I’ve been dreaming up the perfect refreshing summer beverage. It contains cold watermelon, because you can’t get any more thirst-quenching than that. And it’s also got chia seeds, which absorb moisture, so they’re very hydrating.
I had half of a “personal watermelon” — a small watermelon big enough to feed about four people — left over after making a watermelon smoothie this morning. I decided to pop it in the freezer for a little while to get it extra cold before making this drink.
It turned out every bit as good as I’d imagined. The lime juice adds a nice tartness that makes the drink taste really crisp. I added a little maple syrup to offset the lime juice. And the chia seeds taste kind of like bubble tea boba — fun and delightful.
Since temps today were in the high 90s here in Georgia, it was the perfect day to make this cooler. I plan to make it a regular summer fixture at my house. It keeps very well in the fridge, so you can sip it throughout the day. The chia seeds make it filling, so it’s kind of like a snack.
Watermelon Chia Lime Cooler Recipe
- Half of a personal watermelon (scooped)
- Juice of one lime
- 1 T pure maple syrup
- 3 T chia seeds
Scoop the watermelon out of the rind and place it in a plastic container. Chill it in the freezer for two hours.
Then, put the watermelon, lime juice and maple syrup (but not the chia seeds) into a high-powered blender. (I use a Vitamix.) Blend on medium-high (I use speed 8 on the Vitamix) until the watermelon is liquified.
Then pour the watermelon juice into a Ball jar with a lid or another container that can be tightly closed. Add the chia seeds to the jar, close the lid and shake. Put the jar in the fridge and give it a good shake every five minutes until the chia seeds have turned gelatinous. (They should look like little blobs in the drink.)
Pour into glasses or store in the fridge until you’re ready to drink. Before drinking, give it another good shake.
This is the perfect summer beverage to rehydrate you after a workout, mowing the lawn or a day at the beach!