Wild Blueberry Chia Fresca

You can make agua frescas with just about any fruit (or fruit combination) you like, so of course I turned to my beloved Wild Blueberries. The bright, juicy, and sweet berry makes the perfect base for an agua fresca - and majorly boosts the antioxidant power of your summer drink.

Summer is on its way, and I couldn’t be more excited for all the delicious food that comes along with it. I’m a sucker for grilled corn on the cob, juicy watermelon, and a veggie burger on the grill, but what really gets me excited about summertime? Chia fresca.

I made this recipe in collaboration with my friends over at Wild Blueberries.  I call this drink a chia fresca, but the traditional name is agua fresca, which literally translates to “fresh water.”  Agua frescas are drinks made by blending water, fresh fruit, and a little bit of lime juice and sweetener. I love them because they’re not strained (meaning all the fiber goodness from the fruit stays in there) and they’re not too sweet! As the name suggests, they’re more fruit-infused water than all-out fruit juice.

The chia seed added to the mix amps up the nutrition a notch with a hit of fiber and healthy omega 3 fats. This chia fresca doubles as a tasty snack and a refreshing treat! My blended Chia Fresca with Pineapple and Turmeric is a mainstay on summer afternoons.

You can make agua frescas with just about any fruit (or fruit combination) you like, so of course I turned to my beloved Wild Blueberries. The bright, juicy, and sweet berry makes the perfect base for an agua fresca - and majorly boosts the antioxidant power of your summer drink.

You can make chia fresca with just about any fruit (or fruit combination) you like, so of course I turned to my beloved Wild Blueberries. The bright, juicy naturally sweet wild blueberries make the perfect base for chia fresca and majorly boosts the antioxidant power of this summer drink. They also turn plain water into this amazing blue color!

I love blending Wild Blueberries into smoothies, too, but sometimes I’m just in the mood for a lighter and more refreshing drink, rather than a filling snack or meal. That’s when these chia frescas are absolutely perfect. I won’t say they’re terrible spiked with a little rum, either, but you can make that call on your own. 😉

Wild Blueberry Chia Fresca

Wild Blueberry Chia Fresca

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup frozen Wild Blueberries
  • 12 oz fresh cold filtered water
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp honey or few drops liquid stevia

Instructions

  1. Stir chia into water and let sit for 10-20 minutes. Add lime juice and wild blueberries. Sweeten to taste, stir and serve over ice, if desired.
http://foodconfidence.com/2017/05/25/wild-blueberry-chia-fresca/

Chia Fresca w/ Pineapple and Turmeric

zesty pineapple turmeric chia fresca

This delicious and refreshing chia fresca smoothie is my new favorite afternoon snack. I was looking for something refreshing and satisfying, but not so BIG. My smoothies are typically large and in charge so I knew I had to pair it down a bit to get what I wanted.

I also think it’s important to add a little something healthy to your meals, whenever possible. In this case we’re talking turmeric. Indeed, you don’t often think of turmeric for smoothies, but I knew I could make this work. Turmeric has a distinct taste to it that goes great with tropical flavors. Mango would have been just as good in this yummy chia fresca.

chia fresca with pineapple and turmeric

What’s so great about turmeric?

Great question! For over 4,000 years, Ayurvedic healers have used turmeric root for its health-promoting properties. From helping to decrease inflammation and reduce joint pain to aiding in digestion and boosting energy levels, turmeric is a nutrition superstar.

Curcumin is responsible for the bright orange color in turmeric and for its antioxidant power. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals and helping to decrease inflammation. Curcumin is naturally found in turmeric, and turmeric is a main ingredient in curry. I don’t eat a lot of curry, so I like to add turmeric to my diet whenever possible!

zesty pineapple turmeric chia fresca

I should also admit that this is not your typical chia fresca. Fresca is a Mexican lemonade and usually consists of water, sugar, lemon and chia seeds. I decided to put my own spin on this refreshing drink by blending frozen pineapple with coconut water, a hit of lime juice, and turmeric. Then I stirred in the chia seeds. The result is a divine delight of refreshing deliciousness.

If you’re looking for an afternoon pick-me-up like other, blend up my pineapple chia fresca — you’ll be glad you did.

Chia Fresca w/ Pineapple and Turmeric

Yield: 1 serving

Chia Fresca w/ Pineapple and Turmeric

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • juice from half a lime
  • 4-6 oz coconut water
  • 2 tsp chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Blend pineapple, lime and turmeric in a high speed blender. Pour into serving glass and stir in chia seeds. Let sit for a few minutes before drinking!
http://foodconfidence.com/2016/07/21/turmeric-curcumin-chia-fresca-pineapple/

Healthy, antioxidant rich pineapple chia fresca with turmeric

January Juice -- citrus, celery, carrots, parsnip and mint

She’s 40 and Fabulous

Happy Birthday Regan! #RMJis40

No, not me, silly. Today the food blogging world is honoring a good friend, amazing and supportive colleague, and just all-around cool gal on her birthday: Regan Miller Jones.

Regan is a mom, a wife, a great friend and a serial entrepreneur. She is the communications head honcho over at Cabot Cheese and the inspiration behind many a cool project, including The Recipe Redux, Healthy Aperture, Blog Brûlée and RDs for Disclosure.

Knowing Regan has made me a better food photographer, a more enthusiastic blogger, and a wiser business owner. She also makes what are sometimes painful nutrition conferences seem more like fun girlfriend getaways.

Why all the hoopla? Well, she’s turning the big 4-0 today. That’s right, she’s entering what is clearly the coolest decade, in my opinion. As a virtual birthday shout out, myself and a group of her best blogger friends are writing posts today to wish her the best on her big day, to tell her we love and appreciate her, and in case she needs it, to get her pumped up about turning 40.

So Regan, I want you to get excited, my friend, because the best is yet to come! The forties are the decade you discover the most important truths about yourself and life. Look forward to no longer taking things personally, letting yourself be who you are (and pretty much loving it), and realizing that what other people think of you is really none of your business. Oh, and the biggest gift of all? Knowing that in most every aspect of life, you get back exactly what you put in. Pretty amazing stuff, right?

Now you know a virtual food blogger celebration such as this cannot go by without a recipe. And a BIG birthday celebration is nothing without a toast to the birthday girl. But let’s face it, a January 5th birthday might be about as bad as a February 5th birthday. I mean really…who wants to drink one more cocktail or taste one more sweet treat?

January Juice -- citrus, celery, carrots, parsnip and mint

Instead, I am going the healthy route. I’m thinking she (and you) will appreciate it. What better way to ring in your 40’s than with some delicious birthday juice? I’m raising my juice glass today to Regan Miller Jones!

what should I juice? Oranges, grapefruit, carrots, parsnip, celery and mint!

 Happy Birthday, Regan — and here’s to 40 more!

juicing is a great way to start the year! Detox friendly and delicious!

This delicious grapefruit juice pays homage to my cooking style — simple. I whipped it up with what I had on hand and it was nothing short of delicious. I used my juicer, but you can probably make this in your high speed blender just as easily.

Root Citrus Juice

Root Citrus Juice

Ingredients

  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 1/2 orange
  • 1/2 lemon
  • handful mint
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery
  • 2 parsnips

Instructions

  1. Wash and trim produce. Peel citrus. Juice.
http://foodconfidence.com/2015/01/05/grapefruit-orange-carrot-celery-mint-juice/