My talent lies in the kitchen. I can stock a kitchen pantry like nobody’s business. I can take random bits from your fridge and create a meal any day. And I can always take some produce just-past-its-prime and turn it into something incredible.The inspiration behind this week’s chia agua fresca is that I just needed a way to use up half a watermelon. Done and done. And delicious.
This recipe is a fun twist on the traditional agua fresca, a fruit-flavored water cooler. My version involves the addition of chia seeds, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids as well as full of fiber and antioxidants. Once the seeds have absorbed liquid, they will be soft and float in the drink. It’s definitely a fashionable drink for any picnic or party and a great way to cool off in summer.
- 4 cups watermelon, skinned, seeded, and roughly chopped
- 2½ cups water
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- Blend watermelon and water together on high. Strain watermelon pulp. Add the chia seeds and lime juice and thoroughly mix. Refrigerate for several hours (or overnight) and serve cold.