Coconut Water with Chia Seeds and Strawberries

  • Coconut juice and coconut isolated on white

                      Low in calories, naturally fat- and cholesterol free, more potassium than four bananas, and super hydrating – these are just a few of the many benefits ascribed to coconut water. It contains easily digested carbohydrate in the form of sugar and electrolytes. Coconut water has less sugar than many sports drinks, sodas and some fruit juices, making it a healthy beverage.

     

                      Chia seeds offer an excellent source of fiber, protein, B vitamins, calcium, antioxidants and they are the richest plant source of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. They soak up about 9 times their weight in water, slowing digestion, which enhances endurance and help to suppress hunger. Research has also revealed their role in the regulation of blood sugar and blood pressure.  Maple syrup and strawberries provide additional sweetness and minerals.

     

    Ingredients

    1 cup coconut water

    2-3 ripe strawberries (finely chopped)

    1 Teaspoon chia seeds

    1 Teaspoon maple syrup

    Few leaves of mint (chopped)

    Few drops of fresh lemon juice.

     

    Directions:

    Pour coconut water into a cup. Add chia seeds and keep stirring for a minute, otherwise they will form a lump.

    Add all the other ingredients and mix.

    Refrigerate for some time or add ice.

    Serve chilled.

     

    Recipes by Kirti Singh

    Kirti Singh is an honors graduate from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts. She has a Masters degree in Food and Nutrition and has also worked as a dietitian. She lives in San Jose with her husband and two kids. Her entire family, including her son, who is on the spectrum, have greatly benefited from a hypoallergenic and nutrient dense diet. She enjoys using the holistic approach in helping people achieve their goals for better health.

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