Chia seed water is a delicious, easy-to-make and extremely hydrating drink. There are plenty of fun variations on chia water too, such as making flavored chia water or coconut chia water.
You should put your chia seeds in the water a day ahead of time and let it sit in the fridge overnight for best results.
How to make chia water
It couldn’t be any easier to make this super healthy beverage. Here’s a a simple chia water recipe:
- 3 cups filtered water*
- 1 T chia seeds
- A Ball jar with a lid or a beverage shaker
*Natural-Healthy-Eating.com recommends using water that has been filtered by reverse osmosis for maximum water absorption by the chia seeds. But I use regular filtered water from my fridge, and it works pretty well.
To make the water:
Put the filtered water in your jar or beverage shaker. Add the chia seeds. Close the jar and shake vigorously for about a minute. Let the jar sit, coming back every few minutes to shake until the water begins to thicken. (It usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes.)
Put the jar of chia seed water in the fridge and let it sit for several hours or, better yet, overnight. By letting the water sit for a while, you give the chia seeds a chance to soak up the water and expand as much as they’re going to. Chia seeds are hydrophilic, meaning they’re like tiny sponges. They absorb 10 times their weight in water, and then they become gelatinous.
Once the chia water is ready, give it another good shake. Pour it into a glass, or a sports bottle — or drink straight from the jar.
Chia water with a twist: yummy variations
You can jazz up plain old chia water with flavors, additions and garnishes.
My favorite twist is to use all-natural, unsweetened flavored water in place of regular water. I love Ayala’s Herbal Water. My favorite flavors are lavender mint, ginger lemon peel and lemongrass mint vanilla. Hint also makes a nice healthy flavored water.
Or, to save money, you can easily make DIY infused water by filling a pitcher with water and adding a fruit, vegetable or herb for a couple of hours, then removing the fruit or veggie after the water has absorbed the taste. Here are a few ideas for how to flavor your water:
- Make cucumber mint water: add half a cucumber peeled and sliced plus one sprig of mint.
- Make orange clove water: add a few orange slices and two or three whole cloves.
- Make grapefruit lavender water: add half a grapefruit, sliced, plus one sprig of fresh culinary lavender. (I recommend doing this only if you grow your own lavender, so you can make sure it’s not treated with any pesticides.)
- Make lemon water: add one lemon, sliced.
Another variation is to use coconut water. You can buy plain or flavored coconut water. (The one I like best: guava.) Coconut water is a great source of electrolytes and potassium, so combining it with chia seeds is doubly nourishing for you on a super hot day or before or after a workout.
Flavored chia water recipe
To make flavored chia water, just use the above recipe for basic chia water, substituting the flavored water for the plain filtered water. If you really want to get gourmet, throw in a few fresh blueberries or raspberries, or squeeze in some citrus juice (lemon, lime or orange) or add a garnish that works well with the flavor — for example, a stalk of lemongrass or a few curls of lemon zest.
The benefits of chia water
Chia seed water has several benefits. Here are two:
1. It’s a quick, easy way to get chia seeds in your diet. In water, they go down easily.
2. It can help you stay hydrated. According to the fitness site BreakingMuscle.com, downing chia seeds in water is a good way to keep your body hydrated for a longer period of time, and to get an energy boost. For that reason, chia water is especially good to sip before a run, or to tote with you to the gym or yoga class.
No matter how you slice it, chia seeds and water are a winning combination. Cheers!