Baby spinach, leafy kale, tiny chia seeds…All those are super foods and make this green stuff > THE STUFF! Apple, cucumber and lemon are there for an extra health benefit but most importantly to make this smoothie drinkable.
It tastes totally bearable and even delicious! Apple adds sweeteness without adding too much sugar and cucumber adds coolness. You know that summery refreshing cool feeling mint and cucumber have?! That’s the one!
So, it’s delicious! MIL/sausage lover/junk food enthusiast’s verdict was “Mmmmmmm…mmmmmmm…mmmm”. Yes, I’m a good DIL. I feed her only good stuff.
Happy Canada Day and 4th of July! Celebrate it with this Superfood Chia Green Smoothie along a couple of beers and you won’t be crying the next day.
Seriously, in the last 2 months I have been drinking this Superfood Chia Green Smoothie twice a day, every day! Not only I feel great but I finally reached my goal and can wear a bikini. And that’s after spending 1 week at the all-inclusive resort this month. I posted the latest photo of my belly on Instagram. Are you kidding me?! Seriously?! It’s flat! I couldn’t believe it myself! And that’s after looking like this just 2 years ago?!
I can guarantee you this green STUFF will make you lose weight! Why? Because you are consuming so many filling nutrients and fiber that you won’t eat cr@p. That’s just in short plain English. If you look closely at each ingredient you will be shocked!
The biggest shock would be chia. These tiny black seeds that expand up to 9 times of their size when soaked in liquid.
Chia seeds are full of dietary fiber, complete protein, contain more Omega 3 than salmon and antioxidants power higher than blueberries. And it’s highly non-perishable, fairly affordable because you don’t need much and so versatile.
Alex carries a small container with chia seeds on his run and pops a little bit while running for an energy boost. Forget the sports drinks!
And then Spinach…Well, I’m sure you know it’s full of iron, vitamins A, K, C, E and cancer fighting abilities. But did you know it provides more calcium than many dairy products?! Duh?!
And my cabbage buddy Kale…Don’t want to be annoying but it’s super good for you!
Here is what I do. I make a full Oster blender. I drink a glass myself. Then:
1. If Alex is around and is nice > I share. Then if kids are around I add a banana, a bit water, blend more and serve with a straw in a cup. Then I make another one later in a day and the cycle repeats.
2. If Alex and kids are not home, I refrigerate the leftovers in the blender for up to 12 hours and we all do #1 later in a day.
This green stuff is precious stuff and we all scrape off the sides of the glass and the blender jug with a spoon. My dishwasher can’t fight this super stuff either, so I always make sure I rinse the glasses right away.
I know some people might say you have to drink it right away but the reality is different. I’d rather drink 5 hour old green smoothie than eat a kind of healthy Clif bar. After reading Melissa’s post on Homemade Clif Bars, I’m not sure about them anymore…
As for the calories count, it’s one of those ridiculous recipes you shouldn’t even count. Really, will you feel bad if you exceed you daily calorie intake by drinking this?! Really?!
Then something is wrong with you.:) But I included the calories count for you… for the half of the jug.:)
And the last thing I want to mention is this book “Chia”.
Have been reading it on my last camping trip and it’s amazing! Check you local library or you can purchase it on Amazon.
- 2 cups cold water
- 2 handfuls spinach
- 1 kale leaf, medium
- 1/2 long English cucumber, sliced
- 1/2 any apple, chopped and not cored/seeded/peeled
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 lemon, juice of
- In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. If using a regular blender it is best to add the ingredients in the order listed above and press "pulse" on and off to get the blending process started. Then I usually hit "grate" and "liquefy" after.The order doesn't matter for a powerful blender like Vitamix or Blendtec.
Servings Per Recipe: 2 large smoothies
Amount Per 1 Smoothie:
Total Fat: 2.8 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 51.0 mg
Total Carbs: 18.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 6.7 g
Sugars: 7.5 g
Protein: 4.9 g
WW Points+: 3