This bright and vibrant smoothie is made from raspberries and mango as well as a healthy dose of the superfood chia seeds!
Detox and Retox!
January is a really difficult month for me. Naturally, I’ve over-indulged during the festive season and like the rest of the Western world I’m trying to find a way to shed the pounds of gingerbread clinging to my thighs. I don’t go in for fad diets, detoxes or cleanses. In the 25 years I’ve spent on the Earth I’ve learnt pretty quickly that the way you lose weight is to eat less and move more. Simple right?
Well it is and it isn’t… because January may be the month I vow to exercise more and eat more fruit and veggies but it’s also a month which has a whole host of birthdays (including mine on the 16th and my Mum’s just passed) as well as mine and Jon’s anniversary. So for every few days I spend trying to watch what I eat I end up splurging on a big meal out and a cocktail or five.
But, if it’s one thing that makes me feel better on a Sunday morning post-partying it’s a healthy dose of fruit. Swapping breakfast for a tall glass of fruit smoothie is one way to start the day – it’s certainly more tasty than a slice of wholemeal toast or a Wheatabix!
Raspberry and Mango Smoothie with Chia Seeds Recipe
There’s no brighter and sunnier fruit than the mango so it’s a must in any pick-me-up smoothie. We always have a batch of frozen raspberries in the freezer so they are another staple for me when it comes to whipping up a breakfast smoothie! I’ve also chucked in a banana and yogurt as well as chia seeds.
I’d never really jumped on the chia seed bandwagon until I found them right next to the till during the Holland & Barrett penny sale! Pitched as being a fantastic source of both fibre and protein they seemed an obvious choice for adding to breakfast and so they found their way into this Raspberry and Mango Smoothie recipe. To make your own smoothie simply follow the recipe below.
- Flesh of 3 mangoes
- 100g raspberries
- 1 banana
- 6 tbsp natural yogurt
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- Place all of the ingredients into a high powered blended and blitz on high for 2-3 minutes or until the mixture is smooth.
- Add extra yogurt, as required, until the smoothie is the desired consistency.
Since trying chia seeds in smoothies I can testify they definitely make you feel fuller for longer. They are a really simple addition to your smoothie yet have so many fantastic benefits. I like to top this Raspberry and Mango Smoothie off with extra slices of mango and a sprinkling of the wonder seeds! It looks rather stunning doesn’t it?
Have you tried chia seeds either in smoothies or perhaps in another recipe? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
I know that smoothies aren’t for everyone. I certainly couldn’t have one for breakfast every day like some people do, but I do think they make a really nice change at the weekends when I can spend a little bit longer preparing my breakfast and turning it into something really special.
Are you a smoothie fan? Why not share your favourite recipe below?