Adventures in cooking… tropical chia smoothie

Jul 2, 2012   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, food  //  2 Comments

smoothie ingredients

I know, it has been just about forever since I last posted to my blog and although it’s not an excuse, I have been busy with life, work, and yoga, and booting up my laptop when I get home has been one of the furthest thoughts from my mind. Although it wasn’t all documented, June was a great month, filled with lots of accomplishments, new projects, and getting back on top of my 2012 intentions.

I’ve needed to get back on top of eating my 5 fruits and veggies a day, so I subscribed to Washington’s Green Grocer. It’s like a CSA, but there is no sign-up fee and I can easily adjust what I get in my box each week by using their website – both adding or changing out items that I prefer not to have. For a girl that doesn’t like to make time to head to the grocery store, it’s great and it is helping me eat healthy again. Since i get enough veggies from lunchtime salads, I receive the weekly mixed fruit box (combo of organic and conventionally grown fruits). My first box came filled with bananas, mangos, oranges, and blueberries and I spent the next five mornings (all the ones I was in DC for) enjoying my Tropical Chia Smoothies.

Tropical Chia Smoothie - bright yellow and delicious

This is another super simple, yet incredibly delicious chia smoothie. The ingredients:

  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups chia gel (2 tbls chia seeds to 1 cup water, whisked together and left in the fridge overnight)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 small oranges, peeled
  • 1 mango, peeled, pit removed
  • 2 packets stevia in the raw

I prepped the fruit (took about 10 minutes), loaded my Vitamix and that was it. It only took about 3 minutes in the Vitamix to blend and I had an incredibly delicious and nutritious breakfast.

I was excited about last week’s box (filled with blueberries, bananas, and grapefruits – I accidentally had declined to receive stonefruit, so no peaches or the like – i have since corrected that mistake) and when it arrived, I identified two new simple smoothie combinations. I’ve enjoyed a twist on this tropical chia smoothie, substituting a grapefruit for the oranges and frozen mango for the fresh. Since grapefruit is naturally more tart, it’s a little less sweet, but still delicious. And all the bananas aren’t going to waste, as I also enjoy Chocolate Chia Banana smoothies – 1 cup water, 1 cup chia gel, 1 banana, and 1 scoop chocolate Vega-One protein powder. It’s my version of my favorite Starbucks smoothie and I can’t get enough of it. I can’t wait to get this week’s box and see what new smoothie recipes I can come up with.

I’m happy with this decision that’s helping me get more fruits and veggies into my diet.¬†How have you been getting your fruits and vegetables lately?


  • Omg yum!!! This looks amazing. I can’t wait to try when I get home. Thanks, Lisa!

    • You’ll have to let me know how you like it, or your version of it. Safe travels!

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