Ah… Here it is! What a good lookin’ smoothie!
This is Joy!
Joy is Lassen’s Regional Marketing Director. She’s the sweet face behind all our interesting Facebook and Twitter posts. As a former Pilates instructor, Joy lives a very healthy lifestyle that she shares with her husband and two adorable Great Danes, Scout and Hunter (who just became a Certified Therapy Dog! Congrats Hunter!)
Once upon a few days ago, Joy and I found ourselves talking about our favorite super-foods when Chia Seeds came up.
Why do we like Chia Seeds?
Well aside from the fact that when they are left to soak in a liquid for a small amount of time, they take on an amazing gooey consistency (reminiscent of Boba or tapioca pearls found in certain Taiwanese tea-based drinks), but they also contain a handful of wonderful health benefits including Omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals and fiber! They have also been known to aid in weight loss due to their ability to satiate hunger cravings in between meals!
“I have a really good chia smoothie that I make in the mornings!” said Joy with a smile.
“Care to share?”
And share she did!
Now from Joy’s kitchen, Lassens is proud to present…
Joy’s Chia, Berry & Spinach Smoothie
- Handful of organic spinach
- 1/2 cup of organic frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup of organic frozen blackberries (could use raspberries, blueberries)
- 1 frozen organic banana
- 1 tbsp of chia seeds
- Approximately 2 1/2 cups of almond milk (or soy milk)
Place spinach in first, then chia seeds, then all other ingredients.
Pulse to desired thickness. For a thicker smoothie, use less almond milk. For a thinner consistency, use more almond milk.
Makes 2/3 servings
This smoothie packs a health-lovin’ punch! It acts as a great breakfast or a wonderful snack or meal replacement any time of day!
We hope you try it and love it as much as Joy does! Cheers!
Subtitled: I am horrible at estimating how many bananas my family will eat…
I’m not much of a banana eater, and the others in my household eat them in fits and starts. Consequently, I often have overripe bananas hanging around. Yes, I freeze them (peeled) to use for smoothies (one of my daughters makes a smoothie almost every day, so that helps) but here’s another great recipe to use those bananas!
Saundra’s Banana-Date Breakfast Bars
The original recipe also calls for wheat germ, which has been a popular source of protein, iron, Omega 3s and 6s, and more. I found this helpful list of wheat germ’s benefits.
You Will Need:
- 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
- 3 TBSP wheat germ
- Optional: chia seeds, ground flax seeds, ground hemp seeds (I used 2 TBSP each)
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 large ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chopped dates (I used about 6 medjool dates, pitted and chopped)
Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl (oatmeal, wheat germ, seeds, whole wheat flour, baking soda)
Then in a blender, mix the bananas, oil, egg and vanilla.
Pour the banana mixture over the dry ingredients
Chop and then add the dates. Here’s a little tip about chopping those sticky dates. I oil my knife so that the date pieces come off of the knife easily and don’t stick together as much either.
Pour into a greased 9″x9″ pan and bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes. My pan is actually a 8″x8″ so I baked my bars for about 28 minutes.