Raspberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding Smoothie + Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by my friends at MegaFood. All opinions—as always!—are my own. I appreciate your support of the wonderful brands that make this blog possible. 🙂

So is it chia seed pudding or is it a smoothie? Both! I’ve mentioned before that sometimes—as delicious as they are—smoothies don’t fully satisfy me as a meal because I haven’t chewed anything. I’ll finish my smoothie then reach for something to eat. So the other day the idea popped into my head to just top my smoothie with something I could dig a spoon into. Duh. Friends, meet my delicious Frankenstein creation: the raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie.

Slurp down this raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie with a straw ... then a spoon!

You slurp down the smoothie portion with a straw as the chia seed pudding inches its way to the bottom of the glass, picking up streaks of yummy smoothie as it goes. When the last slurp gets stopped short with the thick pudding clogging the straw, your reach for your spoon and dig in.

One of my favorite smoothie add-ins is a scoop from one (or several) of MegaFood’s Daily Nutrient Booster Powders. You might remember these two recipes I posted last year using them:

Slurp down this raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie with a straw ... then a spoon!

For today’s raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie, I’m adding in a scoop of Daily Energy. This whole food powder is “mindfully crafted” to support a healthy, active lifestyle.* I love that phrase—”mindfully crafted”—and it really does sum up the way in which MegaFood approaches all its products. Daily Energy contains Eleuthero, Ashwagandha and Bacopa, herbs that have been celebrated through history for supporting a healthy stress response. It also contains FoodState® Chromium and Green Tea to help enhance mental alertness, focus and healthy metabolism.*

For those thinking, “What the heck is FoodState?”: MegaFood’s FoodState Nutrients are made with whole foods to provide essential vitamins and minerals. They’re gentle on the body and easy-to-digest, which is why you can take MegaFood supplements even on an empty stomach. I try to take my vitamins with breakfast, but some mornings I’m racing off to teach at the crack of dawn and it just doesn’t happen. I love that I can still take my multi without getting a stomach ache!

Slurp down this raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie with a straw ... then a spoon!

Raspberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding Smoothie

Yield: 1 smoothie

Raspberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding Smoothie

Ingredients

  • ½ heaping cup fresh raspberries
  • 1-2 tbsp packed fresh mint leaves (if you just want a subtle mint flavor do 1—I love mint so I usually do 2)
  • 1 banana, frozen*
  • 1 scoop Daily Energy
  • ⅓ cup coconut milk, plus more if needed to reach desired consistency
  • Toppings of choice: I used frozen raspberries (so the pictures would be pretty—in real life, I like fresh) and bee pollen. Granola or a little peanut butter would also be yummy!
  • For the chia seed pudding:
  • ⅓ cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3-4 raspberries, muddled (optional—this is just to give it a pink hue)

Instructions

  1. Stir together the chia seed pudding ingredients and let sit for 10 minutes (until gelled and thick).
  2. Blend smoothie ingredients in a high-speed blender. If too thick, slowly add coconut milk.
  3. Pour the smoothie into a glass then top with the chia seed pudding. Finish with desired toppings.
  4. Enjoy with a straw … then a spoon!

Notes

*If you only have fresh bananas on hand, you could use frozen raspberries instead of fresh. Just make sure one or the other is frozen so you get a good, thick smoothie texture.

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Slurp down this raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie with a straw ... then a spoon!

You’ll notice in the above recipe that the chia seed pudding portion is really simple and plain. That’s because you’ll have smoothie remnants and toppings at the bottom of your glass to mix into it with each spoonful.

Daily Energy Instagram Giveaway

Before you run off to make your own chia seed pudding smoothie, hop on over to Instagram to enter to win a jar of Daily Energy Nutrient Booster Powder for you and a friend! Post is embedded below as well to make things easier.

To enter:

  • Follow @nicoleperr (that’s me) and @megafood on Instagram
  • Tag a friend in the comments section of my giveaway Instagram post (below)

That’s it! I’ll randomly pick a winner tonight and you and the friend you tagged will both receive some Daily Energy to take your smoothies to the next level.

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Simple Berry Smoothie Bowl & Grocery Delivery with Peapod

This post was sponsored by Peapod and links are affiliate. All opinions—as always—are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands that make this blog possible!

It’s not uncommon for me to go to the grocery store almost every single day in a week. Living carless in the city, I can only carry so much at at time on foot back to my apartment. And if I’m making recipes for the blog that week, forget about it. Sometimes I make multiple trips to the grocery store in a single day. So remind me again why I haven’t been using Peapod for years?!

