Chia fresca, tradionally made with lemon or lime juice, sugar and water is very refreshing on a hot day. Its also excellent for rehydrating and energising after any sort of physical exertion.
These two chia fresca recipes are a new twist on the old recipe.
Chia fresca tonic – a sophisticated and fun way to enjoy chia fresca
1 cup of red fruit juice, such as pomegranate, grape or cranberry juice
2 Tablespoons of white chia seeds
carbonated tonic water (as used for gin and tonic)
Add the chia seeds to the fruit juice and leave for half an hour to make a thick gel.
Pour tonic water into a tall glass.
Drop a teaspoon of the gel into the glass of tonic water.
The red gel will sit in a ball at the bottom of the glass. Stir with a straw and watch the pink chia seeds rise and fall along with the bubbles in the tonic water. Its fun to watch, fun to drink and very refreshing.
Chia apple mint iced green tea
Add the goodness of green tea to chia seeds for an invigorating summer drink
6 bags of green tea
6 cups of water
1 cup of apple juice
1 Tablespoon of chia seeds
1 dessert spoon of finely chopped mint
Boil the water and pour over the tea bags in a large jug
Add the chia seeds and stir
Stir the mixture a few times to prevent the chia seeds clumping together
Add the apple juice and mint and stir again.
You can remove the tea bags at this stage if you want a mild green tea flavour or leave them until ready to serve if you want a stronger green tea flavor.
Chill until icy cold.
Stir again to disperse the seeds just before serving.