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Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Deliciously thick smoothie, thanks to chia

  • Basil mango lime smoothies.

    Associated Press

    Basil mango lime smoothies.

When soaked in water, chia seeds become plumped and gelatinous, with a texture similar to tapioca. And that makes them an ideal addition to smoothies.
In this recipe, the chia seeds give the smoothie a deliciously thick body and a mildly nutty taste that is complemented by the lime juice, basil and mango. But don't limit yourself to our flavors; soaked chia seeds can be added to any smoothie.
Basil mango lime smoothie with chia
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons honey
Finely chopped zest of 1/2 lime
4 fresh basil leaves
1 10-ounce package frozen mango chunks, thawed
2 cups fat-free vanilla yogurt
In a small bowl, combine the chia seeds, water and lime juice. Set aside for 1 hour to let the seeds plump and become gelatinous.
In a blender combine the soaked chia seeds (with the liquid), honey, lime zest, basil, mango and yogurt. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings. Per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 160 calories; 10 calories from fat (6 percent of total calories); 1 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 33 g carbohydrate; 5 g protein; 3 g fiber; 55 mg sodium.
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