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Chia seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family. Its origin is believed to be in Central America where the seed was a staple in the ancient Aztec diet. Golden Chia seeds, from a related plant, were used primarily by Native Americans in the southwestern United States.
Chia seeds have recently gained attention as an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acid. They are also an excellent source of fiber at 10 grams per ounce (about 2 tablespoons), and contain protein and minerals including as iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc. They also provide an energy boost that is natural, which explains the growing number of commercial Chia Seed Energy Drinks.
I don’t know if you’ve priced out the commercial Chia drinks like Mamma Chia or Chia Fresca. They’re priced between $4 and $5 in my area. They’re very popular and are being sold as energy drinks. In this post, Genevieve of Mama Natural, shares a video that shows you how to make a homemade Chia Drink.
Genevieve offers a simple, economical Chia Drink that looks identical to a class of Mamma Chia or Chia Fresca. In fact it’s better because the homemade version uses simple, natural ingredients. No chemicals or preservatives.
Genevieve’s recipe is extremely simple and only uses 3 ingredients: the juice of your choice, water and chia seeds. (raw organic is the best!) She also shares a tip that she has found improves the Chia Drink. Click below for the recipe.
The best Chia Seeds I found are these raw organic Chia Seeds from Live Superfoods.