chia tea

Chia Tea Cooler

it’s been quiet around this parts
behind the scenes though
it’s anything but.
nuria is in her final weeks with us,
and with that comes
happy hours
dinners —
all around busyness.
on top of that
dw and i have been slowly,
but steadily,
doing home projects.
things that could be shared
but likely won’t be
because
who the hell wants to hear
about my thought process when picking
paint colors
or curtains?

in the meantime,
the weather continues to confuzzle.
it looks like it’ll go from mild winter
to mild summer,
with lots of rain and grey in between.
i could cry,
but that would just add to
the dreariness.
inspired by the few
pockets of sunshine we have had
i make this tea
to sip on while at my desk,
or sitting on the couch.
it keeps me keeping.

Chia Tea Cooler

chia tea cooler
makes 4-5 servings

this isn’t so much a recipe, but what i throw together based on what is available in the pantry

4 TBL of tea of choice (i’ve used hibiscus or in this case, a cucumber-melon green tea) or 2 bags of flavored tea of choice
4-5 cups of hot water
maple syrup, amount to taste (or honey, agave or simple syrup)
juice of one lemon
4 TBL chia seeds

brew the tea: what i do is boil the water in a pot (because even though i’m a grown up, i don’t have a kettle) and add in the loose tea or dunk the tea bags in. turn off heat, and allow to steep for 5-6 minutes. remove bags or strain the loose tea out. cool to room temp.

doctor up the tea to taste, with the maple syrup and lemon juice.

with whisk in hand, add the chia seed, one tablespoon at a time, stirring all the while. this is an important step, or else the seeds will clump and it’s gross and you’ve failed.

portion out into bottles or glasses. allow to chill in fridge.

the chia seeds will bloom and add a nice texture to the drink.

BAM!

swirl gif

3 years ago: portuguese chicken curry with chorizo and olives
2 years ago: spiced coconut pecan ice cream – dairy free
1 year ago: grass jelly with chia seeds

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8 thoughts on “chia tea

  1. I was wondering about the chia seeds clumping INSIDE that bottle… I have some mint from my mint plants and might make a mint version of this. Why wouldn’t we want to know what colours paint you pick? xx

    1. the first time i made this it clumped so unattractively i was going to chuck it but my husband saved the day by straining the seeds thru a sieve and somehow un-clumping them. adding mint would be so delightful, we’ve been receiving mint from friends and the influx is making me branch out with what i can do with them!

      choosing paint, like watching it dry, can be so tedious sometimes. i’ll spare everyone 🙂

      1. Ahhh ok! Yesterday I made a “juice” including crushed blueberries, and today I realised they also gelled up and clumped together. oops!

      2. funny you should say that, whenever i made smoothies with blueberries, i always felt like they gelled together.. i could be lying, but i *think* blueberry have natural gelling components, which make them so great for jam.

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