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Berry & Chia Seed Smoothie

I LOVE berries!!! All kinds of berries! Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & of course raspberries so when I found this recipe, I just had to try it. I love it mainly because I can mix it in my Nutribullet RX and its portable. I love it double because berries contain antioxidents which are fantastic for your skin! Win-win!

This is the most awkward looking addition to a smoothie! I’ve never eaten chia seeds & I almost didn’t because they just look awkward! When I finally found them at Natural Grocers, I was hesitant to even put them in the smoothie because they look like small black beans and who wants beans in their breakfast? But, they add a protein boost so I took a shot at it. They’re really pretty good!

I’ve also never tried rice milk & the taste is a lot like almond milk but the consistency is much thinner, almost transparent in color and definately not sweet so your berries will make up for that.

I LOVE berries!!! All kinds of berries! Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & of course raspberries & you can use whatever berries you love in this recipe. I stuck to the recipe of blueberries & strawberries, but like I said, use what berries your belly loves!

Taken from The Quit Gut Cookbook.

I’m an ingredient gatherer so I have to have everything on the counter & measured to the extent that I can before I start mixing. It’s ok to be an ingredient gatherer, it reduces my stress during cooking. I have way too many times started cooking and didn’t have all the ingredients. My brain tells me there’s substitute ingredients all around my kitchen but my belly says “make the recipe right!”

Start off with 2 tbsp of chia seeds soaking in 1/2 cup unsweetened rice milk for approximately 10 mins or the same amount of time that it took me to unload the dishwasher & wake Luke up from his nap before the mixing noise began. The chia seeds will thicken & be somewhat sticky so you can rinse them from the bowl as you add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of rice milk.

This picture reminded me that I could really use some way cuter measuring cups & spoons!

So next, add a cup, a cup, a 1 1/2 cup (my tribute to Steal Magnolias).

  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened rice milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Oh, & by the way, a blender is not my favorite mixing tool even though the recipe calls for a blender. This bad boy is! The Nutribullet RX is fantabulous (I make no money for this endorsement)!!! It’s so much more fancy than my original Nutibullet that I’ve had for 3 or so years. It mixes itself when you put it on the base & then shuts off.


So it’s time to blend, whichever way you choose. Mix until all ingredients are blended together well, or your Nutribullet RX shuts off.

My tough critics gave it a taste. 2 year old taste buds loved it & kept asking for more. Chad was not big on it & said it needs sugar. Jaxson ran off when I asked him to try it. He’s not real big into trying new things. I agree with Chad, it needs more sugar so….my tip…..

Exchange sweetened rice milk for the unsweetened & add 1 to 2 tbsp of sugar if you want more sweet.

Overall, I would give this gut quenching smoothie a 7!