I love Chia Fresca. I’m so happy I discovered it many years ago. It is super refreshing and hydrating, perfect for hot summer days and for long endurance runs and rides.

In Mexico chia seeds are often stirred into fruity drinks where they turn gelatinous and add a nice texture to the beverage. Chia was a prized “superfood” for the Aztecs who took advantage of the seed which contains protein, fibre and omega-3 fatty acids including high amounts of alpha-linolenic acid. Chia can be used in breads and baked goods as well, but I find that making Chia Fresca is the quickest, easiest and most delicious way to get some chia seeds into your diet.

When the seeds absorb enough liquid, the outer layer creates a gelatinous film around the seed, so you can drink it effortlessly. The seeds themselves have a grassy flavor if you crunch them open, but the gelatinous layer keeps the seed intact so the hydrated seeds impart zero flavour to your beverage.

Chia Fresca is super simple to make:


  • 1 glass water
  • 1-2 tbsp chia seeds
  • Lime or lemon juice (fresh is best)
  • Something to sweeten it if you need

Add all the ingredients and stir. Keep stirring every minute or so for about 10 minutes. It is even better if you leave it for another hour as the chia will fully absorb all the water. Enjoy!

For more info on why chia seeds are so great, see our previous post, matcha chia pudding 🙂