Cucumber Mint Chia Fresca

If you remember reading about our Whole Food of the Month—Chia— then you will recall that citrus, honey, chia and water is a natural energy drink for the Tarahumara People of Mexico. It fuels 50 to 100 mile runs for these super athletes, and many American runners are now incorporating chia into their routine, so maybe you could give it a try too. I’ve created a jazzier version with some fresh mint and hydrating cucumber. It’s delicious, easy to make and a simple way to get some essential omega-3s in. Drink this every day for a month and you will see an amazing difference in your skin and hair. Promise.

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Tools:
Large saucepan
Strainer
Glass pitcher
Glass bottles (optional)

Ingredients:
Try to buy everything organic. Here’s why.
8 cups pure water
1 cup packed mint leaves
1 cucumber, sliced
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1-2 tbsp raw, wild-harvested honey (optional, I enjoy this drink without any sweetener)

Let’s get started.
Slice cucumber and toss into your pitcher with fresh lime juice.

Bring water to a boil and then turn off heat. Add mint leaves to water and stir in honey (if using). Steep leaves until water cools.

Pour into pitcher and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.

Strain into a drinking glass or a glass bottle to take on-the-go. But wait! Add 1 tsp chia seeds per 1 1/2 cups liquid and stir. If you aren’t exact, no worries. Extra chia isn’t going to hurt you.

I like to prepare filled bottles and keep them handy in the fridge all week. You can leave the chia seeds in the mix for as long as you like. They just plump up even more over time. The mix will separate so just give it a shake before drinking (the seeds are a bit like tapioca—don’t be freaked out—you won’t really notice them after a while and you may start to crave them like I do now).

Store in the fridge for up to two weeks. Take these drinks with you to the office, to the gym, etc. They are great pre-, during and post-workout and don’t need to stay chilled.

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Check out other Whole Food of the Month recipes for chia seeds:

Naturally Sweetened & Gluten-Free Banana Walnut Muffins

 

Aluminum-Free Hearty Multi Bean & Chia Seed Chili

 

Raspberry & Cardamom Cream Chia Pudding

 

Assorted Oatmeals (with free gifting labels)

 

Mini Cardamom Spice Cakes with Toasted Coconut & Date Frosting

 

Gluten-Free Chocolate Lava Cakes

 

Mexican Chocolate Chia Pudding

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  1. We totally LOVE this at our house! It’s a must have for a pre and post workout drink! EXCELLENT!!

  2. Anna Allen

    I’ve put this on my menu for this coming week. Excited to try it! Question. Where did you get the bottles you put this in? I love the idea of keeping bottles prepared bottles in the fridge to grab n go!

    • Heather Crosby

      Hi Anna,
      I have a bottle-saving addiction—these are empty GT’s kombucha bottles. 😉

  3. Anna Allen

    Made this today. Wow! Loved it! I’m excited to have a different way to get chia into my diet. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Nic

    Have you ever used Ground Chia Seeds for your frescas? If not, I highly recommend giving it a try, especially for those you may share them with that might be a bit freaked out by the ‘little bugs’ floating in it, as called so by my young cousin.

    • Heather Crosby

      Thanks for the suggestion Nic. Ha, you remind me that I had a co-worker once ask me why I was drinking “seahorse eggs.” Definitely a conversations starter, those frescas!

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