chia fresca may

chia fresca

It’s that time of the month again…no, not that one…resolution time! May’s resolution is extra special because it involves our very first product giveaway. You can enter to win one of my favorite wholesome breakfasts Chia Goodness Cereal by:

  1. Liking nu roots nutrition on Facebook (and hey why not twitter while you’re at it)
  2. Liking Ruth’s Hemp Foods on Facebook (maker of Chia Goodness Cereal)
  3. Telling me why you love chia seed or what type of recipe you love to use it in. Post it in the comments section below (on this blog post &/or on the Ruth’s Hemp Foods Facebook Page)

Please note that you must be in North America to enter (sorry to any of my new Euro followers).

May’s resolution is designed for your digestive system. It will keep you regular, (combating both constipation or diarrhea) boost your digestive system and provide a mild form of detoxification through the bowels. Hey, you might even shed some weight too! Just drink 1 glass (or jar) of chia fresca everyday!

Chia Fresca

Chia fresca is a Mexican beverage traditionally made with water, citrus, chia seed and a little sweetener (if needed).
As mentioned many times previously on my blog, chia seeds are my #1 fave source of fiber! A must for all, especially those of us who are pregnant and suffering the woes of a slowed digestive system…

Why it’s so amazing

First off, the sourness of the lemon will jump start the whole digestive process, just think about tasting it and you will start to salivate. This sets off a chain reaction of increased stomach acid, higher enzymatic output, and more bile purged from the liver – just trust me when I say this all translates to “better digestion and elimination”.

Secondly the chia seeds, an incredible source of water soluble fiber, cruise through the digestive tract sweeping up all the bile and giving it a first class ticket to the toilet where it belongs. Bile is our liver’s way of getting rid of toxins, old hormones and cholesterol – without enough water soluble fiber we just reabsorb all that gunk and it continues to circulate, yuck! This is why fiber is always recommended for those with high cholesterol. Also, it is great for weight loss because of many are carrying around a bunch of old poop in the bowels (as lovely as that sounds). I believe this chronic constipation may be due to the high gluten and dairy diet of North Americans, both of which can be extremely congesting on the gut.

And finally, superfood chia seed themselves get digested for all their amazing nutritional properties like anti-inflammatory, blood pressure reducing omega 3 fats. They also have more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach and a whole array of other essential nutrients like potassium, copper and zinc.

How to make chia fresca

  • 1 L pure water (ideally spring or filtered)
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 to whole lemon, freshly juiced
  • few drops of liquid steva to sweeten (optional)

Mix all ingredients together in a 1 L jar or other container with a lid (so you can shake it). Let sit for 15 minutes, shaking occasionally and the chia will develop a gelatinous layer around it, so it slides down your throat nice and smooth. Drink throughout the day, though this is best enjoyed in the morning for maximum benefit.

I look forward to hearing all about your favorite uses for this amazing superfood in the comments below. Feel free to post a link to your favorite recipe if you have one! Don’t forget to follow all the contest rules and enter to win Chia Goodness Cereal!

Happy chia fresca May!!!

Here are the rules again. You can enter to win one of my favorite wholesome breakfasts Chia Goodness Cereal by:

  1. Liking nu roots nutrition on Facebook (and hey why not twitter while you’re at it)
  2. Liking Ruth’s Hemp Foods on Facebook (maker of Chia Goodness Cereal)
  3. Telling me why you love chia seed or what type of recipe you love to use it in. Post it in the comments section below (on this blog post &/or on the Ruth’s Hemp Foods Facebook Page)

Please note that you must be in North America to enter (sorry to any of my new Euro followers).

 

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Comments

  1. Great post Sam! Gonna try this. We use chia seeds as an egg replacement b/c they get all sticky.
    6:1 ratio (water to seed) for a basic chia gel.

  2. This is exactly what I have been searching for the last couple of days as caught the end of a program on tv about a chia drink but mixed the combo. I love chia on cereal but also in No-Bake Energy bars made with almond butter, flax, dark chocolate, oats and other delicious goodness.

  3. You know I’ve been loving the chia fresca since I met you! So, a great reminder to get back to my daily routine of drinking it.

    I have a few things I do with chia that I love, one is my chia pudding which is chia seeds/buckwheat groats soaked in spring water for about 20 minutes. Then, the sky is the limit, I add in seeds, fresh/dried fruit, cacao nibs, protein powder, spirulina or chlorella, bee pollen and high grade organic maple syrup (just a bit) and yum.

