Chia Cashew Smoothie

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After seemingly endless cycles of wind, rain, sleet, hail and snow on repeat, the sun came out of hibernation the morning I was having this for breakfast and I was able to sit out in the garden amongst the forget-me-nots, bluebells and tulips. I was joined by variously coloured butterflies and serenaded by a blackbird from the apple tree. So peaceful and so welcome.

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But on to the recipe.

I love cashews. They are delicately sweet, creamy and versatile. And they are good for you! Little parcels of protein, fibre, B vitamins, magnesium, manganese, copper, calcium, zinc, iron, selenium, potassium and healthy fats. (They contain the least amount of fat of all the nuts). They can be used in sweet or savoury dishes, whole or blended, or on their own toasted, salted or plain. A couple of handfuls of these tiny titans are also reputed to be as effective as 1 dose of prozac for its calming effects, they contain tryptophan, the precursor to seratonin, a feel-good chemical produced in our brains.

Chia seeds, too, have become a favourite: also versatile, they are a healthy addition to smoothies, breakfast porridge and desserts; mixed with water they can act as egg replacement in recipes and punch far beyond their size in nutrients. These tiny seeds provide high quality protein, fibre, antioxidants, healthy omega fats, manganese, magnesium, potassium, calcium and zinc.

They are usually best used pre-soaked to make them swell, however blended in a smoothie helps with this – they keep you fuller longer and help keep your digestive system moving. Some people like a spoonful of chia seeds soaked in a glass of water for 20-30 minutes with a squeeze of lime juice as a refreshing drink.

All ingredients are organic except the yogurt.

Ingredients

1 Small Ripe Banana

1 Small Handful Cashew Pieces

2 Tbsps Raw Hemp Seeds*

1 Tbsp Pumpkin Seeds

1 Tbsp Chia Seeds*

1 Tbsp Millet Flakes

Small Handful Blueberries

2 Medjool Dates, pitted

1 Small Glass Unsweetened Coconut Water

1 Tbsp CoYo Plain Yogurt

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 Blend and serve.

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I was very tempted to add George Harrison’s ‘Here Comes the Sun’ but this You Tube video of Paul McCartney’s ‘Blackbird’ has stunning pictures of a garden blackbird accompanying it, it’s such a gentle song to accompany my peaceful breakfast, I couldn’t resist…

*http://www.therawchocolatecompany.com/

Copyright: Chris McGowan

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9 thoughts on “Chia Cashew Smoothie

  1. I haven’t heard of Chia seeds before, so I will try and find some to include in our breakfast. Also pleased to hear they can be used as an egg replacement – could be useful when camping! I’m very envious of your garden relaxing….are you quite sure you couldn’t use a gardener? 😀 Currently I am sitting in the kitchen with the sun streaming in, making paper beads and listening to Radio Paradise, so I shall check out the blackbird song shortly. Have a great day!

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    1. Oh maybe I should do a post about chia seeds. In Mexico, they are a staple food, like rice and oats to us. They give chia porrridge to their babies when weaning. I’ll give that a thought. I appreciate your feedback. Funny you should mention about needing a gardener…😉 Pouring down here today.

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      1. That’s really interesting – I could have done with that when weaning my son! I had to add porridge to his milk because he was never satisfied. Must have done him good as he is over 6ft now, haha! Anyway, yes a wee post when you have time would be a lovely read. I’ll try to direct some sunshine down your way….we Scots might have a bad (unwarranted) reputation for being mean, but we always try to share the sunshine 😀

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