Step up your smoothie game with this healthy breakfast blend full of protein, calcium and fiber.
Strawberries contain ellagic acid, which may act as an antioxidant and decrease inflammation. Chia seeds are loaded with fiber, rich in omega-3s and a good protein source. A sweet quickfix with the same amount of fiber as a bowl of oatmeal for less than 250 calories.
3/4 cup skim milk
4 tsp. chia seeds
1 cup fresh strawberries
1 Tbsp. strawberry fruit spread, or to taste
2 tsp. orange zest
1/2 tsp. chopped fresh ginger
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1. In blender, place milk and chia seeds and let sit while measuring remaining ingredients.
2. Add strawberries, preserves, orange zest, ginger and vanilla to blender. Whirl on high speed until smoothie is blended and creamy, about 1 minute. Pour smoothie into tall glass and serve immediately.
Makes 1 serving.
Per serving: 249 calories, 5 g total fat (less than 1 g saturated fat), 44 g carbohydrate, 9 g proteain, 9 g dietary fiber, 90 mg sodium.