Healthy and Filling Chia Lemonade

When it comes to resolutions, most people tend to land squarely on one side or the other. There are the pro-resolution folks, the “I’ve mapped my resolutions and action plan and have chosen a theme word for the year” types, and then there are the anti-resolution folks, the “I hate stupid January diets, leave me alone” ones.

A clear tall glass of a healthy and filling chia lemonade drink on a white background.

We’re not especially either. True, we talked about the last year and talked about the next one, but we don’t see a huge difference between the calendar moving to January 1 or the calendar moving to December.

A collage of four photos showing different view of a healthy chia lemonade being made. All shots on a white washed wooden background.

We like eating lighter in early January just like we like eating lighter in April, after a week or two with family or more food than we’re used to, but we also like chocolate cake.

Regardless, whether you’re one of the newly reformed, one of the staunchly consistent, or, like us, both or neither when it comes to the way you eat, there’s room for chia. Called a superfood, a miracle food, and Indian running food, chia is not just crazy good for you, cited for preventing everything from diabetes to belly fat, it’s also so much fun in drinks like homemade lemonade.

A collage of nine photos showing the steps to making chia lemonade.

When you stir it around, the tiny seeds float and spin around like fireworks, and the drink gets a little more interesting, both visually and taste-wise. Some people compare the texture of chia-filled drinks  to jello, all gelatinous and squishy, and I know hearing words like gelatinous and squishy isn’t the sort of thing to make one’s mouth water, but this is probably the only case where it should be.

A collage of two photos showing chia lemonade being stirred by a human hand using a wooden spoon.

We opted for just a small amount of seeds in our lemonade, so it’s a good option for introducing chia to your palate if it’s new, and it’s just enough to give the drinks a little sparkle, without a need to chew. (That said (!) feel free to dump in as much chia as you like.)

A glass filled with a healthy chia lemonade mixture sitting on a white washed wooden table top.

When chia seeds are combined with liquids (like, in this case, water and lemon juice), they plump up and form a gel that not only makes you feel fuller, but also that aids digestion as it moves through your body. Thanks to the maple syrup, this digestion-benefiting beverage is more than healthy, however – It’s also sweet and tart, the sort of thing that’s both easy to drink and quick to satisfy.

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Healthy and Filling Chia Lemonade


  • Author: Shanna Mallon
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 mintues
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

A healthier alternative to ordinary lemonade, this version incorporates chia seed which plump up and gel making a filling beverage that works well to crave off hunger and also aids in digestion. The maple syrup adds just a bit of sweetness without being overpowered or overly sugary.


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Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup lemon juice (for me, this took 4 lemons)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chia seeds (or go crazy)

Instructions

  1. Combine lemon juice, maple syrup, and water in a large pitcher (plus two of the leftover lemon halves, if you like).
  2. Once well combined, add chia seeds and let mixture sit for at least 30 minutes, so the chia seeds plump up. Serve and enjoy!

  • Category: Nonalcoholic
  • Method: Countertop
  • Cuisine: Beverage

Keywords: chia, lemonade, healthy drink

What about you? Did you enjoy this beverage as much as we did? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and please rate the recipe!

If lemonade is your thing, you should also check out some of these tasty recipes:

And for more chia seed goodness in drink form, be sure to take a look at our Blueberry Pomegranate Chia Fresca!

Photos by Shanna Mallon, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on January 6th, 2014. Last updated: January 23, 2019 at 22:04 pm.

Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

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About Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon is a freelance writer who holds an MA in writing from DePaul University. Her work has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including The Kitchn, Better Homes & Gardens, Taste of Home, Houzz.com, Foodista, Entrepreneur, and Ragan PR. In 2014, she co-authored The Einkorn Cookbook with her husband, Tim. Today, you can find her digging into food topics and celebrating the everyday grace of eating on her blog, Go Eat Your Bread with Joy. Shanna lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with Tim and their two small kids.

30 thoughts on “Healthy and Filling Chia Lemonade”

  1. Chia seeds are my new favourite food!! I’ve been putting them in everything, but never tried Lemonade – will definitely give it a try. Looks gorgeous. And beautiful photos too.

  2. thanks for the sweet mention! 🙂 the lemonade looks delicious and just a little more satisfying than regular. that chia kombucha is crazy, have you had it?

  3. I love this idea so much. I’m currently obsessing over chia seeds and I always love lemonade so this drink is being made pronto.

  4. “We like eating lighter in early January…but we also like chocolate cake” is probably my favourite line ever. With you all the way. Chia seeds in lemonade is really a stroke of genius; it’s one of my favourite treats to drink and I love the little added bonus in this!

  5. Oh, so excited for this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing.

    A bit off topic, but would you mind sharing what kind of new camera you purchased recently? Are you enjoying it so far?

    Thanks!

    • Sure, Lindsey, it’s the Canon EOS 5D , and the biggest difference from our previous camera (40D) is that this one is a full-frame. When we use the same lens on the two cameras, our old one is much closer, and the new one gives a wider view. We’re loving it!

    • Marie, I know! It’s pure coincidence that we posted this on what has become the coldest day in months, haha! On the other hand, all the more reason for some liquid sunshine. : )

  6. I did not know the benefits of chia. Thanks! Also, I appreciate the description of texture. I wasn’t so sure about what I thought would be crunchy lemonade.

  7. What an amazing and unique use for chia. My dad loves chia so I’m sending this recipe directly to him. It looks so good I’m going to make a batch too for the long hot summer we are experiencing here in Australia. Thank you for sharing!

    • Hi Stephanie! I’m so thankful for Instagram so I keep up in a small way with your regular life. Hello! Always so nice to hear from you. I think Meyer lemons (!!) would make this drink even better. Hope you enjoy!

  8. Thanks for the mention Shanna, but – most of all – thank you for the sparkling idea of chia lemonade.
    Usually I mix chia seeds in my smoothies, but lemonade? This is so innovative.
    I can’t wait to try it!

    • You’re so welcome, Mike. I had fun scrolling around through your recipes the other day — your site is a great resource. Thanks for saying hi!

  9. How long does this last once you’ve made it? Would it go funny if you left it in the fridge for a couple of days? Sounds awesome. I’m going to give it a go!

    • Hi Lisa, You know, I’m honestly not sure because we drank ours in a few days. Glad you’re going to try it — report back with what you find if you can! -s

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