Iskiate – Chia Seed Drink

A customer and I got chatting about fitness, and in particular running, which I have been doing on and of for most on my life… school cross country and more recently Triathlons and Marathons. She had recently read a book about running, “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall and though it may be of interest, especially the parts about the diet of some of the runner encountered.
Well, the customer kindly lent me her copy of the book, which I have now fininshed. The book tells a few different cool stories about running one in particular caught my interest, as it mentioned one on the new “superfoods” seeds we sell in store, Chia Seeds.

The Author came across stories of this Mexican tribe of runners the Tarahumara, or running people, who seemed to be able to run forever on any terrian, well he eventually caught up with some of these tribes people and they introduced him to a drink called Iskiate, which he claimed gave him an immediate boost of energy and was able to complete his hike out of the canyon.

The herb Chia, or Salvia hispanica, grows in dry, hostile conditions in South America. It is adapted to be highly efficient at absorbing nutrients from the soil. The seed of the Chia Plant is valued for its nutrients and not surprisingly, it has been part of the South American diets for millennia.

Chia seeds are a source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which compose nearly 20% of the Chia’s mass. The ratio of Omega-3 fatty acids to Omga 6 fatty acids is 3.5 to 1, as well as containg Vitamin B1, B3, E and Iron! Small and Mighty!

Anyway I digress, back to the Iskiate Chia Seed  drink.

Ingredients for Iskiate – Chia Seed Drink

4 cups water
2 limes, juice only
1/4 cup raw chia seeds
1/4 cup agave nectar

Making the Chia Seed Drink

While you could make this drink one cup at a time, I decided to make a larger batch of it and then just store it in the fridge. It’s good for a few days without a problem.

1. To do this, I added the lime  juice and water to a small sauce pan and let it heat up. Once it was steaming (no need to boil it) add in all the chia seeds. Stir them up really well. (They might stick together some, but that’s okay)

2. Add the agave nectar and continue to stir it.

3. Stir this all together really well for a minute or two, then put it in the fridge to cool.

4. Once cool you’ll notice most of the seeds have settled and all the seeds are partially dissolved. I don’t know how else to describe it, but as the seeds dissolve, they give the drink a very light slimy texture. I realize that doesn’t sound appetizing, but it’s not heavy at all. That said, I’ve never drank anything like it in my life. (frogspawn spring to mind).

Once it’s chilled there’s no need to serve it with ice or anything. You can just drink it straight. I added some ice to mine though just to keep it really nice and cold.

It’s good to give the drink a stir every once in awhile or all the seeds will settle. You want those seeds!

And thats it, apprently its very good for endurance and stamina, I’m drinking it every morning as part of my breakfast, I will let you all know in a few weeks how I’m getting on with it! – Richard

Chia Seed Drink