Every time I pass by the fresh juice section at the grocery store, I find myself gawking at all the different flavors, colors and textures. From the fizzy kombucha to the green juice that’s supposed to taste like banana and mango, I can’t help but stare at all the options and choose a few to take home as a treat. Gets me every time! One particular beverage I’ve been craving lately is the ice cold chia fresca.
So what is chia fresca?
Chia fresca is a drink native to Mexico and Central America that is made up of chia seeds, water, sugar, and other flavorings. Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, calcium and antioxidants – making them a superfood all on their own. The book, Born to Run, opened my eyes to the amazing benefits of chia fresca – which is referred to in the book as iskiate. Christopher McDougall, the author of the book, discovers this beverage after learning about the Tarahumara Indians – a tribe of long distance runners known for their endurance. One of the secrets to their outstanding endurance is, of course, chia fresca.
So naturally, I had to make my own version – this Strawberry Hibiscus Chia Fresca. It’s everything I love in a cold beverage – flowery, fruity and refreshing. The combination of berry and hibiscus has become a favorite in our house. From Simple Truth’s kombucha to Starbucks’ Berry Hibiscus Refresher, this combo does not disappoint.
And I’m here to tell you this Strawberry Hibiscus Chia Fresca DOES NOT disappoint, either. Because I used to be addicted to sodas and sweet tea, enjoying a fresh wholesome beverage like this makes me wonder what I ever saw in those sugar laden, nutrient-less drinks. It’s like the person you almost married who made you feel like crap, then found your better half and realized how a healthy relationship should look. So yeah, I’m basically saying you should marry this drink and all will be well and good in life. Or perhaps just give it a try and allow it to become part of your healthy routine.
If you decide to make it, take a picture gulping this stuff down while you’re outside basking in the sun. Then tag #unrefinedliving on Instagram so I and everyone else can see your happy self!
How To Video
- 4 teaspoons or 3 bags hibiscus tea
- 4 cups boiling water
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup sugar
- juice of ¼ lemon
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- Steep hibiscus tea in boiling water for 3-5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, add strawberries, lemon juice, water, and sugar to a blender and blend on high until smooth.
- To a glass pitcher, add chia seeds, steeped hibiscus tea, and strawberry puree.
- Mix well with a spoon to combine.
- Transfer to the refrigerator until chilled.
- When ready to serve, shake or stir beverage thoroughly to evenly distribute chia seeds and then pour into individual cups.
- Keeps in the refrigerator up to 3 days.