Strawberry Lemonade Chia Seed Drink (raw, vegan)
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Blending organic strawberries, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and raw chia seeds together, turned out to be a powerhouse of summertime freshness!
The chia seeds add a natural thickness and texture to this drink. Remember to always “chew” your drinks because this starts the digestion process. Chia seeds also add a dose of omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, and are a high-quality complete protein without gluten, and a low-glycemic carbohydrate. They are also rich in antioxidants, calcium, omega-6 oil, phosphorous, magnesium, iron, and zinc.
To put it in perspective… one tablespoon of chia seeds has more calcium than a glass of milk, more Omega-3s than salmon, and more antioxidants than blueberries!
Another aspect that I enjoy about this drink is the visual difference of the suspended chia seeds. I used to get a kick out of the looks I would get as I walked around carrying my mason jar filled with a florescent green, alien infused, nutrient packed smoothies. Now those drinks have met their match. It may not be thick and green but it does have that weird factor of floating orbs. Though to be honest, in this day and age, it is hard to shock anyone any more. Weird is the new normal and nobody really blinks an eye at oddities.
This drink are great for preventing dehydration during exercise or exposure to heat. Chia seed have hydrophilic properties, and can absorb more than 9 times their weight in water. Because of this, chia seeds can prolong hydration, helping retain moisture and regulate more efficiently the body’s absorption of nutrients and body fluids, including the electrolyte balance.
I created this drink for my dear friends Suzy and Harry. They needed a drink that was alkalining, full of nutrients, energy-giving and delicious… and I created just that. It is cool and refreshing. But best of all you can pre-make this drink and store it in the fridge for a few days… enjoying it as needed. Mason jars are perfect for these types of drinks because you really need to shake them prior to and in between sips.
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Ingredients: yields 5 cups
- 3 cups water
- 1/4 cup organic lemon juice
- 1 cup organic strawberries
- 1 tsp liquid stevia
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- In the blender combine the water, lemon juice, strawberries and stevia. Blend until the strawberries are liquified.
- Pour into a large jar and add chia seeds. Place the lid on and shake vigorously.
- Place in fridge to thick for 30+ minutes. The longer it sits the more suspended the chia seeds get after shaking.
One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage. Daily I get questions regarding substitutions. Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe. I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family. I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.
So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item. Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient. Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself. So have fun, don’t be afraid, and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.