Out of Bananas? Use Chia Seeds To Thicken Smoothies
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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