Chia Fresca is a drink that gives you energy. I found out about it, when I was reading Born to run by Christopher McDougall. It´s a book about finding the soul in running and how we can run in a good and natural way without getting injuries. I truly recommend this book if you are thinking about starting a running practice or if you are running. It´s an interesting book, with great characters and amazing stories in it and gives so much inspiration. You don´t have to be a runner "freak" to read it, it´s a book that probably anyone would love. I sure did.
Anyway, in this book he writes about a running-tribe - Tarahumara Indians - in Mexico that has running as a natural part in their life. They don´t get injuries and have a lot of energy. In the book the author also writes about what they eat, and one drink they drink when they need to get the energy and stamina back is Chia Fresca or "Iskiate". It´s made of water, chia seeds, lime juice and sugar. Hmm, interesting. So I had to try it.
Chia seeds have been around for many years, but just in the last couple of years it has found its way to the grocery stores (at least in mine in Sweden). It was a staple of the Aztecs and Mayans, and they used it a lot for their health problems and in rituals.
It has good nutritional value with omega 3, antioxidants, fibers, Calcium and amino acids.
It´s a cute little seed that is easy to use and you can use them in so many ways.
Chia seeds need to be soaked before eaten. Just soak them in water for 5-10 minutes. They absorb a lot of water up to their weight 9 times, so use a ratio of nine parts water to one part chia seeds. Whisk after a couple of minutes to separate the seeds. In my recipes were I use chia seeds sometimes, I use less water if I´m going to blend them in smoothies or puddings. Here´s one smoothie recipe and one dessert recipe.
What are they good for?
It is said that they are good for:
You can use them in:
Recommended daily intake 2 tbsp (adults)
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Helen Kåselöv is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and the founder of Healing from within with yoga & food (former Yoga for Endometriosis & Pelvic pain). Helen has a history of severe endometriosis and is today helping women with endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids and other pelvic pain online, with yoga, nutrition and other lifestyle changes. Using yoga both as a tool in different kinds of healing programs, pain management, yoga has become the foundation in her work. “Yoga can help you in so many ways: Physically, mentally, spiritually and as a personal development tool.”