chia lemonade

chia lemonade /

chia lemonade /

chia lemonade /

When it comes to resolutions, most people tend to land squarely on one side or the other. There are the pro-resolution folks, the “I’ve mapped my resolutions and action plan and have chosen a theme word for the year” types, and then there are the anti-resolution folks, the “I hate stupid January diets, leave me alone” ones. We’re not especially either. True, we talked about the last year and talked about the next one, but we don’t see a huge difference between the calendar moving to January 1 or the calendar moving to December. We like eating lighter in early January just like we like eating lighter in April, after a week or two with family or more food than we’re used to, but we also like chocolate cake. Regardless, whether you’re one of the newly reformed, one of the staunchly consistent, or, like us, both or neither when it comes to the way you eat, there’s room for chia. Called a superfood, a miracle food, and Indian running food, chia is not just crazy good for you, cited for preventing everything from diabetes to belly fat, it’s also so much fun in drinks like homemade lemonade. When you stir it around, the tiny seeds float and spin around like fireworks, and the drink gets a little more interesting, both visually and taste-wise. Some people compare the texture of chia-filled drinks (like this one!) to jello, all gelatinous and squishy, and I know hearing words like gelatinous and squishy isn’t the sort of thing to make one’s mouth water, but this is probably the only case where it should be. We opted for just a small amount of seeds in our lemonade, so it’s a good option for introducing chia to your palate if it’s new, and it’s just enough to give the drinks a little sparkle, without a need to chew. (That said (!) feel free to dump in as much chia as you like.)

Oh, and should you find yourself with extra chia in the pantry after you make this drink, here are a few other ways to work it into your diet soon:

Chia Lemonade


Serving Size: 4

When chia seeds are combined with liquids (like, in this case, water and lemon juice), they plump up and form a gel that not only makes you feel fuller, but also that aids digestion as it moves through your body. (Every time I think about that, I think about David Wolfe in the "Hungry for Change" documentary, which is a good resource to check out if you haven't already.) Thanks to the maple syrup, this digestion-benefiting beverage is more than healthy, however---It's also sweet and tart, the sort of thing that's both easy to drink and quick to satisfy.


  • 2/3 cup lemon juice (for me, this took 4 lemons)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chia seeds (or go crazy)


Combine lemon juice, maple syrup, and water in a large pitcher (plus two of the leftover lemon halves, if you like). Once well combined, add chia seeds and let mixture sit for at least 30 minutes, so the chia seeds plump up. Serve and enjoy!

Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

This Post Has 30 Comments

  1. Skye

    Chia seeds are my new favourite food!! I’ve been putting them in everything, but never tried Lemonade – will definitely give it a try. Looks gorgeous. And beautiful photos too.

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Thank you, Skye!

  2. ashley

    thanks for the sweet mention! :) the lemonade looks delicious and just a little more satisfying than regular. that chia kombucha is crazy, have you had it?

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Yes! I love it! It’s like a drink slash snack. : )

  3. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    I love this idea so much. I’m currently obsessing over chia seeds and I always love lemonade so this drink is being made pronto.

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Yay! Hope you enjoy, Stephanie!

  4. Kathryn

    “We like eating lighter in early January…but we also like chocolate cake” is probably my favourite line ever. With you all the way. Chia seeds in lemonade is really a stroke of genius; it’s one of my favourite treats to drink and I love the little added bonus in this!

    1. Shanna Mallon

      haha! : ) Thanks, K!

  5. Lindsey

    Oh, so excited for this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing.

    A bit off topic, but would you mind sharing what kind of new camera you purchased recently? Are you enjoying it so far?


    1. Shanna Mallon

      Sure, Lindsey, it’s the Canon EOS 5D , and the biggest difference from our previous camera (40D) is that this one is a full-frame. When we use the same lens on the two cameras, our old one is much closer, and the new one gives a wider view. We’re loving it!

  6. Marie @ Little Kitchie

    So, so pretty. Can’t wait to try this! But this lemonade is making me long for summer!

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Marie, I know! It’s pure coincidence that we posted this on what has become the coldest day in months, haha! On the other hand, all the more reason for some liquid sunshine. : )

  7. Jackie

    I did not know the benefits of chia. Thanks! Also, I appreciate the description of texture. I wasn’t so sure about what I thought would be crunchy lemonade.

    1. Shanna Mallon

      I know, it’s so crazy! What was hard and crunchy becomes soft and jelloy. Weird but cool.

  8. Jennifer @ Delicious Everyday

    What an amazing and unique use for chia. My dad loves chia so I’m sending this recipe directly to him. It looks so good I’m going to make a batch too for the long hot summer we are experiencing here in Australia. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Oh, summer in Australia! Sounds so dreamy right now.

  9. Emma Galloway

    Yum! I love Chia Fresca and your lemon-pumped versions looks amazing. xx

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Thanks, friend!

  10. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health

    i have heard so much about chia lemonade but havent tried it yet. I will have to try this soon.

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Hope you enjoy!

  11. Stephanie

    Shanna, this looks so refreshing. I just scored some Meyer lemons and will be making this. Hope you and Tim are well.

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Hi Stephanie! I’m so thankful for Instagram so I keep up in a small way with your regular life. Hello! Always so nice to hear from you. I think Meyer lemons (!!) would make this drink even better. Hope you enjoy!

  12. Mike @TheIronYou

    Thanks for the mention Shanna, but – most of all – thank you for the sparkling idea of chia lemonade.
    Usually I mix chia seeds in my smoothies, but lemonade? This is so innovative.
    I can’t wait to try it!

    1. Shanna Mallon

      You’re so welcome, Mike. I had fun scrolling around through your recipes the other day — your site is a great resource. Thanks for saying hi!

  13. Abby

    This looks like a great base for green smoothies! Sometimes water is just a bit too flavorless and boring you know?

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Cool idea, Abby!

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