I used to rely heavily on corn syrup laden sports drinks to give me the energy I needed as a teen. I've since switched to this homemade electrolyte drink, but lately I've fallen in love with a good chia seed drink. There are tons of flavor options, but my favorite is this hibiscus berry version that gives you energy as it hydrates.
Hibiscus is one of my favorite herbs to use because of it’s tart, fruity flavor. This flower has a positive effect on blood pressure, circulation, and heart health. It's also great for sore throats, upper respiratory infections, and anxiety relief. I like to add the infusion to my homemade gelatin as well to boost the health benefits and fruity flavor. (source)
Blackberries give this chia seed drink a nice, fruity flavor. Not only are they delicious, but blackberries are full of antioxidants without a lot of sugar. Antioxidants help to prevent cell damage in the body, and are thought to protect from serious diseases like cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. (source and source) They’re also high in:
- Vitamins A, C and K
Green tea contains inflammation-fighting polyphenols. It’s flavanoids and catechins are powerful antioxidants that are even better than Vitamins C and E at protecting cells from damage. Green tea also gives a small amount of caffeine to lend a little more oomph to your day. I can’t handle the large amounts of caffeine found in coffee, or even black tea, but green tea is much milder. Cheap, store brands are more likely to contain high amounts of the neurotoxin and thyroid disruptor fluoride, so be sure to use a quality, loose leaf variety. (source)
Lemon is next on the ingredients list and boasts some powerful health benefits. This citrus fruit helps to cleanse and detox the body, especially the liver. One lemon contains about 36% of your daily value of vitamin C, along with some potassium, folate, and magnesium. (source)
Chia seeds are really the star here. Not only are they full of omega-3 fats that fight inflammation, but they also help increase energy, slow blood sugar spikes, and provide you with a healthy dose of fiber. They’re also high in protein and minerals like phosphorous and manganese. It’s been said that it was a treasured food among the ancient Aztecs. (source)
Hibiscus Berry Chia Seed Drink
- 2 t. green tea leaves
- 1 T. hibiscus leaves
- 1 ¾ cups filtered water
- ½ cup blackberries
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 3 T. raw honey
- 3 T. chia seeds
- Heat the water until it’s boiling, then remove from the heat. Add the hibiscus and green tea and steep for 3 minutes before straining the herbs out.
- Place the blackberries in the cheesecloth and squeeze the juice out very thoroughly into the tea.
- Add the lemon juice and raw honey to the tea, stirring well until everything is combined. Add the chia seeds and stir again.
- Put the drink in the fridge, and stir it again after 30 minutes or so to prevent the chia seeds from clumping at the bottom. The seeds will be hydrated and the drink ready after 6 hours, or overnight.
- Shake well before drinking and keep refrigerated.
Got any chia seed drink combos you love? Tell me what you put in yours in the comments below!
Jamie Larrison blogs at The Herbal Spoon. Besides a good chia seed drink, she has a passion for herbalism and aromatherapy and creates her own plant-based, safe for the whole family body care items at her shop, This & That Herbal. Learn more about Jamie here.
so you drink the chia seeds with the tea? no more straining?
would work for me, but not the rest of the household 🙂
1and3/4 cups = one serving ?
I know I am just full of questions 🙂
Krystal Wight Armstrong says
This sounds so neat! Thank you for the recipe. I’m currently caffeine free (nursing preference); which other herbal tea might you suggest as the best sub for green tea?
Also, I’ve been enjoying chia seeds for a long time, but have been wondering if the same WAP/Nourishing Traditions wisdom about soaking seeds applies to chia and things like berry seeds you’d eat inside the fruit.
I get that chia seeds, in this case, are being soaked; but usually you have to discard the water the seeds and nuts are soaked in because of the bad stuff released into the water.
Since I’m very new to soaking, I was wondering if you or anyone could help me understand if the negative effects of other usual seeds (pumpkin, etc.) would still be present in chia seeds or that of strawberry/raspberry seeds that we eat, & soforth.
Thank you for your knowledgable experience!
I am not an expert, but everything I’ve read about chia seeds does not indicate any need to discard the liquid that the chia’s are soaked in. You can try an online search on the subject, but for all intents and purposes, no need to worry about bad stuff released in the water. Hope this helps.
Hey!! To clarify about chia.. it turns gelatinous (like Jello) in any liquid they are in. It’s a vegan baking binding agent. It has many forms and ways to be prepared. Absolutely amazing diet addition!
Ok, so when putting in this method, which is fantastic!!! Just know that if you allow it to get “thick “ just add a little more liquid. In this specific recipe, I’d recommend just some water and give it a shake.
I have a soursop/chia custard maaaaybe ice cream.. in the freezer as I type.
Food can be absolutely mind blowing!! Keep experimenting ????
When I make green tea, I do it in the manner of Japanese green tea. I bring the water to a boil and let it cool a bit before adding the loose tea. That way the tea does not become bitter.
Rebecca Voorhees says
I love love love chia seeds! Thank you for the recipe! I have been making a chia pudding recipe from Healthy Help 4 U for awhile now and it is such a delicious snack! Here is the link to her youtube channel where she provides the recipe. Try it out!
Krista Ogilvie says
Could you please confirm. Do you use the leaves of the hibiscus plant or the petals from the flower?
Emily Bartlett says
Hi Krista, this particular recipe uses the leaves of the hibiscus plant. xoxo Emily