Summer is on its way, and I couldn’t be more excited for all the delicious food that comes along with it. I’m a sucker for grilled corn on the cob, juicy watermelon, and a veggie burger on the grill, but what really gets me excited about summertime? Chia fresca.
I made this recipe in collaboration with my friends over at Wild Blueberries. I call this drink a chia fresca, but the traditional name is agua fresca, which literally translates to “fresh water.” Agua frescas are drinks made by blending water, fresh fruit, and a little bit of lime juice and sweetener. I love them because they’re not strained (meaning all the fiber goodness from the fruit stays in there) and they’re not too sweet! As the name suggests, they’re more fruit-infused water than all-out fruit juice.
The chia seed added to the mix amps up the nutrition a notch with a hit of fiber and healthy omega 3 fats. This chia fresca doubles as a tasty snack and a refreshing treat! My blended Chia Fresca with Pineapple and Turmeric is a mainstay on summer afternoons.
You can make chia fresca with just about any fruit (or fruit combination) you like, so of course I turned to my beloved Wild Blueberries. The bright, juicy naturally sweet wild blueberries make the perfect base for chia fresca and majorly boosts the antioxidant power of this summer drink. They also turn plain water into this amazing blue color!
I love blending Wild Blueberries into smoothies, too, but sometimes I’m just in the mood for a lighter and more refreshing drink, rather than a filling snack or meal. That’s when these chia frescas are absolutely perfect. I won’t say they’re terrible spiked with a little rum, either, but you can make that call on your own. 😉
Wild Blueberry Chia Fresca
- 1/4 cup frozen Wild Blueberries
- 12 oz fresh cold filtered water
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 lime juiced
- 1 tsp honey or few drops liquid stevia
Stir chia into water and let sit for 10-20 minutes. Add lime juice and wild blueberries. Sweeten to taste, stir and serve over ice, if desired.