Chia Spa Smoothie Recipe
Inspired by Clover Juice Bar
My beau recently became addicted to the chia spa smoothie made popular by the healthy Los Angeles based juice bar, Clover. He came home raving about it — he really wanted me to try it. He told me what was in it so I could try to recreate the recipe at home. The result was an incredibly easy, and super delicious breakfast or lunchtime smoothie.
The dates provide just a hint of yummy sweetness that is quite refreshing. The peanut butter and cacao nibs add a nutty-chocolatey aftertaste that made me feel like I was having a sinful dessert. I can see now why he was so hooked on this smoothie!
Why add chia? The seeds have lots of fiber, protein, calcium, omega 3 and electrolytes. They are loaded with antioxidants and deliver a massive amount of nutrients with very few calories. Though they provide a big nutritional punch, they are tasteless so they can be added to anything and everything!
I’ve since been making this re-mixed version of the Clover smoothie at home with a few spontaneous additions. I usually eyeball it and add more or less of what I want depending on what I have in the pantry.
To vary the recipe up from time to time, I like to add 1/4 cup of oatmeal or 1/4 almonds. I’ll put the oatmeal in the milk first to soften it for a few minutes before adding the other ingredients. I also like to add a tsp of raw honey in addition to, or in lieu of the dates. At Clover, you can also ask them to add in some kale for an extra healthy kick!
Here is my recipe below (inspired by Clover’s Chia Spa)! You’ll love it, I promise.
Makes 2 servings (measurements are approx)
1/2 cup Almond Milk
1 tsp Chia Seeds
1 tsp cup Cocoa Nibs
2-3 Pitted Dates
1 tbsp Peanut or Almond Butter
1/2 cup Frozen Bananas
3-4 Ice Cubes
1/4 cup Water
Mix all the ingredients into a good strong blender. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Of course, while you’re out and about, you can pick one up at any of their three LA locations.