Monday, June 27, 2016

Aqua Fresca de Chia

Aqua Fresca de Chia has been a popular drink in Mexico and Central America for many years. It is a simple, refreshing and delicious drink made from Chia seeds, lemon or lime, water, rice syrup (optional), and a sprig of mint.

This high energy drink has many benefits.

The chia plant grows natively in South America and the seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans.

Chia actually means strength and the seeds were prized for their ability to provide sustainable energy.


Some of the benefits of chia include:

Nutritionally rich – contain, fibre, protein, calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc among many other nutrients,

Full of antioxidants

High in omega 3 fatty acids

Strengthens bones

Helps skin and aging

Aids in digestion

Boosts energy and metabolism

Good for heart health

Helps with weight loss as curbs appetite


Lemon water is loaded with healthy benefits such as:

High in vitamin C as well as potassium, copper and magnesium

Boosts energy and mood

Rejuvenates skin and body healing

Aids in digestion and detoxification

Helps shed pounds

So when put together this drink packs a punch. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do especially on a hot, summer morning.

Place chia seeds into a glass jar to soak. Shake from time to time

Here is the easy recipe

Aqua Fresca de Chia

1 teaspoon chia seeds
1.5 cups spring water
Juice of a lemon
1 teaspoon of rice syrup (optional)
Spring of fresh mint

Place the water and chia seeds into a glass jar. Screw on the lid and leave to soak for 10 minutes. Shake from time to time to keep the chia from clumping together.
Unscrew the lid and add the lemon and sweetener.
Mix well and pour into a glass.
Give another quick stir before drinking.
Serve with a sprig of fresh mint
Sliced cucumbers can also be added.

Enjoy! Love Chef Mel xxx


  1. What happens to the seeds Mel, do they stay hard and at the bottom of the glass or dissolve ?

  2. They puff up with water so are easy to digest. You might have to give them a quick stir before drinking xx

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