Strawberry Almond Smoothie

StrawberriesStrawberries are in season in CA! I’ve been buying them 3 packs for just $9 or $10 fresh, juicy and sweet from the farmers’ market. A tip for storage: keep them stored flat. If you can get your hands on a non-greasy pizza box, it’s perfect for holding your berries so they don’t mush up.

This smoothie is a great use for homemade almond/nut milk that uses the pulp too! If you use store-bought almond milk, simply throw in a handful of raw nuts instead… at the end if you want to keep something in there to crunch on.

8-10 strawberries
1/2-3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tablespoons almond pulp or 3 tablespoons raw almonds
1 tablespoon chia seeds
dash of vanilla, if desired

What’s so good here? Sounds so simple…photo(14)

This light meal is relatively low in sugar, packed with fiber to keep you feeling fuller longer, and has a healthy dose of good fats from the almonds, to help your body absorb all of the awesome nutrition you’re putting in it (and, fats help tell your body it’s satisfied).

Strawberries are a fabulous source of fiber and vitamin C – this smoothie alone has over 100% of your daily recommended intake! No need to stay with boring orange juice… which has almost no fiber.

Almonds are a source of photo(15)healthy fats and protein as well as vitamin E, great for your skin.

Chia seeds are one of the latest emerging “super foods” and rightfully so – packed with fiber, and a huge array of vitamins and minerals. It’s practically a whole-food supplement supplement!

I garnished this beautiful breakfast with some frozen blueberries and raspberries, and even tried some with my 1/2 avocado for extra fiber and satisfying skin-hydrating healthy fats – YUM! Kept me energized for hours…