With 4th of July right around the corner this recipe for a detoxing blueberry and chia breakfast smoothie couldn’t come at a better time.
We celebrate Independence Day with my husband’s family. They throw a huge party with tons of food, beer, and fireworks. Inevitably, the party always ends up by the pool where the boys compete in a fierce floating basketball competition and the girls hover to one side gossiping and trying to avoid being hit by a stray ball or worse, giant wave created from someone’s slam dunk.
It’s silly, but I always worry about getting into a bathing suit in front of his entire family. He has some gorgeous cousins that I feel like the ugly duckling standing next to.
To prepare myself for that intimidating bikini, I started drinking this delicious blueberry and chia breakfast detox smoothie.
The “detox” part really comes from the addition of the chia seeds. Chia seeds are great for a plethora of reasons:
- They can help you lose weight – they prevent some food you eat from getting absorbed into your system.
- They help reduce cravings and make you feel full faster
- They are a rich source of Omega-3’s – the vital fats that protect against arthritis and heart disease (they contain more than salmon!)
- They deliver a massive amount of nutrients with very few calories
1 oz of chia seeds contains the following:
- Fiber: 11 grams
- Protein: 4 grams
- Calcium: 18% of the RDA
- Manganses: 30% of the RDA
- Magnesium: 30% of the
- Phosphorous: 27% of the RDA
- They also contain Zinc, Vitamin B3, Potassium, Vitamin B1 and B2
When I first heard about chia seeds I was skeptical. Isn’t that what you put on a Scooby Doo statue to grow plants out of his head? Slowly though, I began to come around to the idea… And when I found a bag of Chia seeds at the dollar store I knew I couldn’t pass it up.
So you can sprinkle chia seeds raw, on top of cereal, yogurt, or rice dishes. They don’t add much flavor, but they dramatically boost the nutritional value.
I like to hydrate my chia seeds in water, which turns them into a thick gel. Doing this adds some additional nutritional benefits (like keeping your body hydrated), but I like to do it because it takes away the crunch you would normal getting just sprinkling in the seeds. It also stops them from getting stuck in my teeth.
So chia seeds are the star of the smoothie, but they are not the only thing making it healthy. Let’s talk about those little blueberries. They are great for your heart and have tons of fiber, potassium, folate, and vitamin C. They also have one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits and vegetables.
But the real important thing about this smoothie is the taste. It’s wonderful – fresh and vibrant. It’s sweet even though there isn’t any extra sugar added. I look forward to having it every morning.
So, drink this smoothie before your 4th of July bash to slim down or drink it the morning after to detox. Either way your won’t regret it!
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- ½ cup water
- 1 banana, pre-sliced and frozen
- ¾ cup frozen blueberries
- ¼ cup orange juice
- In a small bowl or glass, mix together chia seeds and water. Set aside to hydrate, about 1 hour or leave in refrigerator to hydrate overnight.
- Put all ingredients, including hydrated chia seeds, into a blender. Blend until smooth.