Chia Fresca

Chia Fresca www.thepamperedvegan.comDo you remember approximately 4 years ago when no one was talking about or eating chia seeds?  Or kale?  Or a million different varieties of nut butter?

Or hemp anything?

I’m sure some people were, but these food items weren’t exactly cruising mainstream.

Now we’re all, kaaaaale salaaaad.

all. day. long. (with a side of fresh pressed carrot-apple-ginger-lemon juice.)

Never in a million years would I have guessed I’d be eating half of these things, but now I can’t get enough.

So, here we are with a delicious chia seed energy drink, which I love.

Chia Fresca  www.thepamperedvegan.comSweetened with agave nectar and flavored with fresh-squeezed lime juice, what’s not to love?

Did you know that long before chia seeds were the source of our beloved pottery (gag) gifts, they were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans?

They prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy…in fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”

Calorie for calorie, chia seeds are one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet.

So while this is not like your traditional “energy drink,”, it wins my vote by a mile.

Chia Fresca  www.thepamperedvegan.comPlus I’m pretty sure a lot of you have already seen a version of this in the store, but it is so easy (and cheap) to make on your own, why bother with the pre-made brands? You know I’m all about home-makin’ everything. Energy drinks are no exception :)

Chia Fresca  www.thepamperedvegan.comPre/post/during workout hydration? I’m thinkin’ so.

Just be warned, if you tote this to the gym you’ll get stares, sideways looks, and nervous smiles. The people out there are curious and they need to know that you aren’t drinking little black bugs. They need to be able to sleep at night. For goodness sake, tell them what you are drinking so they can get back to their workout!

Chia Fresca
 
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Yields: 1 glass
Ingredients
  • 2 cups water or coconut water
  • 2 Tbsp, chia seeds
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp. agave nectar (or to taste)
Instructions
  1. Add chia, lime juice, agave necter, and water into a jar or glass and stir very well to combine. Let sit for 5-10 minutes to allow the seeds to absorb the water.
Notes
Chia seeds will clump together as it sits, so just give a good shake or stir as needed.