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Chia Fresca Recipe

October 21, 2009 Leave a comment

If you have read Born to Run, by Chris McDougall then you should know what Chia is.  If you haven’t read the book and you consider yourself a runner, go out and buy it NOW!  Ok, so Chia are tiny little seeds that a tribe in Mexico uses as their staple for nourishment on long runs.

Most stores I’ve seen don’t carry them so the best place to get them is online.  I get mine from nutsonline.com where they are $6.99/lb.  The nutrition breakdown is as follows, 1 ounce of chia, 137 calories, 9g fat, 12g carb (11g fiber), 4g protein

These are actually the same seeds that come with the infamous Chia Pet.  But mixed with water and some sugar and lime (see recipe below)  they transform into a superfood.  The seeds emit a gel like substance that turns the drink into a gelatinous “smoothie”.  It sounds gross, but it is actually quite pleasant and tasty.

Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds

Chia Fresca Recipe

30 oz water

6 heaping teaspoons chia seeds

3 limes juiced

1 Tablespoon honey (more or less to taste)

Let stand for at least 1 hour, serve chilled

NOTE:  for whatever reason, some seeds sink, and some float.  Don’t worry, just shake a little before drinking so you have an even disbursement of seeds.

Here is the History and Science of the Ancient Chia Seed

I have used my chia fresca several times while on long runs.  Most of the time before I run, I’ll have 4-6 ozs.  I’ve also used as a recovery drink a couple times.  Once I even added it to my Accelerade in my water bottle that I carried during a 16 miler.  Unfortunately the seeds kept clogging the drink spout.  I didn’t really notice any remarkable benefit, but they didn’t hurt me either.  I have yet to use chia fresca on a run where one would expect to “hit the wall”, like a marathon or ultra.

I think its fun to drink, different

When chia seeds hydrate, they form a gel type substance.   This keeps you feeling full and keeps you hydrated.  You can also use this gel as substitute for butter in recipes, or as a salad dressing additive.

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