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Refreshing summer chia drinks





Why include Chia seeds in your diet:

  • Protects liver

  • May prevent cancer

  • Improves heart health

  • Support digestive system

  • Reduces signs of aging

  • Builds stronger bones

  • Balances blood sugar

  • Relieves constipation

  • Enhances skin, nails and hair health

Chia seeds nutrients:

30 gm serving

  • Energy 150 kcal

  • Protein 5g

  • Total lipid (fat) 9 g

  • Carbohydrate, by difference 13g

  • Fiber, total dietary 9.99 g

  • Sugars, 0g

  • Calcium, Ca 189 mg

  • Iron, Fe 2.32 mg

  • Potassium, K 122 mg

  • Sodium, Na 5.1 mg

Caution:

  • Too much Chia might cause stomach discomfort, gas, bloating. Restrict your chia seed intake to not more than 2 Tbsp. per day. If you are new to chia consumption, start from little quantity and gradually increase it.

  • A few individuals can be allergic to Chia seeds. People with known allergies to mustard, thyme, mint, and sesame should be cautious of consuming Chia seeds.


Chia seeds are the regular entry of food and medicine from ages. It has an appreciable amount of soluble and insoluble fibers, polyunsaturated fatty acids, non-gluten proteins, vitamins (and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, potassium), and not to forget antioxidants and Omega 3s. Chia seeds have become the most talked-about superfood of all the time for their excellent properties it possesses. Researchers around the world have been acknowledging its health-promoting properties extensively. There are various ways to include it in your diet; Chia seeds drink is a fun and easy way to include chia in your diet. Call it a hydrating drink or an energy drink; chia drink solves both purposes. It is a straightforward way to keep your body hydrated, skin glowing, and ease bowel movements. I make chia drink either with orange, tangerine, or lemon/lime. It serves as a quick delicious post-workout drink.






Preparation time- 15 mins

Cook time - 0 mins

Total time - 15 mins

Serves- 1


Ingredients:

Water- 1 cup (8oz)

Chia seeds – 1 tbsp.

Honey- 1 tsp (optional)

Lemon juice- 2 tbsp.

Or

Orange juice – ½ cup (Freshly squeezed)


Directions :

1. Take 1 cup of water ( preferably cold)

2. Add all the ingredients

3. Give it a stir. Let it sit for 10 minutes so that seeds will absorb water.

4. Enjoy



References:


  1. Nutritional and therapeutic perspectives of Chia (Salvia hispanica L.): a review (nih.gov)

  2. Chia seeds as a potential cognitive booster in the APP23 Alzheimer’s disease model (nih.gov)

  3. Chia seeds: an ancient grain trending in modern human diets - PubMed (nih.gov)

  4. Chia seeds (Salvia hispanica): health promoting properties and therapeutic applications – a review - PubMed (nih.gov)

  5. Improvement of Chia Seeds with Antioxidant Activity, GABA, Essential Amino Acids, and Dietary Fiber by Controlled Germination Bioprocess - PubMed (nih.gov)

  6. Chia Seeds ( Salvia hispanica L.): An Overview-Phytochemical Profile, Isolation Methods, and Application - PubMed (nih.gov)

  7. Chia | Description, Plant, & Nutrition | Britannica

  8. FoodData Central (usda.gov)

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