7 Chia Seed Smoothie Recipes [+ 5 Chia Seeds Benefits]

7 Chia Seed Smoothie Recipes + 5 Chia Health Benefits

Chia seeds are tiny and neither look nor taste like much. At first glance, these minuscule black seeds are easy to ignore, but they pack a surprising punch, making chia seed smoothies a crazy healthy drink.

Chia seeds are tiny and don’t look or taste like much. At first glance, these minuscule seeds are easy to ignore. The incredible health food hype created around them seems somewhat surreal, blown out of proportion.

The Ancient Mayans gave chia its name, which means “strength”. An odd choice for a bunch of flavorless black specks – turns out, they couldn’t have been more right.

What the Mayans knew 3,000 years ago is the source of all the buzz amongst food bloggers, celebrities and TV chefs today.

Here is why the hype is warranted. 

You start to understand why chia seeds have been coined "tiny titans of nutrition”.

Ella Woodward

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Chia Seeds Benefits #1: The Undisputed Dietary Fiber Champion

Looking to add dietary fiber to your diet? Look no further. Chia seeds are the undisputed fiber champions and one of the best sources of dietary fiber on the planet as 40% of every chia grain is fiber. 

Chia Seeds Benefits #2: Delivery of Quality Proteins

Thinking about adding a high-quality protein to your diet? No problem. Chia seeds have you covered on this one, too. 

Chia seeds deliver quality proteins paired with strong appetite-suppressant effects to your system. High-protein diets have been shown to reduce food cravings while maximizing fullness.

What's more is that chia seeds can absorb 10-12 times their weight in water, which should increase fullness once consumed. 

Chia Seeds Benefits #3: Weight Loss Food Yes, Magic Bullet No

Trying to lose weight and eager to make dietary changes that help you stay lean? Once again, chia seeds should be your go-to weight loss food. 

Chia seeds are an extremely low-calorie, high-fiber and high-quality protein. One ounce offers only 137 calories, but 11 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. 

Fiber helps maintain digestive health and regularizes your bowls. High-protein diets as mentioned before are associated with the suppression of appetite.

And yet, even a superfood like chia seeds that delivers exceptional nutrition and health benefits on multiple levels, is not going to make up for your overall diet, exercise habits and sleep hygiene. 

Rather, even this superfood must be consumed in conjunction with an overall low-calorie diet and healthy lifestyle, to support your weight loss journey. 

Chia Seeds Benefits #4: Rich in Stress-Busting Magnesium (Most People Lack)

Maybe you unknowingly lack magnesium (as more than 50% people in the United States and Europe do) and were hoping to find an easy food source of that vital mineral?

Two tablespoons of chia seeds are your answer then. They meet 30% of your daily magnesium needs. 

Magnesium is a mineral that many people do not know about and, as a result, do not notice lacking. Your system, however, requires magnesium for about 600 different biochemical reactions in your body every day

For instance, your nervous system relies on magnesium to transmit messages throughout your brain. Also, your muscles would not contract and relax, if it wasn't for magnesium.

While magnesium features a host of health benefits, what tends to be overlooked is its role in regulating mood and fighting depression.

One study found that as little as 450mg of magnesium per day administered to patients suffering from depression had the same effect as an antidepressant drug.

Chia Seeds Benefits #5: Its Calcium And Healthy Fats Make Your Skin Glow 

What about your skin? Were you wondering whether there was any truth to the chia seed skin glow claim? After looking at chia seeds’ nutritional facts, the claim no longer seems far-fetched.

To begin with, their calcium content rivals that of dairy products. So, this is an excellent plant-based source of calcium for all of our vegan friends. 

Calcium plays an important role in the shedding of old, dull skin and the generation of new, fresh skin cells. It is also good for dry skin as it helps your skin hold onto and increase moisture levels.

To top it off, chia seeds' omega-3 fatty acids support the re-hydration of your skin while also promoting circulation and the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells. This is what makes your skin glow.

Now, with your chia seed 101 complete, let's move on to what you have been waiting for: 7 chia seed smoothie recipes!

