One of my favorite drinks is the strawberry agua fresca sold every Wednesday at my neighborhood taqueria. A simple but oh-so-smart blend of fresh strawberries, water, and sugar, the traditional Mexican drink makes hot days bearable. I love buying mine right before closing after the strawberries have been soaking in the water for hours and I get bits of the fruit in my glass from getting one of the last servings.
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Depending on where you go, aguas frescas can be filled with more sugar than a can of soda, but this recipe from NYC-based juicery Love Grace allows for the natural sweetness of the fruit to take precedent. It's everything you love about a great Summer farmers market in one glass, but with a secret weapon: the chia seed. Aside from giving the recipe a fun texture — almost like mini tapioca balls — it adds omega-3s and fiber to the drink.
If you like the taste and texture of chia seeds, consider not blending the beverage.
- 2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon raw honey or agave
- Mix the chia and water together in a bowl and set in the fridge to plump for one hour. Remove, mix again, and combine all ingredients in a blender. Puree until well combined and adjust the sweetness if needed.
- Drinks, Smoothies
- 1 serving
- Cook Time
- 20 minutes