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This chia lemonade with cranberry and raspberry is tart, sweet and filled with nutritious chia seeds for a refreshing and healthy drink.
Ok, question…are you a chia seed lover or hater?
*This post is sponsored by CocoaVia® as part of the #HeartMonth campaign through the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network.
I’ve found this tiny little seed to be as polarizing as cilantro. There’s seemingly no middle ground of “eh, it’s ok” it’s either “yes, love them!” or “omg, heck no, they stick in between my teeth and their texture is so disgusting!”
Like cilantro though, I’m a lover.
Full blown, gimme all the chia seeds and I will put them in e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. kind of person.
I also happen to love tapioca and their gummy little ball-ness so this really isn’t surprising.
So given this obsession, you can imagine my excitement the first time I saw chia lemonade. I had no idea this was a “thing” until I was confronted with it right next to the kombucha I was about to purchase. Game changer!
I quickly aborted mission kombucha in favor of the lemonade and with one sip, I was hooked. Tangy lemonade goodness combined with that fun gummy chia texture, it was everything I wanted in a drink.
Minus the price tag.
Which is why making my own became a must.
ps- check out how to make your own homemade sports drink too!
The fact that I ever paid upwards of $5 for a bottle when I can pretty much buy like 5 pounds of chia seeds alone for that price makes my skin crawl (yes, this is the same person who will drop $2K on a computer in the blink of an eye but hem and haw over small purchases like this…)
I’ve made chia drinks at home a few times now but I think I’ve really perfected it with this cranberry raspberry chia lemonade. It’s tangy like you want from a lemonade thanks to freshly squeezed lemon juice and fresh cranberries with just enough sweetness from the raspberries and…secret ingredient, a CocoaVia® cran-raspberry powdered stick pack.
CocoaVia® is a daily cocoa extract supplement that delivers the highest concentration of cocoa flavanols, which are scientifically proven to promote a healthy heart by supporting healthy blood flow†.
I’ve talked about and used CocoaVia® supplements before in this chocolate cashew butter banana smoothie and this chocolate espresso coconut smoothie but both times I used the chocolate powdered stick packs so I was excited to give this cran-raspberry one a shot in the chia lemonade.
Chocolate is a fabulous treat, but it’s not a reliable way to get sufficient quantities of cocoa flavanols. Traditional cocoa processing, which includes drying, fermenting and roasting of beans, destroys many of the flavanols naturally present in the cocoa bean. CocoaVia® supplement isolates the “good stuff” in chocolate in a convenient, versatile form, without all the calories and fat.
With 375 mg of cocoa flavanols per serving of CocoaVia® supplement, this chia lemonade is not only a tangy sweet and refreshing drink to sip on, but a healthy one too!
The cocoa flavanols in CocoaVia® are backed by two decades of scientific research that suggests these powerful plant-derived nutrients from cocoa beans may play a valuable role in cardiovascular health.
Love this cranberry raspberry chia lemonade recipe?
Cranberry Raspberry Chia Lemonade
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 1/4 cups water divided
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- juice of 2 lemons
- 1 packet CocoaVia Cran-Raspberry
- 1 tablespoon agave or sweetener of choice optional
- Add 1 cup of water and chia seeds to a glass or small bowl and stir until well combined. Set aside and let thicken for at least 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine 1/4 cup water with the raspberries and cranberries in a small pot. Simmer over medium heat until broken down and liquid has cooked off, about 10-15 minutes. Transfer mixture to a fine mesh strainer and over a bowl, push fruit mixture through strainer so you extract the juice but not the pulp. Set juice aside.
- Add juice mixture, lemon juice, remaining 1 cup water, CocoVia, chia seed mixture and optional sweetener to a pitcher. Stir until well combined.
- Serve or chill then serve.
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Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.