7 Chia Seed Smoothie Recipes

Chia Seed Smoothie Recipe #1: Chia Energy Smoothie (2 servings)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups bok choi

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • 1/2 cup strawberries

  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds

  • 1/4 cup blackberries

  • 3 cubes ice

Instructions

Pour almond milk into the blender. Add in the chia seeds and let them sit for a few minutes while preparing the other ingredients. Now, toss in the strawberries together with the bok choi. 

For a slightly thicker consistency add a couple of ice cubes. Blend well until smooth and creamy. Top of with blackberries. Serve immediately.

7 Chia Seed Smoothie Recipes

Chia Seed Smoothie Recipe #2: Dark Chocolate Dreams (1-2 servings)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of spinach

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • 1/2 cup blueberries

  • 1/2 avocado

  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds

  • 3 pieces of dark chocolate (70% cacao or higher)

  • 3 ice cubes

Instructions

Pour almond milk into the blender. Add in the chia seeds and let them sit while preparing the other ingredients (rinse spinach and blueberries; peel and cut avocado). 

Now, add everything else (spinach, blueberries, avocado, dark chocolate, ice) into the blender. For a thicker consistency, add a couple of ice cubes. Blend well until smooth. Serve immediately.

7 Chia Seed Smoothie Recipes

Chia Seed Smoothie Recipe #3: Green Weight Loss Hero (1 serving)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut water

  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds

  • 1/2 lemon (juiced)

  • 1 apple

  • 1 cup arugula

  • ½-inch chunk fresh ginger root

  • 3 ice cubes

Instructions

Pour coconut water and ground chia seeds into the blender and let them sit for a few minutes while preparing the other ingredients. Peel the ginger root, core the apple and juice the lemon. 

Then add all ingredients (arugula, apple, ginger and lemon juice) into the blender. For a thicker consistency add the ice cubes. Blend well until smooth. Serve immediately.

7 Chia Seed Smoothie Recipes

Chia Seed Smoothie Recipe #4: Tropical Coconut-Banana Smoothie (1 serving)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup spinach

  • 1/3 cup coconut chunks

  • 1/2 banana

  • 1 cup coconut water

  • 1/2 tablespoon ground chia seeds 

  • 3 cubes ice

  • Fresh mint leaves (for garnishment, optional)

Instructions

Pour coconut water into the blender. Add in the chia seeds and let them sit for a few minutes while juicing the orange and preparing the other ingredients. 

Now, toss in all remaining ingredients (spinach, coconut chunks and banana). For a thicker consistency add ice cubes. Blend well until smooth. Top it of with fresh mint leaves for garnishment. Serve immediately.

7 Chia Seed Smoothie Recipes

Chia Seed Smoothie Recipe #5: High-Protein Workout Smoothie (2 servings)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashew nut milk

  • 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds

  • 1 tablespoon rolled oats

  • 2 cups spinach

  • 1/2 avocado

  • 3 cubes ice

Instructions

Pour cashew nut milk and Greek yogurt into the blender. Add in the chia seeds and let them sit for a few minutes while preparing the other ingredients. 

Now, toss in all remaining ingredients (spinach, rolled oats, apple). For a thicker consistency add ice cubes. Blend well until smooth. Serve immediately.

7 Chia Seed Smoothie Recipes

Chia Seed Smoothie Recipe #6: Blueberry Bliss (1-2 servings)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup kale

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

  • 1 ½ medium bananas, sliced and frozen

  • 3/4 cup frozen blueberries

  • 3 cubes ice

Instructions

Pour almond milk into the blender. Add in the chia seeds and let them sit for a few minutes while preparing the other ingredients. 

Now, toss in the banana together with the blueberries. For a slightly thicker consistency add a couple of ice cubes. Blend well until smooth. Serve immediately

7 Chia Seed Smoothie Recipes

Chia Seed Smoothie Recipe #7: Chia Skin Glow Smoothie (1-2 servings)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup kale

  • 1 carrot

  • 1 apple

  • 1/2 cup blueberries

  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds

  • 1 cup coconut water

Instructions

Pour coconut water into the blender. Add in the chia seeds and let them sit for a few minutes while preparing the other ingredients. 

Now, toss in all the other ingredients (kale, carrot, avocado, blueberries). For a thicker consistency add a couple of ice cubes. Blend well until smooth. Serve immediately.