CHIA FRESCA- a hint of lemon and texture

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Eating healthier has been one of my main goals this past year and by eating, I mean drinking too. Long gone are my soda days and now I’m relying on fruit smoothies and trying out weird-crazy-healthy-i-don’t-really-know-what-madness-this-is recipies from health blogs since I’m not a fan of plain old water. With that being said, lemons and texture-y drinks are my favorites so this recipe I’m sharing today has the best of everything.

Chia Fresca is a natural, supposedly energy boosting drink consisting of water, chia seeds, and lemon juice. It’s been very popular in Central America and Mexico over the years and is very hydrating. I should warn you though, this is one of those drinks you get stares from strangers when you take it out with you. Not in a bad way of course, but I originally thought these look like ants. Have I scared you away yet? Anyhow, I absolutely love the taste and texture of this drink, just a hint of lemon and gel like seeds. It’s so refreshing, you’ll have to try it out for yourself! :) Here’s the recipe:

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Chia Fresca
Inspired by this recipe.

Yield: 1.5 cups (a bottle of water or in my case, a mason jar)

Ingredients:

1 cup of water
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice, or to taste
5-6 ice cubes
(optional) 1/2 tbsp maple syrup)

1. Add the chia seeds and water into a jar or cup and stir to combine. Let it sit for 10 minutes to allow the seeds to puff up. I like to use my mason jar because it has a lid so I can shake it up really well and break up the clumps of chia.

2. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon, some ice cubes, and syrup if you’d like. I personally like the drink as is without sweetness but it depends on personal preference. Stir (or shake) well and enjoy!

Note: The chia seeds will sink and collect at the bottom of the glass quickly so I drink it with a straw to stir when needed and surprisingly the seeds go through the thin straw easily.

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If you try this, please send me pictures via Twitter, Instagram, or even blog post by leaving a link below. I would love to see what you come up with!

XX,

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