This was absolutely fruitalicious! I know, I know, fruitalicious is not a word but it certainly seemed like one when I was drinking this heavenly fruit-based smoothie. It is chock full of vitamins, calcium, potassium, and more with the addition of the fantastic superfood "Chia Seeds", it's packed with omega-3's.
Did you know that Chia Seeds are the richest plant-based source of omega-3s? Their omega-3's help to reduce inflammation and high cholesterol, help maintain healthy body weight, and are important in energy metabolism.
The other fruits have decided benefits as well:
Banana - aids in lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of certain cancers, is high in Vitamin C, potassium and folate
Strawberry - high in fiber, eases inflammation, helps burned stored fat and promotes blood flow
Pineapple - contains vitamins A & C, calcium and potassium and is rich in fiber. Helps to strengthen bones and is an anti-inflammatory
Mango - protects against certain cancers, helps lower cholesterol, aids in eye health and is high in fiber and vitamin C
Coconut Water - high in fiber, helps to suppress appetite, aids in reducing blood pressure and, since it contains 5 essential electrolytes, it boosts hydration during vigorous exercise
Smoothies are so easy to make too and they are a great way to start your day. Have one for breakfast or make it ahead for a quick energy-packed lunch. And when you make them yourself you know just what you are getting. No added sugars or fillers, just pure goodness.
What are you waiting for? Enjoy one today!
Craving chocolate? Try my Cocoa Chia Pudding for a creamy dessert.
Find even more healthy dessert recipes right here on 2CM!
HEALTHY TROPICAL CHIA SMOOTHIE
- 1 banana, sliced (frozen or fresh)
- 4 strawberries, frozen or fresh + 2 for garnish
- 2 fat slices pineapple
- ½ mango
- 1 cup coconut water
- 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
- 6 ice cubes, not necessary if banana and strawberries are frozen
- You should have about 2 cups of fruit total.
- Place all ingredients in blender and frappe until smooth.
- Pour into 2 glasses and garnish each with a strawberry.
This post has been updated and was first published on March 5, 2014.
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