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Healthy Agua Fresca Recipe

The Debloating Refresher You'll Want to Sip All Summer Long

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.

Related: How to DIY Fruit Water

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.

Berry Chia Fresca

Berry Chia Fresca

Notes

If you like the taste and texture of chia seeds, consider not blending the beverage.

Healthy Agua Fresca Recipe

Ingredients

  1. 2 cups water
  2. 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  3. 1/2 cup strawberries
  4. 1/2 cup raspberries
  5. 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  6. 1 tablespoon raw honey or agave

Directions

  1. 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.
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