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
- 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.
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.