Chia Fresca (Natural Energy Drink)

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I recently sampled a chia seed drink for the first time, at an event, and I fell in love instantly. But, when I went to look for it in stores, I couldn’t find it anywhere! Rather than order it online and pay a boatload for shipping, I decided to give it a go on my own. And it was phenomenal. Chia seeds are a natural source of energy, plus they are high in fiber, protein, and Omega-3s. So you could call this a homemade energy drink. Either way, it’s healthy, tasty, and only requires 4 ingredients!

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When chia seeds are soaked in liquid, they swell and form a gelatinous coating, similar to tiny tapioca balls. Aside from the major nutrient load these little seeds carry, they also keep you feeling fuller for longer when added to your morning smoothie or yogurt, helping reduce your urge to snack in between meals.

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This combination is cool and refreshing, and the chia seeds are gooey and chewy, just the way I like them. Best part is, you can switch up the ingredients to include whatever your palette fancies.

 

Ingredients:
2 cups spring water or coconut water
1 pint strawberries (or any other fruit equaling 2-3 cups)
1 Tbsp honey (optional)
1.5 Tbsp chia seeds

 

Directions:
Blend water, fruit, and honey on high (I used an immersion blender) until smooth. Transfer to a pitcher or large mason jar with a lid. Add the chia seeds. Stir or shake until chia seeds are well incorporated. Chill for at least 4 hours and give it one last stir/shake before serving.

4 Responses

  1. Where do you get chia seeds?

    • Great question, Mary! I found them at Target near the vitamin/nutrition section, but most grocery and health food stores carry them (Whole Foods, Shoprite, Acme, etc). I’ve even heard you can get them at Walmart!

  2. Chia Fresca is said to boost energy levels too. I’m not really sure if it boosts my energy or not, but I sure feel happy and hydrated when I drink it. When I have some on hand, I like to pair it with coconut water for a natural potassium boost after a tough workout, but water is just fine too.

    • Isn’t it great?! I will have to try it with coconut water next time. Thanks for the suggestion!

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