ENERGY BOOSTER SMOOTHIE SHOTS

29 Mar

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Happy friday everyone! It’s good friday here in Canada, so I have the day off and i’m loving every bit of it. I decided to spice up my morning with these amazing smoothie shots, and I gotta say, they definitely gave my morning some flavour πŸ˜‰

Primary energy ingredient: Chia seeds. Supposedly, the Aztecs, Mayans and Incans use chia as a staple of their diet and as an energy food. Chia means β€œstrength” in the Mayan language, and they were known as the β€œIndian Running Food” because runners and warriors would use them for sustenance while running long distances or during battle (reference from thehealthyapron.com). When chia seeds are consumed, the slow conversion of carbohydrate into sugar gives your body a constant stream of energy, as opposed to a drastic spike that will quickly crash. So adding chia seeds to your smoothies can be your “clean redbull.” Stay active my friends πŸ™‚

Recipe: serves 3

1 cup organic unsweetened almond milk (split into 3 portions)
2 organic kiwis (peeled)
4 organic large strawberries
1 medium organic peach
1 1/2 tbsp raw chia seeds
1 cup ice (split into 3 portions)

*Note: these smoothies do not contain any added sugars or sweeteners, but you also have the option of adding 1 tbsp of raw honey if you want. If you also want to spice these up for the long weekend, add a dash of gold tequila, sparkling water, and a dash of honey. Live a little!

First, soak chia seeds in water for 10-15 minutes until seeds become sticky and floaty.

Blend each fruit separately with almond milk, 1/2 tbsp chia seeds and ice until smooth.

Pour into shot glasses and top with extra fruit!

3 Responses to “ENERGY BOOSTER SMOOTHIE SHOTS”

  1. foxywholefoodie March 29, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    These look delicious! Personally, I put both chia and ground flax seed in my smoothie every morning which I make out of milk, kale, greek yogurt, fruit and the seeds. I was wondering recently if I should switch from standard milk to almond or another alternative – why do you use almond milk? Are you vegan? I’m weighing the pros and cons of both options now.

    • Valerie Azinge March 29, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

      Thanks sweetie! Flax seeds are great as well! They are also packed with amazing nutrients and benefits that are slightly different from chia. I’m not vegan, i’m pescatarian, but I prefer to use almond or dairy free milk because I find that dairy does make me bloated. I try to keep my dairy sources and intake as minimal as possible, such as my intake of cheese (mostly partly skimmed), and non fat greek yogurt which is an excellent protein source for me, as well as an amazing bed time snack to feed my muscles πŸ™‚ If your body is tolerant to regular milk, you can stick to it, as long as it’s consumed in moderation. Also opt for organic brands as well as they contain less preservatives. Hope this helps!

      • foxywholefoodie March 29, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

        I do use an organic, skim milk so that’s probably good for me! πŸ™‚ It doesn’t seem to have a negative impact on me at all.

        Thanks again for sharing!

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