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Chia Seed Lemonade

Lemonade, Upgraded. Chia Seed Lemonade sometimes referred to as Chia Fresca, is a refreshing, bright drink that packs a hydrating health super punch!  Boba Tea made drinks with texture a fun trend—but this chia seed lemon drink delivers a hydrating gel texture that is more accessible to everyone. The delicious taste and many health benefits will have you making up a batch to share with everyone you know!

Two glasses of chia seed lemonade with a plate of sliced lemons beside it.
Pouring chia seed lemonade into a glass.

I’ve been putting chia seeds in my kid’s applesauce for years so that they can reap the health benefits, and they seem to enjoy the texture it gives! I’m so excited to share this simple and impactful drink recipe with you that the whole family will love.  You can mix this lemonade up quickly and it will deliver a tasty, hydrating and nourishing boost. It provides a hit of electrolytes to boot! 

Let’s break down the magic! 

List of ingredients required to make chia seed lemonade.
  • Chia seeds absorb water quickly and can take up to 10 times their weight in liquid! This creates a fun gel-like texture and allows you to maximize your hydration.
  • With over 4 g of fibre in 1 tablespoon, these little seeds are a great source of fibre (specifically soluble fibre, which helps you feel full, helps with digestion, and helps you absorb the water more slowly) allowing for continuous absorption of the water even hours after you drink it! 
  • Chia seeds can be so helpful for digestion and can help improve the health of your BMs. This matters! A good indicator of health.
  • These tiny seeds also provide a source of antioxidants which help prevent cell damage caused by free radicals in the body. 
  • They also nourish your body with several important minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus, zinc, and copper.
  • Chia seeds are anti-inflammatory. Enjoying chia seeds regularly may also help to reduce inflammatory markers, which often indicate the presence of inflammatory disease.
  • These seeds have a good ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, and a high fibre and protein content. In fact they are what is called a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids. 

Lemon

  • Lemons are high in Vitamin C which is an antioxidant that protects cells from damaging free radicals and is a vitamin known to strengthen the immune system to fight against the germs that cause the common cold and the flu.
  • Although lemon juice is very acidic, small amounts mixed with water can have an alkalizing effect when it’s digested. Increasing alkalinity in your body is said to boost your overall health and reduce your risk of chronic disease. 
  • Lemons provide a potassium boost as well!

Sea Salt

  • Sea Salt is rich in trace minerals —high-quality grey and pink sea salts typically contain 60 trace minerals or more! Look for a quality brand like Maison Orphée Grey Sea Salt
  • Sea salt contains many of the major electrolytes, like sodium, magnesium, calcium and potassium that are essential for good health. Perfect for a summer drink!

Maple Syrup

  • Pure maple syrup is known to be high in antioxidants. Every teaspoon also offers nutrients like riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium, and potassium.
Close-up picture of chia seed lemonade.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are chia seeds?

Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family, is where we get chia seeds from. It was first enjoyed in Central America where the seed was a staple in the ancient Aztec diet.

Do chia seeds contain protein?

Yes, Chia seeds are a complete protein. Meaning they have all nine essential amino acids! 1 Tbsp of Chia seeds delivers 2 grams of protein, boasts of 4 grams of fibre and even contains omega 3 fatty acids too! 

Are chia seeds gluten free?

Yes, Good news! Chia Seeds are gluten free. 

What do chia seeds taste like?

Chia seeds have a mild nutty flavour that makes the seed very versatile. Because of how subtle they taste —chia seeds are able to be put in both sweet and savoury recipes. In raw form, the texture of the chia seed is crunchy and much like a poppy seed but in the case of our lemonade, the chia will have a gel like texture as one chia seed absorbs many times its own weight in liquid, so it’s like a tiny sponge. 

How do I store chia seeds?

The best way to store flax and chia seeds—as with all nuts and seeds—is in a glass jar in the fridge. While keeping nuts and seeds at room temperature can be totally fine for a period of time, the longer they sit, the higher chance there is that they can go rancid. 

Stirring chia seed lemonade in a glass.

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Two glasses of chia seed lemonade.

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Chia Seed Lemonade

Chia Seed Lemonade

Lemonade, Upgraded. Sometimes referred to as Chia Fresca, this refreshing, bright drink packs a hydrating health super punch!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 person
Calories 208 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • pinch of quality sea salt
  • slices of lemon for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Squeeze 2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice and add to a regular size drinking glass.
  • Add maple syrup, sea salt and water to the same glass and stir well.
  • Add ice cubes and slices of lemon in the glass for garnish and top with chia seeds and stir well.
  • Allow the chia seeds to absorb water for a few minutes or drink immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

Note: adjust the lemonade to your taste. If it’s too tart add more water or maple syrup. If it’s not sweet enough add a bit more maple syrup etc. Enjoy! 
Keyword cold drinks, drinks, lemonade

‘Til next time,

Christy

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Hi! I’m Christy, a happy wife and mother to three boys, a nutritionist, a food lover and a Canadian. Creating and experimenting in the kitchen is my idea of an afternoon well spent. To me, a clean kitchen is an empty canvas of possibility and that means my kitchen never stays clean for long. My dream is that one or more of the recipes I share here will inspire you, perhaps even becoming a cherished family favourite.

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