Its been a rough couple of weeks over here, hence the lack of posts. Storms, eye infections, sprained toes and general want-to-pull-your-hair-out mayhem that comes with having two small children. This week has been mostly sunny and fairly warm (up to 77 one day!!) and all the fruit trees are budding out. It seems that spring has come, albeit early.
The warm weather has got me craving a some cool drinks and I have been making a staple of mine- chia limeade. Chia has so many health benefits (calcium, fiber, omega-3s, antioxidants) and is great to fill you up a little in between meals. I drink it a lot at work between food breaks. This drink is easy to make and keeps well in the fridge for a few days. It is fabulous to take on a hike or run or to drink during/after a workout as it has fiber, water, simple carbs and electrolytes (a great replacement for the artificial gatorade people at the gym like to chug)
3 soft medjool dates OR maple syrup to taste, or even splenda to make it sugar-free
2 cups of pure water
pinch of salt, or to taste (optional, this is for electrolyte value if using as a workout recovery drink)
2.5 T chia seeds
1. IF USING DATES, soak them in the water for 5 minutes. Then pour the dates and the water, plus the citrus juice and salt into a blender and blend thoroughly until smooth. If you are very picky about texture you may want to strain the resulting mixture. If your blender is good it should be totally smooth though. Pour mixture into a mason jar. IF USING MAPLE SYRUP, simply mix it with the water, juice and salt in a mason jar.
2. Add the chia seeds to your jar, screw the top on TIGHTLY and shake shake shake shake! This is crucial to not getting any lumps. Let it sit for a minute and then shake vigorously again. Place in the fridge and leave it for at least 30 minutes so the chia seeds can hydrate.
3. ENJOY! Shake thoroughly before you drink it. Since it is totally natural the contents will settle to the bottom.
To switch up the flavors:
berry: blend a handful of berries with the liquid before adding chia.
melon: blend a few chunks of melon with the liquid before adding chia.
coconut: use coco water instead of plain water
hibiscus: brew hibiscus tea, let cool and use instead of water (this makes a lovely pink red color and is full of anti-oxidants, you may be familiar with hibiscus through Starbuck’s ubiquitous passion tea.)
tamarind: add a teaspoon or two of tamarind paste to the liquid and mix thoroughly before adding chia.