Healthy Agua Fresca Recipe

Chia Agua Fresca: The Only Drink You'll Want This Summer

One of my favorite drinks is the strawberry agua fresca sold every Wednesday at my neighborhood taqueria. A simple but oh-so-smart blend of fresh strawberries, water, and sugar, the traditional Mexican drink makes hot days bearable. I love buying mine right before closing after the strawberries have been soaking in the water for hours and I get bits of the fruit in my glass from getting one of the last servings.

Depending on where you go, aguas frescas can be filled with more sugar than a can of soda, but this recipe from NYC-based juicery Love Grace allows for the natural sweetness of the fruit to take precedent. It's everything you love about a great Summer farmers market in one glass, but with a secret weapon: the chia seed. Aside from giving the recipe a fun texture — almost like mini tapioca balls — it adds omega-3s and fiber to the drink.

Berry Chia Fresca

Berry Chia Fresca

Healthy Agua Fresca Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups water
2 teaspoons chia seeds
1/2 cup strawberries c
1/2 cup raspberries
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon raw honey or agave

Directions

  1. Mix the chia and water together in a bowl and set in the fridge to plump for 15 minutes. Remove, mix again, and combine all ingredients in a blender. Puree until well combined and adjust the sweetness if needed.
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