Strawberry Chocolate Chia Smoothie

Strawberry Chocolate Chia Smoothie

Last week, I worked with several sponsors to create chocolate recipes, one of which was Barlean’s. I made this Chocolate Mint Smoothie that was SO good, but I also made this Strawberry Chocolate Chia smoothie that I am sharing with you today.

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I added chia seeds after my cousin came to visit and told me how she adds chia to her smoothies and lets the smoothie sit for about 10 minutes to plump up the seeds. Total game changer! This is a filling and delicious way that I am starting my mornings this week- addicted to this combination of strawberry and chocolate too! Now, if you are not familiar with chia seeds, number one…get out from under that rock…number two, these are not of the “cha, cha, cha, chia!” fame:

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How can you resist the Bob Ross version…This is going on my holiday wish list!!

And number three, chia is SO good for you- let me tell you that WebMD notes that indeed the jury is still out on proven health and weight loss benefits, but that chia IS a “concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber,antioxidants and calcium.” Specifically for one tablespoon, it adds 2-3 grams protein, 4.5 grams of fat, 6 grams carbs and 6 grams of fiber in addition to all the other great nutritional benefits!

But a little goes a long way- one tablespoon can pack 70 calories, so take care to measure when you are adding it to your smoothie. Here is the breakdown:

Strawberry Chocolate Chia Smoothie

8-12 oz. ice water
1 scoop Barlean’s Greens
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (Mine is Advocare of course but any will do)
5-6 frozen strawberries
1/3 of a frozen or fresh banana
1 TBSP. chia seeds

Add ingredients in the order above and blend until mixed. Let sit 10 minutes so the chia can “gel” up, and enjoy!!

Strawberry Chocolate Chia Smoothie

After a week of “Choctoberfest” and all-things chocolate, I needed to lighten my load a little! I have been drinking these all week, and for the life of me, I cannot get a good picture with natural light! It has been raining here all week, and I am sorry to say, that smoothies are hard enough to get a nice picture of with good lighting, but with rain and dark skies…well, you have to imagine that these smoothies look way better in person! If you love the strawberry and chocolate combo, then I highly recommend this take!

Strawberry Chocolate Chia Smoothie

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 large smoothie

Serving Size: 16 oz.

Strawberry Chocolate Chia Smoothie

Letting this sit for 10 minutes before drinking is key to letting the chia seeds set up- then you have a delicious and nutritious start to your day!

Ingredients

  • 8-12 oz. ice water
  • 1 scoop Barlean's Greens
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (Mine is Advocare of course but any will do)
  • 5-6 frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 of a frozen or fresh banana
  • 1 TBSP. chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients in the order above and blend until mixed. Let sit 10 minutes so the chia can "gel" up, and enjoy!!

Notes

This is a great on-the-go breakfast for busy mornings! Make it ahead by placing all the ingredients in the blender jar the night before and setting in the fridge. Just wake up and blend!

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12 thoughts on “Strawberry Chocolate Chia Smoothie

  1. Jaime

    I was going to ask about the chia seeds! The first time I used them in a smoothie they were still obviously crunchy. I didn’t even think to let it sit for a few minutes like I do my chia pudding overnight! Smoothies are a good way for me to get in my protein in the mornings; it also helps that they’re delicious!

  2. Miz Helen

    I will just love your smoothie! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday! Have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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