By Aley Davis
Don’t you feel like super cool, healthy, and trendy walking into Whole Foods or Sprouts? Maybe it’s just me, but whenever I pass through those sliding glass doors I suddenly turn into a super health nut and all I seem to care about is my omega-3 fatty acid intake and what new probiotic strains are on the market. It’s ridiculous, I know. I feel super pumped in the store and then when I come home I suddenly once again don’t feel half as motivated as I did in the store.
One of those health trend fads I am loving right now are those fancy chia seed drinks usually in the refrigerator on the end of the isle next to the Kombucha and other interesting probiotic drinks. The thing is, those drinks are about four bucks a bottle. No college student has a budget to spend four dollars on any fancy drink, even if it’s good for you. Here’s the secret though… they’re SUPER EASY to make.
- Buy dry chia seeds at the store in bulk. They’re usually cheaper when you can just buy them by the pound rather than buying a packaged bag of dry chia seeds.
- In one of your own fancy jars, mix 1 cup of warm water with 3 tablespoons of dry chia seeds.
- Refrigerate over night. The seeds will start to become really gelatinous.
- Mix one cup of wet chia seeds with one cup of your preferred juice.
- Enjoy and return to your “whole foods super health-nut mentality”!
I’ve tried mixing orange juice, Trader Joe’s Peach/Mango juice, and even a Raspberry Lime juice as pictured below.
Raspberry Lime Recipe:
- one cartoon of fresh raspberries mashed
- 1/4 of Lime juice
- 20 drops of liquid Stevia
Aside from loving the crunchy texture of the seeds in your drink, chia seeds are actually super good for you. Check it out…
- High in fiber (11 grams per ounce)! This creates a healthy environment for the good bacteria in your gut to flourish. Score!!
- Pretty good source of protein (4 grams per ounce). This will tie you over for an afternoon snack.
- SUPER high in anti-oxidants.
- High in omega-three fatty acids (5 grams per ounce). You know those “good” fats everyone’s been talking about lately? Here’s the money. Chia seeds even contain more good fats than salmon per ounce.
There are several other reasons why you should indulge by making this fancy drink, but I’ll leave it to these four. Rest assured, the next time you walk into Whole Foods you can still strut your healthy walk without having to whip out the big bucks for a fancy chia seed drink.