I have been seriously OBSESSED with this drink for the past week, and could not wait to share it! If you like gooey, jello-y type drinks (think tapioca pudding and bubble tea-type things), this drink is for you. And if you are not sure if you like that type of drink, please try it anyway. Just trust me!
BUT WHAT IS IT?
What you see in the jar is a soaked chia seed drink. You can find similar bottled drinks at your local health food store called Mamma Chia, which is juice, agave, and chia seeds. The Mamma Chia is good, but I prefer to make my own. My particular favorite flavor is a combination of cherry juice, apple juice, and water (I don’t like straight juice) shaken with 3 Tablespoons of chia seeds. I also have made a cherry lemonaide which was spectacular too. The chia seeds soak up water and create a gelatinous texture throughout the whole drink- each sip is gooey and a bit crunchy from the teeny seeds- it is a super fun texture for a drink. I am totally addicted to it, and have to limit myself to one jar a day!
Best of all, chia seeds are incredibly healthy. According to the Mamma Chia site, chia seeds are an ancient source of energy, nutrients, and healthy oils. These teeny seeds contain high amounts of fiber, omega-3, complete protein, calcium and potassium, magnesium, and iron. Unlike flaxseeds which must be ground to obtain their benefits, chia can be eaten whole and you still get all the nutrition (but you can grind them too!). It was revered by Native cultures throughout the Americas for their battles and long-distance travels… but now we can enjoy it for our long-distance days at the computer, or whatever marathons you are working on today. But, adding all this extra fiber into your diet means you have to add more water to ensure you move everything along in your bowels. Too much chia and not enough water is a recipe for bloating and gas.
Cherry Chia Juice
4 oz cherry juice (or other!)
3 oz apple juice
5 oz water (or to taste)
3 Tablespoons chia seeds
Add the juices/water to a jar, in whatever combination you like (the photo above is a standard 16oz jar). Add the chia seeds and shake vigorously. Let the drink settle and shake again. Give it a shake about every 30 seconds for the next few minutes. The chia gets sticky very quickly, and if you simply shake and walk away it will solidify into one chia-mass, which is not good for drinking. Keep shaking while you’re doing the dishes, cooking dinner, or what have you. After a few minutes, the seeds should be mostly evenly distributed, though some will rise and some will sink. Store in the fridge for at least a few hours, but overnight is best for the thickest texture. When ready, the seeds will be evenly distributed and suspended in the gooeyness they created, as you can see in the photos. Enjoy!
and YES, chia seeds are the SAME chia of our childhood chia pets. Cha-cha-cha CHIA!