Now that Thanksgiving is over and we all have over eaten, it’s time to get back on course. I thought I would post something to help cleanse and detox your system. Chia Seed Water, is a drink that has many health benefits. It is also so easy to make and you can really just throw some Chia Seeds in a bottle of water (which is what I do, usually). I like to make individual ones because the longer chia seeds sit in water the more they absorb water and it can get a little thick.
So why chia seed water?
Chia seeds help you sustain energy throughout the day. They help slow down the break down of carbohydrates into sugar and helps stabilize sugars. Which means if you are an athlete, a runner or you just want to have longer endurance at the gym this will help you. Chia seeds also help you stay hydrated for longer they regulate your electrolyte retention and your body fluid levels. If you have joint pain the omega-3 fatty acids will help reduce inflammation because chia seeds have natural anti-inflammatory properties. They also help with fast recover because of the amino acids in chia seeds. Amino acids are building blocks of muscle tissue and protein. So if you want healthy muscles and want to build lean muscle and lose fat chia seeds will help. Chia seeds will also help clean out your digestive track and colon because it has insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber doesn’t just help with digestive health if you are trying to lose some weight it will help stave off hunger pangs and curb cravings. It also has soluble fiber that helps keep your cholesterol levels down and helps fight the risk of heart disease. Soluble fiber also helps you feel full for longer so if you are dieting or watching your weight this is a great drink to keep at hand. You will stay feeling full with out the extra calories. If that wasn’t enough it chia seeds is filled with antioxidants that prevent premature skin aging due to free radical damage.
I drink my Chia Seed Water with just water but if that is too plain for you, you can change it up.
There are many ways you make this so you don’t get bored with it. You can substitute regular water with coconut water, you can also make ice green tea and add chia to that. Green tea is great for weight loss, helping you speed up your metabolism and many more health benefits. You can add fresh lemon juice to your water making it a fresca. You can add mint to your water, or rose-water and a little honey (or sweeter of your choice) there are so many variations you can do, be creative!
1 bottle of water if you are adding water to a bottle use 16oz of water
1 tablespoon of chia seeds (you can add more (I do) if you like but start out with 1 tbsp, don’t forget chia seeds grow so it might look like a little then the next morning it might just be a thick chia gel/pudding)
Pour the chia seeds into the water, then shake it up in the water bottle or mix it if you are making it in a glass. Let the chia seeds absorb the water the minimum time would be roughly 20 mins. I like to make mine in water bottles and leave them in the refrigerator. Then they are ready to go, when I go to workout.
These are just some ideas of spicing up your chia water.
If you are using coconut water, green tea or something else use 16oz
If you want to use a sweetener like honey or agave use 1 teaspoon or to taste
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper if you want to make it spicy (if you make it this way I would recommend adding honey and lemon to the mix)
You can add ginger, ¼-1/2 inch fresh ginger root
1 tablespoon of rose water
If you like chia seeds and want to incorporate them into your diet, check out my chia seed pudding that everyone will love here, Chia Seed Pudding Recipe.