I’ve been doing smoothies for breakfast A LOT lately, and it’s really helping me to get more essential fruits and veggies into my diet. I am one of those people who sincerely likes all things crisp and leafy, but for whatever reason, I just find that I’m never eating enough. Though I have a good relationship with fruits and veggies, I don’t really crave them all that much. I’m just happy to eat them if they wind up on my plate.
I’ve definitely noticed more energy and vitality on the days I eat smoothies for breakfast.
On the downside, even though I feel great and light, sometimes I feel too light. They keep me full for about 2.7 seconds, and at 9:30 AM I’m thinking “Is it lunchtime yet?”
So I’ve been trying to add ingredients that are still healthy, but full of protein. Nut butters, yogurts and chia seeds are the best protein boosters I’ve tried so far. I usually add at least one, sometimes two, so that my smoothie will stick with me until lunch.
This Strawberry Chia Smoothie Bowl has TWO protein punches in it, (3 if you opt in for the almond garnish). Plain yogurt and chia seeds. Don’t worry, the plain yogurt won’t taste plain at all when it’s mixed with banana and strawberries!
Putting chia seeds in smoothies is my absolute favorite way to eat them, because their texture can be a bit weird. As soon as they get wet, they get super hydrated and gelatin-like. It can be kind of gooey. Definitely not my favorite, but it’s not really that bad. When you put them in smoothies, they get totally pulverized, and the gooey texture disappears! They add a teeny bit of crunch to the smoothie. It’s about the same as you would expect from strawberry or raspberry seeds.
It’s actually kind of impressive how many chia seeds are packed into this smoothie bowl.
You can go as crazy as you want with the garnishes. There’s no need to include any, or you could just pick one or two. Use what you have on hand. Obviously, if you wanted to just drink this like a normal smoothie, all you have to do is put it in a glass and forgo the extras.
And eating healthy smoothies for breakfast means we can eat whatever we want for the rest of the day right? …right?
Do you also tell yourself that story? I hope I’m not the only one.
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 frozen banana
- ¼ cup water
- ½ cup yogurt
- 2 tbl chia seeds
- *optional* strawberries, bananas, sliced almonds and chia seeds for garnishing
- Add all ingredients except garnishes to a blender and process on high speed until smooth and creamy.
- Add smoothie to a small bowl and garnish with extras as desired.
Are you looking for a smoothie with some greens too?
Thanks for reading!