If you’ve by no means seen chia drinks in shops, you’re in all probability giving me the side-eye proper now. (Well, as a lot as you can provide a blogger the side-eye—I can’t see it, however I do know it’s occurring!) But actually, it is a factor! The first time I noticed a bottle of juice with chia seeds in it, I assumed that:
a) It could be disgusting.
b) I might choke on it.
c) It was hippie meals.
Maybe the final one is true, however it’s not disgusting and I didn’t choke on it. When hydrated, the outer layer of chia seeds turns into gelatinous. This gel-like coating signifies that chia seeds go down simple so no, this isn’t like consuming a glass stuffed with poppy seeds. Chia drinks (additionally referred to as chia fresca or iskiate) sort of have the consistency of softened Jello, a bonus for me, since I don’t eat Jello. And in a drink, the seeds don’t actually impart a taste since you’re not chewing on them, so that you style the flavour of the juice and nothing extra. Chia seeds are little dietary dynamos too—they’re excessive in Omega-3s, antioxidants, and fiber, and in contrast to different seeds, they don’t must be floor with the intention to digest their vitamins. (Here’s extra details about chia seeds, for those who’re : Chia for Health.)
After attempting my first chia drink, I shortly grew to become hooked and started shopping for a bottle or two anytime I went procuring. But sadly, the bottled chia drinks are actually costly. After occurring upon the majority bin of chia seeds at Whole Foods and doing the maths in my head, I spotted that I might save a ton of cash if I simply made chia drinks myself. So that’s what I’ve been doing ever since.
I used pomegranate and lime juice on this chia fresca recipe, however any sort of juice you need to use is okay. You also can regulate the quantity of chia seeds to your liking—I used a bit of bit lower than you discover in most bottled drinks. Basically, to make your personal chia drink, you merely put just a few tablespoons of seeds in a glass, pour juice on prime, and anticipate the seeds to kind a gel. Super simple!
Pomegranate Lime Chia Fresca Recipe
A tart, refreshing drink made with chia seeds. It’s sort of like consuming Jello, if Jello had dietary worth.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 1
- three tbsp chia seeds
- half of cup water
- three/four cup pomegranate juice
- 1 tbsp recent lime juice
- Place chia seeds in a glass.
- Pour water, pomegranate juice, and lime juice over seeds. Let sit for 15 minutes.
- Whisk to interrupt up any clumps of seeds and serve.