Thursday, July 3, 2014

Chia Fresca With Fresh Mint

As you are preparing for the Independence Day celebrations you probably have lemonade of some kind on the menu. I hope you are not adding sugar to yours. If you haven't made any lemonade yet or are considering buying some in a store, here is a recipe worth trying. Chia fresca is a wonderful alternative to sugar-loaded lemonades or sodas. It is very easy to make and quite delicious. 

This is variation of my iskiate recipe that was published last summer. Iskiate is not only refreshing, but it is also very nourishing. In summer I love to add fresh mint to it.

  • 1/4 gallon water (spring, mineral, or purified)
  • juice of 3 limes
  • 5-6 twigs of fresh mint plus 1 for garnish
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds (add more if you wish)

  • Pour water into a jar. Add chia seeds and mix well. The seeds will fall onto a bottom of the jar. This is quite all right. Place the jar into a fridge for couple of hours. The chia seeds will jellify in the jar giving the water a "round", smooth feel.
  • Take the jar out of the fridge. Add lime juice and mint leaves. Return the jar into the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • Take the jar out of the fridge and remove the "spent" mint twigs. Place a fresh twig of mint in the jar for garnish and stir before pouring out. Serve chilled. Enjoy for increased energy on a hot summer day!

Two table spoons of chia seeds (about 25 grams), provide about 7 grams of fiber. This dose also includes considerable amount of Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, manganese, copper, niacin, and zinc.

~ Wishing everyone a happy Independence Day! ~

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

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