Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mango Smoothie with Chia Seeds

Why is parenting wrought with so many pitfalls? While our parents' generation just seemed to wing it without the psycho mumbo jumbo and most of us seem to have turned out alright I think. So why are parents today bombarded with so much advice in books and media about how to bring up kids the right way? If you think about it, is there really a right way?

Though I read all the parental advice columns and books for their entertainment value I don't pay them all that much attention. But can't deny that I don't feel a bit guilty after reading one of those columns occasionally.

So along comes a LOL article like this one - New Parenting Study Released and puts everything in perspective. If you are interested in LOL read the article ASAP.

Now to the recipe,
This chia pudding recipe via foodgawker was what set me on the search for chia seeds. Chia I read is also used in smoothies to give a protein and fiber boost in the mornings. Looks like chia is a recent super food and it is all over the health food blogs. I do not like drinking milk but smoothies are another matter altogether. I make them almost every other day and adding a spoon full of chia gave it that soft crunch which is very appealing to the taste buds. Chia gets that gelatinous texture after it has soaked in the liquid for some time.

So for those of you who have tasted falooda, soaked chia seeds feel very similar to the basil seeds in the falooda. I am not sure what the Indian word (I mean in any language) is for Chia.

Mango Smoothie with Chia Seeds
Preparation Time:15 minutes
  1. 1 cup of milk
  2. 1/2 cup of mangoes (I used frozen)
  3. 1 tsp of sugar or honey (optional)
  4. 1 tbsp chia seeds
  1. Beat together the milk, mangoes and the sugar in a blender.
  2. Add the chia seeds and let sit for about 5 minutes.
  3. Note: Do NOT blend the chia seeds with the other ingredients. If you do not like the feel of the seeds and still want to use Chia then blend it.
Perfect breakfast for those who want a superfood in the morning ;)

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  1. I am surprised when i rea din Indian blogs they didn't know about chia seeds. In kerala duringthe monsoon season we use this seed ( if i am not wrong) chia seed to make a Kanhi called Marunnu Kanji with lot os other healthy things in it. Last year I used to eat chiea seed soaked every afternoonn before the meal, and then i stopped as got lazy to do it. Smoothie looks yumm.

  2. This is so darn funny. ROFL

  3. Very nice smoothie, it will be a nice one to mix up my usual breakfast ritual of beetrot, apple and carrot smoothie with.

  4. I have a very similar pudding recipe in my drafts... but i added the chia and refrigerated it so it firmed up overnight - yummy.
    Will check out the article :)

  5. I really miss this chia seeds here, smoothie looks absolutely prefect for a breakfast.


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