When did you first hear about chia seeds?  For me it was only a few months ago.  On the health food front I am definitely not what you would call an “early adopter”.  Also, I made my first ever smoothie only this year.  Deliciously Ella I am not.  What a tortoise…

Tortoise and hare

Mind you, the tortoise wins in the end, right?

Anyhow, when I think of a hare, I always think of Hartley Hare.  Only Brits of a certain age will recognise this picture I think…


Ha ha!  Mangey, flea bitten old creature.

Anyhow, back to chia seeds.  As I say, I’d never heard of them until earlier this year so I was very impressed with Peter’s recipe from 1971 when I saw that HE knew all about chia seeds way back then.  Here’s his recipe:

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I didn’t know what Peter would have meant by sea protein so I went for spirulina, although good old Johna Blinn, whose column this recipe appeared in, calls it fish powder.  Wha’???


Anyhow, I really like this and I’ve made it a few times now.  Mine is a slightly modified version, because of what I have hanging about in the flat, so I’m going to call my version an EASY RIDER SMOOTHIE.  Makes it sound a bit edgier than your average green smoothie right?


The Easy Rider Smoothie

1 banana (I have a few sliced up in my freezer because I want to be like the Pioneer Woman)

1 raw egg

1/2 cup almond milk (I have nothing against cow’s milk, but I like almond milk better)

1 tablespoon honey (it’s not unrefined, it’s bog standard cooking honey)

1 teaspoon spirulina (please note, teaspoon, not tablespoon – not sure what sea protein tastes like, but a tablespoon sounds a lot)

1 teaspoon cacao powder (I bought this to make something for a vegan friend and have loads left)

1/2 tablespoon chia seeds (I don’t trust ’em, and I have big hands so a handful might be quite a lot)

1/4 – 1/2 cup blueberries (smudge on the original newspaper makes it difficult to know Peter’s recommendation)

I whizz it all up in my blender, pour it into a mighty glass and walk around the flat drinking it and feeling VERY SMUG AND PLEASED WITH MYSELF.


This is not me by the way, I look nothing like this first thing in the morning…

Can you imagine Dennis Hopper making himself a “Blender Breakfast” with chia seeds in?  No, me neither.

Dennis Hopper





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