Sunday, February 20, 2011

Chia Spinach Pineapple smoothie

Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs), specifically, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).  These fatty acids (omega's 3,6, and 9) are considered "essential" because our bodies require them but are unable to produce them. Therefore, we must get these fatty acids from food sources like chia seeds, walnuts, flax seed, salmon, etc.

Smoothie with chia seeds.
Omega-3 EFAs also help to reduce inflammation and play a role in maintaining a healthy heart and cardiovascular system.

This smoothie is pretty simple but so delightfully refreshing!


  • 2-3 cups organic spinach (or other leafy green like swiss chard or kale)
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 4-8oz. water or orange juice, adjust amount for desired consistency
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Chia seeds
    • ** (If you're new to chia seeds, I would start off with a smaller amount and then work your way up due to their high fiber content and miraculous gelling property! It's best to see how your stomach reacts with a smaller amount first.)
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and mix!

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