Chia seed is great in smoothies…as long as you know the best way to add chia to drinks. The first time I added chia seed to a smoothie I blended it with the other smoothie ingredients. Big mistake. My smoothie had a perfect consistency right after blending. But, in just a few minutes the blended chia seeds absorbed and gelled so much liquid that my smoothie turned into glop. After my smoothie fail, I decided to try adding chia to smoothies the same way I add it to other drinks.The best way to add chia to smoothies (and other drinks) is to gel it first. Chia seed gel is simply chia seeds soaked in water until the seeds absorb the liquid and form a gel. The gel can then be added to drinks like sparkling juice, kombucha or smoothies. I love adding the chewy, tiny seeds to smoothies because it makes them more filling.
Strawberry Chia Smoothie Recipe
1/2 cup cold water
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (homemade or purchased, refrigerated almond milk)
1/4 cup canned, full-fat coconut milk
1 cup frozen strawberries
Natural sweetener, if desired
To make chia gel, combine cold water and chia seeds in a small bowl. Let stand at room temperature for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chia seeds soak up the water and form a gel.
For smoothie, add almond milk, coconut milk and strawberries to blender container. Cover and blend until smooth. Taste and sweeten as desired.
Divide chia seed gel between 2 glasses. Pour smoothie over chia seed gel. Serve with a straw to stir the smoothie and suck up the chewy chia seeds.
Makes 2 servings
Tip: If you don’t like the texture of chewy gelled chia seeds in your smoothie, then add the chia gel with the other smoothie ingredients and blend until smooth. Just be sure to use chia gel instead of unsoaked seeds to avoid the glop!Here are a few of my favorite smoothie recipes. Go on and add some chia to them.
Strawberry Mango Coconut Milk Smoothies from Kingfield Kitchen
Blueberry Coconut Milk Smoothies
Strawberry Mango Lemonade Smoothies
Spinach and Avocado Green Smoothies
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