Best Chia Seed Smoothie


Morning Sunshine is an awesome chia seed smoothie recipe with citrus powerhouses— pineapple and oranges.

chia seed smoothie

Chia seeds are a staple of the plant-based diet— and have grown on me over the years. I read the book Born to Run, then instantly became hooked on chia seeds. I put chia seeds in most of my smoothies, as well as bring them on long trail runs in an agua fresca drink. Chia seeds are a superfood, so get ready to drink to your health with this chia seed smoothie recipe.

What makes chia seeds a superfood?

According to the US National Library of Medicine, chia seeds contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, protein, dietary fiber and vitamins, as well as minerals. These tiny seeds also contain some potent antioxidants. And as an upside they are pretty mild-tasting, and shouldn’t alter the taste of your green smoothie, making them a perfect addition.

Bottom line: chia seeds make an excellent fitness buddy.

whole food ingredients including chia seeds in smoothies

Why I put chia seeds in smoothies

I started adding chia seeds to smoothies to up my protein + healthy fat intake. They keep me full longer as well as help process the natural sugar from fruits I add to smoothies. This helps me avoid a mid-morning sugar crash.

Chia seeds also act as a great smoothie thickener, so if your blended smoothie comes out a bit thin, toss in a tablespoon of chia seeds, then blend again. This will thicken that smoothie right up.

Blending tips

If you’re using a non high-powered blender, place a tablespoon of chia seeds (per smoothie serving) in a bowl, then add in 3 tablespoons of water. Mix, then let sit for 5 minutes. The chia seed + water mixture will turn into a gel, making it easier to blend. Chia seeds in smoothies act a little like raspberry seeds, so you want to make sure they are blended well to avoid getting them stuck in your teeth!

Other uses for chia seeds

Chia seeds are an important part of a plant based diet, because they are super healthy as well as super versatile. Here are a few ways to use them:

If you can’t feel my love for chia seeds yet, then know that it is 1 of three ingredients in my very own plant based protein powder, Protein Smoothie Boost! I believe in these powerful seeds, and you should too. Blend up the chia seed smoothie below, or add them to your next smoothie creation, then leave a comment letting me know how you liked them. I love your feedback!

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chia seed smoothie

Chia Seed Smoothie

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 smoothie 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This is an awesome chia seed smoothie recipe with citrus powerhouses— pineapple and oranges. Chia seeds add protein and minerals that make it a perfect weight loss and muscle building smoothie. 


  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 orange (peeled)
  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds or 1 serving Protein Smoothie Boost


  1. Blend spinach, water, and oranges together until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend again.


*Use at least one frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.

*Swap chia seeds with 1 serving Protein Smoothie Boost

  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chia seed smoothiie

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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Recipe rating

  1. Michele Hainly says:

    I made the recipe just as is with the chia seeds. It was delicious, refreshing and fulfilling. Not too sweet or overbearing. Great breakfast starter or afternoon drink!

  2. James says:

    Tried recipe with the wife. I loved it and she did also! Can’t wait to try another recipe. Thank you very much.

  3. Amanda says:

    Love the protein boost from the chia seeds!

  4. Kat says:

    Been reading lots lately about how chia helps us stay hydrated. Thank you for another recipe to help me incorporate more chia seeds in my life.

  5. Kim says:

    Yum! This is a great post-workout smoothie.

  6. Erin says:

    Swapped coconut water in and this was a great post-workout drink!

  7. Marva says:

    Used coconut water. Delicious and refreshing!

  8. Sally Henderson says:

    Bam done great!

  9. Sandra says:

    I see this makes 2 servings, is this for two people or do I drink both servings for myself before going for my run?

  10. Kristen says:

    I’d like to try this recipe. Can you substitute chia powder for chia seeds? Would you still use 2 tbsp?

  11. Andi says:

    After moving past the 10 day kickstart. I ordered some Chia seeds and Cocoa powder yesterday. I think its Maca and coconut oil next 🙂

  12. Marie says:

    Hi, do you think one should be concerned about nitrate in leafy greens?

  13. Mike says:

    what do you think of vacuum blenders

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Mike,

      I actually don’t have any experience with vacuum blenders. Guess it’s something I need to look into ASAP!


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