Thirsty Thursday- Chia Seeds and a Smoothie Recipe!

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Which is a better addition to your smoothie, chia seeds or flaxseed?

Obviously, both are great! They both provide healthy, plant-based omega-3 fatty acids which help lower inflammation, boost mood, and are overall just awesome for your health! But ounce for ounce chia seeds have more fiber and more calcium than flaxseed. And this is my favorite part- although with flaxseed you have to worry about whether you should grind your own flaxseed or buy it pre-ground, with chia seeds you don’t have to do a thing to them! Except sprinkle them in your smoothie! So easy!

Never tried chia seeds and worried you might not like the taste? Don’t! They actually don’t provide any taste, just a fun little seedy texture to your smoothie!  Currently, I don’t live near any store that sells these awesome seeds so I purchase them from nuts.com.  A one pound bag has lasted me almost three months and I’ve still got some left, so they’re definitely worth it!

For an 8-12 ounce smoothie, I’d suggest 1/2-1 TBSP of chia seeds.  One tablespoon of chia seeds is 60 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein.

The image posted above is from a food blog I occasionally follow, A Cozy Kitchen, and I’m thinking this Mango Banana Coconut Smoothie with Chia Seeds is going to hit the spot this summer!