Sunday, January 31, 2016

My Four Favorite Chia Drinks

Aside from drinking green juice daily, another drink I have almost daily is a chia seed drink. I came upon these at the health food store a few years back and thought they were so cool. Granted they were expensive, at $4-5 a bottle, but it seemed worth it for the flavor and nutrition. But it didn't take me long to say, "Wait a minute, I can make this myself!" And not long after I was making my own chia seed drinks as you can find in this post: "My Daily Chia Seed Drink" but as time went on I got a little bored with the same chia drink each day and so I started trying some new recipes. Here's my four favorite chia recipes right now that are quick, easy, delicious, and good for you too!


The four drinks are: a lemonade chia drink, an orange juice drink, a coconut drink, and even a chocolate milk one. Yum!

Why drink chia seeds?
Chia seeds are little nutrition rock stars! The drinks below contain 3 Tablespoons of chia seeds. This brings the nutrition facts to: 15g of fiber (5g per Tbs.) and 9g of protein (3g per Tbs.).  They also contain more potassium than bananas, more omega 3s than salmon, and more antioxidants than blueberries! Convinced? Here's some recipes to get you started:



1. Healthy Chocolate Chia Milk
  • 2 cups organic rice milk or non dairy milk of choice
  • 2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp. organic stevia
  • 3 Tbs. chia seeds 


Steps:
1. In a small sauce pan, combine the rice milk, cocoa powder and stevia.


2. Warm until all the ingredients have combined and it looks like hot chocolate.


3. Remove and from the heat and let it cool for 5-10 minutes.


4. Add in 3 Tbs. of chia seeds and stir it up.


5. Pour into a glass or mason jar with a lid.


6. Refrigerate for an hour or until it's cold.



7. When you are ready to drink it, just shake it up to get it mixed up once again and drink up!



2. Coconut Chia Drink
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 cup Coconut Water (I like this C20 brand)
  • 1/2 teaspoon stevia
  • 3 Tbs. chia seeds

Steps:
1. Add 1 cup of filtered water to your jar
2. Followed by 1 cup of coconut water
3. Then add the stevia and chia seeds
4. Put on your lid and shake it up
5. Allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes to gel up

3. Orange Juice Chia Drink
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 cup Orange Juice (I like this organic, no-sugar added, Trader Joe's brand)
  • 3 Tbs. chia seeds

Steps:
1. Add 1 cup of water to a jar
2. Followed by 1 cup of orange juice
3. And last the chia seeds
4. Put on your lid and shake it up
5. Allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes to gel up.

*For this recipe you can use any type of juice you would like, it doesn't have to just be orange juice. Just use the 1 cup of juice + 1 cup of water ratio.*

4. Lemonade Chia Drink
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon stevia
  • 3 Tbs. chia seeds

Steps:
1. Juice your lemon and pour it into the jar
2. Add your 2 cups of filtered water
3. Followed by the stevia and chia seeds
4. Put on your lid and shake it up
5. Allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes to gel up.

So there you have it, my four favorite chia seed drinks!



Hope this helps add some variety to your chia seed drink routine! Post below if you've tried one of these recipes before or if you have a favorite chia recipe of your own.

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