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It’s so easy to make this strawberry chia seed smoothie! Adding chia seeds in smoothies gives a boost of protein, fiber and antioxidants.
Want to add a dose of fiber, protein and anti-oxidants to your morning smoothies? Try this Chia Seed Smoothie! Adding chia seeds in smoothies is our new trick to load protein and fiber into this healthy breakfast or snack. You can throw a handful into any smoothie, but our favorite is this creamy strawberry smoothie: fruity, icy, and the perfect way to use the power of these seeds! As smoothie experts with over 50 smoothie recipes under our belts, we promise it will be a winner at your house, too.
Chia seed nutrition
Why add chia seeds in smoothies? Here at A Couple Cooks, we’re usually skeptical of any “superfood” trends and health food crazes. But after we researched more about the benefits of chia seeds, it’s hard to ignore the dose of nutrients you can add. Here’s what these little seeds have to offer (per Healthline):
- Chia seeds are very high in fiber. 2 tablespoons of chia seeds have 11 grams of fiber, a whopping 44% of your daily need!
- Chia seeds are high in protein. 2 tablespoons have 4 grams protein or about 8% of your daily need.
- Chia seeds are high in antioxidants. Researchers agree that this can result in reducing the risk of chronic diseases, boosting the immune system, and improving mental health.
One thing to remember is that each tablespoon of chia seeds adds 70 calories to a smoothie. This is a moderate adder, but something to be aware of! It’s much lower than an add-in like nut butter, which has about 100 calories per tablespoon.
Ingredients in this chia seed smoothie
This strawberry chia seed smoothie is a great way to add these nutrient-packed little seeds to your diet! It’s modeled off of our Perfect Strawberry Smoothie: it’s creamy, icy and packed with berry flavor. Here’s what you’ll need to make a fantastic chia seed smoothie:
- Frozen strawberries: Frozen berries are great for smoothies: they add icy texture and are easy to keep on hand for whenever a craving strikes! You can also substitute any frozen berry like blueberries, blackberries, or mixed berries.
- Banana: Most of our smoothie recipes use room temperature banana, so you don’t have to remember to freeze it before blending.
- Greek yogurt: Yogurt gives a protein boost and just the right creamy texture.
- Ice: Ice helps to make the texture lighter and fluffier: do not omit it.
- Milk: Use whatever milk you like: 2% or non dairy like oat milk or almond milk.
- Maple syrup, honey or agave syrup: Frozen berries can be rather tart, so it’s essential to add a little sweetness here. If you eat no sugar you can omit it, but it definitely completes the flavors here.
- Chia seeds: You can detect just a subtle nuttiness in the flavor of the smoothie, but most people can’t tell (including our kiddos!).
Looking for a vegan chia seed smoothie? Here’s how to adapt this recipe:
- Make our strawberry banana smoothie. Try our Strawberry Banana Smoothie: it’s vegan and uses only 2 ingredients! Then add 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to the mix.
- Substitute non-dairy milk and vegan yogurt (optional). Our favorite non-dairy milk to use in smoothies is oat milk, but almond milk also works well. If you don’t have access to vegan yogurt, simply substitute half as much non-dairy milk, then add more if necessary to get it to blend.
More ideas for adding chia seeds in smoothies
You don’t have to make the recipe below for a Strawberry Chia Seed smoothie: simply add 2 tablespoons chia seeds to any of your favorite smoothie recipes. Here are a few smoothie recipes that we think would work well:
- Whip up a creamy Perfect Banana Smoothie
- Try this tangy and bright purple Perfect Berry Smoothie
- Go green with a Spinach Smoothie or Kale Smoothie
- Infuse even more protein into this Vanilla Protein Smoothie
- Sneak seeds into this nutty Peanut Butter Smoothie
- Enjoy tropical flavors with a Pineapple Smoothie, Mango Smoothie or Mango Pineapple Smoothie
This chia seed smoothie recipe is…
Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, see the substitutions above.Print
It’s so easy to make this strawberry chia seed smoothie! Adding chia seeds in smoothies gives a boost of protein, fiber and anti-oxidants.
- 2 cups frozen strawberries (or any frozen berry)
- 1 banana (room temperature)
- ½ cup Greek yogurt*
- ¾ cup milk (or almond milk or oat milk)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup, honey, or agave syrup
- ½ cup ice
- Place all ingredients in a blender, breaking the banana into pieces. Blend until creamy and frothy, stopping and scraping down the sides as necessary. If desired, garnish with a strawberry. Serve immediately or store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for 1 day.
- Category: Smoothie
- Method: Blended
- Cuisine: Smoothie
- Diet: Vegetarian
Keywords: Chia seed smoothie