| Nicole Perry | June 23, 2017 |
This post is sponsored by my friends at MegaFood. All opinions—as always!—are my own. I appreciate your support of the wonderful brands that make this blog possible. 🙂
So is it chia seed pudding or is it a smoothie? Both! I’ve mentioned before that sometimes—as delicious as they are—smoothies don’t fully satisfy me as a meal because I haven’t chewed anything. I’ll finish my smoothie then reach for something to eat. So the other day the idea popped into my head to just top my smoothie with something I could dig a spoon into. Duh. Friends, meet my delicious Frankenstein creation: the raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie.
You slurp down the smoothie portion with a straw as the chia seed pudding inches its way to the bottom of the glass, picking up streaks of yummy smoothie as it goes. When the last slurp gets stopped short with the thick pudding clogging the straw, your reach for your spoon and dig in.
One of my favorite smoothie add-ins is a scoop from one (or several) of MegaFood’s Daily Nutrient Booster Powders. You might remember these two recipes I posted last year using them:
- Matcha Green Fruit Smoothie Bowl using Daily Energy
- Tropical Turmeric Carrot Juice Smoothie using Daily Turmeric (seriously one of my favorite juice combos!)
For today’s raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie, I’m adding in a scoop of Daily Energy. This whole food powder is “mindfully crafted” to support a healthy, active lifestyle.* I love that phrase—”mindfully crafted”—and it really does sum up the way in which MegaFood approaches all its products. Daily Energy contains Eleuthero, Ashwagandha and Bacopa, herbs that have been celebrated through history for supporting a healthy stress response. It also contains FoodState® Chromium and Green Tea to help enhance mental alertness, focus and healthy metabolism.*
For those thinking, “What the heck is FoodState?” MegaFood’s FoodState Nutrients™ are made with whole foods to provide essential vitamins and minerals. They’re gentle on the body and easy-to-digest, which is why you can take MegaFood supplements even on an empty stomach. I try to take my vitamins with breakfast, but some mornings I’m racing off to teach at the crack of dawn and it just doesn’t happen. I love that I can still take my multi without getting a stomach ache!
Raspberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding Smoothie (Boosted With MegaFood Daily Energy!)
Servings: 1 Smoothie
- ½ heaping cup fresh raspberries
- 1-2 tbsp packed fresh mint leaves (if you just want a subtle mint flavor do 1—I love mint so I usually do 2)
- 1 banana, frozen*
- 1 scoop Daily Energy
- ⅓ cup coconut milk, plus more if needed to reach desired consistency
- Toppings of choice: I used frozen raspberries (so the pictures would be pretty—in real life, I like fresh) and bee pollen. Granola or a little peanut butter would also be yummy!
For the chia seed pudding:
- ⅓ cup coconut milk
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 3-4 raspberries, muddled (optional—this is just to give it a pink hue)
- Stir together the chia seed pudding ingredients and let sit for 10 minutes (until gelled and thick).
- Blend smoothie ingredients in a high-speed blender. If too thick, slowly add coconut milk.
- Pour the smoothie into a glass then top with the chia seed pudding. Finish with desired toppings.
- Enjoy with a straw … then a spoon!
- If you only have fresh bananas on hand, you could use frozen raspberries instead of fresh. Just make sure one or the other is frozen so you get a good, thick smoothie texture.
You’ll notice in the above recipe that the chia seed pudding portion is really simple and plain. That’s because you’ll have smoothie remnants and toppings at the bottom of your glass to mix into it with each spoonful.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.