It's an all American flavor. Orange Julius. It's not necessarily a healthy option, but this one is! At right around 300 calories and 8 grams of fiber, it is a wonderful way to get a jump-start on the morning.
Chia has made a tremendous comeback over the last few years, despite the previous 500 years or so of relative obscurity. So what's the deal with this super-food? Why the buzz? Chia seeds are the highest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids, and they contain more fiber than flax seeds or nuts. Chia seeds are gluten-free and come in Black and White varieties. Because of their natural ability to absorb immense amounts of liquid, they are an outstanding addition to your diet when coupled with water, to maintain hydration during physical exertion. Two keys in the battle against dehydration are regulating body fluid levels and the retention of electrolytes. Because Chia absorbs 30 times its weight in water, chia is your perfect ally!
Chia Orange Julius-style Cream SmoothieOrange, peeled| 1 medium
Raw Blue Agave| 2 Tbsp.
Almond Milk Yogurt| ½ cup
Vanilla bean paste or vanilla| 1 tsp.
Organic Grains Chia Seeds| 1 Tbsp.
Orange Juice| ½ cup
Ice| 2 cups
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a strong blender and mix until smooth, about 1 minute. Serve immediately.