Raspberry Chia Smoothie

Raspberry Chia Smoothie

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We all have those mornings when it is next to impossible to eat a good breakfast……..ah yeah ……like every morning. 

A grab and go breakfast is on just about everyones list. So, if you are gonna grab and go…….grab tasty and nutritious when you go……Raspberry Chia Smoothie!!!!

Tim and I have these almost every work day morning as we are running out the door. They are easy to prepare and extra healthy with the chia seeds.

So, you know whats next……a lesson……CHIA SEEDS……Chia is an edible seed that comes from a desert plant……..not a fuzzy hair growing Christmas gift that nobody wants………….Nutty-tasting whole-grain chia seeds are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, and they have among the highest antioxidant activity of any whole food….. even more than fresh blueberries. Another advantage of chia seeds being so rich in antioxidants is the seeds won’t deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid. And they do good stuff for the body, like keeping blood pressure and blood sugar under control.

The chia seeds you get in a Chia Pet have not been approved as food by the FDA, so get yours from a health food store, grocery store or order online. 

As always, if you have any health concerns or take medications it’s best to consult your Doctor before adding Chia Seeds to you daily regime. OK lesson over 🙂

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Now, for the really good part…….the smoothie tastes like a raspberry shake…….no lie! They are cold and thick, with the sweet taste of raspberries and a hint of banana. 

Good part number two…….you can use any fruit you like. Raspberries not your thing, use strawberries,blueberries, mango, pineapple, blackberries………

I either buy frozen oragnic fruit or freeze my own. We have it down to an art….so I have yet to try this, but on Pinterest you can find out how to make smoothie packs so all you have to do is throw them in the blender with the almond milk……even easier. 

So, if you are looking for that healthy grab and go breakfast with the added nutritional value of the chia seed, make a Raspberry Chia Smoothie before you rush out the door!

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Raspberry Chia Smoothie

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American

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Ingredients

  • 1/2cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Place the raspberries, almond milk, yogurt, banana, and chia seeds, in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.

Notes

You can substitute any fruit you like for this recipe.

Keywords: raspberry, almond milk, greek yogurt, chia seeds, healthy, banana

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Cream of Asparagus Soup

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Cream of Asparagus Soup……….even the name sounds silky and elegant. That is just what this soup is, and it has no cream in it………What you say no cream?????

I know I was amazed too! I have made plenty of cream soup, but they have all got their creaminess from heavy cream. But heavy cream has a lot of calories, and a lot of fat so, what to do to reduce that??

I have seen recipes what have used instant potatoes to thicken soups, so I wondered if a regular potato would work. Low and behold it did! Adding some onion and garlic to the asparagus gave it just the right underlying taste. The only other thing it needed was salt and pepper.

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Now, I have have one of those handy immersion blenders, and next to my Kitchen Aide stand mixer, it is one of the best gadgets I own. It works like a blender but with NO, I repeat, No big mess to cleanup after, just plug it in, stick it in your pan, and blend away. There are many versions on the market, do yourself a favor and get one…….. you won’t be sorry.

Now, I did want to add just a touch of cream with out using cream, so sour cream (low-fat) is a great substitute. You just need a small amount to make a big impact.

I garnished the soup with some beautiful reserved asparagus tips that I blanched until just tender crisp, and just a few slivers of parmesan cheese.

Serve it with a rustic loaf of French bread, and it’s a great light lunch or dinner.

Of course, as always if you have your own asparagus …………….Yum! I am still gushing over ours, it is fabulous!

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Cream of Asparagus Soup

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Cream Soup with out the cream!


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Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium russet potato, peeled and diced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons low fat sour cream
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, melt butter over low heat. Add onion and garlic, sauté on low for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Trim asparagus, removing tough ends, and cut into 2 inch pieces, reserving the tips for garnish
  3. Add diced potato and asparagus pieces to onion and garlic in the pot. Add chicken stock and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 20-25 minutes or until asparagus is very tender. While asparagus is cooking, blanch tips until tender crisp, cool under running water and set aside for garnish.
  4. Remove from heat and using an immersion blender puree until smooth (alternately you can puree mixture in a regular blender in batches, then return to pot). Stir in sour cream until well blended.
  5. Ladle into serving bowls, garnishing with asparagus tips and parmesan cheese.

Keywords: asparagus, soup, healthy,