Chia seed juices for sale in stores can get pretty pricy. And making chia juice yourself is so easy. It takes just a few minutes of mixing, then you stick it in the fridge and let it sit overnight.
Voila! Chia juice.
There are two ways to make chia juice. This first is a little more time consuming: it involves making your own fruit or vegetable juice in a juicer, then adding the chia seeds.
However, I don’t have a juicer at the moment (I hope to get one soon) so I use the ridiculously easy method: buy a good, natural 100 percent juice at the store and add chia seeds.
Here’s my recipe:
Homemade chia seed juice
- 3 cups juice of your choice
- 3 T chia seeds (black or white — your choice)
- A Ball jar with a lid or drink shaker
Just pour the juice into the jar, add the chia seeds and shake hard for about a minute. Let the jar sit on the counter, coming back to shake it again every couple of minutes.
After about 15 minutes, put the jar in the refrigerator and let it sit for at least several hours. I like to let it sit overnight to make sure the chia seeds have absorbed as much liquid as they can.
Pour the juice into a glass or sport bottle, or just chug it out of the jar. That’s it.
So, now you’ll never have to pay almost $4 for a chia juice again, unless you want to.
So, what juices should you use for your chia juice? I made a delicious chia juice a few days ago using blueberry blackberry acai juice.
There are lots of other juices and juice combos that make great chia seed juice. Here are a few of my favorites:
R.W. Knudsen juices I like with chia seeds:
- Cherry Cider
- Kiwi Strawberry
- Pineapple Coconut
- Mango Peach
- Spiced Pear
Northland juices that work well for making chia juice:
- Blueberry Blackberry Acai
- Raspberry Pomegranate Goji
- Berry Berry Maqui
- Purple Power
So, try one of the above juices or use any juice you like. If you make your own juices, you have even more possibilities. Try a watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew chia juice. Or make your favorite combo: I think a lemon ginger orange apple juice would be great with chia seeds added. Or, add some chia seeds to a green juice to make a seriously nutritious beverage.
One other tip: if you save your bottles and lids from iced tea or bottled water, you can make chia juice in single serving bottles. Just fill each bottle almost full with juice and add one to two tablespoons of chia seeds. Then they’re ready to grab in single serving form whenever you’re heading out the door.
Do you have a favorite flavor of chia juice to make? Let us know in the comments!