Chia Fresca Recipe: Refreshing & Healthy Summer Drink!

Gosh, it’s so hot outside! It’s almost unbearable. I haven’t worn long sleeves or jeans in at least 3 weeks.

Lol jk.

It’s June and I’m sitting here in jeans and a jumper thinking about maybe putting a nice warming dinner in the slow cooker tomorrow morning. Nice one England.

But I at least want to pretend it’s warm and sunny outside by making summery drinks.

One of my favourites,  not only because it’s nice and citrusy, but because it’s really good for you, is a chia fresca.

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Why Are Chia Seeds So Good For You?

  • Chia seeds are a super quality protein (this drink gives you just over 4g of protein in just 2tbsp)- In fact, 4tbsp gives you the same amount of protein as a glass of milk!
  • They are a great source of fibre (8g in 2tbsp)
  • They are packed with omega -3s.
  • They contain 85% of your RDA of vitamin E as well as Zinc, magnesium, calcium  and B complex vitamins.

Chia literally means ‘strength’ and these bad boys really do pack a punch!

What Chia Seeds Do

  • They are fabulous little guys to help keep your blood sugar levels stable  due to the high fibre content, which slows your carbohydrate metabolism.
  • They are good for your bones, due to the perfect ratio of magnesium to calcium.
  • The omega-3s in chia seeds are great for your brain!
  • They help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol
  • They are great to add to your diet if you’re looking to lose a little weight due to the fact that they gel up when they come into contact with moisture, therefore creating bulk in your stomach and decreasing your hunger.
  • They contain more ORACS than blueberries. (ORAC stands  for ‘Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity’ It’s a unit of measurement for antioxidants developed by the National Institute on Aging. Find out more on ORACS here)

Limes have anti viral properties due to the antioxidants, vitamin C, and iron. They’ll boost your immune system!

The folate in limes also reduces the risk of heart disease and hypertension. They also have potassium, which helps promote heart health.

Chia seeds and limes together make this drink super duper healthy!

And Now Onto The Recipe!

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Ingredients To Serve 1:

  • 500ml of water
  • the juice of 1 lime
  • 2tbsp of chia seeds
  • 1tbsp of sweetner.(I used honey, but would normally use agave syrup. Both are great)

How To Make

I recommend making this in a mason jar so you can shake it up before you drink, as the chia seeds will fall to the bottom. 

  1. Juice your lime into your mason jar.
  2. Top the rest of the jar with water.
  3. Add 1tbsp of honey or other sweetner.
  4. Add your chia seeds and mix up!

I like to let this drink sit for a little while after I make it in the fridge as this gives the chia seeds time to gel up in the water.

Et voila! Enjoy!

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BONUS DRINK IDEA BECAUSE YOU MADE IT THIS FAR!

Another one of my favourite summery drinks is fruit infused water. One  that I love is cucumber and strawberry. It’s really fresh tasting, but also a little sweet from the fruit! Of course, you can totally experiment here and put anything you like in the water.

Again, I like to make this and let it sit in the fridge for a little while to give the water time  to infuse. So yummy!

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Thank you for reading!

Emily x

 

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