Ah… Here it is! What a good lookin’ smoothie!
Before we get too deep into berries and chia seeds, let’s meet the lovely creator of this healthy drink!
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!
Today, June 4th, 2012, marks the start of the 3rd annual Hemp History Week; a public educational campaign to try to help bring back industrial hemp farming to the United States. Hemp was banned from American farms in the early 1900’s due to the demonization of the cannabis plant, namely hemp’s THC rich cousin Marijuana. However, even in the face of all the misplaced controversy and finger-pointing, hemp has been proven to be one of the single most useful crops of all time.
From paper, clothing, biodegradable plastics to it’s numerous nutritional benefits when ingested, the long list of hempy-goodness seems unending.
This week Lassens will be doing a series of blog posts about hemp; how we can use it, cook it, clean with it and how it can help benefit our lives in many different aspects.
Seeing as it’s Monday, I’ll make this first post short and sweet.
Shelled hemp seeds are one of the best vegan sources of essential fatty acids (EFA). EFAs help in the development and continued function of brain and nerve tissues, assist in cardiovascular support, aid in healthy hair, skin and nails as well as numerous other benefits.
This week, Lassen’s deli introduces the Strawberry Hemp Smoothie, a winning combination of organic strawberries, organic banana, chocolate hemp milk, organic coconut oil and organic shelled hemp seeds.
It’s no mystery that chocolate and strawberries are amazing together, but the real magic occurs when coconut oil and shelled hemp seeds arrive at the party to create a drink that is filling, satisfying and just plain ol’ fancy! Try yours today at the Lassen’s deli in Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Santa Maria, Bakersfield and Fresno, California.
And stay posted tomorrow for some more fun facts and useful uses for hemp!