HAPPY HOUR + STRAWBERRY ROSEWATER CHIA FRESCA

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Do chia drinks freak you out? I kind of gravitate to the juices and other drinks with all the little floaties in them. I’m all about that hydration any way I can get it. My man is the opposite. One time on a little day trip in the Boston area, we stopped at a Whole Foods for a quick lunch and my chia kombucha just exploded out of the bottle and he had to actually look away because he was so grossed out. Anyway, I got to drink about half of that kombucha, and the salad that I made that day was memorably choice.

Chia fresca is kind of the OG chia seed beverage though. It has roots in Latin America and usually involves chia seeds, water, and some kind of citrus juice. This one plays on that combination with some strawberries juiced up in the mix and a kiss of rosewater. It’s a pretty special beverage. You can just feel it enlivening your whole being up when you sip it down. Hope everyone has a calm and totally centered kinda weekend. We’re installing a storm door among other exciting things, so you know it’s gonna be a real barn burner over here ;) Hugs and some links below!

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STRAWBERRY ROSEWATER CHIA FRESCA RECIPE
Print the recipe here!
SERVES: Makes about 1 quart/1 litre
NOTES: I made up half of the water with coconut water so that I didn’t have to sweeten this drink with any additional ingredients. If you decide to go with all filtered water, I’d recommend a little drizzle of agave nectar or maple syrup to really bring out that nectar-like strawberry flavour :)

1 cup chopped strawberries
4 cups filtered water (or do a half-and-half mix of coconut water and filtered water)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon rosewater

Combine the strawberries and water in an upright blender. Blend on high until liquified. Run the strawberry water through a fine mesh sieve, pressing through with a spatula. Discard solids and seeds.

In a pitcher combine the strawberry water and the chia seeds. Whisk to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, allowing the chia seeds to gel in the chia fresca.

Once ready to drink, give the chia fresca a light whisk. Then, stir in the lemon juice and rosewater. Serve with additional wedges of lemon and ice if you like.

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  • Eugenia11/06/2016 - 5:08 am

    This sounds lovely! I can imagin strawberry/melon aguafresca .. Youmie!!
    Thanks for the recepie!ReplyCancel

  • Kamilla Haaland11/06/2016 - 7:55 am
  • Marsha11/06/2016 - 8:14 am

    I love your blog and look forward to your posts. Would there be a way that the type font could be a little larger?ReplyCancel

    • Laura11/06/2016 - 8:46 am

      Hi Marsha! I’ll try to play around with the font size to make it more readable. Thanks so much!
      -LReplyCancel

  • Gabriella11/06/2016 - 8:15 am

    This chia fresca looks so unbelievable. Such a gorgeous color – and some of my favorite ingredients! Happy weekend :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full11/06/2016 - 9:54 am

    One of my best friends makes this amazing chia drink with aloe water, lime juice, and chia seeds. It’s so addicting! I love the idea of adding strawberry and rosewater, such delicious choices :) Also, grilled cocktails, whaaat? What an interesting idea! I’ll have to try one out this summer :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah F11/06/2016 - 11:02 am

    So gorgeous!! I admit I’m a little wary of things floating in my drink (I’ve never even had bubble tea!) but I could totally get down with this. Oh and my man is completely freaked out by anything kombucha, hehe.
    Thanks too for the women over 30 link– made my morning. :)ReplyCancel

  • danielle | rooting the sun11/06/2016 - 11:35 am

    the strawberry and chia looks so refreshing, laura! i’ve been in that volcanic kombucha chia situation many times before – always chaos. lovely interview!ReplyCancel

  • Sophie11/06/2016 - 12:59 pm

    This looks so summery and fresh! Dating myself here, but chia fresca always reminds me of the grown up version of Orbitz ;)ReplyCancel

  • Izzy Bruning11/06/2016 - 1:18 pm

    Looks lovely!
    Great photos as well!
    Izzy | https://plantbasedizzy.wordpress.com/ReplyCancel

  • Vee12/06/2016 - 7:40 am

    Your happy hour links are my fav. I love the mix of natural health/wellness with a good dose of realness and honest reflection. I’m a long time fan of your way of keeping it seriously real. xReplyCancel

  • Erin13/06/2016 - 12:48 pm

    Hi Laura, not sure if it’s my computer….but the Ayruvedic Beauty link goes to the nourish_atlier site.ReplyCancel

    • Laura13/06/2016 - 1:58 pm

      So sorry about this! All fixed up with the proper link now. Thanks for the head’s up.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Amina13/06/2016 - 11:33 pm

    This looks delicious! And the photos are so captivating.ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra14/06/2016 - 7:48 am

    Strawberry AND rose water? Sounds like a winner! I’ve never tried chia in drinks other than smoothies but it sounds pretty awesome :)ReplyCancel

  • Shiva mantra18/06/2016 - 9:47 pm

    Oooo! This looks so good!ReplyCancel

  • Ella Frances21/07/2016 - 3:38 pm

    Wow, Laura, this looks stunning! I am so inspired, sounds delicious!ReplyCancel

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