Have you noticed?
CHIA SEED WATERS ARE ALL THE RAGE THESE DAYS!
That’s because they are …
SO good for you.
I plan to do a series of chia seed waters and the like to brighten all our lives — especially the kiddos. “Waters” like this one are a great way to introduce kids to tea and to get them to drink that little extra bit to stay hydrated and nourished in a fun way!
My 6.5 year old LOVES this — as you can see from her silly bedhead-ponytails pic. She was very happy to wake up to this concoction awaiting her in the kitchen!
We are always looking for ways to make hydration fun and interesting. Not to mention all natural with no sugar-spike, and free of artificial food dyes!
May you and all your favorite people to share bedhead time with enjoy this refreshing treat!! Let me know in the comments how you all like it … bedhead photos encouraged! ;P
High Potency Hibiscus Hydrator
By Maggie Verderame
This keeps nicely in the fridge for a day or so without the chia seeds turning to pudding, so it’s nice to make a big batch and sip away — especially in the warmer months! In cooler months, this makes a nice alternative to fresh juices and smoothies by simply not icing it very much.
This recipe makes 1, 16oz serving:
1 TBS Chia Seeds
1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2-3 TBS White Grape Juice
¾ Cup Fresh Water
1 tsp Coconut Sugar
½ Cup Strong Hibiscus Tea*
Soak chia seeds in the apple cider vinegar, grape juice and ¼ cup of the water for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the chia seeds from clumping together.
Mix coconut sugar into hot hibiscus tea so it melts.
Add the sweetened hibiscus tea to the chia mixture. Top with a little ice and enjoy! It’s like nature’s Boba Tea ... only, in my opinion, MUCH better!
*To make strong hibiscus tea: steep 1 TBS dried hibiscus flower pieces in 2 cups of boiling water for 15-20 minutes. Add 1 tsp of coconut sugar for every High Potency Hibiscus Hydrator you plan to make. This amount of tea will make 3 of the above drinks.
If you live in the US, I recommend getting organic dried hibiscus flower petals from Mountain Rose Herbs.