Strawberry Chia Smoothie

November 9, 2017Beverages, Recipes

Smoothies aren’t just a summer fad. This breakfast blend of fruit, milk and seeds is full of protein, calcium and fiber to get your day started right. Strawberries contain ellagic acid, which may act as an antioxidant and decrease inflammation. Chia seeds are loaded with fiber, rich in omega-3s and provide a good source of protein.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 4 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp. strawberry fruit spread, or to taste
  • 2 tsp. orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

Place milk and chia seeds in a blender and let sit while measuring remaining ingredients.

Add strawberries, preserves, orange zest, ginger and vanilla to blender. Whirl on high speed until smoothie is blended and creamy, about 1 minute.

Pour into a tall glass and serve immediately.

Makes 1 serving (1 cup). Per serving: 130 calories, 3.5 g total fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 20 g carbohydrates, 6 g protein, 6 g dietary fiber, 70 mg sodium, 14 g sugar, 0 g added sugar.

Recipe from the American Institute for Cancer Research.