Blueberry Chai Granola Smoothies

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You know those granola sundae thingamadings that Jamba Juice has? Well, if you don’t, that’s probably a good thing. I’ve never actually tried one, but I want one. It’s granola on top of a smoothie. Do you know how good that is? I didn’t, until I made this. And fell in love. I mean, I would eat granola on a burger and be content, but there is just something delicious about freezing cold granola coated in more goodness. Cool description, Juli. Real cool. Thank the good lord for Steve’s Paleo Goods and his granola. Who needs cereal when you have this stuff? He even has a nut free kind. Wonderful, just wonderful.

So there are some positives about being in California.

#1. It’s warm here. I’ve heard it’s about 40 degrees in Colorado. That’s too cold, in my opinion. If I wanted to be cold, I’d shove snow in my butt crack while sliding face first down a snow hill in the mountains. But since I live in downtown Denver, I don’t really want to do that. And all snow does for us is make our cars slide and makes us look like idiots while we try to walk across ice. And please don’t say your state is so much worse and way colder, that’s why I don’t live in that state. Duh. Colorado is the best 86% of the time, weather wise, so I can complain the other 14% of the time. Like today.

#2. They have the best restaurant, ever. E.A.T. Marketplace has incredibly delicious food. It reminds me of how I would cook at home and the comfort of good for you food. I always talk about their Paleo coffee frappucino things on my instagram. And people always ask me for the recipe. It’s not my recipe people! That’s why I said I just bought it at EAT Marketplace. I even tried to give the ingredients once in the comments and people just kept asking. Read the comments, people!! That’s what they are there for. You lazy bastards. Just kidding, I would do the same. Anywho, they have amazing, organic food AND crazy desserts. Paleo and gluten free. The other day, they have this giant cake that was a gluten free german chocolate cake with cookies on top. I almost died. Actually, I almost bought a slice, but I’m trying to keep my sugar intake low while I’m here. Which isn’t going to work very well when Vanessa from Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind comes tomorrow with her famous Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes. Seriously, I would throw rocks at children to get my hands on this dessert. It’s that good. I’m not sure if that means much because I don’t really like kids, but I don’t tend to throw rocks at them either, so take it however you’d like. This cake is good. I’m going to post pictures of it tomorrow. I know you were worried.

#3. Last but not least, they have the best ART/Chiropractor EVER out here. Like, seriously. Mark Banasiak of Wine Country Chiropractic is changing my life out here. I’ve mentioned a couple times how bad my hips are hurting recently, and it’s finally gotten to the point that I can no longer squat. My hamstrings have stopped working and all pain is shooting to my hip flexors. It’s crazy. I’ve never experienced such pain, even when I was competing in CrossFit and working out multiple times a day. Now, everything hurts. If I sit for more than an hour, my hips hurt so bad that it’s hard to even stand up straight. So Mark is working out the kinks. He took some xrays and figured out I have an extra vertebrae (which is fairly normal) and we are figuring out how to fix the issues that can sometimes be caused by that little extra guy. And that one of my legs is 3/4 of an inch shorter than the other. Silly body. But going there has been fantastic. I cuss my face off while he pokes and stretches me, but it’s heaven afterwards. After this cookbook is done, I have no clue who I’m going to see in Denver that is nearly as good. Poop.

Those were long, drawn out thoughts.

I wanna get chocolate wasted!!!!!

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Blueberry Chai Granola Smoothies

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1.5 cups frozen blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons ground chia seed(if you don’t have ground, grind up chia seeds in a coffee bean grinder)
  • 2 chai tea bags (spices removed from the tea bags)*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Steve’s Paleo Krunch, to top

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients, except for the Paleo Krunch, to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Top with Steve’s Paleo Krunch.

Notes

Literally cut your two chai tea bags open with scissors, and pour the spices into the blender along with other ingredients.

 

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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28 thoughts on “Blueberry Chai Granola Smoothies”

  1. I just moved to San Jose from Murrieta a few months ago and heard about E.A.T right after we moved. Womp womp. I can’t wait to check it out when we go back to visit. You should also check out Bushfire Grill in Temecula. It was one of my favorite paleo friendly places out there. And for non-paleo, cheap, delicious mexican food, there’s Rosa’s Cantina. Sigh, I miss So Cal…

  2. Hey Juli, I have the “clicking hip” thing and I’ve found that rolling on a lacrosse ball is really helpful. My flexors are tightightight and training seems to make them tighter. Sheesh. When it’s really painful, I lay down on a ball right in the sorest spot and roll all over, front, back, side. It really hurts, but it feels better after. It’s way cheaper than a chiro.

  3. I laughed out loud when I read your notes regarding the tea packets. Hopefully people will get it this time! I had fun reading all the comments on the Chai Pumpkin Bread (which was the most delicious pumpkin bread I’ve ever eaten BTW). Love your blog!

