Chia Berry Blast Smoothie
In collaboration with Atlas Biomed.
Now you all know that I’m a green smoothie girl, but every once in awhile I like to change things up and experiment. I just love this smoothie, it’s so creamy that has the texture of a milkshake and if you love berries then I know that you will love it too. A few weeks ago I decided to make a frozen berry smoothie bowl for breakfast and promised myself that I would share the recipe on the blog – well here it is!
Smoothies are amazing for getting lots of nutrition into meal times and snack times. This particular smoothie was made with supporting your gut health in mind because of one of the key ingredients that it includes, more on that later. Your gut health is an important aspect of your physical wellbeing that’s often overlooked by many and something that I’m interested in working on. It’s become a hot topic over the past couple of decades with a healthy gut microbiome being linked to the immune system, mood, and mental health to name a few.
This version of the smoothie is a little different because it’s not served in a bowl and it has one crucial ingredient that wasn’t in the original recipe…chia seeds. Ever since making my vegan pina colada chia pudding, I’ve been obsessed and love adding a chia nutritional boost to my smoothies.
Another ingredient that I would love to try in this berry smoothie next time is a pinch of dried chilli flakes – just enough to give it a bit of a kick and to add an edge to the sweet flavour of the berries. It’s definitely wouldn’t be a blow your head off kind of hot at all, but a subtle background heat that I think really works well. Have you ever tried chilli dark chocolate, yum!?
I bought some kefir a few weeks ago and experimented with it in a smoothie and it worked so well so used it again in this chia berry blast smoothie. If you’re not familiar with kefir it’s a fermented drink normally made from cow’s or goat’s milk. It’s incredibly beneficial for your gut health as I learned from reading The Clever Guts Diet by Dr. Michael Mosley because it’s full of nutrients and probiotics and thought to be more powerful in that respect than yogurt.
How do you know what is beneficial specifically for your gut microbiome? Recently I was contacted by Atlas Biomed to trial their Microbiome test, a simple way to gain insights into your gut bacteria with evidenced-based technology to help improve your overall health. With the test you can understand how your current eating patterns affect your gut bacteria; optimise your microbiome’s ability to synthesize vitamins; understand the potential of your bacteria to breakdown dietary fibre and discover your personalised food recommendation to help your microbiome thrive.
There is lots of talk about gut health and supporting your microbiome at the moment and its a practical way to discover what can work well and not work well to support your health and wellbeing. I’ve recently sent my test back to the lab and awaiting my personalised report.
Smoothies are seriously versatile and this mix has become a favourite of mine. They’re something quick and delicious in the morning when you’re in a rush and a healthier afternoon pick me up if you’re feeling low on energy.
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A berrylicious chia seed smoothie perfect for breakfast or as a snack.
- 75 g mixed frozen berries
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp porridge oats
- 2 tbsp kefir
- 2 tbsp unsalted cashew nuts
- 1 tbsp ground linseed
- 1-3 tsp maple syrup
- 250 ml almond milk (or milk of your choice)
Pour all of the ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth.
Serve in your favourite glass or cup and devour.
*This post was commissioned by Atlas Biomed, but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that allow me to do what I love, bringing you wellness content and recipes to help you live an unconditionally nourished life.