I love Chia Seed Lemonade! Especially when I’m doing a lot of Detoxing, or Juicing. It’s not only refreshing, but also a really great source of fiber, and a nice boost of plant-based Essential Fatty Acids!
Chia Seeds have a pretty mild flavor – so they’re easy to add to things, and usually take on the taste of whatever you’re adding them to – like, Puddings, Smoothies, etc. A 1 Tablespoon Serving also contains about 2,200 mg of Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Alpha Linolenic Acid), and 700 mg of Omega-6 Fatty Acids (Linoleic Acid).
Lemon & Filtered Water
I always use clean, Filtered, Reverse Osmosis Water, and lots of Lemon – which is rich in antioxidants like Vitamin C, and is great for your Liver & Kidneys! I also like to add-in a variety of other fruit too… not only for the taste (and pretty colors it turns the water), but also for the extra vitamins & minerals.
I’ve included Strawberries in this recipe since they’re pretty much my go-to – they’re available year-round, also rich in Vitamin C, and Antioxidants – and I always have them in my freezer for Smoothies! While I love fresh, they can be pricey – so, I often opt for Frozen Organic Strawberries because they’re usually cheaper. In my opinion, Whole Foods, Costco & BJ’s usually have the best tasting Frozen Organic Fruit, if you’re in the market for that.
For a hint of Sweetness, and to take the edge off – I also add a dash or two of Organic Stevia. It’s a great, low-glycemic alternative to Sugar, & a way better alternative to artificial sweeteners. This is really helpful if your fruit isn’t in season, or isn’t as sweet as you’d like it to be! Easy fix!
FYI: You can also use any Mason Jars, but I prefer Wide Mouth, so I can get in there to clean them afterwards.
Chia Seed Strawberry Lemonade
Recipe Makes a Quart. If you want a Pint, just 1/2 it!
- 2 Tbsps. of NOW Organic Black Chia Seeds
- A Dash of NOW BetterStevia Organic Stevia Powder Extract
- 1 Whole Fresh Organic Lemon
- 2-5 Organic Strawberries (Fresh or Frozen)
- 1 Quart of Filtered Water
- Citrus Juicer
- Fruit & Veggie Wash
- Quart Sized Mason Jar with Lid
How To Make It
- Wash your Fruit thoroughly, rinse & pat dry. I like to soak my (fresh) Berries for a few, even if they’re Organic.
- To get the most Juice from your Lemon – firmly press and roll it (back and forth) on the countertop a few times. Cut it in 1/2, and juice it. Remove all of the seeds, and pour it into the Jar.
- For Fresh Strawberries – remove leaves and stems before adding to the jar. If frozen, just drop them into the Jar.
- Next, add the Chia Seeds, and fill the Jar up with Filtered Water, leaving a little room at the top for them to expand.
- Add a Stevia to Taste.
- Put the lid on tightly & shake it well – to evenly distribute them (otherwise they’ll clump).
- Refrigerate for a few hours, or overnight – giving them enough time to fully hydrate and “bloom”. You’ll know by how tender they are. If you’re leaving it overnight – I usually remove the Strawberries right before drinking the next day because they tend to loose most of their color.
- Add a Straw & Enjoy!
Swaps & Variations
I’ve made this so many different ways, and like to use whatever I have at the moment!
For the Citrus I’ve tried… Lemons, Limes, & Oranges. And, I’m sure you can try Grapefuits too. I haven’t yet. And, instead of Strawberries you can try: Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Cranberries, Cherries, Peaches, Mangos, Pineapple, Kiwis, Red Dragonfruit… your options are endless!