  4. I can probably help you with the chiropractor thing. I’m specialized with Upper Cervical, which is amazing care, but if you know you want something specific I can get you some names.
    And yes, California is a special place. People thought I was crazy for moving to Denver with the cold. but I was in need of change. Scared for my first winter, but kind of excited at the same time. Haha. The past 4 months have been amazing! I love it here.

  5. Out of curiosity, why do most smoothie/protein shake recipes call for almond milk rather than dairy milk? I know dairy is not paleo so it makes sense here. but why would protein shake recipes that are non-paleo call for the same? I am assuming there is a science behind it that has to do with protein absorption, etc?

  6. I don’t know about chiropractors, but I see Zoe at Pin & Tonic (Rolfing) and she works wonders when I’m out of whack with army training. I always have to get on her waiting list because she’s always booked, but they get me in fairly quickly and it is so worth it!

  7. My husband has a leg 1/2 inch shorter than the other. He has to wear an orthotic in his shoe or else his back is really bad! Good luck with everything!

  8. Hey Juli! Besides this looking fantastic, your comment about finding someone out here got to me. I work out at the Alpine Crossfit box, and I’ve been seeing Dorian Haywood (Chiromega Chiropractic) and could not be happier. I’ve been dealing with hip and shoulder pain for years, and they are both getting way better. At first I thought I had one leg shorter than the other, but apparently one hip was just so much tighter, it was literally pulling my leg up! Anywho he is awesome, and I think I have seen ads around the gym for an ART guy as well, but I haven’t been to him so I don’t know his name. Good luck!! Hip pain is awful..

  9. We just moved from SoCal this summer and those places sound familiar, and I have been to that chiropractor as well! I’m glad he’s helping you cause he totally could not help me. Dr. Sam Ho did help me though, he’s in that general area as well. I never made it to EAT but I wanted to. Darn military husband we had to move. I’m guessing George lives in murrieta or temecula? Love your stuff. I normally don’t leave comments but having been to that chiro I had to!

  10. Every time I see the smoothies you create and pour into those glasses, all I can this is:
    1. Looks delicious.
    And
    2. Those glasses must be a b:!c& to clean.

    Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  11. Blueberry Chai smoothie looks so tasty. Dessert tonight! Just wanted to share new breakfast I had…pretty sure it is Paleo ..but with the bacon,,maybe not. Baked eggs in avocados with cayenne pepper, bacon and chives..omg..so good..

  12. This recipe looks fantastic!

    I highly recommend Dr Hyman and Denver Chiropractic Center. I see him for major ART work in my shoulder. Not only is he crazy certified in all things ART, he’s also L1 CrossFit, so he totally understands when I tell him which lifts hurt more, etc. He’s also just an all around nice guy. The other Dr at his office does amazing physical therapy as well and gives great at-home exercises to stretch out the sassy muscles!

  13. Looks great! I’ve seen Ryan Tuchscherer at Cherry Creek Spine & Sport Clinic for some hip issues. He’s certified in ART & he was great. Hope you find someone in Denver who works for you!

  14. I love this blog, the food, recipes, and banter… most of all, thank you for making me LAUGH Juli! 🙂 Even when you rant, you’re funny.

  15. I have an extra vertebrae too! I have found relief by wearing custom made insoles called Sole Supports. They rock! And a small riser in my shoe evens out my hips. No one knows they are there and no more pain! Good luck!

  16. Love the recipe. I bet you didn’t think you’d get this many comments on your chiro talk. Do yourself a favor, find a good PT in Denver – trust me, there’s plenty! You’ll thank me later!!

  17. 25 through Denver was a nightmare this morning and completely stressed me out, so I’m eating at it. It’s what I do. Luckily this recipe fills you up and even though I downed the ENTIRE thing it turns out to be 395 calories total (without the granola).

    This one is a definite keeper. Thank you, and stay off the roads 😉

  18. I loved this recipe. I did not use the chai or the granola and it turned out well!! My favorite smoothie so far.

  19. I can help with the chiropractor in Denver –im a fan of Dr. Gary Otto who has an office in Aurora off Buckley. He’s thorough and gives homework, and if you’re nice, you can get on his list for his hormone/antibiotic-free grass-fed beef that he raises himself out in Elizabeth. Oh–and you get your bones, too, if you so choose. Bone broth, mothalicka. I also see a physical therapist after injury (and childbirth) off Broadway at Therapydia located off of a gym. Casey McNitt (but his favorite patients [me] call him mcnittwhit). He’s really laid-back and just an awesome dude to know, and extremely knowledgeable. Plus–he does dry needling and if you don’t know what that is, you should check it out anytime you have an injury or even just a really tight/sore muscle. You’ll hate me for that. By the way, my name is Jackie and both those guys know me on a first name basis and so tell them I sent you at your own risk. Thanks for the recipe!

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