I love bubble tea — it’s so much fun to suck the bubbles up through a fat straw, and it comes in so many yummy flavors (jasmine and watermelon are my favorites). But it’s an occasional treat for me because of all the sugar, artificial color and flavors — not to mention the calories.
One reason I enjoy bubble tea is the texture of the tapioca pearls (aka bubbles or boba). Chia seeds are kind of similar, except they’re smaller, they’re a whole food and they’re 100 percent good for you. So, using chia seeds in tea seems pretty genius to me. Bonus: chia tea is easy to make, and you can drink it every day.
So, here are two ways to drink chia seeds in your tea:
Iced Tea With Chia Seeds
It’s super easy to make iced chia tea. Here are the steps:
- Brew up a pitcher of your favorite iced tea, sweetened or unsweetened (whichever you prefer). You can use iced black tea, green tea, white tea or herbal tea (tisane).
- Pour 16 ounces of the cold (or room temperature) tea into a Ball jar or beverage shaker. Add one cup of flavored chia gel. Shake well for 30 seconds.
- Pour it into a glass and add a garnish that complements the flavors in the tea. Garnish ideas: a sprig of mint, a lemon or orange slice, a cinnamon stick, fresh raspberries, fresh blueberries.
Here are some possible combinations:
- Iced spearmint lemongrass green tea , garnished with mint leaves and a lemon slice
- Orange herbal tisane, sweetened with agave nectar and garnished with a cinnamon stick and an orange slice
- Jasmine tea with a drop of vanilla and fresh blueberries
Hot Tea With Chia Seeds
It’s even easier to make hot chia seed tea. Here’s how you do it:
- Brew up a cup of your favorite hot tea. You can use black tea, green tea, white tea or herbal. Sweeten it (or don’t) to taste.
- Pour eight ounces of tea into a four-cup glass measuring cup with a spout. Add a quarter cup of chia gel, and whisk with a metal or silicone whisk so the seeds don’t clump together.
- If you like, add milk (or almond milk or soy creamer) and a garnish (optional). Garnish ideas: a cinnamon stick, an orange slice, a lemon slice, orange or lemon zest or a sprig of rosemary.
- Pour it into your favorite mug. (I always use a ceramic mug my mom made. I swear that using a favorite mug makes tea taste better. Really.)
- Orange flavored black tea garnished with a cinnamon stick and orange zest
- Chamomile tea garnished with a vanilla bean
- Soothing or night time herbal blend garnished with a lavender sprig
Enjoy! (I like to sit back with a good book and take a break while sipping my hot tea.)