For some reason, when it starts to get hot outside, plain old cold water just doesn’t seem refreshing enough. You need lemonade, iced tea, something fruity, something minty, or maybe something sparkling. Last Saturday at the farmers market I bought a golden beet pineapple ginger chia seed juice (it may sound bizarre, but it was really good) and it inspired me to go home and whip up a refreshing chia seed cooler for the kiddos.
I started with some citrus, but you could use any fruit that is super juicy—watermelon or really ripe pineapple would work well.
If you are using citrus, you will want to juice it. I ended up with about 2 cups of juice. If you are using something like melon, just throw it in the blender.
Then you can add any type of fruit you have around. I used strawberries:
Then add a little grated ginger because it’s good for you and super refreshing in a cool drink. I learned an awesome trick years ago from Rachel Ray: store your fresh ginger in the freezer and it is super easy to grate. Plus, you don’t end up with a chunk of moldy ginger at the bottom of your crisper drawer.
Then get a few sprigs of fresh mint.
Toss everything into a blender and blend it up.
Once everything is blended, add the equivalent amount of cold water. Taste the juice/water mix. If it’s too tart, add a little sweetener. I was going for a less sweet version of a Mexican agua fresca—not too watery, but not too juicy either. Pour the juice mix into a container and add about a tablespoon of chia seeds.
Stir the chia seeds into the juice mix. For some insane reason, I always use a super long chopstick for this.
Chill the chia seed cooler for at least an hour, so the chia seeds can absorb some of the liquid and work their chia magic. Supposedly, chia seeds are super hydrating, so, in theory, you’ll feel great after a tall glass of chia seed cooler: