Peach Smoothie with Chia

April 22, 2015
Peach Smoothie with Chia - A light and delicious peach smoothie with chia seeds. It's loaded with omega 3's, fiber and antioxidants

The funny thing about

some of life's troubles is ..

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they often creep up on you .. be it ever so slowly

One day you think ..

“Huh .. I don't quite have the energy I did yesterday .. or for that matter .. the day before”

“I didn't sleep the best last night.  Come to think about it .. I've been up at 2 am roaming the house with the kitty cats .. for quite some time now”

“I've gained a few pounds over the past couple of years.  How come the tricks I relied on in my 20s and 30s .. don't seem to be working anymore.  Oh oh .. “

” My favorite foods like .. homemade bread and rice pudding.  I used to eat them without my feeling bloated the next morning.  Now I can't remember the last time my tummy felt happy .. as a general rule”

If symptoms came on overnight .. most certainly they would garner our attention.  The problem is .. when a trouble starts slowly .. how easy is it to gradually accept it and fold it of our new normal?  Somewhere in the pit of our gut .. we know something is off .. but because we aren't really sure what to do about it .. we chalk it up to age .. and learn to get by

That is .. unil one day ..

Peach Smoothie with Chia - A light and delicious peach smoothie with chia seeds. It's loaded with omega 3's, fiber and antioxidants

your body decides it's time to get your full attention .. and your sweet husband is carting you off to the emergency room with something like a

kidney stone

When we're young .. our bodies are incredibly forgiving.  As we age .. the culmination of all our vices becomes far more apparent.  Having been healthy pretty much all of my life .. this has been my first real wake-up call.

Yes .. the stone is gone .. and on the surface life returned to normal .. except for one small thing.  The nagging thoughts in the back of my mind ..  What message was my body sending?  What things can I change .. to prevent this from every happening again?

For those who follow The Veggies .. you'll know I've been pursing an education in holistic nutrition.   The best thing about what I've been studying?  The idea that optimal health is predicated on a healthy gut.  I also know enough to know .. what it is .. I don't know.

Over the past couple of years my body's .. slowly been telling me something is off.  Not terribly .. but enough to know it's time for a course correction.

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So I've hired a food coach.  In Dana's words ..

“3-in-1.  This is what I do. Functional medicine .. nutrition .. and cognitive behavioral therapy”

In my words?   She specializes in holistic nutrition .. as well as digestive health.  She's going to help get me back on track.

Last Friday morning .. we met for the first time .. via Skype.  She in Manhattan .. and me in Iowa.  She was smart .. funny .. and all around wonderful.  We put together a plan

(much more to come .. )

Peach Smoothie with Chia - A light and delicious peach smoothie with chia seeds. It's loaded with omega 3's, fiber and antioxidantsA few of my meals during the past couple of days have included chia seeds.  They're one of the highest sources of omega-3 fatty acids (after flax) .. as well as one of the most digestible plant proteins .. and an excellent source of amino acids .. minerals .. and antioxidants.

Trivia: the seeds were used by ancient Native American civilizations as an energy-boosting endurance food

Chia seeds are best eaten raw .. after being soaked in liquid.  Any liquid they're added to will be thickened .. so they're a great addition to desserts where a thick consistency is the goal

Being mucilaginous seeds (those that thicken the liquid they're soaked in) .. they're great for the health of our digestive tract.  Unlike flax .. you won't need to grind them to benefit from their nutritional value

A few notes about the recipe:   It's wonderful with any fruit you'd like to add.  If you'd like more of a pudding consistency .. up the amount of chia seeds to 1/4 cup or so.

Enjoy!

xoxo

Peach Smoothie with Chia - A light and delicious peach smoothie with chia seeds. It's loaded with omega 3's, fiber and antioxidants

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~ Adapted from twopeasandtheirpod .. here

Peach Smoothie with Chia
 
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Serves: 2 Smoothies
Ingredients
  • 3 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1¼ pounds peaches, pitted and quartered (~ 3 large)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil (** or coconut butter)
  • 1¼ cup almond milk (homemade is best)
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 - 3 tsp coconut sugar, optional .. with the amount varying on your taste for sweet and the sweetness of your peaches (** honey or any sweetener of your choice would also be great)
Instructions
  1. In your blender add the almond milk, peaches, coconut butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and sweetener (if using).
  2. Blend on high, until completely smooth
  3. Pour half the mix into a quart-size jar, add the chia seeds, and shake well. (Make sure none of the seeds have stuck to the sides or bottom of the jar)
  4. Add the other half of the blended peach mix, tighten the lid, and shake until the seeds have distributed evenly
  5. Put the jar in to the fridge and allow to chill for 4 hours, or overnight.
  6. You'll know it's done when the smoothie has thickened and is thoroughly chilled
Notes
Nutritional Data by %
% Protein: 9
% Carbs: 66
% Fat: 2
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ Total Recipe Calories: 219 Fat: 7.20 Carbohydrates: 36.46 Sugar: 25.89 Protein: 5.45

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4 Comments

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full June 20, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I’ve never really thought about it that way, but you are so right – life’s troubles really do creep up on you. If they happened instantaneously, I feel like most of us would do something immediately to correct it. But you just kind of get used to a bad situation because it happens so slowly. This really put a lot of things in perspective for me.

    • Reply sexyveggie June 21, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      Thanks so much Sarah

  • Reply 32 Quick & Easy Meals For One (For Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Dessert!) | Bembu June 21, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    […] 3. Peach Smoothie With Chia Seeds – Smoothies are one of the handiest breakfast options, because you just chuck all the nutritious ingredients into a blender for a couple of minutes and pour them into a jar to enjoy on the way to work, or into a glass if you like to have a sit down in the mornings before heading out the door. This recipe has fiber, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats to kick start your day in a super healthy way! […]

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus May 31, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    I am finding that already my body is less forgiving than it was when I was younger and I am bloated more often than not. I do like the sound of this peach chia smoothie maybe it could help x

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