Drinking water from a clear glass water bottle with tiny seeds floating around is definitely a great conversation starter, I learned that first hand. Many people ask me, “Can I ask what’s in your water bottle?” or my favorite ” What are those black things?” Well, here’s the deal, I am not drinking some weird alien water, it is not bugs, it isn’t even slimy (well that may be a personal opinion). What’s filling up my water bottle is chia seeds. A natural energy booster that allows you to reap the various nutritional benefits. This drink is better known as Chia Fresca, a popular beverage in Mexico and Central America. It is said that the Aztec warriors use to drink this to give them strength. I think if the Aztec warriors benefits from chia seed, it could probably help give me a little boost for my marathon training. The chia seed is now increasingly becoming more popular within the United States and is finally being praised for its superfood like powers by Americans.
To refresh all our memories of the nutritional benefits of chia seeds:
- Chia seeds are rich in polyunsaturated fats, especially Omega-3 fatty acids.
- They contain more Omega-3 fatty acids than flax seed.
- Chia seeds are the richest plant source of Omega-3s, especially ALA, officially known as alpha-linolenic acid.
- Omega-3s can help reduce inflammation, enhance cognitive function and reduce high cholesterol.
- Chia seeds are a excellent source of fiber. Every 2 Tbsp = 10 grams, that’s already 1/3 of the daily recommended intake per day.
- Fiber also reduces inflammation, lowers cholesterol and helps to regulates bowel function.
- Keeps your body hydrated due to their ability to absorb up to 9-10 times their weight in water.
- Chia seeds also contain protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, and zinc among many other nutrients.
- Chia Seeds are high in antioxidants and increase satiety.
- Chia seeds can be absorbed in two forms; whole and ground.
- Chia seeds can play a role in regulating insulin levels.
With all the benefits from chia seeds, did you think I wasn’t going to mention at least a few benefits from adding lemon/limes to your water:
- Lemon water will leave your skin looking refreshed and beautiful. The vitamin C in lemons help to form collagen, which helps prevent wrinkles. The more you have, the better.
- Strengthens your immune system.
- Minimizes aches and pains by reducing the uric acid in our joints.
- Stops UTI’s by changing blood Ph and preventing harmful bacteria from causing harm.
- Just like lemons/limes are used in household cleaning products, they can be used to clean the mouth. Lemon/lime water fight bacteria in the mouth eliminating bad morning breath. The acidity can also eat away at the enamel on your teeth, so be sure to rinse with regular water after drinking.
- Lemon water is a good recovery drink because it replenishes the body of potassium loss.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Yields: 192 fl oz, 1.5 gallon
- 2 lemons
- 2 limes
- 2 Tbsp honey, organic
- 2 Tbsp chia seed
- water and ice
1. Squeeze lemons and limes. I used a lemon squeezer because it gets twice the juice out of the lemons compared to hand squeezing, plus you don’t get juice all over your hands. (Note: each lime yields roughly 1 oz and each lemon yields slightly more than 1 oz)
2. Fill container with water, juice of lemons/limes, and honey. Stir until honey dissolves completely. Add chia seed and ice. Place in fridge to chill and to allow time for chia seeds to swell and gelatinize. Drink immediately if you do not like the texture of gelatinized chia or leave in fridge for at least 30 minutes. Drink and relax!
(Tip: After ten minutes in the fridge, stir the chia seed water. The density of the chia seed causes them to rapidly sink to the bottom, stirring occasionally will help chia seeds to float. Using a container or jar with a lid also works well so you can shake it to prevent seeds from clumping.)
I don’t always like to eat much early in the am before my workouts making this natural energy booster a perfect pre-workout beverage. It is kind of like drinking tiny vitamins.
So please spruce up your daily water with my Chia Lemon-Limeaid. Although adding these easy superfoods may not be the answer to weight loss it adds plenty of healthy benefits. This recipe is far too delicious and simple not to make.
Thanks for living MyNutritionVision with me! Stay cool and hydrated this weekend! 🙂
Per serving (8 fl oz): Calories: 14; Total Fat: 0.4 g (Saturated Fat: 0 g); Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 3.9 mg; Potassium: 17.5 mg; Total Carbs: 2.5 g; Dietary Fiber: 0.8 g; Protein: 0.3 g; Calcium: 0.9 %.