It’s American Heart Month! To celebrate all things heart healthy, I decided to highlight chia seeds for their ALA (a type of heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acid) and their fiber, both of which can support your heart health.
While you may already be familiar chia seeds as the hottest new superfood, in smoothies, oatmeal bowls, or even chia pudding, I wanted to feature a more traditional way of serving chia, something that gets back to chia’s roots as an indigenous Latin food.
That’s right, chia has been used by the indigenous people of Latin America for centuries (if not longer), so of course Latin Americans have some traditional chia recipes up their sleeves. The most common? Agua de chia.
Most commonly made with lime and sugar, I added raspberry to cut down on the added sugar and add some fun flavor and color.
Enjoy it with a meal or as a post-workout refreshment.
Raspberry Agua Fresca with Chia Seeds
- 1 whole lime peeled and cut into quarters
- 3 oz raspberries
- 3 – 4 tbsp chia seeds
- 2.5 cups water
- Place water, lime quarters and raspberries into blender. Blend on high.1 whole lime, 2.5 cups water, 3 oz raspberries
- Once fully blended, pour into a jar or pitcher.
- Add chia seeds to jar or pitcher and stir vigorously.3 – 4 tbsp chia seeds
- Let sit for 15 minutes. Stir again before serving.