This video gives you a sense of how chia seeds behave when added to a beverage. The seed coat expands to form a gel, and the seeds float throughout the drink, making a refreshing beverage similar to bubble tea.
"Chia seeds are a superfood that is receiving increasing attention, in part because of the Christopher Mcdougall book, Born To Run. I get mine at PuritansPride.com They are taste neutral, so I add them to tea, and they are neutrally buoyant, which makes them really cool to look at! Each tablespoon contains a gram of Omega 3, 2.5 grams of Omega 6, and because of their amazing water-absorbency, they provide long-term carbohydrates, with no spike or letdown, and a fantastic sustained hydration. I also think it is fun to chew on them!"
Tim Woodbury, who runs with his DOG, has invented this wonderful but complicated recipe for Pina Colada Energy Chews to fuel his run. His blog includes quite a few good articles about chia seeds, and more chia recipes, including one for the chocolate pinole pictured here:
Gina Ruiz of Doña Lupe's Kitchen makes Chia Fresca the authentic way, she adds chia gel to limeade. Here's the link to her recipe for this, and other traditional Mexican agua frescas.
Agua de Chia – Chia Seed Water
1 cup chia seeds (you can find these in the Mexican spices section of your supermarket, usually in a little pouch) 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice Sugar to taste 2 quarts of water Ice
Soak the chia seeds in two cups of water for 2-3 hours until they are soft and gooey. Chia seeds have a lot of gooey almost gelatinous goop on them when they are soaked. That’s part of the fun. Think Boba in a very tiny form.
In a large glass jar or pitcher add the 2 quarts of water, the lemon juice and the now spongy, wet chia seeds. Stir well and add sugar to taste and plenty of ice. Before serving make sure to stir it well so that the chia seeds are floating throughout the whole jar.
Chia seeds are known to be the "runner" food of the Aztecs. They are packed with protein. This recipe features chia seeds and is a raw vegan pudding that is great brain food. We often make it the night before a school exam. We eat it chilled in the morning for breakfast.
2 tbsp raw cacoa powder
4 tbsp raw honey
8 tbsp chia seeds (black)
1 medium-sized avocado
2 tbsp organic coconut oil
2 cups filtered water
Put chia seeds in a small bowl with filtered water stir for three to five minutes until they become gelatinous (like Jello). In a food processor, add chia seed and water mixture, honey, avocado, cacoa powder, and coconut oil. Process for 3 minutes, stoping to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Adjust honey and cacoa powder to taste. Pour into individual serving bowls and chill (not you, the pudding). Serve cold and enjoy!