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Solomon’s Super-Charged Chia Smoothie

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My son Solomon has a new obsession. When he was 2 it was trains, when he was 6 it was Pokemon, when he was 12 it was music, and now that he’s 14, nearly 15, it’s chia seeds. I kid you not. Solomon’s cross-country coach gave him a book to read last year called Born to Run, which is about a tribe of people in Mexico, the Tarahumara Indians, that run long distances through the the wilderness in thin sandals and eat chia seeds for fuel.

Before Solomon read this book, I had primarily associated chia seeds with chia pets, those odd clay tchotchkes that sprout grass instead of hair when you water them. But it turns out that these little seeds also pack a nutritional punch, and are full of protein, fiber, omega-3s, and other nutrients. Once Solomon found out that some of his favorite Baltimore Ravens also eat chia seeds regularly, he was completely smitten, and kept bugging me to buy him some. As a joke, I got Solomon a bag of chia seeds for Hanukkah, and I had rarely seen my normally ultra-mellow boy exhibit such excitement. Since then he’s been adding chia seeds to everything from limeade to smoothies. Chia seeds are virtually tasteless, but when you mix them into drinks like limeade, they take on a really cool gelatinous texture that Solomon, Andrew and I all love (Celia isn’t so sure). You can learn more about the power of chia seeds from Health Warrior (disclaimer: they were kind enough to send me a bag of chia seeds after I met one of their marketing specialists at a party and told her how crazy we are about them) or by reading Born to Run.

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Below Solomon shares his chia smoothie recipe, which is quite delicious:

Solomon’s Chia Charged Super Smoothie

2 servings

1 cup frozen berries, such as raspberries and strawberries
2/3 cup orange juice (or use a combination of orange juice and pomegranate juice)
1/3 cup strawberry low fat kefir
2 ice cubes
1 banana
1 tsp. orange flavored omega-3s (such as Nordic Naturals Arctic Cod Liver Oil)
1 Tbsp. Da Vinci Spectra greens or other veggie powder
1 tbsp. chia seeds

In a standing blender, combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Do you have any other suggestions for how we can enjoy Solomon’s chia seeds? Please share them below.

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