Remember how I told you he’s gaga for my 4-ingredient green smoothies? Well, I introduced him to this blueberry chia smoothie… and now it’s like the 4-ingredient green smoothie is the Cinderella-pre-transformation-stepsister-in-the-corner to him, relegated only for the days when we’re, you know, out of blueberries.
But I should have expected it; should have seen it coming. This man loves him some blueberries. I half-jokingly suggested once or twice he go as blueberried Violet Beauregard for Halloween, but then he offered to go as Khal Drogo and so I so subserviently accepted. Because I. Will. Be. the Mother.
I really digress.
Not only does O really freaking love blueberries, this man dies for chia seeds. He read Born to Run and learned all about the chia habits of the super-runner Tarahumara people in Mexico. These ultra-athletes run extreme distances without any bells or whistles (no neon compression gear necessary, you guys), touting the many benefits of the chia seed, from its balanced release of sustainable energy to its extremely high fiber content, leaving you feeling full for hours. Chia seeds even contain tryptophan, an essential amino acid found primarily in sea veggies and some leafy greens.
A pretty badass superfood in general, I think.
Combine those suckers with blueberries, which are extremely high in antioxidants and good sources of vitamin K, vitamin C, and manganese. Hooray plants!
But one taste of this smoothie, and you won’t carry one bit about the health benefits that are packed into your little glass. No, you’ll be humming “my milksha–er, smoothie brings all the boys to the yard..” and doing a little chair dance to yourself. Not like… a burlesque chair dance. But, you know, a little dance. In your office chair. Pretty sexy stuff.
This smoothie is perfect for breakfast, as a snack, or pre- or post-run or workout. You could even make one for lunch and feel light yet satisfied, all the way until dinner! It’s creamy and fruity, sweet but light. Filling but not at all heavy.
Because chia seeds gel the liquids in which they’re submersed, you have two options: you either need to drink the smoothie immediately–you don’t have to chug it, but don’t let it sit around like like 20 minutes before taking your first sip. Or, blend it up with half the alt-milk, let it rest for about 10 minutes, then blend in the rest of the alt-milk. This will sort of let the chia seeds do their thing, but the second blending will smooth out the drink again.
Blueberry Chia Smoothie
If you plan to drink the smoothie immediately: combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed til totally smooth.
If you plan to drink the smoothie a little more leisurely: combine blueberries, chia seeds, banana, and 1/2 cup milk and blend on high speed til smooth. Wait about 5 minutes, giving the chia seeds plenty of time to gel up the mixture. Add the remaining 1/2 cup milk and blend again until smooth.
The chia seeds will gel up the mixture, so either drink the smoothie immediately (no need to chug it or anything, but don't let it sit around for a while!) or follow the second approach!