Chia seeds had been the base diet of the Aztecs and the Mayas of Central America for centuries. This food in the modern world has also reached its peak due to its amazing health properties. It is frequently included in healthy bowls comprised of fruits, muesli or yoghurt, and it is a staple ingredient in the famous lemon drink Chia fresco that reveals incredible slimming properties. A large number of nutritionists and dieticians highly recommend this drink as part of a diet.
The ancient Maya and Aztec cultures named this seed Chia as it refers to “strength” and in those days it was considered a major source of energy before initiating a strenuous work. In the past this seed was consumed only with water, so the roots of the famous Chia fresco go back to pre-Columbian civilizations that were well aware of the amazing properties of this natural ingredient. In the modern world of living every healthy diet contains Chia seeds and because of that they are constantly included in smoothies, salads, porridges and other dishes.
The recipe of the Chia seed drink that we recommend is packed with valuable nutrients like omega-3, mineral salts and fiber. The combination with lemon will boost the fat removal and the detox process of the body.
A Recipe of the Chia Fresca Drink
- ½ lemon, the squeezed juice
- 1 tablespoon of Chia seeds
- A quarter cup of water
- Sliced cucumber, mint or basil leaves, and kiwi fruit, at your own preference
- 1 teaspoon of honey, optimal use
Method of Preparation:
Combine the lemon juice with the water, and then add the chia seeds. Mix the ingredients and allow for the chia seeds to swell in the water. It will take 15 minutes for the Chia seeds to become larger in size, and then they will be ready for consumption. Have in mind the fact that the more they stay in the water, the more you will benefit from their use.
You can freely add other natural ingredients of your own choice like the cucumber, kiwi fruit, mint or basil leaves. For a sweeter taste you can as well as add honey.
Health Virtues of Chia Fresca Drink
The chia seed is related to the mint family and it is very low in calories. The intake of this ingredient will suppress the appetite due to the feeling of fullness they offer. Namely, when in contact with water they can become larger in size 7 times more than their initial size. Having the feeling of satiety you will not experience any food cravings and that will help with the weight loss process. Once they are in the stomach, they slow down the breakdown of carbohydrates providing the body with a lasting energy. Plus, they have in their content omega-3s that are vital for good cardiovascular health and also in fiber that lowers bad cholesterol, regulates the glycemic index, and facilitates intestinal transit. Hence, the body has an improved digestion that in turn successfully removes toxins from the body.
Aside the slimming virtues, chia seeds are great ally against the aging process. As per the popular dermatologist Dr Perricone, chia seeds are high in vitamins, omega-3s and minerals that are very beneficial for a healthy and nice looking skin, hair and nails.
Plus, they are packed with calcium, in fact they have 5 times more calcium than milk which make them highly beneficial for the bones and for the people who are lactose intolerant or do not like milk. Their consumption will make your bones stronger, alleviate the inflammatory pain in the joints, and offer many other health benefits.
There is also the content of lemon, the amazing detox agent packed with antioxidants that will fight off the harmful effects of the free radicals. It contains flavonoids that will prevent the oxidation of bad cholesterol by lowering the risk of a cardiovascular disease. When combined with water it becomes an incredible diuretic agent thus avoiding digestive problems like constipation or bloating. Plus, it successfully removes toxins from the body and promotes better food transit.
In order to experience successful weight loss you need to follow a healthy and balanced diet along with regular physical activity.
People with gastric, biliary and renal disorders should not use lemon, and people who are allergic to flaxseed or sesame should not use Chia seeds. This also applies for people that are on anticoagulant or antihypertensive medicines as it increases the effects of these drugs.