Want to thicken your morning smoothie? If you're out of bananas, don't like bananas, or are just looking to reduce the sugar content of your smoothie a bit, add a tablespoon of chia seeds instead!
Chia seeds expand when wet into a kind of gelatinous substance, which makes them a great thickening agent for smoothies. If you have a high-powered blender like a Vitamix or a BlendTec, put the chia seeds in whole and the blender will grind them. An added bonus: chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and dietary fiber.
The only downside is that chia seeds can work too well. If you leave a chia-filled smoothie sitting on the counter for too long, it will get very thick and you may have to eat it with a spoon!
This post was requested by katvetrano for Reader Request Week 2013.
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