June 17, 2014

Chia Fresca – Ultimate Pre Workout Drink

By Marek

Chia Fresca (Iskiate)

Chia seeds

These little, innocent looking seeds can add a real punch to your workout. Grown in Mexico and Guatemala, and known for its nutritional values, chia seeds were used by Aztecs and other tribes as a rich part of their diet. Slowly, the seeds are being rediscovered and promoted as a superfood.

What’s So Great About Chia Seeds?

They are packed with mono saturate fats, dietary fiber, protein, sodium, calcium and other minerals. Another benefit is their water retention. From a runners perspective, that is a big plus. Drinking water with chia seeds helps stay hydrated longer. Forget sports drinks like Gatorade or Red Bull, chia with water will go miles longer and is the healthier and more optimal option.

Chia Fresca

Made popular by Christopher McDougall’s book ‘Born To Run‘, the recipe is very simple.

Chia fresca1 table spoon of chia seeds
1 glass of water
1/2 squeezed lime juice
(optional – honey or agave nectar)

All you need to do is stir it after 5 and 10 minutes, and the drink is ready. I leave my overnight, letting the seeds soak up the water. They form an important part in a diet, deliver nutrition and improve everyday health.

Are Chia Seeds Good For You?

You bet! They are easy to digest, deliver numerous nutrients and have been key to the well being of ancient civilisations. Where to buy chia seeds? Most health food stores will have them, but easiest and least expensive way to obtain them is online. Try Amazon.com or other sites selling health foods.

Click here for a review of ‘Born To Run’