Traditional Chia Fresca
1/2 cup lime juice
1 cup sugar
10 cups water
1 tablespoon whole chia seeds
several sprigs fresh mint for garnish
Pour lime juice and sugar into the water and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add
the chia seeds to the above ingredients. Shake or stir vigorously to prevent the seeds clumping together. Shake or stir again a few minutes later. Shake again before serving.
Garnish with the mint sprigs. Serve in tall glasses over ice.
The above recipe is very sweet.. Below is another fresca recipe that is less sweet and very refreshing on a hot summer’s day.
Refreshing Chia Fresca
Half a cup of lemon or lime juice
half a cup of pomegratate juice
1 tablespoon chia seeds
9 cups of water
Pour lemon juice and pomegratate juice into the water.
Add chia seeds and stir or shake vigorously until the seeds are evenly dispersed.
Shake or stir again tafter a few minutes to prevent the seeds clumping togethe.
Shake or stir again before serving.
Serve over ice
Cranberry Juice can be substituted for pomegranate juice
Here is a variation on chia fresca that is more suitable for cold weather
Recipe for chia fruity green tea
This recipe is a variation on chia fresca, which is mixture of lemon/lime juice, water and chia seeds. It is a refreshing drink in the summer months. In the cooler months I like to have chia fruity green teas as a refreshing and energising pick-me up.
2/3 Tablespoons of fruit juice. I like to use blueberry juice, orange juice or lemon juice, but any fruit juice or mixture of juices is fine.
1 teaspoon of chia seeds
1 teabag of good quality green tea
In a mug, soak the chia seeds in the fruit juice for 10 minutes to allow the seeds to soften and swell.
Add the teabag to the mug and pour in boiling water. Stir thoroughly to disperse the seeds. Let stand for a few moments until it it the strength you like. Sip slowly, and occasionally stir the mixture as the seeds will have a tendency to settle on the bottom of the mug.