“Hot town, summer in the city, back of my neck getting dirty and gritty…” (“Summer in the City” from The Lovin’ Spoonful, in case you weren’t keeping up with me there). Or, “Sunny days. Oh, sunny, sunny, sunny days…” (“Sunny Days” from Lighthouse – I didn’t even know this was a Canadian group until just now!). That just about sums up life in Ulsan, South Korea these days. So, with the mercury rising, I’m looking for great ways to stay cool and hydrated. Ice cream comes to mind, as do slurpees, slushies and sno-cones. But what about something with a little more oomph and a little less refined sugar (not to mention artificial colours and flavours)? With more than 35g of protein and none of the junk, this Strawberry-Coconut Chia Protein Smoothie will power you up AND cool you down. It looks, smells, tastes and even FEELS like a strawberry milkshake – your tastebuds will be none the wiser. Bonus? The sound of your blender will drown out my summer ditties!
So, have you heard about chia seeds? Apparently this is another one of those super-foods of the ancient civilizations (the Mayans and Aztecs in this case. Although it begs the question – if these civilizations were so great, why aren’t they still around?…Things that make you go hmmm). At any rate, chia seeds are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids (confused about the differences between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids? Me too! Good news – we’re not the only ones. Learn all about it here). Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that can help to protect you against heart disease and are also touted for their brain benefits. Chia seeds are also incredibly high in fiber. One of the coolest things about them is the way they “plump up” in liquid and create a gel-type substance. This makes them great for adding texture to smoothies and puddings AND they have binding properties that allow them to replace eggs in baked goods. Vegans, rejoice!
This recipe, while not vegan, should make us ALL rejoice. It’s thick, creamy and cool – really closer to a milkshake than a smoothie. Straws, beware. Be prepared to use a spoon!
Strawberry-Coconut Chia Protein Smoothie
Power up with more than 35g of protein in a good-for-you smoothie that tastes just like a strawberry milkshake!
Author: The Golden Graham Girl
1 cup (140g) frozen strawberries
1 cup (250mL or 240g) unsweetened coconut milk
1 scoop (28g) vanilla protein powder of choice – I used Quest Nutrition Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder*
1/2 cup (113g) plain non-fat Greek yogurt
1 tbsp (12g) chia seeds – I used Spectrum Essentials Chia Seed, Omega-3 & Fiber*
1. Add all ingredients in the order listed above to a regular or high-speed blender (like a Vitamix) – as an option, you can soak the chia seeds in the coconut milk for 30 minutes in advance to really thicken the texture.
2. Blend at high speed until smooth and creamy.
3. Serve and enjoy immediately.
Calories: 330 Fat: 9.0g Carbohydrates: 26.0g Sugar: 13.5g Fiber: 7.0g Protein: 37.5g
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