Things that were fashionable years ago, always seem to swing back through a few years (or decades later) to become popular again. Chia seeds are no exception. Made famous in the 80's with their cha-cha-cha chia pet commercials, chia seeds are now back in the limelight, albeit for a different reason this time around.
Chia seeds are choc-o-block full of nutritional goodness. A bit of their secret amazingness was let out in the book Born to Run. That best selling book was loaded with stories about Tarahumara People and their unreal (at least to us North Americans) long distance running ability. I'm talking 60 miles.....for lunch. A great read if you are a runner, anthropologist or into food.
If you haven't had a chance yet to get your hands on Born to Run (or read my previous post on Chia Seeds HERE), here's why chia seeds are something to incorporate into your diet STAT.
- They are a complete protein, containing all the essential amino acids that humans need
- One ounce of chia has 11 g of fiber
- That same ounce of chia has 5 grams of Omega-3s, great for your brain health
- Chia seeds contain calcium, magnesium and phosphorous, making them great for bone health and your teeth as well as healthy hair, skin and nails
- Chia seeds are hydrating. They are able to absorb between 7-9x their weight in water. And when they do, they form this gelatinous goo, helping you stay hydrated longer.
One of my favorite drinks to make is a Chia Fresca. My version is s slight variation on the Mexican drink which is just water, chia seed + lemon/lime. The recipe for my natural energizing and hydrating drink is below. It's great to whip up a couple batches in the summertime...not just because it's hydrating and energizing thanks to the chia seed.
Imagine tossing a tablespoon of seeds into some water and then carrying it around with you in a mason jar. People are bound to look at you funny! And truth be told, I don't mind being asking anything like..
"Uh.....what are you drinking?"
Or "what on earth is that? (said with squinting eyes and a furrowed forehead.)
Sometimes I hear just straight up "Ewwwww."
Honestly, my chia seed energy drink is a great ice breaker. Inevitably, I always share what I'm drinking, how I made it and a little bit about the nutritional value. The responses to my chia seed soapbox are usually varied. The best response is when people tell me they have chia seed at home, but had no idea what to do with it. I love it when they leave inspired!
So if you've got chia seed at home or are interested in hopping onto the chia seed band wagon, this chia fresca, energy drink is a good place as any to start. Consider yourself warned that if you've got texture issues, this drink has some.... texture. I don't really know how else to explain it, other than it's not like any other liquid drink due to the gelatinous gel formed by the chia seed. It's not bumpy or heavy or rough. It's just......goo-ey. Kinda.
Clearly you are just going to have to find out for yourself!
Johanna's Chia Fresca : A naturally hydrating, energizing drink
6 oz of coconut water 6 oz of seltzer water (this could be flavored or not. Your choice.) 2 tablespoons chia seed dash of juice (again, your choice here. Try and find a natural one with minimal sugar.)