Grapefruit Mint Chia Refresher.
Pleeeeease don’t look at me that way.
I swear that this can be a thing! A thing we can LOOOOVE. It’s refreshing. It’s good for you. It tastes awesome. We’re doing it!
So! This is like those chia fruit drinks that I was obsessed with a few years ago. I first saw the idea on food and wine, and I actually thought it was a cocktail. I was like, well THAT’S interesting. And wonderful. And healthy! Give me vodka and give me chia. Sounds like a plan to me.
But alas, there was no booze involved. I got over the slight disappointment and decided to give it a go because it sounded SO good to me. I am a nut over chia seeds. I think they are such an awesome superfood and I am the person that actually loves the texture. Chia pudding? Give me a vat of it. Chia seeds in bars? Yes yes yes. I’m allllll over chia in every way possible.
I think the coolest part about this drink is that you can customize it to be anything you want it to be. You make a large batch of hydrated chia. See that above?
A big jar full of water + a few tablespoons of chia seeds + a few shakes and some time in the fridge yields the loveliest chia water ever. I think that half of my fascination with this comes from the amazing way the chia is just suspended in water. It looks like MAGIC.
Another reason that I love this so much? Well…. I’m a boring drinker. Not like a DRINKER drinker. But throughout the day? I pretty much only consume water. I have one cup of coffee in the morning, usually iced. I’ve never liked any sort of fruit juice and soda especially? No thanks – the carbonation kills my throat. There aren’t even many flavored carbonated waters that I enjoy, especially not on the regular. As in, not every day.
The only other drink that I consume regularly is kombucha, which I loooove. Yes, it is carbonated but it’s so mild that I can handle it. I only have a cup or so in the afternoon – it’s like my afternoon treat! (Side bar: I am dyyyying to try the lemonade kombucha but can’t find it anywhere!)
If you’ve had those mama chia drinks or the chia kombucha before, you’ll love this. If grapefruit isn’t your fave – try strawberry! Or cherry. YES. Or even orange. Or lime! Or can we do a margarita? Wait. That’s beyond the point.
If you like chia seeds, you’ll probably also like this.
If you’re not in to the texture of chia and they freak you out, I’d skip this all together because there is no way around the chia. Let’s be real.
Drinking this just makes me FEEL good. So there’s more room for cookies!
- 2 cups water
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 cups freshly squeezed grapefruit juice cold
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves plus extra for garnish
- 1 cup cold soda water
- Prep the chia base the day before or even just 2 hours before. Place the water and chia in a jar. Cover and shake it well. Stick it in the fridge and shake it every 30 minutes, about 3 or 4 times. Here’s your chia base! Easy as that.
- In a large pitcher, stir together the chia base, grapefruit juice, honey and mint leaves. Stir until the honey mixes into the juice and water. Pour in the soda water and gently stir. Serve immediately with an extra garnish of mint.
We’re still cool, right? K good.