Strawberry Chia Watermelon Smoothie
For a few weeks now I’ve been tempted to buy a watermelon at Produce Junction and well this week I finally pulled the trigger. Let’s be honest, a watermelon is a big commitment to get through when you live alone! So I decided to do what I always do when I have an abundance of produce – blend it up!
I never thought to use watermelon in a smoothie before but now that I’ve had a Vitamix I’ve been experimenting more and more with fruit combinations. Watermelon actually works really nicely because it is so high in water (no surprise there!), and it makes a nice base so you really don’t need to add much more liquid.
This particular smoothie comes from one of my favorite bloggers, Minimalist Baker, and is so refreshing and absolutely perfect for a hot summer day. The lime adds a beautiful brightness to the drink that perfectly compliments the sweetness of the watermelon and strawberries. Adding almond milk and chia seeds give some creaminess and protein, as well as healthy antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.
Chia seeds are sometimes referred to as “Miracle Seeds” because they are nutrient powerhouses, packed with protein, fiber, and 19 amino acids, with all of the essential amino acids except taurine.
Most health conscious people will be more familiar with linseeds than they will be with chia seeds. So, if you’ve ever put a spoon of linseed into some water and left it for thirty minutes, you would have returned to find a kind of glutinous solution, kind of like a gel consistency. Well, the same thing happens with chia seeds, which is another reason that they are so good for you; they act the same way in your gut. This means that they are really good for your digestive system, providing both a high amount of fiber, and also this action of forming a gel like solution moves through your body and cleans up as it goes. It’s also thought that this gel physically prevents the fast breaking down of carbohydrates in the body, by slowing down the action of the enzymes on the carbs.
Here are a few other fun facts about these little gems:
- Chia is gluten free
- It is super high in dietary fibre, making it great for digestion and healing digestion issues.
- It contains 20% Omega 3 ALA, making it a super food for the brain and heart. Chia has eight times more Omega 3 than salmon!
- It boasts 20% protein
- It is high in antioxidants (It has a four times higher ORAC value than blueberries)
- Chia contains five times more calcium than milk
- Chia contains seven times more vitamin C than oranges
- It contains three times more iron than spinach
- It contains twice the potassium content of banana
- It is food for healthy skin, hair and nails
- It has a positive impact balancing blood glucose levels (making it awesome for diabetics)
- Chia makes a great egg replacement. Just combine with water to form a gel, and add it to recipes that call for egg.
- 1½ cups fresh watermelon, cubed (black seeds removed)
- 1 cup fresh strawberries
- ½ frozen banana
- ½ cup plain unsweetened almond milk
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend on high until completely emulsified, about 30 seconds.