You know, the only thing I like about summer is the fresh foods and drinks that we can prepare to keep cool. I bet you have a few favorites of your own. Let me tell you about one of my summer drinks. I’m talking about my refreshing Chila-Lime water. My mother would always prepare cool pitchers of homemade fruit drinks to keep us hydrated during the hot summers.
I especially remember that she would stir a few tablespoons of chia seeds into pitchers of limeade. The kids and I used to love it. It doesn’t alter the taste. They’re tiny seeds that swell up by absorbing the liquid that they’re submerged in.
The really awesome thing about chia seeds is that they are a nutritious powerhouse. Mayan and Aztec warriors and hunters who relied on this tiny seed to give them energy, endurance, and to help keep them satiated and hydrated. Chia seeds also have tons of health benefits such as omega-3, calcium, and antioxidants. They’re also known to help lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Consuming them helps with weight loss by helping you feel full longer. Chia seeds are also rich in protein and healthy fats. These are only a few known benefits of these amazing little seeds. Check them out for yourself. Okay, with that said, bellow you’ll see how to prepare this refreshing chia-lime water:
You will need:
- 4 cups of cool filtered water
- 3 to 4 limes
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
- Agave nectar or simple syrup
Fill a pitcher with 4 cups of filtered water. Juice the limes and add the juice into the pitcher. Pour the chia seeds into the liquid and stir immediately. Allow seeds to plump, but stir frequently to keep them from clumping. Sweeten to taste with agave nectar or simple syrup. Pour over ice and enjoy.
Simple right? Let me know what you think. Have a lovely week!