Agua de Limon con Chia (lemon chia water)

Agua de limon con chia is a refreshing Mexican drink that consists of a light lemonade with the addition of chia seeds. The recipe is very easy to make and perfect to boost your system!

Agua de chia con limon served in glasses with ice, lemon slices and mint leaves.

What is agua de limon con chia?

The name of this recipe refers to a fresca drink very popular in Mexico. It consists of water mixed with lime juice, sugar, and chia seeds. Is also known as lemon chia water in English.

The drink is part of the Mexican street food and you will find it at every ice cream parlor in Mexico or sold in the streets just as many other foods and drinks.

Agua de limon con chia is gluten-free, vegan, and can be made with any sweetener you prefer, not only regular sugar. I like to make it also sugar-free which is super refreshing so you can drink it all day long, especially in summer.

Why you should make this drink

What can be more refreshing than a glass of agua de limón con chía? This drink is the perfect beverage not only for the summer but pretty much all year round as is not only delicious but also full of nutrients thanks to the citrus and chia seeds.

It has a tangy and sweet taste, and besides being refreshing it has some nice chewy texture from the chia seeds, that are like little bubbles bursting in your mouth!

And last, but not least, this chia water is also very cheap compared to the store-bought chia drinks that are so popular right now.

So, those are just a few reasons why you should definitely give a try to this Mexican drink and serve it at your parties, sip it in the afternoon after a long day at work, or just enjoy it as regular water.

What is chia?

Chia are edible seeds native to Mexico and Guatemala. In Mexico, those seeds are mainly used to add them to drinks but there are also sweets prepared with them, for example, the pre-Hispanic Pinole. The nutritional properties of chia are well known as they contain:

  • Antioxidants (quercetin, caffeic acid, kaempferol, chlorogenic acid)
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Fiber

Eating foods rich in antioxidants can help to reduce the risk of heart disease, some types of cancer, and cognitive age decline.

Related: More about the health benefits of chia seeds by Webmd.

A spoonful of chia seeds.

Where to buy chia seeds

  • In Mexico. You can find it almost at any supermarket or local farmer market (look for the people who sell spices, they will likely to sell chia seeds by weight).
  • Other countries. Look at your local whole food/organic food store, these little seeds have become very popular and they are sold often in those stores. Or search in Amazon, Latin markets, and some local supermarkets in the international aisle.

Here where I live (Italy), it is not very easy to find them and, like all imported products, is also a little expensive, but of course, not as much as having to buy store-bought chia drinks or other products that contain this seed.

So in the end, is worth the investment because I really love my lemon chia water!

How to make agua de limón con chía

  • Add water to a large pitcher.
  • Add lemon juice and then stir in chia seeds slowly while whisking vigorously.
  • Add sugar and mix until it dissolves, taste, and add more accordingly to your taste.
  • Add mint leaves and lemon slices. Mix well and place in the fridge for 1 or 2 hours or…
  • Serve your freshly made chia water in glasses over crushed ice.
Two glasses with agua de chia con limon garnished with mint leaves, and lemons and lime slices.

Chia drink tips

  • Add the chia seeds slowly while whisking vigorously. This way the seeds have the time to soak separately and add a nice texture instead of becoming a mess.
  • Allow the chia water to rest for at least 30 minutes. Preferably a couple or hours.
  • I always add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds for every 5-6 cups of water. But of course, more can be added if you want to. Just don’t forget that chia seeds absorbs water and create a gelatinous texture, so don’t add too many. We’re making a light, refreshing chia fresca here, not a pudding.
  • Use other kind of sweeteners if you prefer, like honey, stevia, monk fruit, etc.
  • You can also use simple syrup instead of brown sugar to make this recipe.

How to store

This recipe can last up to 2 days in the fridge. I don’t recommend storing it longer since the lime juice will become bitter and spoil the flavor.

The best thing you can do is make only the amount you intend to drink that day. This Mexican chia drink is so easy to prepare that there’s no need to make it ahead.

Agua de limón con chia stored in the fridge.

More Mexican frescas to enjoy this summer

Aguas frescas are my favorite drink in summer. Besides being delicious and easy to make, they are also better than store-bought drinks or sodas.

So, besides this agua de limón con chía, here are some of our favorite frescas to enjoy any time of the day, any day of the week:

Agua de limon con chia has a lot of meaning to me because it brings back very nice memories of my childhood. My grandpa and I used to go to the paletería and treat ourselves to a chia and lemon paleta or agua fresca de chia. For those who are not Mexicans, a paletería is an ice cream parlor very popular in Mexico.

FAQ

Can I make it sugar-free?

Yes, of course. Omit any sweeter and enjoy a light and refreshing drink all day long.

Why are my chia seeds clumped together?

In order to reduce clumps, add the seeds slowly and while whisking the water vigorously.

My drink has a grainy texture – what do I do?

This can be because the sugar hasn’t dissolved properly. Make sure your water is at room temperature and not cold from the fridge. Then keep mixing until the sugar dissolves well.

What type of lemons can I use?

Any type, from Sicilian lemons to limes, Meyer lemons, etc. Use whatever you can find locally.

Agua de chia con limon recipe.

Agua de Limon con Chia

author Maricruz
This agua de limon con chia is the perfect summer drink. Tangy, sweet, and full of nutrients, you won't believe how easy is to make!
prep 10 minutes
total 10 minutes
serving 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 6 cups water (room temperature)
  • 4 limes (juice)
  • 4 Tbsp brown sugar (read notes)

For serving

  • 1 lime or lemon (cut into slices)
  • mint leaves (optional)
  • ice cubes (as needed)

Instructions
 

  • Add water in a large pitcher.
  • Add lemon juice and then stir in chia seeds slowly while whisking vigoroulsy.
  • Add sugar and mix until dissolved, taste and adjust sugar to your liking.
  • Add mint leaves and the lemon slices.
  • Mix and serve in glasses with ice.

Notes

  • Add chia slowly while whisking vigorously. This way the seeds have the time to soak separately and add a nice texture instead of becoming a mess.
  • Allow the drink to rest for at least 30 minutes. Preferably a couple or hours.
  • I always add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds for every 5-6 cups of water. Bur of course, more can be added if you want to. But don’t forget that chia seeds absorbs water and create a gelatinous texture, so don’t add that many. We’re making a light, refreshing chia drink here, not a pudding.
  • Use other kind of sweeteners if you prefer, like honey, stevia, monk fruit, etc.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1mg
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