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Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie

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I’ve come to think that smoothies are what makes the world spin. You can have them sweet, you can have them savory and you can have them fresh, green or full of berry goodness. It only depends on what fruits you like (or greens) and what your tastebuds tell you. This Strawberry Watermelon Chia Seed Smoothie is slightly tangy, gluten free, and packed with omega 3’s and protein. Who could ask for more?  As an after workout treat, after school or sports pick me up, an any time all round good meal substitute for healthy adults. 

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The ubiquitous Chia Pet®, around since 1982 or so,  was marketed as the perfect pet. Who needs a puppy or a cat when you can have a Chia Pet® And who’d a thunk that almost 30 years to the day I’d be using chia seeds in a smoothie.  The sprouts on the Chia Pet® were interesting, but definitely not something I’d choose to eat back then. Contrary to popular belief, my earth mother hippy days were long over by then and the closest I got to a health food store was using their parking lot on friday afternoons for happy hour next door!  Fast forward to today and I’ve found that Chia seed actually has some dietary benefit.  Its classified as a superfood, so I did some research and briefly these are the things I found:

  • Chia Seed is used in many dishes and ready made products, but when eaten raw it’s excellent sources of omega 3 and dietary fibers come to life! Out of all the superfoods chia contains the highest omega 3 content in nature! Chia Seeds are one of the greatest places to get the vegetarian fatty source alpha-linoleic acid (ALA). (good brain food too!)
  • Helps cut Cravings – Sometimes our cravings are the result of our bodies deficit in certain vitamins and minerals. For instance, if you happen to crave cheese or other dairy products (like ice cream) this could indicate low calcium levels. (always consult your doctor) Adding more calcium by consuming it in the form of food is safe, and by weight chia seeds have more calcium than milk…WOW!
  • Stay Fuller for Longer – Chia is the ULTIMATE dieter’s dream. Because of their high fiber content they leave you feeling fuller for longer. When submerged in liquids chia expands (soak your seeds before you eat them or use in a baked recipe) and the fiber comes alive. Smoothies are a great way to use the seeds because of the liquids involved.

Chia seed has a nut like flavor when eaten raw and when used in baking, (Chia gel) for most of your favorite recipes you can substitute up to half the butter with chia gel, and the food you bake will taste the same!

Print Recipe
5 from 7 votes

Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie

Fresh and delicious naturally sweet. A perfect breakfast on the run or after school snack.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 1
Author: Debbie

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 Cup fresh strawberries sliced plus 1 split whole berry for garnish
  • 1 Cup fresh cubed watermelon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp Organic Black Chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Organic Blue Agave
  • 2 Cup ice cubes

Instructions

  • Spoon 1 cup of the sliced strawberries into a blender
  • Add the cubed watermelon.
  • Add the yogurt and the agave.
  • Add the vanilla and chia seeds.
  • Add the ice.
  • Pulse until thoroughly blended and smooth.
  • Pour into tall glass, garnish with a split berry.
  • Let this smoothie sit for a few minutes while the chia seeds work their magic.

Notes

You can make this smoothie a creamier version, substitute 1/2 cup frozen bannana for the watermelon and drop your yogurt to 1/2 cup and add 1/2 cup unsweetend almond milk.

 I’ve enjoyed using chia seed in muffins and more as well as this smoothie. Have you used Chia seed? What were your thoughts? Don’t forget to grab a print of this recipe! And let us know about other recipes you’ve tried in the comments!

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Comments

  1. Rebecca from Hip Homeschooling says


    I didn’t know chia seeds help reduce cravings! I have them and add them to bread and oatmeal and such, I have even tried using them to make my own raspberry jam (so cool!) but now, um, I’m adding them to my smoothies! This looks so yummy! It’s been HOT here today, I’m tempted to turn on my vitamix but I need to run to the store first.

    Thank you for sharing and linking up at Favorite things Friday, so glad I found your blog. Make sure to check in Friday to see if you were featured and hope to see your lovely link there next week :)

    • Debbie says

      Thanks for stopping by! Yes, Chia is one of those ‘super’ foods that has a myriad of properties that are good for our health. I’m one who said, outloud even, who knew? The more I learn, the more I like!

  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    That sounds SO good. I love smoothies in the morning because I am not big on breakfast, but smoothies give me the nutrition I need to start the day.

    • Debbie says

      This one is so tasty! And of course the chia ads that full feeling and cures the cravings I’ve always had post smoothie. I’m hooked!

    • Debbie says

      just the slightest watermelon taste (as much as I love it) you could always add more or less.. But its so good!

    • Debbie says

      I seriously had no clue about Chia, thought it was only for pets. Saw people eating and thought what?? But its really yummy and filling and fights those mid morning cravings. I’m in love!

    • Debbie says

      I was not a huge fan either. I thought only chia pets used chia seeds (yeah go figure) but they’re actually pretty tasty, add some crunch, stop the mid day cravings and well they are just good!

  3. Lisa @ Fun Money Mom says

    What could be better than strawberry and watermelon?! This sounds yummy and perfect for a hot summer day!

    Thanks so much for linking up with #ShareTheWealthSunday!

    xoxo
    Lisa

  4. Amber Edwards says


    I just adore smoothies. And I especially love that you are using Organic Blue Agave for the sweetener too! And it just looks so delicious and refreshing! I have to try this one.

    • Debbie says

      It totally is refreshing and the Agave gives just enough sweet without being overpowering.

  5. Shauna says


    Oh this sounds so refreshing and yummy. I need to get on board with chia seeds… Thanks for sharing.

  6. Valerie says

    I think of Chia Pets every time someone mentions a chia recipe. ha! This one sounds so good Debbie. I will have to give it a try for sure.

    • Debbie says

      Honestly, I’d steered away because of well the chia pet thing. But they’re good! kinda nutty and add a little crunch!

    • Debbie says

      Neither did I know about all those benefits! I just thought it was a tree hugger add in. But I was wrong. again!

  7. Ann Bacciaglia says

    This Strawberry Watermelon Chia Seed Smoothie looks so delicious. I love making smoothies for breakfast.

    • Debbie says

      Breakfast, snack anytime I need a quick pick me up. They’re perfect and this one cuts the craving, that mid morning gnaw at the back of your gut!

    • Debbie says

      I only used them in one other recipe and I decided I really liked them. Let me know if you do try this!

  8. Jody says

    I have been looking for recipes to incorporate chia seeds. This looks so delicious and refreshing .

    • Debbie says

      I’ve got another smoothie bowl recipe that incorporates chia seeds. I’m quite taken with them!

    • Debbie says

      Seriously! One and the same. Who knew those sprouts were good for ya? NOT ME!

    • Debbie says

      I will admit being heistant. But another recipe we worked on called for chia seeds, and well they’re just yummo!

  9. Rachael says

    This smoothie looks so refreshing! I love putting chia in smoothies! can’t wait to try this!

    • Debbie says

      This one is what I would call the perfect smoothie, not too sweet, and takes the edge off that mid-morning hangry!