Paula Recommends …Strawberry Chia Smoothie

This blend of fruit, milk and seeds is chock full of protein, calcium, vitamin C, antioxidants and fiber. That’s why we also call it a Superfood Smoothie and a great way to start the day or to refuel after a workout. Strawberries contain ellagic acid, which may act as an antioxidant and decrease inflammation. Chia seeds are loaded with fiber, rich in omega-3s and a good protein source. It’s a delicious and satisfying quick-fix with the same amount of fiber as a bowl of oatmeal …all for less than 250 calories.  – Paula Meyer, Mission Training Center Nutritionist 

3/4 cup skim milk
4 teaspoons chia seeds
1 cup fresh strawberries (or frozen is fine)
1 Tablespoon strawberry all-fruit spread, or to taste if desired
2 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. In blender, place milk and chia seeds and let sit while measuring remaining ingredients.
2. Add strawberries, (a few ice cubes if using fresh strawberries), preserves, orange zest, ginger and vanilla to blender.
3. Whirl on high speed until smoothie is blended and creamy, about 1 minute.
4. Pour smoothie into tall glass and serve immediately.

Makes 1 serving.

Nutritional information per serving: 249 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat),  44g carbohydrate, 9g protein; 9g dietary fiber, 90mg sodium