Oh Yum: Chia Seed Drinks!

Oh Yum: Chia Seed Drinks!

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Ok, so we all know that chia seeds are good for you, they pack omega-3 fatty acids, are loaded up with fiber, and bring a fair amount of iron and calcium to the party. But to really have fun with them, try this little trick next time you create your next beverage. Be it tea, juice, smoothies, or cocktails (why not??), stir in some gelled chia seeds. They're filling (which helps during the afternoon snack cravings), they absorb the flavor of what's around them, and well, genuinely, they're just fun.

 You'll need 3 tablespoons of chia seeds to every cup of water.

You'll need 3 tablespoons of chia seeds to every cup of water.

 Sprinkle your chia seeds into water (I used spring water, but any clean, filtered water will do).

Sprinkle your chia seeds into water (I used spring water, but any clean, filtered water will do).

 Give it a good stir. :)

Give it a good stir. :)

 After your chia seeds have been sitting in water for several hours it'll become a gel, much like tapioca pudding. The seeds themselves are soft like caviar, but have no flavor. This is where the fun starts. Add this gel to your favorite drinks and enjoy the tapioca texture and little burst of flavor (it absorbs the taste of what's around it) when you pop the seeds between your teeth! Think bubble tea. :) 

After your chia seeds have been sitting in water for several hours it'll become a gel, much like tapioca pudding. The seeds themselves are soft like caviar, but have no flavor. This is where the fun starts. Add this gel to your favorite drinks and enjoy the tapioca texture and little burst of flavor (it absorbs the taste of what's around it) when you pop the seeds between your teeth! Think bubble tea. :) 

 Clockwise from left to right: Iced Tea, peach nectar, blueberry juice.

Clockwise from left to right: Iced Tea, peach nectar, blueberry juice.

 So fun and so good for you!

So fun and so good for you!

 

To Gel Your Chia Seeds:

  1. Add 3 tablespoons of chia seeds to 1 cup of water.
  2. Stir.
  3. Chill for several hours. (I'd say 4-6 hours will get you perfectly gelled chia)

To Make your beverage of choice:

Combine your chia gel and your beverage in a 1 to 1 ratio. Stir. Enjoy! If you want your chia to really absorb the flavor of your drink, let it chill in the fridge for an additional 30 minutes after combining. The longer it chills the more flavor it takes on. 

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