Let’s not kid ourselves: Chia is to superfoods what Lena Dunham is to primetime TV—as in ALL THE RAGE. And there is a reason for that. A recent article in the Los Angeles Daily News reports that “the nutritional composition of these tiny round seeds is mostly fat in the form of omega-3 fatty acids with some protein and carbohydrates. In fact, chia is a complete protein, meaning it contains all the essential amino acids necessary for human health. This makes it a great food for vegans and vegetarians who can have difficulty getting sufficient dietary protein and omega-3 fats from plant-based foods. Chia is also a good source of calcium, manganese and fiber.”
But the chia seed isn’t the only super food star in this delicious drink, as the chile in the Tajín ® Clásico, too, adds healthful boosts. Chiles are loaded with Vitamin C, a potent water-soluble antioxidant that our bodies need to make collagen. Collagen is one of the main structural proteins necessary for the health of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps boosts immunity, so we can better resist harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals in the body.
And for this agua fresca, what a better backdrop for the chia seeds to have than watermelon, a summer staple that is equal parts flavorful, hydrating and fresh. Finished with Tajín ® Clásico, which includes all-natural chiles and lime—both antioxidants—this is the summer cocktail that’s both sweet and savory. Can we get 4 agua frescas and an amen please?
4 cups cubed seedless watermelon
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon agave nectar
1 cup ice cold water
1. Soak 1 tablespoon chia seeds in 1 cup ice-cold water for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Blend with 4 cups watermelon and 1 teaspoon agave nectar until smooth.
3. Rim glasses with lime juice and Tajín Clásico
4. Serve chilled.
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