Chocolate for breakfast, yum.
What, you don't eat chocolate for breakfast? Well, after trying this Strawberry & Chocolate Chia smoothie, you may want to have it for breakfast everyday, it's quick, simple and "Easy as Breeze" to make.
I was first introduced to chia seeds about 5 years ago while training for my first half-marathon. Athletes, especially runners use Chia seeds to help prolong hydration and help retain electrolytes as well as endurance. While training I included them in my morning and after workout smoothies. My half-marathon was a fall event so most of my training was during the hot Texas summer, so I really needed to stay hydrated.
I wanted to learn more about the small but mighty chia seed and here's a bit of what I found.
15 to 20 grams (2 to 3 tablespoons) of Chia a day will provide you with all the omega-3 your body needs. Reference:Dr. Wayne Coates-AZChia.com
Increased and sustained energy levels, mental clarity, stable blood sugar levels, bone health, increased fiber intake, weight management and healthy hair, skin and nails, these are just a few of the benefits you may have if you include Chia seeds to your daily diet.
Chia seeds are tiny black & white seeds that used to be a staple food in Aztec and Mayan times. Chia's are nutrient dense, 20% omega-3, high in vitamins and minerals (calcium, potassium & magnesium), 20% protein, high in antioxidants, 37% dietary fiber and it's a gluten-free whole grain, which has little flavor.
You can eat them dry, which is the way my daughter likes them or they can be soaked before consuming. Chia seeds can absorb up to 10 -12 times it's weight in liquid. One teaspoon of Chia seeds will make approximately ten teaspoons of Chia gel. There is no other grain that compares to the Chia seed.
Because chia is easy to digest and digest slowly they are great in stabilizing blood sugar levels, which is helpful for people with type-2 diabetes.
Chia may be a benefit in improving cardiovascular health because of is omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. It benefits brain, neurological function and arthritic conditions.
They also have high levels of calcium, making it great for bone health. One tablespoon of Chia seeds contain as much calcium as two glasses of milk.
There you have it, a boat load of information about chia seeds, now on to the recipe.
I usually start with plain unsweetened almond milk, but with this recipe I started with chocolate Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, smooth and creamy perfection!
I've been loving strawberries lately, and since I think chocolate and strawberries are great together, I put them together in this smoothie. During the hot summer months I freeze fresh fruits for quick cool me down, "Easy as Breeze" smoothies.
Guilt-free delectable goodness!!!!
Strawberry & Chocolate Chia Smoothie
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 5 mins
- Yield: 16 oz. 1x
- 1 ½ cups Blue Diamond Almond Breeze chocolate milk
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- 20 or more frozen strawberies
- 3 to 5 pitted dates
- Place all ingredients into bowl of blender, blend until smooth.
- Taste, if you prefer a sweeter smoothie add in more dates, blend until smooth.
- Pour into serving glasses.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Serving Size: 16 oz
- Calories: 402
- Sugar: 55
- Sodium: 117.5
- Fat: 11.7
- Saturated Fat: 4.8
- Carbohydrates: 72.5
- Fiber: 13.7
- Protein: 10.9
- Cholesterol: 0
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You had me at chocolate for breakfast. I also like the taste of chia seeds so definitely trying this recipe. I love the photos as well. Thanks for sharing with us at #anythinggoes
Meg @ Noming thru Life says
Yummmm! This looks fantastic! And how simple is this!?!? Chocolate and strawberries are just meant to go together. So I cannot wait to try your smoothie that appreciates their perfectness!
I certainly hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Thanks for stopping by Meg!
Virginia Magdaleno says
Oh I'm all for dessert in a glass! Amen!
Makes life so much easier!
Lou Lou Girls says
Oh my! This looks so fabulous! Pinned and tweeted. Please join us tonight at 7 pm, and party with us. I can't wait to see your new masterpieces or amazing classics! Lou Lou Girls
Chocolate for breakfast, Yes please!! I love using chia seeds in my smoothies! I don't know why I've never used dates in my smoothies! I can not wait to try this! Pinned! Thank you sharing and co-hosting #OMHGWW! Have a terrific week!
Oh wow this looks amazing, your photos are fantastic, makes me want to jump in and have this smoothie!!! 🙂 its been a pleasure co-hosting with you Celeste x