Until recently I had never tried chia seeds. I never even thought of them or even associated them with the terra cotta housewares known as Chia Pets. However, on a whim I bought a pack of chia seeds (or salvia hispanica) not knowing what to do with them, and I found out some interesting things on wikipedia. First of all, the sprouts of these seeds are the namesake of the ever famous Chia Pets. Secondly, these seeds are often put into Mexican beverages for textural purposes, and the result is known as chia fresca. Hey then, I thought -- why not put them in a smoothie. Thus continues the "Non Alcoholic Health Smoothies Inspired By Alcoholic Beverages Series" with the Strawberry Chia "Daquiri".
Strawberry Chia "Daquiri"
The texture and sensation of a strawberry daquiri, but with chia seeds and no alcohol!
1 pkg. fresh raspberries
1 pkg. fresh strawberries, tops cut off and cut in half (save a few whole strawberries for garnish)
1/4 cup pomegranate juice
1 tbsp. chia seeds
4-6 ice cubes
1. Blend raspberries, strawberries, pomegranate juice, and chia seeds.
2. Pour beverage into glasses.