Chia seeds are another fabulous superfood. They are a source of natural fibre and provide omega-3s. As well, chia is packed with antioxidants to scavenge those free radicals that our stressful lifestyles produce.
When exposed to moisture, chia seeds go from small crunchy seeds to slippery, mucilaginous, digestive healing bits. In Superfood Juices by Julie Morris, you can find a delightful summer drink called chia frescas. Morris shares that a fresca is “a classic drink hailing from Mexico” and is “traditionally served with a citrus juice and sweetener.”
Basically you can add chia seeds to any juice and create a fresca of your own making.
Here we are combining the digestive benefits of chia and lemon. Remember lemon helps to gently detoxify your liver, so lemonade just seems like a fitting beverage.
- 2 cups of filtered water
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds (I like to use white chia)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1/2 lemon sliced into rounds
- sweetener of choice
Place all the ingredients into a Mason jar. Shake well and allow to sit for 15-20 minutes or until chia seeds are swollen.
Sweeten to taste with your choice of sweetener.
Serve cold over ice and add a glass straw. Sip up.
Substitute 1 cup water with 1 cup coconut water to make this a great electrolyte to replace fluids in your body on a hot day.
Use brewed herbal tea for the water to create a delightful nourishing iced tea.
Adapted from Julie Morris, Superfood Juices