Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Raspberry Chia Smoothie

This is a quick, but very powerful health enhancing recipe.

Raspberries are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. They are high in ellagic acid, a phenolic compound that is believed to prevent cancer, inhibit the proliferation of cancerous cells within the body and stop the growth of some tumors.

Raspberries are perfect wight management fruit. Fiber helps slow the digestive process so you will feel full longer. Manganese is a trace mineral that helps keep your metabolic rate high, which in turn helps burn excess fat.

Chia seeds are just as amazing! Chia is 16% protein, 31% fat, and 44% carbohydrate - of which 38% is fiber! Most of its fat content is the essential omega-3 fatty acid ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). They are low in calories. A single tablespoon has only 50-70 calories. They are rich in vitamin A, C, E, B vitamins including B12, minerals and amino acids. They are a valuable source of complete protein. 

By adding chia seeds to your diet you will experience
  • more energy
  • better sleep
  • increased muscle tone
  • improved digestion
  • great skin tone
  • mental sharpness
A number of medical studies now exist demonstrating the health benefits of chia seeds for diabetics. slow the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar, helping to lower and maintain a healthy blood sugar level, critical for anyone trying to manage this life-altering condition. Research shows that chia seeds help reduce cardiovascular risk factors in people with well-managed type 2 diabetes.

 Chia - the seeds of life

Best way to use chia seeds in smoothies is to soak them in water 20-30 minutes before use. They will coagulate and form a thick pudding. The longer you soak them, the more pudding-like they will become. Keep this in mind and do not put too much. One to two tablespoons per person should be enough. 

Another way to add chia to your raw food dishes is to use the grind chis powder. Explore your health food store's options or grind the seeds yourself using a good nut or coffee grinder.

  • 1 1/2 cup coconut water or unsweetened rice milk
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries 
  • 1 banana - optional - you may skip it if you are using rice milk
  • 3-4 Tbsp pre-soaked organic chia seeds
  • dash stevia
  • pinch pink Himalaya salt
  • Place all the ingredients in the blender and process until smooth. You may want to add a few ice cubes if you are using fresh raspberries. Adjust the amount of liquid if necessary. Enjoy in good company!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Raspberry Chia Smoothie


As always, feel free to experiment with the ingredients. Depending on how much chia seeds you have added to your smoothie, you may want to add more coconut water or rice milk. Add a banana for a smoother texture.


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