Raspberry Chia Yogurt Smoothie

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We’ve been under an excessive heat warning, here in Chicago, for what seems like FOREVER. It’s going to be a high of 101 degrees today and 100 tomorrow. Thankfully, by Sunday, it will drop down to the low-mid 80s.

Hallelujah!!

With a record breaking hot summer and being 8 months pregnant, I’ve been craving more and more cold foods. Ice cream is at the top of my list, but we know that’s not something you should enjoy everyday!.. ;)

I started making smoothies with Greek yogurt about a month ago, and I cannot get enough of them. (Rinaldo loves them too!) I love the tartness from the yogurt and sweetness from the fruit. I use Fage greek yogurt and always go for the full fat version. I cringe when I see people purchasing fat free dairy products… C’mon people. You don’t gain weight from healthy fats and fat free products are SO bad for you. That’s another post though…

IMGP7136 I usually stick with berries for my fruit of choice when making my smoothies. My favorite are strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Berries are one thing I always buy organic. They have the highest levels of pesticides, in particular strawberries.

If you could only buy 1 organic food, I would probably tell you to make sure and get organic strawberries.

“Strawberries are the single most pesticide-contaminated fruit or vegetable in the United States. Strawberries receive up to 500 pounds of pesticides per acre. 36 types of pesticides can be found on 90% of tested conventional strawberries.” [source]

“And in Sacramento, a pesticide so cancer-causing that it’s often used specifically to create cancer in rats for medical experiments was just proposed for approval for use on the state’s strawberry crop.” [source]

Yah, scary stuff people!

I purchase frozen organic strawberries for my smoothies and they’re a lot cheaper then the fresh organic strawberries.

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I like to add chia seeds to my smoothies just to give it a little more nutritional kick. They are an excellent source of fiber and antioxidants, a good source of calcium, a good source of plant based protein and an excellent source of the plant derived omega 3 fatty acid (alpha-linolenic acid) ALA similar to walnuts and flax.

This recipe is so simple and I hope you will give it a try!

Raspberry Chia Yogurt Smoothie
Breakfast
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 3\4 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1\2 cup cold water
  • 1\4 tsp liquid vanilla stevia (you could use honey or another sweetener of your choice)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Place everything in a blender and let run for 1-2 minutes!
  2. Enjoy!

 

I hope you all are staying cool if your state has been hit by the excessive heat too!

Have a great weekend!!

 

Do you purchase your berries organic??

What’s your favorite cold treat?

 

Lisa
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  • http://theguiltlesslife.wordpress.com/ Anna @ The Guiltless Life

    I totally agree on the organic strawberries thing, and on using Greek yogurt in smoothies! Nothing like it – it makes it so rich and creamy but yes, with that satisfying tnag afterwards! Can’t wait to give this one a go :)

    • Anonymous

      I love the tang!

  • http://www.thefitnessdish.com/ Laury@The Fitness Dish

    Yes…and cherries…All so high because they are sweet and the bugs love them!!!

    So funny we both posted yogurt smoothies today! That was my first one!! I need to try the berry. Ella would LOVE it!

    • Anonymous

      I know, I wanted to buy organic cherries, but they were way to expensive! I’m hoping the prices will drop down a little soon!

  • http://www.thrive-style.com/ Lisakthrives

    Mmmmm….this sounds yummy! You know the full fat versions of everything are my fave :-)
    I am a stickler for buying organic versions the dirty dozen items… and even some of the clean 15, if I feel like they taste better in the organic version. Lately, I’ll be honest, I’ve been buying everything organic….or passing up the really expensive things altogether, like a red pepper for $3! I do draw the line somewhere :-)
    Glad to see you!

    • Anonymous

      I know you lovec your fats Lisa! ;)
      haha, yah we do have to draw the line somewhere!
      I’m bad at buying a lot of stuff online like coconut oil, etc. Amazon is addicting!

  • http://lisalately.com/ Lisa

    Totally agree on full fat yogurt! It tastes a bazillion times better and agreed its healthier, and way less processed! This smoothie looks awesome! I just stocked up on a ton of greek yogurt so will have to try this!

    • Anonymous

      It does taste SO much better and creamier! Let me know if you give this a try!

  • http://twitter.com/TheNewHealthy Stefanie

    I prefer to buy frozen organic produce as well! It’s less expensive and lasts SO much longer. I love the sound of this smoothie and I always have these ingredients on hand. :)

    • Anonymous

      I don’t purchase too many frozen veggies, but I always stock up on my fruits!

  • http://www.lauralikesdesign.com Laura @ LauraLikesDesign

    We’re stuck in the same heat wave up here in Minneapolis–these past few days have been unbearable! Lots of indoor time for sure!

    • Anonymous

      I can’t take this heat anymore!! I cannot wait till Sunday cause it will be in the 80′s finally!

  • http://thisitalianfamily.wordpress.com/ Rach

    I still have never tried chia seeds, but this sure looks amazing!

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