Yeah, we didn’t think coconut water could get any more refreshing, either. But then we were hit with this creation, and life has been better ever since.
On its own, coconut water is like nature’s sports drink. Research has shown that because it has tons of electrolytes such as potassium and magnesium, it’s just as beneficial as those neon drinks.
Then you have chia seeds, another of nature’s masterpieces. These little seeds are an excellent source of fiber, protein, and antioxidants and have been shown to reduce inflammation, stabilize blood sugar levels, and decrease blood pressure.
Chia coconut water benefits
- good source of fiber, vitamin C, and important minerals
- high in antioxidants
- super hydrating, electrolyte-dense
This chia coconut water tonic contains fiber, protein, vitamin C, several important minerals, and antioxidants, so it’s an excellent post-workout option.
To sweeten the deal, regular consumption of coconut water may decrease blood pressure and has been shown to help prevent kidney stones in rats.
This chia coconut water is a new, delicious way to enjoy the hydrating benefits of coconut water and the nutrients of chia seeds.
- 1½ cups coconut water
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- Squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice
- 1 teaspoon agave (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a glass and let sit for at least 10 minutes to let chia seeds expand. Stir well to combine.
If you’re drinking this for rehydration, the effects will happen within 20–40 minutes of drinking 33 grams (2.2 tablespoons) of chia seeds and 300 grams (1½ cups) of coconut water. If you have health concerns such as high blood sugar levels, inflammation, and high blood pressure, skipping the agave and drinking this amount once a day for 8–12 weeks may improve your symptoms.
Both coconut water and chia seeds are generally safe to drink. But, as with any food or drink, consuming too much chia coconut water could lead to an upset stomach.
Tiffany La Forge is a professional chef, recipe developer, and food writer who runs the blog Parsnips and Pastries. Visit her at her blog or on Instagram.