Does anyone else hate drinking water? For some reason, if I have more than a few ounces at a time, I invariably start to feel ill. No matter what temperature or how thirsty I am, a queasy feeling starts and doesn’t go away for at least ten minutes. Maybe I’m just a freak.

When transitioning to a vegan diet, I discovered chia as a substitute for eggs. I like to bake, so of course I thought the slimy slurry was the bomb-diggity. Then, I learned about Chia Fresca, a popular Mexican beverage. It’s basically lemonade mixed with chia seeds, and is touted as an all-natural energy drink. It sounded a little gross to me.

I’ll admit that the first swig was… interesting. A few swallows later and the chia seeds had all developed a nice coating of gel. It wasn’t long before I had downed an entire pint of slightly lemony water with chia. I waited for the ill effects. There were none. No sloshy feeling. No feelings of nausea. Just nice and hydrated. I filled up my mason jar again, this time nixing the lemon. (Yes, I love drinking out of my jars.) Pretty soon, I had polished off my third pint of water and chia. I think my husband was wondering where my evil twin must have disposed of my body.

So what about the facts? Ignore the ramblings of a tired nobody and let’s consult sciencey people.


For reference, one Tablespoon of dried whole chia seeds is about 12g.

Worried about iron? Twelve grams of chia seed contains 4% of your iron.

In one tablespoon of these little seeds is a hefty 5g of fiber. Five grams. That’s almost 20% of your daily needs. Most Americans only manage to meet about 40% of their daily recommendation, so one measly little ounce (28g) will top that at 42% with 10.6g. Add to that the great boost of Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids they have, and you’re already sitting pretty in terms of nutrition density.

That same little ounce has 9% protein, 18% calcium, 30% manganese, and 27% phosphorus. Eh? EH?

Next time you’re up late at night watching infomercials and a clay head with an adorable green “do” sprouts up (pun intended), you’ll remember to add more of those little seeds to your diet — or at least your lemonade.

Nutrition Data. “Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Seeds, chia seeds, dried.” Retrieved January 16, 2013 from

Spectrum Organics Chia Product Label. “Chi Seed”. Retrieved January 16, 2013 from


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