Soak Up the Benefits

Cool down this summer with a tropical chia smoothie.

By: Mandy Ashcraft
Photo by: Dustin Ashcraft

You’ve probably seen chia seeds around stores, as this “superfood” has become quite popular. You may have heard about their many health benefits, because 1 ounce has 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids and 18 percent RDA calcium, and is packed with antioxidants. Chia has even been shown to help lower blood pressure.

So how do you work those tiny little black seeds into your diet? Due to their neutral flavor, they are easily added to anything you like! Ground chia works best, as it does not absorb water in the way whole seeds do, and has a smoother texture. It’s summer in South Texas, so try cooling off with a tropical smoothie packed with chia!

Ingredients: (makes 1 smoothie)
1/2 cup chopped kale, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1 banana
1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
3/4 cup coconut water, refrigerated

Blend until smooth!

Note: You can buy fresh mango and pineapple, but cut it into chunks and freeze it before making your smoothie. Otherwise you will have a room-temperature smoothie. And adding ice would give you a less creamy consistency.


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