I have purchased chia drinks before, and even drinks with basil seeds. As a huge chia seed fan, it makes sense to make my own drinks, since I can choose just what goes into my beverages. I recently tried making chia pudding and loved it, so I figured why not try making a drink too!
Chia seeds have been used for a long time because of the benefits (like energy) that they have to offer. These little seeds are absolutely packed with all kinds of nutrients. They are the richest whole food source of Omega-3 (ALA) (as a vegetarian family, we love that!), they have lots of fiber and help with digestion, and are a great source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, and much more. I could keep going on and on – these little seeds are a great way to get extra nutritional benefits.
Chia drinks are an easy way to get a good serving of these benefits. This recipe is so easy, you have an easy drink that you can even take on the go.
1/4 cup chia seeds – I use organic Salba Smart Chia Seeds, which are white (most chia seeds are black)
1 cup water
Juice (approx. 1 cup)
I use a Mason jar, but you can use any kind of container to mix and store your chia seed mixture.
Combine the chia seeds and water. I shake my jar, but you can stir vigorously. This is just after a few minutes, but I allow this mix to sit overnight because the mixture will become very thick, and the chia seeds should absorb all the water.
Your mixture should be very thick once the chia seeds have soaked up the water. It should basically be a very gelatinous mixture.
Mix your chia seeds with approximately 1 cup of juice. You can add more, depending on the consistency you would like. With more juice, I find that I need to shake or mix my drink a little more often because the chia seed mix won’t be as thick and the chia seeds will start to sink, leaving just juice at the top.
I used a berry juice, but you can use whatever kind of juice you like. Shake or mix thoroughly to be sure you break up any clumps. Enjoy!