I started incorporating chia seeds into my diet regularly over a month ago and have developed several recipes that I’m excited to share here on the blog, but first I’ll start with the three chia seed drink recipes that I’ve been loving.
These tiny low-calorie seeds are a great source of Omega-3, calcium and fibre so they are definitely worth incorporating into your diet more regularly and these drinks are a good place to start. They’re quick, easy, portable (if you’re on the go) and filling.
When chia seeds come into contact with water, they form a gel-like consistency (best left to do so refrigerated overnight) that can mixed into your favourite drinks, creating an extremely enjoyable consistency that you’ll soon begin to crave. The consistency reminds me of tapioca or even jello. In the above image, I’ve filled each cup with chia seed gel halfway (about 2 tbsp of chia seeds). The glass on the right was filled the rest of the way with raspberry lemonade juice. The drink in the back was half chia gel and half blueberry and banana smoothie (chia seed gel works really well as a thickener in smoothies). The drink on the left was half kombucha and this is by far my favourite way to enjoy kombucha. Just mix your drink of choice with the chia gel and enjoy!
For a low calorie option, feel free to mix chia seed gel with water. It doesn’t alter taste, only the consistency of drinks, so it isn’t unpleasant by any means to have the gel with water. I have this on most days with some warm lemon water.
- ¼ cup of white or black chia seeds
- 1 cup water
- Water, Juice, Kombucha or Smoothie
- Add ¼ of chia seeds to a bowl and slowly add in 1 cup of water while stirring simultaneously with a fork or a small whisk.*
- Allow to thicken for 10 mins at room temperature, stirring occasionally.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- Fill two glasses halfway with chia gel. Fill each glass the rest of the way with either water, juice, kombucha or smoothie.