Confession: I used to be a serial energy drink addict. Think 5 cans of Red Bull a day (thanks university). Let’s just say it’s a habit I was glad to kick and I’m honestly surprised I didn’t induce some sort of heart attack.
I usually rely on the help of coffee to get me through the start of the day, but I’m always looking at alternative energy boosting foods and drinks. I came across this recipe and was immediately intrigued.
I did a bit of research on the history of chia fresca, and it turns out the drink is an ancient homemade energy drink that originated in Mexico. Warriors and long-distance runners would use this recipe to fuel them for long periods of moderate to intense activity. They used to fight while eating little more than 1 tablespoon of chia a day! Crazy, right?
Here’s a few incredible benefits of chia seeds (via Oh She Glows):
• Chia seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax seed
• Chia seeds do not need to be ground to be absorbed by the body and
they can be stored for long periods of time without going rancid
• They help with hydration due to their ability to absorb up to 9-10 times their weight in water
• Chia seeds also contain fibre, protein, calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc among many other nutrients
• They help keep you full for longer & boost energy levels
The texture of this drink is a little strange, so if you have texture-issues with food, it’s going to be a hit or miss. It has a water consistency, just with a whole lot of gel type seeds in it. I don’t mind the texture at all, I find it refreshing and hydrating! P.s. Raspberries take it to a whole new level.
Makes 2 cups
1. Add chia seeds and water into a jar or glass and stir very well to combine. Let sit for 10 minutes to allow the chia seeds to swell up. I like to use a jar with a lid so I can shake it up really well and break up the clumps of chia.
2. Add lime or lemon juice and sweetener to taste. Stir (or shake) well to combine and enjoy! For nutritional info, see here.
Note: Chia seeds will sink and collect at the bottom of the glass quickly. Give it a good stir as needed.
Have you ever tried chia fresca?