Chia Seed Breakfast Smoothie – Dairy Free

This is a delicious, healthy and quick smoothie to get you up and going in the morning. To save time, prepare the chia seeds and oats the night before.

This is a recipe for a dairy free chia seed smoothie. You can prepare enough chia seed gel in orange juice to last you a few days – it will keep well in the fridge. You can also grind a large batch of oats to keep you going for a couple of weeks, and keep them in a sealed container.

Chia Seed Breakfast Smoothie – Serves 2

  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds
  • 3 oranges – juiced
  • 4 tbsp of ground steel cut oats
  • 2 bananas
  • frozen berries – 2 large handfuls
  • frozen pineapple – 1 large handful
  • mint leaves
  1. Soak the chia seeds in the orange juice for at least 10 minutes. They will swell, soak up all the liquid, and form a gel. You can keep the mixture in the fridge for around 3 days. If you prefer, you can grind the chia seeds in a coffee grinder but it isn’t necessary, as it is with flax seed.
  2. Grind the oats to a fine powder in a coffee grinder.
  3. Put all the ingredients into the blender and turn on.
  4. You may need to add some water or orange juice – depending on how juicy your oranges are, and how thick you like your smoothie.
  5. Garnish with mint leaves and drink immediately.

This recipe forms the basis of a breakfast chia seed smoothie. The fruits can be changed to suit your taste and seasonal availability.

Chia Seeds and Nutrition

Chia seeds are little powerhouses of goodness. Contained in a 28g portion is 9% of your daily protein requirement – and it is a complete protein. Chia seeds are low in cholesterol and sodium and an excellent source of calcium and boron, which acts as a catalyst for calcium.

They are also high in phosphorus and manganese. They contain exceptionally high levels of omega 3 oil, and also contain omega 6 oils, and are therefore ideal for people who don’t enjoy fish or flax.

Chia seed gel radically slows down the conversation of carbohydrates into sugars. This means you never experience a sudden drop in sugar levels and reach for that chocolate bar, which is great news for dieters and diabetics. Chia seeds are low in calories and are extremely affordable, unlike a lot of superfoods.

The Aztecs ate chia seeds. It was the main component of the Aztec army’s diet, as it was easy to transport and you only needed a small amount each day to survive. Archaeologists have found evidence of the cultivation of chia seeds as far back as 3000 BC.

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