Vegan, Gluten-Free)




This delicious, delightful Cranberry Lassi  is the sixth "Christmas Smoothie" in our series of 7 Daily Christmas Smoothies.

A Lassi is an Indian drink generally made with cultured milk, either yogurt or kefir, and flavours from the 5 basic groups: salty, pungent, sour, sweet and bitter.  If you are not vegan/dairy adverse, you could use either of these for the coconut milk/lime juice in following the recipe.  Seeing cumin and cayenne (or chili powder) in a more or less dessert-y type smoothie is a bit of a shock, or was for me.  But the combination, in concert with the bitter cranberries, is just perfect (my husband thinks so).  I used a recipe for cranberry chutney for ideas of workable blends, but you will be happy to recognize that I did not include garlic or an entire chili pepper.

Cumin has been used throughout history in perfume-making, so you can attribute the lovely fragrance partly to that, and partly to the ginger (a wonderful digestion-helper) and other ingredients.  I was left with a very nice after-taste and a warming feeling.  This is not a drink to bolt down, but to savour over a family get-together early in the morning.

Cranberry Lassi 

 This makes about two (2) good-sized Adult servings.
 Put the following in your Blender Carafe:
* 2 C. Coconut Dream (or similar ready-to-drink Coconut Mylk)
* 1+C. Fresh or Frozen Cranberries (Frozen berries act like ice cubes)
* 1 tsp. Chia Seed (ground in Coffee Grinder)
* 1 tsp. Cumin Seed (ground in Coffee Grinder)
* 1 Small Handful Unsweetened Coconut Shreds
* Fresh-squeezed Lime Juice (1/2 Lime)
* 1 tsp. Grated fresh Ginger
* 3 T. Coconut Palm Sugar
* 1 packet Stevia "Sweet Leaf" powder (Optional)
* Pinch of Salt (I use Celtic Sea Salt for the 82 minerals)
* Pinch of Cayenne or Chili pepper
Merry Christmas!  Happy Holidays!

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Here are the other 6 Christmas Smoothie Recipes for you to sample!


Mandaringo-Ginger Smoothie

Christmas Cake Smoothie

Luscious Eggless Nog Smoothie

Sweet Pumpkin Pie Smoothie



Cranberry-Apple, Green Grape and Chia Christmas Smoothie (Vegan, Gluten-Free)



This Cranberry-Apple, Green Grape and Chia Smoothie is tart, but refreshing!  I add a packet of stevia (Sweet Leaf brand) just to give  it a little extra sweetness.  But otherwise, it is dyn-o-mite!  I'm kicking off the Christmas Smoothie Week here-- we will start every day with a lovely, high antioxidant smoothie to fend off the bugs and do some mild detox.  Hope you will join in!  If you are not already on the list and would like to be over the 7-Day Christmas Smoothie-ton, please just sign up below the recipe!
Cranberry - Apple, Green Grape and Chia Christmas Smoothie Recipe:
This recipe makes enough smoothies for 2 - 4 people depending on how much smoothie you imbibe!
Put the following in your blender carafe and whirl up:
  • 1 - 3 C. Fresh Cranberries
  • 1 - 2 C. Frozen Seedless Grapes (mine are Green, but any table grapes will do!)
  • 1 - 2 Apples, cored and chopped (washed well but not peeled)
  • 1 T. ground Chia Seed (grind it in a Coffee Bean Grinder)
  • Filtered Water to the 1/2 Mark on your Carafe
  • 1 packet Sweet Leaf Stevia with Inulin (Optional)


To Your Health AND Merry Christmas!  ~Cynthia

Delightful Ukrainian folk art cat tree ornament Makes a unique gift memento

Here are the other 6 Christmas Smoothie Recipes for you to sample!


Mandaringo-Ginger Smoothie

Christmas Cake Smoothie

Luscious Eggless Nog Smoothie

Sweet Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Thickalicious Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Green Smoothie With *Benefits

This morning's smoothie was set up for my husband's jaunt off on his bike for a few miles and back.  It's sunny but cool.  He's just finished a Longevity class from the local ElderCollege and is keen on incorporating the Ayurvedic herbs into his daily diet. This Thickalicious Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Green Smoothie With *Benefits is a mouthful, in more ways than one.  Like my othersmoothies, this contains rolled oats to sustain him from hunger pangs on the trip, chia seed to give him great bursts of energy and perseverence, pineapple, banana, dates and coconut for that smacking good taste (and all those phyto-nutrients), and  ashwagandha and turmeric for the Ayurvedic *benefits: improved immune system, brain power, longevity!

