When you think of chia seeds, you probably picture the novelty gift that allows you to grow chia out of a terra cotta container designed to represent an animal or famous cartoon character. Many people are not aware that chia seeds are actually a beneficial food and not just part of a novelty gift.
Chia seeds contain a variety of vitamins and minerals which make them the perfect addition for anyone looking for additional nutrition. They contain natural sugars, protein, and are a great source for various nutrients.
Chia seeds taste bland so not everyone may enjoy the taste. To get a nutritious and delicious serving of chia seeds, try this easy-to-make chia seeds juice.
Health Benefits Of Chia Seeds
As mentioned, chia seeds are rich with beneficial ingredients, including omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. They are also a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, potassium, copper, iron, and zinc. Along with these nutrients, chia seeds will also provide you with a large dose of antioxidants and protein.
Use the following chia seeds recipe and serve as a snack or as a meal replacement. With a good ratio of protein to carbs, you could also drink this juice for your post-workout snack, to help with muscle recovery.
Chia Seeds Drink Ingredients
This simple recipe only requires a few ingredients, including a juice of your choice. You could use just about any juice, freshly extracted from your juicer. This could include fresh lime or lemon, for a boost of antioxidants, or fresh vegetables, to make a green drink. Here is the complete list of ingredients:
- 1 cup of juice (your choice)
- 3 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 1 cup of water
Chia Seeds Drink Directions
To start making your chia seed drink, warm up the cup of water. Heat the water in a small pot over the stove top. Pour the slightly warmed water (not boiling) into a cup and add the three tablespoons of chia seeds.
Begin stirring the chia seeds into the water. As you stir, the seeds will begin to swell. Cover the cup and place in your fridge. Leave the cup in the fridge overnight.
The next morning, the chia seeds and water mixture should be a thick gel. In a blender, mix the chia seed gel with the one cup of juice that you chose. Mix until the combination is smooth and then serve. This should make about 18 ounces of juice—or two servings.
Serve this drink as soon as you have mixed the ingredients. The gelatinous consistency of the drink will lose its thickness as the ingredients settle. The fiber in this drink works like a “broom” to clean out the digestive tract and it works really awesome.
When you are looking for a healthy snack, post-workout meal, or light meal replacement, this easy to make chia seeds recipe is just what you need. It is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein – making it a great option for anyone, regardless of your dietary needs.
Also see: Other ways of eating chia seeds.