When things get busy, I think “smoothie”. It’s by far the easiest way to get major nutrition, major fast.
I’ve been loaded down this week and haven’t posted much, so I felt this was a timely recipe. This Regenerative Antioxidant Green Smoothie with Chia ticks so many nutritional boxes, it’s insane! High protein, high antioxidant value, great fiber, and of course…great flavor!
Preparing the Chia Layer
It’s easiest to have chia seeds prepped ahead of time, and this part couldn’t get any simpler! For this dark, navy blue-colored chia layer, I let the chia seeds soak in freshly brewed Butterfly Pea Flower tea. When steeped, Butterfly Pea Flower tea leaves give off sapphire hues! It’s also filled with antioxidants, thanks to the rich level of anthocyanin.
Steep a cup of tea, then while the tea is still hot, add 2-3 tablespoons of chia, and wait 15 minutes. Magic! It turns into a chia pudding.
You can make chia pudding like this using any liquid you like. I’ve found using cold liquids takes a bit longer to “gel” the chia seeds. But once you’ve stirred in chia to your liquid of choice, the pudding keeps in the fridge for days. Then, it’s waiting for your smoothies, or ready to eat it with a spoon!
The Antioxidant Green Base
I used frozen bananas and spinach for the bulk of this smoothie.
Don’t do what I did a few years back! The first time I froze bananas, I put them in the freezer with their peel on! I was sorely disappointed when I pulled them out. I literally had to let them thaw to get the peel removed! So…take it from me…peel your nana’s, then put them in your freezer. MUCH easier.
Spinach gives this smoothie its green goodness, but in the Regenerative Antioxidant Green Smoothie with Chia, spinach combines with green apple, fresh ginger, and a splash of almond milk in the Vitamix.
Spinach, ginger, and chia are all considered superfoods in their own rights – full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Antioxidants are responsible for helping protect our cells against free radials. Without these powerhouses patrolling for free radicals, our cells would be more easily exposed to diseases.
Boosted with Complement
I usually get my plant-based protein from food, but as I mentioned earlier…it’s been a long week! When I’m in a pinch for time, I lean on Complement protein powder. I love this plant-protein powder because it’s allergen-free and VERY clean. Complement was founded by endurance athletes…they get us.
Add a tablespoon or two of Complement to this smoothie for extra protein and lasting energy.
Frozen Berries for Extra Beauty
Annnnd, last but not least…if you love these beautiful berries as much as I do…pop FRESH berries into your freezer for an hour, then pull them out before serving. When they hit warmer air, they look quite beautiful all dressed in white! Enjoy them fast…this etherial look only lasts about ten minutes!
If you love smoothies and want some more ideas for healthy options, check out:
Regenerative Antioxidant Green Smoothie with Chia
- 1 cup steeped Butterfly Pea Flower tea
- 2-3 T chia seeds
- 3 whole frozen bananas
- 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
- 1 cup green apple, core removed
- 1-2 slices fresh ginger root
- 1/2 cup almond milk, unsweetened
- 1/2 cup frozen blackberries and/or blueberries (optional topping)
- 1-2 T Complement protein powder (optional)
- To make the Butterfly Pea Flower chia seeds, steep one cup of tea, then add 2-3 T of chia seeds to the hot tea and set aside to allow it to gel.
- In a Vitamix, or high speed blender, add the remaining listed ingredients and blend until completely smooth.
- To serve, add the smoothie mix into a glass, then once the chia seeds have returned to room temp, add them as a topping layer, or mix them straight into the smoothie if that's easier for you! Top with frozen berries (optional)!