Not much can beat a good green smoothie! I don’t post green smoothies too much anymore, I still drink them often, but usually stick to mostly the same ones and unless I have something new and exciting well why post the same old, same old. I love my layered smoothies and this is a combination of a chia gel and green smoothie. Chia seeds and gel aren’t anything new, chia pudding has been around awhile, but have you noticed all the new chia products showing up in stores? Of course there are the Mama Chia drinks and pouches that have been out awhile that my oldest loves. There are bars and chia cereals, granolas, oh and then there are the chia gel and layered yogurt cups. My oldest like those until she realized again they were upsetting her stomach because they are dairy, which has since been cut out due to stomach issues as hard as it is for her. So I’m going to have to play more with chia gels and things in the kitchen and try whip up some of her favs and also find some new ones for her. So with that chia layered smoothies! She wasn’t crazy about acai like I am but one of her favorite green smoothies is an orange, avocado one which paired perfectly with a creamy acai chia gel. It’s packed with greens, protein, omegas, healthy fats, and lots of vitamins and nutrition. This is a smoothie I love to sip after some yoga or piyo. It gives me the nutrition I need and the healthy fats have this calming soothing feel, and with the acai and oranges I feel energized. I just feel great after drinking it! It’s also great on a rest day or any day for a quick breakfast on the go.
You do have to plan ahead a little if you want this ready to head out the door in the morning, soaking the chia seeds in the acai juice the night before. Otherwise you are fine soaking them just before you workout or at least 15 minutes before you plan on enjoying it, although the longer the better (not days before though). You can soak the chia seeds in a jar or cup and then just pour the smoothie on top and you’re good to go!
Tropical Acai Chia Green Smoothie
Makes 1 serving
1/3c acai juice (Sambazon)
1 TBSP chia seeds (Navitas Naturals)
1 TBSP coconut cream, canned coconut milk (So Delicious Original Culinary Coconut Milk, Original), optional*
2/3-1c dairy free milk**
1/3 an avocado, peeled and pitted
1 orange, peeled (Cara Cara)
Handful of greens such as baby spinach and or baby kale(Earthbound Power Blend)
1/2 scoop protein powder, optional* (Vega Clean Protein or Vega Essentials Vanilla)
* The thick cream part from a can of coconut milk. If using So Delicious Original Culinary Coconut milk you can just shake the carton and use as there isn’t the liquid part.
**Start with 2/3 cup of milk if you are adding protein powder you may need a little more.
If you like your smoothies cold you can add ice or you can place your avocado, peeled and pitted, in the freezer ahead of time, and or freezer your greens.
The night before, or at least 15 minutes before you want to enjoy it (but a couple hours is better) mix the chia seeds and acai juice together and place in the refrigerator. After the mixture has been sitting in the refrigerator it will be a thick gel, the longer it sits (to a point) the thicker it will get. Stir the coconut cream into the chia mixture and set aside while you make your smoothie. In a Vitamix, or high-speed blender, blend milk (starting with 2/3 cup), avocado, orange, and greens together until smooth. If adding protein powder also add that and additional milk as needed to reach desired consistency. Pour on top of chia mixture. Swirl and have fun if you want. Enjoy!
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