Hibiscus, Ginger Chia Fresca
~Chef Barr Hogen, 2 Degrees Food~
Also known as iskiate, this beverage is popular with runners and other athletes as it’s being touted as a Superfood for endurance.
For its relative size, chia is a great source of protein, fiber and ALA (alpha linolenic acid). Just 1 ounce has11 grams of fiber and 4 gram of protein. Chia is also mildly anti-inflammatory so combined with ginger; this drink is wonderful post work out.
It’s important to use warm water when mixing the seeds in as cold water will cause the chia to clump together. Chia is hydroscopic, so it plumps up and creates a little gel sac around it which makes it easy to swallow and digest.
This recipe will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
¼ fresh lime juice (lemon works well to, as does orange)
¼ cup raw blue agave (more if you want it sweeter)
4 cups warm water
¼ cup chia seeds
Freshly grated ginger, to taste
1 cup freshly brewed hibiscus tea
Whisk together the agave with the citrus juice of your choice and the ginger. Add the water and hibiscus tea and whisk well. Slowly add the chia seeds while stirring.
Allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Now place in the refrigerator and let cool completely for at least 30 minutes.