I’ve been loving the taste of this beautiful pudding smoothie lately, and the health benefits are immense! But honestly, I’m eating it because of the YUM factor.
Definitely don’t want to downplay how healthy it is though, so here are just a few facts about the different ingredients…
- They deliver a massive amount of nutrients with very few calories
- They are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micro-nutrients
- They are high in several nutrients that are important for bone health
- They are incredibly easy to incorporate into your diet, since the taste is neutral
- They are rich in antioxidants like proanthocyanidins which has the ability to reverse inflammation. (Inflammation is at the root of most diseases and taxes the body like no other — it causes heart disease, diabetes, cancer and almost every illness.)
- They are known as “neuro-protective agents” which can help protect our brains from degeneration, neurotoxicity and oxidative stress
- They can help regulate your gastrointestinal track by just eating a couple handfuls a day
- They are low in calories, low on the glycemic index and high in fiber
- They are a rich source of dietary fiber and antioxidants, but low in calories
- They have one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of any fruit on earth
- The berries are full of Vitamin C which helps repair skin tissues and aids in cell regeneration of the skin, bones, ligaments and blood vessels
- Researchers have identified more than a dozen different flavonoid compounds in spinach that function as anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agents
- Most of the flavonoid and carotenoid nutrients found in spinach that provide anti-inflammatory benefits provide antioxidant benefits as well
- The wealth of vitamin K provided by spinach is important for maintaining bone health
- Calorie for calorie, leafy green vegetables like spinach provide more nutrients than any other food
The great thing is that you can use all these superfood ingredients in lots of different types of recipes, sweet or savory, baked/cooked or raw. The recipe for this post can also be made a couple of different ways. I mix the smoothie and chia pudding together for a light snack. Then I top it with non-dairy yogurt, fruit, seeds, and nuts. For a heartier meal, like breakfast, I make it into a smoothie bowl.
I used the same recipe for both of these dishes, but I changed the quantity of berries I used. If you like more of a violet color, use more raspberries. For purple, just use more blueberries. This will also change the taste and texture.
Purple Superfood Chia SmoothiePrint Recipe
- Chia Pudding
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened plant based milk
- 1/4 cup of chia seeds
- 2-3 tablespoons coconut yogurt
- sweetener to taste (I used maple syrup)
- Superfood Smoothie
- 2 ripe bananas, sliced & frozen
- 2 cups blueberries, frozen*
- 2 cups raspberries, frozen*
- large handful spinach
Chia Pudding: Whisk the milk, yogurt, chia, and sweetener to taste in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour, stir again, and refrigerate for 3 hours but preferable overnight to become more creamy.
Smoothie: Slice the bananas. and place in a freezer safe bag. Place the berries in a separate freezer bag. Freeze for a couple of hours to overnight. Once the fruit is frozen, let them sit on the counter at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes to thaw a bit. This makes it easier to churn the frozen fruit. I find that I don’t have to continually scrape down the sides, and the mixture doesn’t clump up and strain the machine.
Place all the ingredients for the smoothie in a food processor or blender and mix until thick and creamy. (You can add some coconut water or milk to thin it a bit. I like it thick, because it will hold heavier topping items without having them sink. )Taste and add any sweetener you prefer. You could also add some protein powder, spirulina, or anything else to make it more filling and even healthier.
Assembly: You can either stir the pudding and smoothie together in a glass or bowl, or layer it like I did in the smoothie bowl. Top with whatever fresh fruit and sprinkles you like. I like to add hemp hearts and a mix of seed and nuts.
*Use more blueberries if you want the color to be closer to smoothie snack. Use more raspberries if you like the color of the smoothie bowl.