On Saturday, I stopped by the farmers market a few blocks from my house to get some tomatoes. It was a warm, sunny morning with blue skies, and I was a little surprised to see that our favorite tomato guy had no more tomatoes — just eggplants and butternut squash. A sure sign that fall is just around the corner. But it sure didn’t feel that way when I went for an 18-mile bike ride on Sunday in the 90-degree heat. After that, all I wanted was an icy glass of water and some cold melon.
This is the time of year I love to squeeze all the final goodness out of summer, which means eating lots of tomatoes and, of course, melons. So, I bought a Sugar Kiss melon over the weekend, along with some fresh blueberries. I’ve always loved to eat cantaloupe and blueberries together, and the Sugar Kiss reminds me a lot of a cantaloupe, though it’s quite a bit sweeter.
So, this morning I decided to create the ultimate end-of-summer smoothie, a sugar kiss blueberry chia concoction that was really quite delicious. Here’s the recipe:
Sugar Kiss Blueberry Chia Seed Smoothie
- Half of a ripe Sugar Kiss melon (or cantaloupe)
- 1/2 cup of fresh, sweet blueberries
- Half of a frozen banana
- 1 tsp. real maple syrup
- 1 cup ice
- 1 T. black or white chia seeds
Make the smoothie:
Combine all of the ingredients except the ice in a high-powered blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend at medium-high for a minute. Add the ice and blend at the same speed for about 30 seconds more.
*Tip: You can use frozen blueberries for an icier smoothie.
Pour into a tall, icy glass and enjoy! And if you’d like to get more chia seed recipes, tips and tricks, don’t forget to subscribe to ChiaQueen.com!