I haven't entirely jumped aboard the chia seed bandwagon, but even if they're not the universal panacea as has been suggested, I don't mind taking advantage of the omega-3 acids, fiber, iron, calcium, protein, vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants that chia seeds provide. Apart from delightful chia seed puddings, chia seeds are easy to incorporate in smoothies, which I frequently enjoy for a healthy, easy-to-digest and quick and easy no-cook breakfast pick-me-up. And since chia seeds benefit from the same soaking and fermentation method that make the proteins in rolled oats digestible, they're a simple addition to the oat and yogurt mixture that I prepare the night before my smoothie in a variation of the traditional muesli technique — simply stir oats and chia seeds into plain whole-fat yogurt and leave overnight at room temperature, and the next morning you've got a nourishing, tangy and delicious base for adding any variation of fruits and natural sweeteners to make a smoothie.
This combination of yogurt, oats, chia seeds, raspberries and bananas makes for a particularly refreshing and substantial breakfast smoothie — so tasty, in fact, that it felt like I was drinking a fresh dessert!
|Raspberry-Banana Oat and Chia Seed Smoothie|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on May 5, 2013
Wholesome, refreshing and delicious breakfast or snack smoothie made with oats, yogurt, raspberries and bananas with a dose of nourishing chia seeds
Other smoothies you will enjoy:
Oat-Mango Smoothie with Blackberries
Blueberry and Maple Syrup Oat Smoothie
Pomegranate & Blueberry Oat Smoothie
Pink Mango Smoothie - Tinned Tomatoes