I call this the Sweet and Heat Chia Smoothie! It’s a delicious twist on a traditional pineapple raspberry smoothie.
“Spicy” is not necessarily a word that comes to mind when I think about smoothies. Smoothies are usually sweet, maybe with a little sour thrown into the mix if you want to get a little wild with it. But then again, most smoothies aren’t green, nor do they have such an amazing nutritional profile; so it should be expected that we would break the mold.
I recently spent a few days immersed in research and development of dozens of green smoothies, all to be included in an upcoming smoothie recipe book. My kitchen was bursting at the seams it was so full of fresh greens and fruit! I ate nothing but green smoothies for those couple of days, and let me tell you, I haven’t felt cleaner and energized in my life.
Along with so many vitamins and minerals that I was getting direct from the source, I was also getting a plentiful amount of good fats, protein, and fiber from the chia gel I added to each smoothie. Each smoothie was a complete meal; I’ve never been more full off of fruits and veggies!
But, I digress. To continue, I drank a lot of smoothies, all crammed into a couple of days, that much of it is just a blur in my memory. So how do I choose a favorite to share with you? Well, that’s easy: I chose the one that I remembered clearly because of how unusual and interesting it was. Hence, the spicy smoothie was born! This is a sweet & spicey tropical smoothie.
Now, if you’re timid about trying something spicy, don’t worry! This definitely has a kick to it, but it’s also sweet; I chose fruits with a high sugar content to balance out the spiciness of the greens.
So let’s be daring! You’ll be glad you did.
You’ll notice I don’t give you exact measurements on this recipe. That’s because smoothies aren’t an exact science, so feel free to add more fruit or scale back on the greens if it’s too intense for you. Making smoothies should be fun, so let your creative juices flow!
To make around 24 ounces of this smoothie, you will need:
1 handful mustard greens
half of a fresh pineapple
1 handful of raspberries
1/2 cup of water
1 cup chia gel
Put all ingredients in your Vita-Mix blender and let ‘er rip! Enjoy immediately, or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.