Adding chia seeds to kombucha can really elevate this popular beverage. It takes kombucha with its effervescent lightness and all of its health benefits and adds in colorful, healthy chia seeds for a combination that you may just find yourself loving.
While the mixture may seem a bit too weird for some people, if you are somebody who is devoted to health food or who is maybe trying to lose weight, you will probably have no trouble with it.
Chia seeds are often promoted as a healthy addition to shakes, smoothies, and assorted weight loss beverages, so it makes sense to add them to something that is already well known as a superfood beverage.
A chia seed kombucha tastes more appealing than it looks, though. I promise. You just have to make it properly to ensure that you get all those great benefits from it that it is supposed to offer and to ensure it tastes like it should.
I will share with you the method I use for making this drink at home, and maybe you will learn to love it as much as I do once you give it a try.
What Are Chia Seeds?
If you aren’t very familiar with chia seeds, let me introduce you. Then you’ll know what you have been missing out on.
Chia is a food that is known for being nutrient rich, and it is a great source of omega 3. How much omega 3 will you get in a serving of chia seeds? It has about eight times what you would get in a similar serving of salmon, so chia definitely lives up to its reputation as a superfood. Omega 3 is very good for your heart, in case you didn’t know, helping you to have a lower risk of heart disease.
It is packed with nutrition, so even if you aren’t thrilled with the texture or the taste, you should feel good about how healthy it is for you.
Chia actually contains more antioxidants than just about any other food on the planet, including blueberries. It is also rich in fiber, outclassing oatmeal in that regard. You can see why it gets the label superfood put onto it now, right?
Their flavor can best be described as mild and nutty, just like other kinds of seeds like sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.
Because chia seeds have no overpowering flavor of their own, they make a good addition to just about anything. Adding them to kombucha means that you won’t be interfering with the original flavor of the kombucha beverage hardly at all.
What kind of texture do they have? If your chia seeds are raw, then they are kind of crunchy, and the seed itself is pretty dense. It is comparable to a poppy seed, I suppose, if you are looking for a comparison.
What Is Kombucha?
The black tea (sometimes green tea) drink kombucha is fermented and made using yeast and bacteria cultures. It may have some juice, fruit, spices or sweeteners added to it, and it is known for its various health benefits. What benefits are those?
People say that it can help prevent cancer, and while that may be a bit difficult to prove, there is evidence that it is good for your digestive system and your energy levels.
This drink can give you a nice boost shortly after you drink it, and it detoxifies as well, helping to get rid of unwanted parasites and other harmful stuff in your body. Its advocates say that kombucha is great for weight loss as well, helping them to burn fat faster and keep it off.
There is some evidence to show that it is beneficial to the immune system, that it helps prevent heart disease, and that it is great for reducing high blood pressure.
That is a lot to expect from a single drink, but there you have it. This may be why it is so popular among weight loss and healthy living groups and why many people make kombucha a part of their diet.
How to Make Chia Seed Kombucha
This recipe is super simple (just a couple of ingredients) but can take a while to make.
- 1 cup of kombucha (stored at room temperature)
- 3 tablespoons of chia seeds
- Mix together kombucha and chia seeds in a jar, ensuring they are combined well.
- Every 10 minutes, give the mixture a gentle stir. Keep stirring until the mixture begins to thicken and gel.
- Once the chia seed kombucha has gelled to the consistency you want, it can be eaten right away or refrigerated.
As you can see, this recipe doesn’t have much to it, but you can always modify it to your liking. Some people add flavoring they would typically put into kombucha, with some cinnamon, blueberries, raspberries, syrup, or some other component that changes up the taste a bit.
If you have never had kombucha before, I would suggest just trying it without the addition of any other ingredients. See how you like it first, and then you can determine what it might need. As you add your flavoring to the drink, only add a little bit at a time and taste test it until you get it just right.
If you have never had kombucha before, you may need to do some experimentation to make it to your liking, but I think it is something that pretty much everyone can get accustomed to. You may just not want to have it without whatever key flavoring makes it pop for you, because the base flavor can be a turnoff for some people.
How to Drink Chia Seed Kombucha
This beverage is more of a gel, and its consistency can be not quite what you were expecting. You may be wondering how to drink it since it is so unusual.
You can sip this drink, but don’t expect it to be something you will chug. It has a thick texture to it that makes it gelatinous.
You may find the beverage to be a bit chewy, which is a strange thing to say about a drink, but that’s how this one comes out. If you want to treat it like a straight gelatin, you can eat it with a spoon.
The seeds add some extra texture to the drink, which may not be to everyone’s liking, but if you are used to chia seeds, then you will probably be on board with this combination.
My name is Ellis Francis and I have been a personal fitness trainer, sports nutritionalist and health and fitness advisor for over 25 years. I am the lead health and fitness advisor at https://awellnessbody.com.