    The other thing I do is sometimes add in my liquid greens to my spring water/chia seed mix…it gets a lot of sideways looks from people but it’s really delicious.

    Thanks as always for sharing,
    xo

  4. I’m totally going to try this! I was in the health food store yesterday looking at Chia seeds and I made a mental note to come home and check if you had a blog post on what to do with them! Great timing. :)

  5. I love to add chia to my breakfast, cereals and smoothies, to give me that needed energy boost in the morning. I need to try this chia drink….i love anything with lemons!

  6. Hi Samantha,

    I love Chia Fresca, but didn’t know that’s what it was called! My boyfriend and i have been drinking that for years! We especially like it when we go hiking or biking.

    But my favourite thing to do with Chia, is make a breakfast cereal out of it. I soak chia seeds in coconut milk, add raisons, almonds, and a drizzle of raw honey or maple. It’s the perfect breakfast!

    However, i’m getting a little bored of it and would LOVELOVELOVE to try something new… like Ruth’s Chia Goodness Cereal…!!

    Thanks for all your great info :)

  7. Thank you for the post! I can not wait to try this tomorrow morning, I need a bit of a cleansing right now. I look forward to learning more about Ruth’s products too.

  8. Orange chia pudding… Blend 3 oranges in the vita mix with some maple syrup or agave nectar. I usually add a frozen banana as well. After blending, add a 1/4 cup chia seeds and let sit in fridge for 3 hours stirring every 30 mins or so… just like a creamsicle.

  9. Chia Tea!
    1 L of cooled green or white tea
    1/2 to whole lemon
    small piece of grated ginger
    2 tsp chia

    num num
    thanks for you post Sam…I’ve committed to your May challenge!
    xo

  10. 2 questions –

    1. Can I use agave or honey instead of Stevia?
    2. When you use Chia do you always have to soak it for awhile in some kinda liquid?

    Thanks!

  11. I LOVE this idea! I am excited to give this a try! Loved your video blog-post, you look like such a healthy pregnant superfood mamma!

  12. I loe chia because of all the nutrients it offers! It is uncredibly versatile, too. From shakes to puddings, I love adding chia!!!!! My favorite way to have chia is blended with other superfoods to make a chocolate pudding!

  13. Hi Sam,
    Thanks for this easy recipe! I tried it yesterday & had to fight some strange looks from coworkers but it is really really delicious!! Chia seeds have been on my radar to try for awhile, so thanks again.

  14. I just stared using chia seed so I try to incorporate it into my daily food – my steel cut oats, salads etc. I haven’t tried any recipes with it yet, but I am looking forward in trying some out. I am now on day two of trying the chia fresca and love it! Thanks for the healthy tips!

  15. I just started using chia seed so I try to incorporate it into my meals – steel cut oats, salads etc. I am looking forward in trying out some new chia recipes and getting creative. I am on day two of trying the chia fresca and loving it! Thanks for the healthy tips!

  16. Hey Sam! I LOVE Chia Fresca — I’ve been training for a half marathon and this is a highly recommended recovery drink and lucky me .. it’s tasty too! Thanks for sharing and love the Vlog post:)

  17. I love making raw crackers with soaked chia as the base. Makes a nice flour-free “dough”. Thanks for the chia fresca recipe. Gonna give it a try!

  18. I have not tried them yet but think I could now with all of the great recipe ideas everyone has shared! Thankyou!

  19. 9th day in a row and already noticing better skin. Also has proven great at keeping my energy up over multiple hours of teaching clients. New habit that will stick beyond this month for sure :-)

  20. I LOVE Chia seeds. I have been using them for a few months and really notice when I stop taking them. Initially, I was using them in my 4pm smoothies (I have 3 babies and I starve through their witching hour if I don’t eat). The seeds help me feel full, therefore eat less at dinner and no snacking after. I’ve also used them as an egg substitute. Fantastic! I’ve been trying the Chia Fresca in the mornings. Love it. And, they’ve helped me lose weight. What don’t these seeds do?!

  21. i love letting a couple tablespoons of chia seeds soak in coconut milk in the fridge over night. then i eat it as pudding, mix it into my oatmeal or make grain free pancakes with it! yummmmmmmm

  22. I love the chia fresca with lime, cayenne and cinnamon. And my kids love the chia pudding with pinapple, banana, and mint.

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