Spring it’s here! After months of snow and cold, as nature intended, we are now officially into the new season: a time of rebirth, blossoming, the birds are chirping, the days are lighter and lighter and this is the time when we should do some detox to get ready to enter this new period. Hence, I am sharing this recipe with you, because it is packed with nutrients that will help you dealing with Springtime in an energising and refreshing way.
Now, I don’t know about you, but going from Winter to Spring for me it’s always devastating: it has been like this for more than 10 years (before I went vegan) and it’s the only change of season that brings with it, physical and mental issues: from brain fog to feeling physically depleted as well as gastrointestinal problems (I am going to talk about this Seasonal Affective Disorder soon because maybe there some of you who suffer from the same stuff and I can help you with the solutions that I am using for myself), leaving Winter is quite a challenge every year.
For this reason, I was absolutely delighted to read about a very quick and easy recipe for Chia Fresca by Choosing Chia. And it’s obviously vegan!
Let’s get down to business. The recipe wants:
1 1/2 cups filtered water
1 tbsp chia seeds
juice of 1/2 lemon
1–3 tsp maple syrup
pinch of cayenne (optional)
Mix all the ingredients in a glass or jar. Stir or shake it up to make sure the chia seeds don’t clump together.
Let sit in the fridge for at least 15 minutes before drinking.
It is easy, delicious, very quick. However, I have modified it a little bit: I have been using 1/2 cup of boiled water and 1 cup of cool water, no maple syrup nor cayenne. Instead, I have been adding 1 kiwi (peeled and sliced). I prepare this first thing in the morning, while I prepare breakfast and I drink it until lunchtime: it does provide a good kick and I have been able to focus a bit better at work while also calming my stomach.
But I would also like to show you the nutritional value of the ingredients used for this amazing recipe. And again, all this is vegan and superhealthy, so give it a try!
From Harvard T. H.. Chan School of Public Health: “Two tablespoons of chia seeds (1 ounce or 28 grams) contain about 140 calories, 4 grams of protein, 11 grams of fiber, 7 grams of unsaturated fat, 18% RDA for calcium, and trace minerals including zinc and copper. They are the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds are a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids that cannot be made by the body.”
From Healthline.com we have another complete brakdown of all the nutrition facts of these little seeds. For example, what they might be lacking in vitamins, they’ll make up with minerals: Manganese, Phosphorus, Copper, Selenium, Iron, Magnesium and Calcium. They also contain many antioxidants (the good stuff that it’s supposed to be helping against cancer).
This ingredient is very famous because is so rich in Vitamin C (an essential vitamin for the proper functioning of the immune system, and much more). But did you know that it has a good amount of Vitamin A? Another important vitamin for the immune system as well helping in maintaining healthy skin.
But lemon juice is not only a magnificent source of such vitamins: it is also your ally against kidney stones and anemia (amongst other benefits – read more here and here).
As I said, my version of the vegan Chia Fresca sees the use of kiwi. I have always been used to eating kiwis when I was little because my grandma loves them and this has been passed on to my mum. Now, I am not crazy about them like my grandma, but I like their taste: the combination of bitter and sweet and the juicy pulp, makes it a nice snack. Or also it can be used to take away a bit of the sweetness of some foods that sometimes are really too sweet, if you get what I mean. For example, I used to slice a kiwi to put in those yoghurts where cleary they used a bit too much sugar and/or sweetners. I am not trying to sell you some kiwis, but just to give you an idea one kiwi has
- 42 calories (cal)
- 215 milligrams (mg) of potassium, or 5 percent recommended daily value (DV)
- 1 g of dietary fiber, or 8 percent DV
- 8 g of protein, or 2 percent DV
- 23 mg of calcium, or 2 percent DV
- 64 mg of vitamin C, or 107 percent DV
- 2 g of sugar
- 1 mg of vitamin E, or 5 percent DV
- 8 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin K, or 35 percent DV
- 7 mg of magnesium, or 3 percent DV
- 60 international units (IU) of vitamin A, or 1 percent DV
- 17 mcg of folate
which I think it’s already pretty amazing. And all this translates in many health advantages such as being beneficial for the respiratory tract and gastrointestinal system.
So, now you can go and try this delicious (and nutricious) beverage. Let me know if you’ll try it and if it gave you a boost of vitality.
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