Eating For Beauty – Quick Berry Chia Smoothie

Thursday, April 10, 2014
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I'm aware that the internet is already home to about a million smoothie recipes. But... I've been whipping up this simple beauty for a couple weeks now and it's too delicious not to share. Berries, milk, and yogurt combine for a classic flavor combination but my smoothie is even healthier and lower in calories than most. I just heard on TV that some smoothies have more calories than a cheeseburger! Don't worry, this light smoothie is still filling enough to be a substantial snack or small meal.

Get the recipe after the jump.

Berry Chia Smoothie

1 cup of almond milk
1/4 greek yogurt
1/2 c fresh or frozen strawberries
1/2 c fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 banana, sliced and frozen
1 T chia seeds
1 T protein powder (I used Trader Joes Organic Hemp Protein Powder Vanilla Flavored)
1 pinch of pure stevia

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1. Put all ingredients in a large measuring cup or blender jar.

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2. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. If using a stand blender, run it on the puree setting until smooth.

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3. Pour in a glass and enjoy!

Nutritional Benefits:

Almond milk contains more nutrients than other milk alternatives and it’s very low calorie. One half cup has only 30 calories and 4 g of carbohydrates. An added beauty plus is that almond milk is a good source of vitamin E, which promotes healthy skin.

Greek yogurt is strained to remove much of the whey, lactose, and sugar present in regular yogurt. It can contain twice as much protein and half the carbs, again helping you to feel fuller longer and preventing a carb crash.

Strawberries are packed with vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants called polyphenols. They are excellent for heart health and preventing cancer.

Blueberries contain more cancer-deterring antioxidants than any other fruit. New evidence shows that they may also improve memory. Frozen blueberries don’t suffer any significant loss of antioxidants.

Bananas are a terrific source of potassium, a mineral that is essential to proper nerve and muscle function, as well as maintaining a normal blood pressure. Bananas also have and antacid effect and protect your stomach from ulcers.

Chia seeds come from a flowering plant native to Mexico and Guatemala. Packed with omega-3 fats and fiber, these mini but mighty seeds stabilize blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and aid digestion.

Stevia is a no carb, no calorie natural sweetener dervived from the sweetleaf plant. Some studies have shown that stevia can help reduce blood pressure and blood sugar levels. It also has antibacterial properties.

Hemp protein powder adds essential fats and protein to the mix and contains more fiber than whey varieties. Hemp seeds contain every essential amino acid, making them a complete protein.

This smoothie contains about 315 calories.

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