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
- 10 oz lemonade or pink lemonade
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 strawberry sliced
- 1 lemon wedge
- 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.
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:
- 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.
Whether you are a novice in the kitchen, or a seasoned chef, Dietitian Klara will work with you to help you reach your nutrition goals. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating, Cooking with Diabetes and Cooking with Food Sensitivities Guide.