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:
Inspired by this recipe.
Yield: 1.5 cups (a bottle of water or in my case, a mason jar)
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.
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!