Chia Fresca

Do you ever get to the middle of your afternoon and feel like you are moving through treacle? Do you ever experience a cracking headache after lunch? For me these are two signs that I am dehydrated and I have been neglectful of my daily water intake.

Maybe like me you send your kids off to school and sports with a well-filled water bottle but forget to set out on your own daily adventure without adequate hydration? One of the best baby steps we can take to help our body to better health is to stay hydrated. Even cold climates like Calgary where I live can be incredibly drying. I try to always carry a water bottle and when I feel really thirsty I like to knock up a pitcher of Chia Fresca.

The hydrophilic chia seeds can absorb up to ten times their weight in water, and that gelling factor physically slows down the process by which our bodies convert soaked chia seeds’ carbs into simple sugars. Chia seeds also contain fiber, protein, antioxidants, and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron. The essential fatty acids in chia seeds fuel our brains keeping them calm and happy and help to soften our skin. Better still this refreshing beverage takes less than 5 minutes to make and is so much better for your body than grabbing a coffee or soda.

Chia Fresca
Yields 1
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 2 cups water
  2. ½ fresh lemon juiced
  3. 11/2tbsp chia seeds
  4. 1/2tbsp maple syrup
  1. Add all the ingredients to a glass.
  2. Stir thoroughly and wait 5 minutes while the chia seeds plump full of water.
  3. Sip during the day to keep your body hydrated.
  1. It's time to break up with soda and get it on with Chia Fresca!
Louise Innes Holistic Nutrition
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Louise Innes

Author: Louise Innes

Louise Innes is a holistic nutritionist who resides in Calgary, Alberta. Her balanced take on nutrition brings a refreshing perspective to the world of food.

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