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Family, Friends and Food: Chia Fresca Paletas

In this heat and just in time for the 4th, what’s better than a nice, cool Chia Fresca Paleta. Not only is the chia seed delicious but it is Chia Fresca Paletasalso a prized “superfood” for the Aztecs!  This amazing little seed contains protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids including high amounts of alpha-linolenic acid. Healthy and delicious is always a plus for my diet.

I stumbled upon this amazing Chia Fresca Paleta recipe in one of my favorite sites: VegNews (which led me to Bitter Sweet…).  You will need a Popsicle maker (I prefer the Zoku Popsicle Maker), water, lemon juice, sugar and chia seeds.

Ingredients for one glass:

  • 12 oz cold, fresh drinking water
  • 1 large lemon (it should produce about 3 tablespoons of juice)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar or sweetener of choice (see below for details)
  • one teaspoon fresh chia seed

Ingredients for one pitcher:

  • 48 oz cold, fresh drinking water
  • 4 large lemons
  • 1/4 cup sugar or sweetener of choice (see below for details)
  • two tablespoons fresh chia seed

Preparing the Limonda (Lemon-Water): Pour the water into a glass or a pitcher. Roll each lemon while pressing firmly, on a sturdy surface such as a counter. Rolling them like this for about ten seconds, will help loosen up the juices inside. Slice the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the water. You want about three tablespoons of lemon juice for a single 12 oz. glass (add to taste thought).  Add sugar to taste.

Sweeteners: If using granulated sugar, dissolve in boiling water first to make a simple syrup (to cut back on the time it takes to dissolve in cold water). Other sweeteners can be used such as artificial ones but I prefer good old sugar.

Adding the Chia: Once you have achieved the taste that you prefer, add the chia.  Stir into the lemon water and let it sit for about 10 minutes. The seeds will absorb the water and become gelatinous.

Now add to the your Popsicle maker and freeze.  Enjoy and stay cool out there!

Courtesy of Bitter Sweet, About.com, VegNews

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