Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Chia Limeade

I was flipping through my new Issue of "Bon Appetit" and I ran across a section entitled "Agua Fresh."    They had such refreshing beverage  recipes(Agua Frescas) for summertime I had to try one.   Chia Limeade  was the family choice.   My kids had fun with this recipe.  The first thing you do is soak the Chia seeds in water.  As the seeds are soaking,  they get a gelatinous texture.  They are nice and chewy.  My eight year old son renamed the drink "Bug Juice."  It looked like there were little bugs swimming around in his drink.  The imagination of kids you gotta love it.
Chia Limeade aka Bug Juice








I  haven't cooked with Chia seeds before so I did some research.   I found they are a  powerhouse seed.  Chia seeds contain essential mineral such as phosphorus, manganese, calcium, potassium and sodium.  They are also rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids.  Wow- all this from one tiny seed.

The limeade was very refreshing and not too tart.  The Chia seeds added an interesting and fun texture.  Great for a hot summer day.    I am going to make this Aqua Fresh again.


Chia Limeade
From Bon Appetit

Ingredients:

2 tablespoon black or white chia seeds
5 cups of water
2 cups fresh lime juice, about 12-14 limes
1 1/2 cups superfine sugar


Directions:

1. Whisk together the black or white chia seeds and 5 cups of water in a pitcher.  Let the seeds soften, about 10 minutes.
2.  Add the fresh lime juice and  sugar to the water mixture.  Stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Taste and add more sugar if needed.
3. Fill glasses with ice; stir the limeade well before pouring into the glasses.



Makes 8 servings




Chia Seeds








4 comments:

  1. Thanks for all the information on chia seeds, I have never tried them but they do sound like something that could improve my diet. I love limeade as well as lemon, so putting that little powerhouse in there is a great idea. Ha-bug juice, kids are funny. Thanks for sharing this one.

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  2. For bug juice, this looks darn tasty! I need to pick up some chia seeds and incorporate them into my diet :)

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  3. This is indeed a very refreshing and original drink! No wonder why kids loved it!

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  4. Oooo bug juice…my grandsons would love that!! It does look very interesting…I love limeade. I will have to give this a try…I’ve never tried chia seeds, but I love trying new things!

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