Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Chia Juice

I have a cold. Before that I had bronchitis, and in between there might have been a bit of excess (sugar, wine, fat) going on. What you see above is my antidote to all that; a little elixer known my way as Chia Juice.

Chia is the yoga instructor extraordinaire who introduced me to this wonderful cure-all, and I've never been able to exactly match her recipe. I use all the same ingredients, but the taste is never quite the same. That said, it still tastes yummy and works miracles. It's great to sip while working out, or just when you're feeling depleted. And right now, I feel just a wee bit depleted.

Once again, I've got no real measurements for you. It's one of those things you just have to do by trial and error. This recipe makes a concentrate, and a little goes a long way. You can store the concentrate in the fridge for a few weeks.

Chia Juice
Hibiscus flowers (or hibiscus tea)
Ginger root
Good quality salt (Chia uses a rock of pink, Himalayan salt)
Fresh lemon (or lime) juice (I heart Meyer lemons)
Agave to taste

  • Steep hibiscus flowers (or tea) with fresh ginger slices in boiling water to make a concentrated tea. In a separate container, dissolve salt in water (if you're using a large rock, you can just use room temperature water and let it dissolve over time, otherwise use hot). Allow both to cool.
  • Mix some salt water into the tea, keeping in mind that it will be very salty, but not undrinkable. This is your concentrate.
  • When you're ready to drink it, pour a small amount into a glass. Add fresh lemon juice and fill the rest with water. Add a touch of agave to taste. You will probably need to adjust the flavor balance a few times to get just the right salty/sweet/sour balance.


Leslie said...

Intriguing and beautiful detox bev. Would you share what amounts of each item you've found through trial and error to work best for you? That would be really helpful in figuring out how much of each ingredient I'll need to buy in order to make this. Thanks chica!

dms said...

woman! This is TASTY! The perfect electrolyte! MMmmmm...my bod loves it. I used loose hibiscus flowers to steep tea, a rock of himalayan salt, vanilla flavored agave(surprisingly good), pre-made ginger syrup concentrate, and 100% pure lemon juice--bottled concentrate, by Santa Cruz. I prefer fresh, raw ingredients, but know that some short cuts allow me some convenience I sometimes want and need. Thanks for turning me onto this. It's a keeper.