Can you believe it’s already August? I can’t. I refuse to acknowledge that summer is coming to an end…mostly because the weather in Chicago continues to be hot with a capital H with no signs of cooling down anytime soon. In effort to stay cool, we’re guzzling down anything chilled over ice these days, including this Cherry Lime Chia Fresca!
Yup. This summer beverage is a thing of beauty and packed with all of the right nutrients. Fibrous chia seeds are soaked in antioxidant-rich tart cherry juice and then added to refreshing coconut water, freshly-squeezed lime juice and a splash of sparkling water – that’s it!
Still new to chia seeds? No problem – learn more here – What are chia seeds?
Two tablespoons of chia seeds provides 7g of fiber, 4g of protein, and 5g of omega-3 fatty acids. Granted you would have to drink the entire pitcher of THIS particular fresca to get that, you get the idea – these little suckers pack a big nutrition.
Cherry Lime Chia Fresca
vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, sugar-free, shellfish-oil, fish-free, nightshade-free, bean & legume-free
- 2 cups cherry juice
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1 tsp lime juice
- 2 1/2 cup sparkling water
- Soak chia seeds in cherry juice for 1 hour.
- Add coconut water, lime juice and sparkling water. Stir to combine.
- When ready to serve, pour over ice, and garnish with fresh cherries and lime slices.
If you’re looking for more ways to use that bag of chia seeds you just bought to make this fresca, I recommend these Chocolate Chia Energy Bars or this Chocolate Chia Smoothie.
Cheers to a long and hot summer!