Pineapple Orange Banana Smoothie

For Christmas, I received a fabulous Vitamix from Donnie and have been looking for ways to use it more often. So far, it’s mostly been green smoothies. But yesterday I thought I’d give everyone a break and make a good old-fashioned fruit smoothie.


Below is the concoction I came up with. The smoothie was delicious! Unfortunately I have no pictures since I forgot before we drank it all up. So here is a picture of my Vitamix instead 🙂

I placed the ingredients in the Vitamix in the following order (frozen things are supposed to go on top in a VitaMix, whereas for other blenders it’s usually the opposite):

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 3 T chia seeds (or as much as you like)
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. yogurt
  • 1 c. water
  • 1/2 c. Pine-Orange Banana Fruit Juice, Dole (or you can replace this and the water with a cup of fruit nectar. Mmmm!)
  • ~1 c. ice

This made 3 tall-glass-with-a-straw servings.

If I had had an orange on hand, I would’ve thrown that in as well…. Wait, I do have an orange. I guess I will just have to make this again today and throw in the orange  🙂


Homemade Bread with Chia Seeds

As many of you know, I make my family’s sandwich bread. I bake four loaves a week, two at a time, freezing one and storing the other in a breadbox in our pantry. For a year or so, I had been using an easy bread recipe referred to me by my friend, Kristen, who has a lovely cooking blog.

Then my sister started raving about the bread recipes in the classic, Bernard Clayton’s New Complete Book of Breads. I quickly fell in love with the Cuban bread, which requires no butter or milk, so as long as I have bread flour and yeast on hand, I can make it! I love the beautiful rounds of bread, crispy crust, and soft chewy inside. It also only takes about 2 hours from start to finish, including one quick rise. So what could I add to make an already fabulous recipe even better?

Chia seeds!

I had heard of them a year ago from a friend who mentioned all the nutritional benefits (omega-3’s, increased energy, weight loss, etc…) and didn’t feel very convinced. I also hadn’t thought about adding them to bread. And then I ran across the seeds on the King Arthur Flour website while I was browsing for yummies. So I picked some up and added 1 tablespoon (and 1 tablespoon of wheat germ since I mostly used white flour). I also add about 1/4 cup more water to account for the increase in dry ingredients.

The results have been consistently DELICIOUS!

(Those little flecks of black are the seeds.)

I don’t have to grind the seeds and they even taste good raw. I can’t attest to any of the health benefits since I’m probably not consuming enough at this point to see a difference. But I do add them to other foods–smoothies and quick breads–when I think of it.

So if you’re in the mood to try something new (and maybe grow a Chia pet in your tummy?), add a bit to your next batch of bread or meal.

– Here is a copy of the Cuban bread recipe; I too have never used the optional seeds on top.

– For more info on Chia seeds and they’re purported benefits, look here and here.