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.
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Wild Blueberry Banana Bread

This gluten free banana bread is moist and delicious! The perfect breakfast treat!

This month over on my Healthy Aperture column I’m sharing a recipe for an easy to make Wild Blueberry Banana Bread. As you know, I usually don’t venture much into baking, but I was getting sick of my usual breakfast (peanut butter toast) and needed a change.

This gluten and dairy free recipe was simple enough. Just combine all the ingredients together and bake. Right up my alley! I used a mix of almond and coconut flour because my all-purpose flour was not super fresh. I did have some whole wheat flour in the house, but wow, that stuff is hard to bake with. I’ve tried adding it to recipes and they end up tasting like wheat bricks! For some reason I get a better turnout when baking with gluten free flours.

Wild blueberries are also a favorite in our house. They sweeten just enough and allow me to use less sugar. Plus, the flavor isn’t super overpowering. Of course they’re also crazy healthy! Recent research even shows they have mood boosting effects. What better way to start the day, right?

Visit my Inspired Vegetarian column over at Healthy Aperture for the recipe — plus a whole lot more vegetarian goodies from my kitchen.

CLICK HERE for the recipe.

 


 

 

 

Belgian Waffles with Wild Blueberry Cream

Belgian Waffles with Wild Blueberry Mascarpone Cream

These Belgian Waffles with Wild Blueberry Mascarpone Cream are a delicious holiday worthy breakfast!

Waffles are something I rarely make at home, especially from scratch. Norah is more of a pancake gal and waffles hardly seem worth the effort. This Belgian Waffle with Wild Blueberry Cream is definitely the exception.

A crispy Belgian waffle is topped with a creamy mascarpone Wild Blueberry spread and homemade no-bake granola. My almond oat granola is a staple in my house for topping chia seed pudding or Greek yogurt. It has a wonderful crunch and it’s relatively healthy compared to your average baked granola. It’s also a no-bake recipe which is awesome because and you know how I feel about baking. 🙂

The Wild Blueberry mascarpone cheese is similar to whipped cream, but a little thicker and much more decadent.

Belgian Waffles with Wild Blueberry Cream

This recipe was super easy to make and it’s surprisingly low in sugar. Instead of syrup, I mixed the mascarpone cheese with the Wild Blueberries and just a about a tablespoon of real maple syrup.

Waffles are perfect for the holidays, of course, but they’re also fun to treat someone you love.  You can even save time and use frozen Belgian waffles — bonus!

For the recipe, head over to the folks at Wild Blueberry or just CLICK HERE!

Wild Blueberry Belgian Waffles

Want more Wild Blueberries? You might like these recipes:

Wild Blueberry Sweet Potato Stacks

No Bake Wild Blueberry Snack Balls

Twice Baked Wild Blueberry Sweet Potato

Pasta Salad with Wild Blueberries