Can we drink to the fact that I get out of school in a couple weeks? Summer break is so close I can feel it. The weather is nearly perfect, the water is calling my name and long sun dresses are making their way back into my closet again. I remember when I was younger my mom used to make homemade lemonade at the beginning of this warm climate. It was so good and refreshing, we used to sit on the front porch drinking it from mason jars with thick straws. It was just about the only thing that could cool us down from this Carolina heat.
This recipe is inspired by those days with a healthier twist. This includes adding chia seeds and turmeric both of which are crazy good for you. Have you ever tried one of those drinks with all the chia seeds in them? That’s sort of the idea I was going for here, and this is a much cheaper alternative.
Chia seeds are loaded with fiber, protein, antioxidants and omega 3’s They’re actually considered superfoods. My favorite thing about chia seeds is how they gelatinize in any liquid that you put them in. So it thickens the drink and helps keep you hydrated. The more you add the thicker your drink becomes. I love it so much I’ve actually gotten to the point where I put chia seeds even in my tea! For this recipe I haven’t added nearly the amount that a chia drink would have so you can adjust this if you’d like. I also find that they like to sink to the bottom so either stir before you drink or use a straw.
I have had turmeric in my spice drawer for a long time and I’m constantly eyeballing it wondering how I could use it. For a long time, I just thought it was strictly for color. While it does add a beautiful vibrancy to this drink that’s not the only reason I decided to add it. It’s claimed to have powerful medicinal properties, it’s full of strong antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects. It helps the brain and decreases your risk for heart attack. You should read up on turmeric and its benefits. It might encourage you to add a little more here and there and not just for color!
With all that being said I consider this drink the best “pick me up” in the morning. It’s a great way to break the fast from a long night sleep with energy from the lemon and hydration from the chia seeds. I think I’m going to make this a part of my morning routine to get me by the next few weeks of school and I think you should too! I’ll be adding fresh mint and raspberries for even more deliciousness! I hope you enjoy this delicious drink as much as I do.
- 6 Lemons juiced separated from the seeds
- ¾ cup coconut sugar or more
- 5 cups water
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- Mint leaves
- Add the lemon juice and sugar to a container and stir until all the sugar is dissolved, add the turmeric and stir to combine.
- Add five cups of water to dilute the lemon mixture and add chia seeds (more if desired) while stirring and place in the refrigerator and let it chill until the chia seeds gelatinize for about 20 minutes. They will sink to the bottom so stir frequently to keep them from sticking to the sides and each other.
- Stir before serving, add raspberries and mint leaves if desired.