This wholesome and healthy watermelon and chia seeds smoothie is a great source of sustained energy that helps to fill you up and keep you satiated till the next meal and promote weight loss. Both chia and flax seeds used in this smoothie are potent sources of omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation, relieve depression and boosts brain health. These seeds also provide an abundant amount of protein and antioxidants that support overall health and promote the formation of lean muscle mass.
Watermelon is by far the best source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that promotes cardiovascular health. It reduces oxidative stress and reduces the risk of certain types of cancer, specifically cancers of the digestive system. Lycopene also protects the eyes against inflammatory compounds and reduces the risk of macular degeneration.
Compound cucurbitacin E present in watermelon inhibits the growth of a tumor. Citrulline, an amino acid present in watermelon reduces muscle soreness associated with strenuous workouts. Two important vitamins – vitamin A and vitamin C present in watermelon help to improve skin and hair health.
Chia seeds are a rich source of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids that help to reduce inflammation and improve heart health. In addition, high level of dietary fiber in chia seeds improves satiety and aids weight loss by reducing total calorie intake.
High levels of oemga-3 fatty acids along with alpha-linoleic acid also aid weight loss. Dietary fiber also reduces the level of cholesterol, specifically harmful LDL cholesterol which reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, etc.
Flax seeds are considered a powerful plant food that reduces the risk of various chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc. Flaxseeds are one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids that improve heart and brain health. Lignans present in flax seeds have powerful antioxidant properties. High fiber content in flax seeds aids weight loss, support digestion and lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood.
Turmeric added to this smoothie makes it a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant formulation. Active ingredient curcumin present in turmeric helps to reduce chronic inflammation and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.
Curcumin also lifts the mood and alleviates the symptoms of depression. Curcumin is beneficial in cancer treatment. It works by reducing the growth of new blood vessels in tumors which stops further spreading of cancer and leads to the death of the cancerous cells. Curcumin may also prevent cancer from occurring in the first place.
Here is the recipe…
- Watermelon Chunks: 3 cups
- Turmeric Powder: ½ teaspoon
- Chia seeds: 1 tablespoon
- Flax seeds: 1 tablespoon
- Pour watermelon pieces into the blender.
- Toss flaxseeds, chia seeds and turmeric in the blender.
- Blend all these on high speed until smooth.
- Pour this smoothie into a glass and enjoy this smoothie to cut down your excess weight.
This is a 100% vegan and a gluten-free recipe that does not contain milk or yogurt which makes it suitable for people with gluten and lactose intolerance. The combination of chia and flax seeds in this smoothie give it a rich thickness and chewy texture which makes it a delicious breakfast or lunch substitute.