Peapod is an online grocery store via Stop & Shop. Just like browsing your favorite online clothing retailer, you can browse the site by category (aisle) or use their search bar to find specific items. One feature I love is that Peapod remembers your orders so that you can browse past purchases and easily add those favorite items to your cart the next time you shop. And they have a whole section dedicated to organic. *jazz hands emoji*

Once you’ve added everything on your grocery list to your cart you can choose a pick-up time or, my option of choice, a delivery date and time. Delivery is available as soon as next-day and then you can pick a two-hour window during which to have your groceries arrive. It’s so convenient! And new Peapod customers get free delivery and pick-up for the first 60 days with code 60DAYSFREE (enter into promotional code box at checkout). You better believe I’m taking advantage of that! 😉

The first thing I made in the kitchen from my Peapod delivery was a simple smoothie bowl with some not-so-simple toppings. Guys. I chopped up a peanut butter cookie Larabar to top my smoothie bowl and now life will never be the same.

Simple Berry Smoothie Bowl

Simple Berry Smoothie Bowl

Yield: 1 bowl

Simple Berry Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup almond milk (additional 1/3 cup if needed to achieve desired consistency)
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • You pick the toppings:
  • 1 peanut butter cookie Larabar, chopped
  • Small handful granola
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Place everything in a blender and combine until smooth.
  2. Add desired toppings.
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Peapod Discounts for Your First Delivery

I already mentioned the 60 days free delivery and pick-up (60DAYSFREE promo code entered at checkout) but wait wait I’ve got MORE savings for you! Get $15 off your first order with THIS LINK (or any of the links to Peapod used throughout this post). When you head to the Peapod site, they’ll have you enter your zip code to make sure the service is available in your area (Boston friends, you’re good to go!). 

To answer my shirt‘s question: I do now. 😉

Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oats

Prepare these blueberry muffin overnight oats in a few minutes the night before (under 10 ingredients!) so you have a delicious breakfast ready to go in the morning.

If you follow me on Instagram, you already got a sneak peek at this bomb.com blueberry muffin overnight oats recipe. My reluctance to embrace Instagram stories out of loyalty to Snapchat has stepped aside and I’m actually starting to really enjoy it. I love that you can tag people in stories and easily start messaging convos so I’ll be sharing health/fitness/blog/life stuff on there a lot more now. But back to this recipe …

I’ve mentioned before that I love blueberry muffin Larabars (I eat one almost every single day), and this overnight oats recipe was born from that obsession. I was hesitant because lemon in oatmeal?! But trust me, it gives the oats a zing that perfectly compliments the sweetness of the blueberries and maple syrup. If you still think it sounds weird, just omit the zest so that the lemon flavor isn’t as intense. Prepare these blueberry muffin overnight oats in a few minutes the night before (under 10 ingredients!) so you have a delicious breakfast ready to go in the morning.

Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oats

Yield: 2 servings (or 1 massive one if you're hangry)

Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oats

A grab-and-go breakfast you can make the night before, these blueberry muffin overnight oats are delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk*
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)**
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (juice from half a lemon)
  • 1/4 tsp lemon zest***

Instructions

  1. For the zest, use a peeler to remove the peel of half a lemon (just the yellow part--avoid the white pith underneath). Finely mince the peel.
  2. Add all ingredients to a mason jar or bowl that can be covered and mix well.
  3. Refrigerate at least a couple hours or overnight.
  4. Enjoy cold.

Notes

*You can use the almond milk of your choice but if it's sweetened, I'd recommend reducing the amount of maple syrup added and if it's vanilla almond milk, I'd reduce the amount of vanilla extract you then add. **I always add chia seeds to my overnight oats because I like the added texture but you can totally omit them. ***As mentioned in the blog post, if you're hesitant to add lemon to oatmeal, eliminate the zest so the flavor isn't as strong.

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Prepare these blueberry muffin overnight oats in a few minutes the night before (under 10 ingredients!) so you have a delicious breakfast ready to go in the morning.

I go through phases with breakfasts where I’ll eat the same thing almost every morning for months or even years before switching it up and right now I’m definitely in an all-things-oatmeal phase (check out this cinnamon raisin overnight oats recipe, too!). I love that it fills me up and keeps me satisfied until lunch. Usually in the summer my go-to switches to smoothies, but the refreshing zing of the lemon in these blueberry muffin overnight oats might make it a warm weather keeper for me. Prepare these blueberry muffin overnight oats in a few minutes the night before (under 10 ingredients!) so you have a delicious breakfast ready to go in the morning. Prepare these blueberry muffin overnight oats in a few minutes the night before (under 10 ingredients!) so you have a delicious breakfast ready to go in the morning.

I hope you’re all enjoying your weekend! On Friday night I cooked a big dinner for me and Joe and we just hung in and then last night we had a friend’s birthday party at Capo in Southie. The basement of Capo is pretty hilarious. Upstairs it’s this nice Italian restaurant with people dressed up on dates and then you go downstairs and it looks like the man cave of a dude in the throws of a midlife crisis. So random! Boston readers–have you been down there yet??