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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  • Rebecca from Hip Homeschooling May 30, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    5 stars
    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 May 31, 2015 at 10:06 am

      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!

  • Robin Rue (@massholemommy) June 1, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    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 June 1, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      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!

  • Dawn June 1, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    5 stars
    This sounds delicious. I’ve never had a smoothie with watermelon in it before. Yum!

    • Debbie June 1, 2015 at 3:01 pm

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

  • Allie D. June 1, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    I love strawberry and watermelon! Can’t wait to try out this recipe, because it just looks so yummy!

    • Debbie June 1, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      The combo is outstanding! Thanks for dropping by, it really is delish!

  • Ty @ Mama of 3 Munchkins June 1, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    What a awesome and tasty looking smoothie! Now to get my hands on some Organic Black Chia seeds and Organic Blue Agave and I’d be a set.

    • Debbie June 1, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      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!

  • Dee Mauser June 1, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    I really want to try this. I’ve never actually eaten chia seeds but I am a huge fan of smoothies.

    • Debbie June 1, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      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!

  • Lisa @ Fun Money Mom June 1, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    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

    • Debbie June 1, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! and yes the combo is perfect!

  • Amber Edwards June 1, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    5 stars
    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 June 1, 2015 at 10:39 pm

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

  • Tonya June 1, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    5 stars
    That looks absolutely delish! I’m really wishing I had one right about now.

    • Debbie June 1, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      easy to do.. just a few ingredients and a blender!

  • Shauna June 1, 2015 at 9:28 pm

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

    • Debbie June 1, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      The combo of strawberry and watermelon makes it pop! you’ll love it!

  • Valerie June 1, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    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 June 1, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      I’ve been singing the jingle for days! But this really is good!

  • Sarah @ Must Have Mom June 1, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    This looks sooo tasty! I’ve never had a chia seed smoothie before.

    • Debbie June 1, 2015 at 10:40 pm

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

  • Liz Mays June 1, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    I’d definitely like to try a smoothie like this. I didn’t knwo chia had those health benefits!

    • Debbie June 1, 2015 at 10:24 pm

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

  • Tess June 1, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    I so want to make this right now. I was just inking of making a watermelon drink today. Lol

    • Debbie June 1, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      Watermelon is always on this southern girl’s mind! Thanks for dropping by!

  • Autumn @Mamachallenge June 1, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    That sounds yummy! I will have to try it soon!

    • Debbie June 1, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      I hope you do and please do let me know what you think!

  • Ann Bacciaglia June 1, 2015 at 11:03 pm

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

    • Debbie June 1, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      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!

  • gingermommyrants June 1, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    I have not tried Chia seeds yet. This looks like a delicious recipe to try them in. I will have to try this recipe this weekend.

    • Debbie June 1, 2015 at 11:43 pm

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

  • Emily June 1, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    This looks amazing! I love watermelon and chia!

    • Debbie June 1, 2015 at 11:42 pm

      I’m lovin the combo, and I think I’ll be using them more often!

  • Jody June 1, 2015 at 11:38 pm

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

    • Debbie June 1, 2015 at 11:41 pm

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

  • Aimee SMith June 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Ohhh I love smoothies with watermelon. This one looks really refreshing!

    • Debbie June 2, 2015 at 12:29 am

      It’s brisk, just sweet enough without being cloying!

  • Amanda June 2, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Sounds tasty! Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop!

    • Debbie June 2, 2015 at 1:39 am

      Thanks for dropping by! Hope you’ll join our party as well!

  • Debra @A Frugal Friend June 2, 2015 at 1:08 am

    My mind is blown! You mean Chia Seeds are the same thing as from the Chia Pets when I was a kid? WOW!!

    • Debbie June 2, 2015 at 1:38 am

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

  • ourfamilyworld June 2, 2015 at 6:30 am

    This strawberry smoothie looks amazing. I have not tried chia seed before. I need to give it a try

    • Debbie June 2, 2015 at 7:37 am

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

  • Rachael June 2, 2015 at 9:43 am

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

    • Debbie June 2, 2015 at 9:59 am

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

  • Kristin Wheeler (Mama Luvs Books) June 2, 2015 at 10:05 am

    5 stars
    That looks AMAZING and so healthy!!!

    • Debbie June 2, 2015 at 10:18 am

      It is Amazing! Skip the healthy part, it just tastes like Summer!

  • Amy Desrosiers June 2, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Watermelon is such a wonderful source of fiber. Paired with chia seeds, and you have a really nutritious smoothie drink!

    • Debbie June 2, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      It really is the best of both worlds! Delicious and good nutrition values

  • lena June 2, 2015 at 11:01 am

    5 stars
    I know the properties in this smoothie is amazing, but it also looks absolutely delicious!

    • Debbie June 2, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      Double punch! Tasty and Nutritious!