Don't you just love a good smoothie? Thick & creamy with the bright flavor of berries? Yum!
Sometimes I get carried away with smoothies & add all kinds of stuff, but these are pretty plain & simple. The berries & banana add plenty of sweetness, so there's no need for added sugar. The chia seeds add healthy omega-3 fats, plus protein. They also make it super thick. I think it's much better with them added, but if you don't have any on hand, you can substitute ground flax seeds, or omit.
I love the super subtle coconut flavor the coconut milk adds, but any milk will work. Usually I would use almond milk, but I made a batch of coconut milk this weekend (recipe here, it's super simple!) & wanted to try it out.
Adding a handful of greens is just a nutritional bonus. You can't taste them, but you get all of the nutrient goodness. Too easy!
As far as smoothies go, these are on the lighter side - no protein powders or nut butters - so they could be a light breakfast or a nice afternoon snack. Either way, they're delicious!
Berry Boost Smoothie
1 bag of frozen mixed berries (12 oz.)
1 frozen banana
2 T chia seeds
2-3 c refrigerated coconut milk (or other non-dairy milk)
1 handful of kale (or spinach)
Combine all ingredients, starting with 2 cups of milk, in a high speed blender and blend. Add more milk if needed, blending until smooth.
If you don't own a high speed blender, see my tips on blending the greens first here.