Why Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds are an amazing superfood and a great source of calcium, Omega-3s and antioxidants. They also hold many times their weight in water, creating a natural “gel” that provides energy and nutrition.
Legend has it that they were used by the Aztecs, Mayans and Incans as an energy food and for hydration. They were nicknamed “Indian Running Food” for their supposed ability to help warriors and athletes maintain energy and hydration during long and strenuous activity.
Chia Seed Squeeze Pouches:
My children love chia seeds and especially love these Mamma Chia Seed Squeeze pouches, but they are expensive (almost $2 each) and not ideal when I need 1-2 per child per snack.
When I found reusable silicon squeeze pouches, I realized we could make our own for a fraction of the cost of buying pre-made, and avoid all of the waste of the disposable pouches as well. Silicon can be somewhat controversial for food use, but this post details why I feel comfortable using them at room temperature like this.
Bonus: the pouches are no-mess and have been mess-tested by my two year old.
We’ve had fun experimenting with flavors and different types of juice to make different “Chia Squeezes” and these are now a favorite summer snack at our house. We even figured out how to make these into popsicles (recipe soon).
Supplies You’ll Need
- Cherry and Lime (with Tart Cherry Juice)
- Strawberry Lemon
- Green (with green juices)
- Orange Mango (equal parts orange and mango juices)
- Pineapple Lime
- Any other combination you can think of
Chia Seed Squeeze Pouches
Simple juice and chia seed pouches made in reusable silicon containers are a great summer treat!
- 1 cup filtered water
- 2 cups of juice of choice- I like pomegranate, tart cherry, or any other unsweetened juice
- 1/4 cup lemon or lime juice (optional- if using a sweeter juice)
- 1/4 cup organic chia seeds
- Optional: sweetener of choice
- Mix all ingredients in a pitcher or mason jar.
- Let sit in the refrigerator overnight so that the chia seeds can hydrate and create a natural gel.
- Pour into pouches and serve!
You can use straight juice and omit the water, but I've found that diluting the juice does not affect the taste much and reduces the natural sugar content.
What is your favorite recipe that uses chia seeds? Share below!