Enjoy this fruit-packed smoothie made with chia seeds and coconut oil for an extra health boost. A great morning wake up; this smoothie makes me feel so energised.
Since the arrival of “the beast” – my power blender – my morning smoothies have become more and more adventurous, and I have slowly been upping the amounts of green vegetables in them. By increasing the proportion of my diet which is raw I feel healthier and more energetic. When I am away and skip my raw green smoothies for a day or two I quickly notice an energy drop and tummy grumbles. This strawberry coconut smoothie is entirely fruit based and any blender should be able to handle it, although the final result might not be as silky smooth as you would get from a power blender. If you use chilled, rather than frozen fruit, and grind your chia seeds in a spice grinder a stick blender will be able to handle this one.
Did you know there are names for the different shapes of strawberries?
Health benefits of chia seeds
Chia seeds have a large number of health benefits. As well as being a good source of omega 3 oils, they are hydrophilic, able to absorb 10 times their weight in liquid, making you feel fuller for longer and slowing absorption of sugars; you can buy them from most health food shops. I find flax or linseed, available from most supermarkets is a good substitute, and as with the chia grind them as you use them.
Although coconut oil is high in saturated fats it is delicious and a little goes a long way. Adding fat to my smoothie makes me feel fuller for longer. Amongst many reported health benefits, new studies suggest coconut oil may help in slowing the progress of Alzheimer’s disease.
I’m always keen on using the best ingredients, and one of the things I also like to do is to think about the source of all my food. It’s nice to use organic vegetables, but they do come at a significant price premium. There are other sources of fruit and vegetables that don’t subscribe to one of the various organic registration schemes, but do use less chemicals and more biological controls, and when making this recipe in winter, I’ll be using winter strawberries that, whilst not as sweet as the summer varieties, are tasty and packed with vitamin C.
- 2 tsp chia seeds (or flax / linseed)
- 1 banana
- 1 cup red grapes
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 cup water or coconut milk dirnk
- Grind the chia seeds in a spice grinder or your blender, depending on its power.
- Add the other ingredients (my strawberries and grapes were frozen) and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.