Chia Seed Lemonade is a tasty thirst quencher for anytime of the year and it is especially fun to make during the hot summer months in Maryland.

Chia Seed Lemonade

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 10 oz lemonade or pink lemonade
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 strawberry sliced
  • 1 lemon wedge

Instructions

  • Mix lemonade and chia seeds and refrigerate. Stir occasionally while chia seeds plump up.
  • Serve with strawberry and lemon wedge for garnish.
  • Note: you can make your own lemonade! First make a simple syrup. Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let simple syrup cool completely. Combine simple syrup with additional water and fresh lemon juice to desired taste.

Notes

Note: nutrition facts will be affected by the type of lemonade used. You can use a lower sugar lemonade to reduce the carbohydrate content. 

Nutrition

Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 19mg | Fiber: 2g

Not familiar with chia seeds?  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics wrote an article on the health benefits of chia seeds.  Here are the highlights:

Chia seeds

  • are a member of the mint family
  • is technically called Salvia hispanica seed
  • was a staple in the ancient Aztec diet.
  • contains 138 calories per ounce (with 4.7 grams of protein and 9.8 grams of fiber)
  • are an excellent source of magnesium, phosphorus and omega-3 fatty acid and a good source of calcium, iron, thiamin and niacin.
  • may help improve cardiovascular risk factors such as lowering cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure.

Chia seeds are also added to water or fruit juice for a flavorful drink.  This inspired our Chia Seed Lemonade recipe.  Our Chia Seed Lemonade is also a great alternative to those who are refraining from drinking alcoholic beverages or to balance out a party with a non-alcoholic beverage with an additional festive option.

For more recipes on how to use chia seeds, take a look at our blog. How about chia seed pudding? Here is a recipe to help you use your chia seeds in a pudding.

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