Power Chia Seed Smoothie is just that–a powerful super meal to fuel your workout, packed in an easy to drink, tasty smoothie. Now I’ll be the first to admit, I have not always been a smoothie fan. Believe it or not, unlike a lot of folks out there, I actually would rather eat my kale than drink it. What can I say, I guess I fit that stereotype of that health-crazed weirdo who likes to run and eat kale! So for years, the thought of blending up all that lovely, tasty kale into tiny pieces made me cringe. But then one day, I decided to just try it. And you know what?
Oh man, it was delicious! I don’t know what took me so long!! Now, I drink these smoothies on a regular basis, and the cool part about it is my kids like them too, so I am able to get them to eat all kinds of healthy stuff they would normally turn their noses up to. Win, win! If I am planning on a hard workout or very long run, I’ll pair this smoothie with a slice or two of whole grain toast and peanut butter, and I am good to go. This smoothie is absolutely perfect for a long run on a hot day. It’s light, so it doesn’t make your stomach queezy, but packs a significant amount of good calories to get you through the run. A lot of times, I drive to mountain trails for my long run, so this is a great portable meal to bring along for the ride.
Pretty, isn’t it? Speaking of good calories, I cannot say enough wonderful things about Chia seeds. I know, I know, I’m a little late to the party on this one. Chia seeds have been a huge health fad for a while now, and honestly, I often run the other way from health fads. But Chia seeds are popular for good reason; these tiny morsels are packed with energizing nutrients! Just one ounce of Chia seeds provides 40% of your daily fiber intake, 23 % of your recommended daily Magnesium, and 17% of your daily calcium intake. Add in the antioxidants from the berries and kale, vitamins from the banana (Potassium and Vitamin B6, to name a few), the healthy probiotics from the yogurt, and B Vitamins and calcium (among others) in the coconut milk, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a powerful punch to bring to your workout.
Power Chia Seed Smoothie
A delicious energizing smoothie packed full of vitamins. The perfect post or pre-workout meal!
- 1 1/2 cups Plain Greek Yogurt regular yogurt is fine, too
- 2 Tbsp Chia seeds
- 1 cup frozen fruit
- 1 frozen banana or fresh
- 1/2 cup kale cut in pieces
- 4-5 Tbsp coconut milk
Optional: Combine the Chia seeds and yogurt in a bowl, cover, and let sit in the refrigerator for 1 hour to overnight (This creates a texture similar to tomato seeds. If you prefer your Chia seeds crunchy, just skip this step!l).
Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend on high until smooth. Serve immediately.