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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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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Read more about why chia seeds are our Whole Food of the Month.
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Check out other Whole Food of the Month recipes for chia seeds:
Assorted Oatmeals (with free gifting labels)
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