Sprouted Chia Seed Juice

Chia seeds are perhaps one of my favorite things in the world. And no, not just because they make cool pets. A good source of Omega-3, antioxidants, protein, and fiber, these seeds have a ton of great health benefits, including; anti-inflammatory properties, detoxification, weight loss, energy, brain power, and more (see a complete list here).

Sprouted Chia Seeds have a great, gel-like texture and you can make so many things with them. I have a ton of recipes involving Chia Seeds coming up, but I thought this simple drink is a good way to start.

I also am a huge fan of Mamma Chia drinks, so if you are on the run, I definitely suggest stopping by your local Whole Foods to pick a bottle up.

What You’ll Need:

  • Glass Bottle
  • 1 TBSP – 1.5 TBSP of Chia Seeds
  • Water
  • Juice (see my favorites below!)

STEP 1: Sprout The Seeds

Place the Chia Seeds in to the bottle (about 1 TBSP to 1.5 TBSP depending on the size of the container). Fill the bottle up with about 1/4 of the container with water. Let them soak.

You will notice that they like to clump; I would suggest taking a knife and stirring once or twice to avoid this.

Chia Seeds sprout very quickly. They will get a gel like consistency after only 15 – 30 minutes. However, I tend to let them sprout for at least 1-2 hours, and you can definitely sprout them for longer and leave them in your fridge.

STEP 2: Add Juice & Shake

Fill the rest of the bottle with your favorite juice. Shake up the bottle so it is completely mixed.

You now have a yummy Chia drink! You can always add a few more chia seeds if you feel like it isn’t thick enough, and wait another 15 minutes for it to sprout completely.

Leave in your fridge to let it cool, or enjoy right away.

*Note: When leaving in your fridge, the seeds might settle. Shake it up again before drinking.

JUICE IDEAS:

My favorite brand of juice to mix in is Santa Cruz Organics. Pretty much any of their juices would work, but here are my favorites. (I mixed my chia seeds with Hibiscus Cooler!)

  • Hibiscus Cooler
  • Cranberry Nectar
  • Red Tart Cherry
  • Peach Lemonade

WHERE TO BUY CHIA SEED:

Many health food stores carry both white and black seed Chia, and some of them offer it in the bulk bins. You can also buy it online through www.azchia.com. I have one of the black chia seed 1.5 lb bags that they offer on this site, and I love them! This site also offers nutrition facts and other recipe ideas.

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8 thoughts on “Sprouted Chia Seed Juice

    • I was a little surprised as well when my mom first introduced me to them. Now I am totally hooked, so I definitely have a few recipes I’m excited to share!

  1. Hey Teresa, I’ve never heard of eating/drinking chia seeds before. I am fascinated about this now and will definately have to give this a try. Where do you get your chia seeds first off? Once I can track some down, I will try this drink recipe and send some feedback. Thanks.

    • Good question. You can find Chia seeds at a few places and buy them at bulk. I’m pretty sure Whole Foods has them, and if you have a co-op in your area, they will probably have them as well.

      I got mine online through http://azchia.com — I got the 1.5 lb bag of black chia seeds and it will probably last me for about a year. The other great thing about that site is that you can compare different types of Chia seed and they have ideas about how to incorporate it in to your food.

      • Hey Teresa,

        Thanks for the reply and I will definately try to track down some chia seeds and give your drink a try. And if you put other recipes that uses them I will try them also.

        Thanks,
        Jim

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