Armed with the belief that clean eating doesn’t need to involve more ingredients than a great outfit—or take longer than getting dressed—we asked Peruvian-born, New York-based holistic nutritionist Fernanda de la Puente for a few five-ingredients-or-less recipes. (As she put it, “food shouldn’t be stressful. The meal is a moment in time, even if it’s just breakfast alone.”) This month, she schooled us on the ingredient of the moment: chia seeds.
What’s in this smoothie and why? (Thanks for keeping it simple, by the way.) Each dish I make has some “main players.” Chia has fiber, loads of calcium and good fats. And the seeds continue to swell in your stomach, so it’s super-satisfying. Goji berries are full of vitamin C. Ginger’s a sleeper hit because it’s not an obvious choice, but it helps us absorb all the nutrients.
Fernanda’s Berry Chia Smoothie
3 tbsp. chia seeds
½ cup almond milk
2 handfuls of red berries (strawberries, raspberries or both)
Fresh ginger, finely chopped (a dime-sized hunk will do)
A handful of goji berries (optional)
Directions: Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
Any Fernanda-approved pleasure, guilty or not? Cappucinos with soy milk, and taking six deep breaths before getting out of bed each day. Try it.