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Healthy Energy Drink: Chia Fresca

Looking for an alternative to your afternoon coffee or Red Bull? Check out this healthy energy drink alternative!

I’m not one for the traditional sugar ridden energy drinks, but sometimes you just need a little kick to get you through to 5pm.

I love my homemade healthy energy drink as it not only gives me the energy boost I need, but is so delicious, keeps me full and contains a whole host of vitamins and minerals.

In fact, did you know that in just 2 tbsp of Chia Seeds you could benefit from 5 grams of omega 3 fatty acids, 4 grams of protein, 11 grams of fiber, a whopping 18% of your total recommended daily calcium intake and all for just 137 calories. Now that’s pretty amazing if you ask me.

If you haven’t tried Chia Seeds before, they swell up into “jelly like” balls when coated in liquid. If you’ve ever had a Bubble Tea before then know that the texture of this is very similar (but so much better for you)!

To make it:

Add water to your bottle leaving about 1/5 of the bottle free.

Add in your 2 tbsp Chia Seeds and quickly screw the lid back on and shake. If you don’t keep them constantly moving when they first hit the water, they will all stick together and you won’t get them apart!

Finally, top with your favourite fruit. I added a squeeze of fresh orange juice, some orange slices and frozen raspberries.

Other options:

If you need that¬†additional “kick” of caffine then add some cooled green tea. I am obsessed with Gorgeous Geisha Green Tea from T2 (it’s a green tea infused with strawberries and cream and it is incredible)!

Some of my other favourite combinations:

  • Lemon, ginger & honey
  • Cucumber, coriander & lime
  • Mixed berry (blueberries, raspberries and strawberries)
  • Cucumber & honey dew melon
  • Lemon & lime

Mix it up and have fun with it! It’s so simple you can use any odds and ends in your fridge to make a flavoured Chia Fresca of your very own.

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Enjoy xx

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Jessica
    April 11, 2016 at 5:05 am

    I’m making this right now, but I’m not sure how long I should shake the bottle. I used green tea with matcha, some water and for flavor I’ll be using lemon and frozen berries. I’ll post a pic with the finished product!

    • Reply
      Kate
      April 11, 2016 at 7:29 am

      Hi Jessica! I would love to see a pic when you’ve made it! I couldn’t say exactly how long you should shake it as I haven’t used matcha powder before (or did you steep it first)? A friend of mine adds a little dash of vanilla soy milk to her matcha green tea and it makes it taste DIVINE! Thanks for stopping by x

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