Layer the following in a blender carafe (you might want to do two half-batches if you have a regular blender):
  • 2 C. Frozen Pineapple chunks (or Fresh)
  • 1 C. Rolled Oats (buy Gluten-Free if you are coeliac or sensitive to wheat / gluten)(Presoak in 1 C.of Water if you have the time)
  • 1 Banana in chunks (Frozen is great)
  • 6 Pitted Dates (I used Medjool but use what you like / can find)
  • 1 T. Chia Seed ground in Coffee Grinder or 2 T. Chia Seed Gel http://techygran.hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Make-Chia-Seed-Gel-and-How-To-Use-It
  • 1/4 C. Coconut Shreds
  • 1 tsp. Ashwagandha mixed with 3 T.*Coconut Sugar or 1 packet of stevia
  • 1 tsp. Turmeric
  • Large handful Tender Greens of Choice
  • 1 C. Filtered Water, or as much as you wish.  Letting the contents of the Carafe sit for about 15-30 minutes is a good idea for the chia (chia gel) and the oats.. makes digestion easier.

Whirl up and drink right away!  You are going to feel satisfied and won't be given to the usual cravings, probably right up until lunch time!

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NOW WHAT IS THIS?
 WHY, A DELICIOUS AND PRETTY HEALTHY CHOCOLATE-MAPLE WALNUT 
DIY VEGAN ICE CREAM SUNDAE!! 
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Chocolate-y no-churn vegan ice cream sundae... for the recipe click HERE or on image

Blackberry-Fig-Avocado Smoothie-- Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Ambrosia


Follow Me on Pinterest You know that I don't like to boast about all the fruit we are harvesting in our yard... you do know that, right?  Well, please forgive me today... I just can't help it... and I can't take the credit either, of course... that belongs to God!

Last year our son, the veggie farmer, looked over the pathetic little fig tree, the one that seemed to be 'cursed' (read Mark 11:13-14) and went about laying down some necessary lime and other minerals.  He said, "Watch it-- it will take off for you!" and, behold, he was right on.. this year the fig tree that had never treated us to more than 1 or maybe 2 fruits in the previous 6 years, suddenly produced a minor boom crop this year.  These are Green Figs, so while they look less ripe than Brown Figs, they are soft, and sweetly delicious.  My husband adores figs-- you might say he is a Fig Pig-- so I am also very happy that he gets to harvest and eat them before he goes out onto the North Coast Trail hike with his friend Brian in a few days. (He would have been so disappointed had he missed the ripe figs while on the hike).
So juicy sweet!
Okay, on with the Smoothie Recipe: (for about 20 oz. of Smoothie)

Combine the following in a high-speed blender (or other blender, in two batches):

  • 3 ripe, juicy Figs (minus the tough stems)
  • 1 C. Blackberries (I used frozen ones for the ice appeal)(Regular Raspberries would also be delish!)
  • 1/2 ripe, soft Avocado flesh
  • 1 C. Nut Mylk (as you can see, I opted for ready-made Almond Breeze-- use what you like)
  • Water as desired (I like to bulk mine up with water-- so hydrating)

Thoroughly enjoy this Smoothie by God*

Persons with Type 2 Diabetes who are trying to eat as healthy as possible from the Plant-based regimen will be happy to know that this is a body-friendly grouping of fruits, that, in season (do not eat the high glycemic dry figs and eat the fruit raw),  fresh and ripe, will just make you feel lovely in this smoothie!  Enjoy!
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"First Fruits" Blackberry-Apple-Chard Green Smoothie (Vegan, Dairy-Free, Thyroid-Friendly)


Follow Me on Pinterest I'm calling this "First Fruits" because it is the first picking of a sizable couple of smoothie servings of thornless blackberries from the overloaded bushes in my backyard.  There is a sizable fresh excitement to go along with this activity.  The flavour is delightful, although a little tart, so I added a little Xylitol to sweeten it up (and apparently to inhibit any nasties that are doing a number on my skin).  I also added a small Granny Smith Apple, cored, and 2 large leaves of Swiss Chard (one of the few big green leaves that is not goitrogenic, that is, not healthful for the thyroid gland). And of course I stuck in my usual Chia Seed Gel (homemade- learn how HERE along with some other yummy recipes using the gel).

So, here is the recipe.  You can vary the amounts to suit you:

2 C. Ripe Blackberries (or frozen)
2 Large Leaves of Swiss Chard
1 Granny Smith Apple, cored and chopped
1/4 C. Chia Seed Gel
1/2 tsp. XYLA Xylitol Sweetener (or ?)
2-3 C. Water (ice  cubes if desired)

Whirl until smooth and pour into a large glass or mason jar to enjoy while doing your morning computer tasks, or as breakfast, or maybe at the end of the day, or when you need a lift!


Cinco de Mayo Green Smoothie - vegan, gluten-free, non-alcoholic - olé!



yummy Cinco de Mayo Green Smoothie- non-alcoholic, vegan, gluten-free celebration!
Here is a delicious tropical green smoothie for a healthy celebration of Cinco de Mayo -- it is vegan (egg- and dairy-free), non-alcoholic, and gluten-free.


















Put the following in your high speed blender (or in your NOT high speed blender... just blend in smaller batches):

- 1 -2 handfuls of fresh Cilantro
- 1 C. chopped fresh Pinapple
- 1 C. Cultured Coconut Milk (or regular yogurt, if you desire)
- 2 small ripe Bananas
- 2 C. Water
Blend until smooth.  Delicioso!

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