So I kinda have a confession to make about chia. About one year ago Paul and I were road-tripping to San Diego for a football game (that was surprisingly fun) when we were stuck in a horrendous traffic jam directly next to an AM/PM store. With little else to do, we decided to stop and stock up on some candy and drinks. Since I’m a HUGE sour candy fanatic, I figured I would balance my poor choice of “snack” with something a littler healthier to drink. I’d heard all about the chia craze but never really gave it a try. I picked the prettiest, pinkest bottle I could find and was going to be temporarily preoccupied with my candy and chia.
Upon my first sip, I was unpleasantly greeted with a mouthful of gooey, seedy, gelatin-y grossness that I immediately stuck my head out the window and spit it all over the car’s exterior. I would n e v e r spit anything out (unless it’s undercooked meat or a bone is floating in my mouth), but there was no choice here. I was so nervous to turn my head to the left and see Paul’s reaction. I was envisioning anger, as I just spewed chia all over his car, but was happy to see he was nearly in tears laughing. Let’s just say I didn’t give chia a second chance for a veeeeeeeery long time.
Something else you should know about me is my memory is awful. So, on a pretty recent trip to the store I saw a cute lavender bag with little dry seeds in it and instantly had to have it. Didn’t know what it was for, or how I would use it, but figured for $1.99 I can afford a useless cute bag of seeds in my pantry. When I began making smoothies at the start of summer I would sprinkle the little seeds as garnish for my drinks, learning later that you should actually blend the drink WITH the seed. Chia seeds. To my horror, I was drinking (and not gaging) over chia seeds in my delicious smoothies. I can’t be the type of girl who later learns what’s in something and chooses to suddenly not to like it, so I have fully embraced chia into my life (smoothies) and can say they are a lot better in a thick liquid that hides most of the gooey-ness. Below is one of my favorite skinny snacks that is both healthy and easy.
Blueberry chia smoothie
- 1 banana
- a handful of blueberries
- a couple ice cubes crushed
- 3 tblspns almond milk
- 2 tspns chia seed
Combine all ingredients & drink!