A refreshing and nutrition-packed drink perfect for this time of year. And you can easily substitute a different tea or juice!skip to the recipe
If I had to pick a favourite superfood, it would hands down be chia seeds. It’s not that they’re necessarily better than any of the other superfoods, just that they are so versatile and simple to incorporate into my daily diet. From chia pudding, to oats or smoothies, chia seeds are easy to add to many foods and are jam-packed with fibre, protein, omega-3’s, and beneficial vitamins and minerals.
If you enjoy chia pudding, then you must try this drink! It’s similar to the ones you’ll find in stores, but less expensive, easily customizable to suit your own taste, naturally sweetened, and doesn’t contain additives or preservatives either.
The most important step in making this chia drink is to gel your seeds first so they evenly disperse into the juice. When chia seeds come in contact with liquid, they expand and can hold ten times their weight, becoming gelatinous in texture, similar to tapioca. It’s important to let the chia fully gel in the liquid until its thick and pudding-like, which helps them float in the juice instead of sinking right to the bottom of the glass.
For this drink, instead of gelling chia in water, I used freshly brewed green tea. The green tea bags from my Graze snack box worked perfectly and had such wonderful flavor. If you’re not a fan of green tea, feel free to use any other tea, water, or juice of your choice.
This drink is so delicious and refreshing, perfect for sipping throughout the day! It’s also a great way to get extra fiber and nutrients without tasting “healthy.” Change it up by substituting your favorite juice for the pomegranate in this drink. You can even try it with your favorite plant-based milks—Doesn’t chocolate chia almond milk sound yummy?!
Joscelyn, guest blogger from wifemamafoodie.com
Combine warm water and 2-3 teabags (depending on how strong of a green tea flavor you want in your drink) in a heat safe glass. Let steep for 3-4 minutes, or until tea flavor is pronounced. Stir in as much sweetener as you like (keep in mind how sweet your pomegranate juice is. You can always add more later) along with chia seeds. Stir thoroughly so that no chia clumps remain.
Let chia green tea mixture gel for several hours to overnight. The result should be very thick and pudding like. This step is important, if you don’t allow chia seeds to gel then the chia seeds in your final drink may not be evenly distributed.
Combine thickened chia gel and pomegranate juice together in a pitcher and stir or whisk well until mixed thoroughly. Can also be made ahead of time. Makes 4 cups.