May 1, 2013

Chia Without the Ch-Ch-Ching. ~ Wendy Keslick

I really enjoy the chia seed fruit drinks that are now readily available in stores, but my wallet does not.

One afternoon my daughter and I were enjoying these delicious store-bought beverages and decided that we could make them at home for a fraction of the cost and perhaps even healthier.

We noticed on the label that the contents were 92 percent filtered water. How is that for an easy start? We decided that fruit is naturally sweet enough, so we would skip the agave that the store bought juice contains, which we usually avoid anyhow, and keep our recipe quite simple.

Here is what we came up with the next day:

Pear Strawberry Chia Drink

1 cored pear

4-5 fresh strawberries

64 ounces of water

1/3 cup of chia seeds

Blend the pear, strawberries and water at high speed in a blender. Once completely liquified, add the chia seeds and blend at a very low speed just enough to mix the seed evenly throughout the juice. Pour into mason jars with lids and chill in the refrigerator.

As you are enjoying your chia seed drink, remember that 64 ounces of pre-made chia juice would have cost you roughly $25 or more. Congratulations, you just saved yourself enough ch-ch-ching to buy yourself two and a half pounds of organic chia seeds in the bulk section.

I encourage you to try different fruit combinations and discover new delicious, healthy and affordable chia drinks. And when you do, I hope you will share them in the comment section below.

Enjoy and be well!


Wendy Keslick is a massage therapist and yoga instructor. Her spiritual journey includes yoga, her devotion to Rosicrucian AMORC studies and being part of the conversation of our evolving humanity.  Borderline obsessions include organic and natural living, vegetarianism and veganism, social justice issues, documentaries and current events.  She is determined to learn Arabic in this lifetime. Her daughter, international travel, exploring other cultures and green smoothies are her passions.

She also founded a nonprofit called Children Creating Bridges.  Volunteering for this organization has taken her to Syria to be part of three medical delegations to help with the Iraqi refugee crisis.  Follow her on Facebook.


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 Ed: Brianna Bemel


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