When I think about making something for breakfast, smoothies are always a part of them. They are customizable, filling, easy to make and nutritious. I love berry smoothies as they provide antioxidants and adding chia seeds makes them a fulfilling nutritious morning drink.
My freezer always had a pack of triple berries that we get from Costco. But since we started fruit picking, we have a lot of leftover that I freeze. This time we went blueberry and raspberry picking. One thing I figured out about myself is that fruit picking like reading, baking and cooking relaxes me. I initially saw it as a fun activity that people do with kids or something we do once in a while for the experience of having tried it. But it actually is something I continue to do every year because in addition to being fun and relaxing, I also get a lot of fresh picks.
Should you soak chia seeds before adding them to your smoothies:
You can add whole chia seeds to your smoothie but soaking them makes it easier for the body to absorb the nutrients and makes digestion easy. Soak a tablespoon of chia seeds in three tablespoons water and let it sit for 15 minutes. Soaked or not, adding chia seeds packs a punch and help thicken your smoothies.
Plain or flavored yogurt:
I have made this with both plain greek and flavored yogurt and they both turned out great. The best thing about smoothies is that you can’t really go wrong.
This smoothie is naturally sweetened with honey. Adjust the amount according to your taste or depending on the sweetness of the berries.
Blueberry Raspberry Chia Smoothie
- 1 tablespoon Chia seeds
- 3 tablespoons Water
- 1 cup Raspberry frozen
- 1 cup Blueberry frozen
- 1/3 cup Yogurt
- 1/4 cup Orange juice
- 3 tablespoons Honey
- Whisk the chia seeds in 3 tablespoons water and keep it aside for 15 minutes.
- Add the berries, yogurt, orange juice, honey along with gelled chia seeds and blend them. Add two tablespoons of water if its too thick to help with the blending.
- Pour into two 9 oz glasses and serve immediately.