This week’s recipe of the week uses chia seeds for a refreshing and healthful drink and a perfect holiday mocktail!
Thousands of years ago, chia seed was a staple in the diets of ancient Mayans and Aztecs. The word chia is derived from the Mayan language, meaning “strength,” and Aztec warriors relied on chia seed to boost energy and increase stamina.
Chia seed contains a wealth of fiber—5 grams in just one tablespoon. It is the fiber in chia that causes chia seed to swell when combined with water, creating chia gel.
Lemon Chia Fresca
This refreshing spritzer is a bubbly adaptation of a traditional Mexican beverage.
1/2 cup Water
juice of 1 Lemon
32 fl oz Club Soda
Lemon wedges, to garnish
Combine chia seed and water in a bowl. Refrigerate overnight. Combine lemon juice and sugar in a saucepan and head just until granules dissolve. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
Fill 4 tall glasses with ice. Divide chia seed and lemon syrup evenly between the glasses. Top with club soda. Garnish with lemon wedges.
Makes 4 servings.