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Blueberry Banana Smoothie With Chia

Blueberry Banana Smoothie With Chia 1.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Nourish Jun 15, 2016

This stunning, berry-packed smoothie has the right nutritional balance to make it a sustaining breakfast or snack.

Make Ahead: The banana needs to be frozen firm.


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Tested size: 1 servings

  • 1 very ripe medium banana, cut into chunks and frozen until firm
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries, stemmed as needed
  • 3/4 cup low-fat milk (1 percent), plus more as needed (may substitute an unsweetened nut- or soy-based milk)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted sliced or slivered (skinless) almonds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


Combine the banana, blueberries, milk, almonds, chia seed and vanilla extract in a blender; puree on high speed until well combined and thick, with some texture remaining from the chia and almonds.

Add more milk by the tablespoonful, and blend on high speed to incorporate, depending on the power of your blender and the thickness you prefer. Drink right away.

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From nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger.

Tested by Kara Elder.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 370

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 13g 20%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 5mg 2%

Sodium: 120mg 5%

Total Carbohydrates: 56g 19%

Dietary Fiber: 11g 44%

Sugar: 33g

Protein: 16g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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