Legend has it that the renowned Tarahumara (translation: “those who run fast”) ultra-endurance runners of Mexico fuel their epic runs with a mixture of chia seeds and water. Turns out that current scientific literature supports the endurance benefits derived from consuming chia seeds, with one study published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning finding a mixture of 50% chia seeds and 50% Gatorade just as effective at fueling long-distance running performance as a 100% carbohydrate based drink.[1]

Mango Chia Smoothie 

The Basics
5 minutes
1 serving
350 calories per serving
Vegan, gluten-free


  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1 banana
  • 1.5 cups almond milk, unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds


  1. Blend all ingredients together in blender for 15-20 seconds.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds come from the chia plant, Salvia hispanica, commonly referred to as chia. Chia is a relative of mint, hailing originally from central and southern Mexico, as well as Guatemala. Ancient Aztec warriors were big on chia seeds.

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[1]J Strength Cond Res. 2011 Jan;25(1):61-5. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181fef85c.Omega 3 Chia seed loading as a means of carbohydrate loading. Illian TG1, Casey JC, Bishop PA.

Andrew Thomas

Andrew Thomas is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, elite obstacle course racer, rock climber and all-around outdoors enthusiast. As a self-professed “nutrition nerd”, Andrew’s passion is relentlessly researching and combing through the mass of information out there to separate fact from fiction. Andrew’s mission is to educate, inspire, and empower others to achieve amazing health. Check out Andrew’s Facebook page at Nutrition With Drew, follow him on Twitter @nutritiondrew, or swing by his website at NutritionWithDrew.com

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