This healthy fruit-packed smoothie is a great quick breakfast or post-workout snack. The chia seeds don’t affect the flavour, but they do add omega-3 fatty acids, soluble fibre and various vitamins and minerals. When soaked the chia seeds form a gel, which also helps thicken the smoothie.

Yield: Serves 2.



  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) warm water
  • 1 cup (250 mL) apple juice
  • 1 cup (250 mL) frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) undrained canned crushed pineapple
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) fresh lime juice
  • 1 - 2 tbsp (15 - 25 mL) honey or agave nectar


  1. Soak chia seeds in warm water for 15 minutes. Chia seeds should form a gel.
  2. Place chia seed gel and remaining ingredients (apple juice through honey) in a blender; purée until smooth. Pour into glasses. Serve immediately.
Nutritional analysis per serving:

211 calories, 4.7 g fat, 3.4 g protein, 42.6 g carbohydrate, 9.8 g fibre, 11 mg sodium

Tip: Agave nectar is also known as agave syrup. It is a Mexican sweetener that is sweeter and thinner than honey. Look for it in natural food stores, specialty food stores or the natural foods section of grocery stores.