Earlier this year, around springtime, chia seed drinks became a regular item on my weekly grocery list. I really enjoy the texture of chia seed gel in beverages (it’s a bit like evenly distributed mini tapioca in bubble tea, but with less chewing) or with yogurt, and started to become mildly obsessed with the bottled beverages in the drink aisle. Alas, this habit became less and less wallet friendly as my love for chia seed drinks grew.
Here’s a quick way to avoid spending $3 per beverage and to make the chia seed drinks at home instead!
Ingredients (makes 2):
– Juice of choice
– 4 tbsp chia seeds (bulk-sized jugs available for under $13)
– 2 cups of water
Step 1: Soak the chia seeds
Soaking the chia seeds is what causes the chia seeds to form the outer “gel” layer. In a sealed contained (I used a mason jar), soak 4 tbsp of chia seeds in 2 cups of water. Stir the chia seeds in the water (to avoid clumping) and place the container in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.