Aztec Warrior Smoothie

Years ago the only reference I had ever heard to chia was “Ch ch ch chia,” the incessant jingle advertising the Chia Pet. And even then, I had no idea that the “hair” on these pets was grown from super-nutritious seeds.

In the past few years, chia seeds have hit the health scene and with good reason. Chia seeds have an impressive list of health benefits. They are a complete protein (meaning they have all nine of the essential amino acids), are a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids, are high in antioxidants, calcium, iron, and potassium, can help stabilizes blood sugar, have anti-inflammatory properties, and are a good source of fiber. They are most prized for their purported ability to give you physical energy and endurance.

Plus Aztec warriors ate them before battle. I say if it fueled an Aztec warrior through a battle, it just may help me get through an afternoon slump.

I follow a blog called “Crunch Betty.” It’s a great source for learning how to make your own body products. I particularly like the home remedies and a section called “food on your face.” Yes, you can put chia seeds on your face. They are high in alpha-lipoic acids, which, to quote Betty, “Alpha-lipoic acid is said to help with cell function, promote radiance in the skin, help diminish fine lines, and aid in antioxidant effectiveness.” Sign me up!

Betty makes a morning concoction that doubles as a beverage and a facemask. That sounded right up my alley, so I gave it a try.

I mixed honey, water and chia seeds. The seeds have an odd characteristic of forming a gel when mixed with liquid. And they get rather slippery. Following the directions, I took about a tablespoon of the mixture and rubbed it on my face and I drank the remainder. The slippery seeds don’t exactly stay put on your face, so I was dripping chia seeds everywhere. Even after I rinsed my face, I was still finding them. What is worse, at a glance, they are dead ringers for ticks. As my husband will tell you, from May through November my mantra is “Is that a tick?” It was a day of many false alarms.

I’ll probably just stick to eating them. I mainly add them to our morning smoothie. While my husband likes the smoothies, he complains that he has to pick chia seeds out of his teeth all day. Now, I don’t think an Aztec warrior would complain about that.

Aztec Warrior Smoothie
If ever an Aztec warrior drank a smoothie, this would be the one!

Ingredients
2 cups plain, whole yogurt
1 cup whole milk
2-3 tablespoon coco powder
2 tablespoon chia seeds
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 frozen banana, chopped
2 raw eggs (optional, but if you add them, be sure to get fresh, local, eggs from chickens that aren’t cooped up all day)

Method

  • The night before, place a peeled, banana broken into one-inch pieces in a freezer bag or container and place it in the freezer. I try to keep frozen bananas on hand. They make frozen drinks smooth and creamy; no ice needed.
  • Add everything to a blender and blend away.

Serves 2