• Spencer Elizabeth

Summer Chia Seed Turmeric Lemonade

Looking for a healthy summer drink without all the added sugar? Try this refreshing anti-inflammatory chia seed lemonade recipe — Pairs well with a lawn chair and umbrella!





Nutritional Highlights

  • Turmeric — Turmeric is a mutlifunctional spice that helps to reduce inflammation, acts as an antioxidant, and supports the liver and gallbladder as well as the digestive system.

  • Chia Seeds — Chia seeds are unique in that they are a complete protein. They are also a great source of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and antioxidants which help reduce inflammation.

  • Lemon — Lemons are high in vitamin C (which helps support the immune system and acts as an antioxidant), vitamin B6, potassium, folic acid, flavonoids and the phytochemicals. Lemon juice is also great for digestion.



Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of room-temperature filtered water

  • ¼ cup of chia seeds

  • 1/2 tbsp ground turmeric - OR - 1 tbsp fresh grated turmeric

  • pinch of black pepper (this makes the curcumin in turmeric more bioavailable)

  • juice of 5-6 lemons

  • 1/2 - 1 tbsp raw honey - OR - organic stevia drops, to taste (6-10 drops) (Choose your own adventure!)

Instructions:

Mix chia seeds and water in a large bowl and wait 10-15 minutes until the chia seeds become soft and gelatinous, stirring occasionally to break up the chia seeds. Move to the fridge to cool.


In a large pitcher, add all the other ingredients except the sweetener, mixing well with a whisk.


Taste the lemonade before adding the sweetener. Start by adding 1/2 tbsp honey or 2-3 drops stevia and taste. Sweeten to your liking. Depending on the size of your lemons, you may want to add more water to reduce tartness. Enjoy!



Resources

Bauman, E. & Friedlander, J. (2015). Therapeutic Nutrition Part 1. Penngrove, CA: Bauman

College. Morris, J. (2015). Superfood Snacks. New York: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Murray, M., Pizzorno, J. & Pizzorno, L. (2005). The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. New

York, NY: Atria Books.



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