My latest evening ritual has been dropping 1-2 tbs of chia seeds into my liquid of choice before bed. Some nights decadent coconut milk, others a glass of filtered water or sometimes I settle on the perfect combo, coconut water (I like with pulp).
What awaits in the morning is the magical, natural (albeit odd gel-like) additive for my Berry Kale Smoothies. I love chia, our bodies love chia so it's no wonder that decades later, our friend ch-ch-ch-chia continues to be quite the rage.
Resembling a poppy seed in size and color, salvia hispanica, is native to Mexico and Central America. Our Aztec friends recognized the seed's ability to retain 12x its weight in water making it a stellar source of hydration for our bodies and especially clutch for endurance athletes. Moreover, chia is fibrous, offers both healthy fat and protein and is victorious for being one fo the richest vegetables sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
AM Chia Berry Smoothie
Time: Overnight soaking, plus 10 mins (or less) in the morning
- 1 1/2 tsp chia seed
- 3/4 cup coconut water
- 1/2 cup frozen, organic raspberries
- 1/2 cup frozen, organic mango
- 2 leaves lacinato kale, ribs removed
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
Pour coconut water into a glass measuring cup, add chia seeds. Stir well and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, using a high-speed blender, blend all ingredients together on high until smooth. Enjoy!