Move over water, chia seeds in water (Chia Fresca) is so much better!
When chia seeds are soaked in water they become the absolute best way to stay hydrated.
While we all love drinking water, sometimes we need a little something different to keep us hydrated.
Not only are chia seeds rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, calcium, and protein, they also love to absorb water and swell up into gelatinous little balls.
Swollen chia seeds retain lots of water, and can be very hydrating themselves, but for something even more beneficial and unique, you can actually make some fun and fruity drinks with them!
What is Chia Fresca? Where did it come from?
Chia Fresca is a derivative of a traditional Mexican drink. Aztecs were firm believers in chia seeds and incorporated them into their diet regularly. Chia Fresca is a popular drink in Mexico and Central America to this day!
Luckily, you don’t have to pack your suitcase to give these drinks a try. Here is a list of some different and interesting types of Chia Fresca to make at home. They take little time to make and will enhance your day right away!
If any recipes contain sugar, be sure to switch it out for stevia or another natural sweetener!
#1 No Sugar Lemon Chia Fresca
Need a metabolism boost? This No Sugar Lemon Chia Fresca will kick your metabolism into gear with a slight hint of cayenne pepper! This homemade drink will leave you feeling energized and hydrated for the whole day. For a special dose of magnesium, try swapping out cold water for coconut water!
#2 Pineapple Chia Fresca
Embrace the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric while you detox with this Pineapple Chia Fresca. The coconut water in this recipe provides you with potassium while the lemons go to work on your metabolism. So refreshing!
#3 Strawberry Hibiscus Chia Fresca
Enjoy the fruity and flowery flavor of this Strawberry Hibiscus Chia Fresca. The hibiscus tea in this recipe helps keep your blood pressure and blood sugar regulated, and the strawberries provide antioxidants and vitamins. This sweet beverage is a great replacement for soda and any other artificially sugary drinks plaguing your diet.
#4 Pineapple and Turmeric Chia Fresca
Fight inflammation with this Pineapple and Turmeric Chia Fresca. Pineapples are vitamin-rich and provide you with your daily dose of vitamin C! Meanwhile, turmeric provides powerful curcumin, a strong antioxidant that aids in decreasing inflammation.
#5 Cucumber Lime Chia Fresca
Quench your thirst with a Cucumber Lime Chia Fresca. The recipe combines refreshing ingredients – such as cucumber, lime, and chia – to provide you with a hydrating drink packed with vitamins and minerals. This is the perfect drink for a hot summer day, but also works great to keep your thirst satiated when the heater kicks on for winter!
#6 Kiwi Agua Fresca
This Kiwi Agua Fresca is a naturally sweet drink that is perfect with the addition of 1/4 cup of chia seeds! Kiwis are an excellent source of vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber. They also aid digestion and are great for those looking to detox.
#7 Pomegranate Lime Chia Fresca
Skip the expensive store-bought chia drinks and make this Pomegranate Lime Chia Fresca at home! Pomegranate juice is full of antioxidants and vitamin C. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory and aids digestion, making it beneficial for everyone that drinks it.
#8 Watermelon Agua Fresca
Toss in 1/4 cup of chia seeds to this Watermelon Agua Fresca and enjoy the refreshing taste! Watermelon is naturally high in water content, making it the ultimate fruit for keeping your body hydrated. It is also a source of vitamin C and anti-inflammatory antioxidants.
#9 Blackberry and Lime Chia Fresca
This Blackberry and Lime Chia Fresca provides you with vitamin C, fiber, vitamin K, manganese, and of course, omega-3. This drink is a great way to stay hydrated while keeping things fruity and delicious. Sip and detoxify!
#10 Grapefruit Chia Fresca
This Grapefruit Chia Fresca is great for those looking to lose weight or boost the immune system. The recipe also offers alternative fruit and sweetening options, making it more customizable to your needs and what you have available!
Had you tried Chia Fresca before? Which recipe was your favorite to make? Leave a comment below!
Now that you have some new ideas, it’s time to get creative and make your own Chia Fresca. It can be a very simple or complex recipe, but the chances that you have at least a couple ingredients lying around the house already are pretty high! Whatever you do though, be sure to stock up on chia seeds!