Swap your regular glass of water for this lemon chia seed water! It is very refreshing, simple and feels like a healthier lemonade that all your family can enjoy. Plus, it provides an impressive amount of plant-based protein, fiber, antioxidants and omega-3 fats. Perfect drink to sip on summer days to keep you cool or anytime of the year to help you stay more hydrated.
Are you already aware of the many outstanding health benefits that chia seeds can provide and might be looking for more ways to include them into your diet?
So here is a delicious and refreshing water chia drink that's ultra simple to make and such a perfect way to add more nutrients to your meals.
Not only will you get a ton of amazing plant-based protein, fiber and omega-3 healthy fats from the tiny chia seeds, but also, the gel-like texture they create is SO fun and pleasant. We make chia seed iced tea on a regular basis and our kids absolutely LOVE it. But I also like to simply add the seeds to my regular lemon water to add on more health benefits. It works so well.
And whenever I make this recipe, it is gone within minutes. I now make double or triple batch that I can store in the fridge for a few days. I usually add a little sweetener so we can drink it like a healthy lemonade, but you can keep it nicely tangy and without any added sweetener.
So whether you are looking to add more nutrients to your diet, help your digestive system stay on the move and regular or simply like fun unique drinks, you have got to try this easy recipe! 😀
Why you should try this recipe
- Very quick, easy and simple recipe
- Perfect summer drink to cool you off
- Can help you stay hydrated and encourage you to drink more fluids by making water more exciting to sip on!
- Provides a generous amount of essential nutrients
- Will make your skin glow 💜
- Great iced energizing drink to help you fight the afternoon energy slump
- Nourishing and can help you feel fuller in between meals
- Great recipe to use as a natural laxative to help you beat chronic constipation
Chia seed lemon water health benefits
I urge you to try this recipe simply for its unique look and to help you stay hydrated by boosting your water with more flavor and texture. BUT, really, how can I talk about chia water without mentioning some of the chia seed's amazing health benefits!
Simply put, despite their tiny size, chia seeds are a powerhouse of nutrients. As frequently claimed, they carry a lot of high-quality protein from a non-animal source, tons of fiber and a heaping serving of omega-3 healthy fats. But, did you know that they also provide a fair amount of antioxidants, calcium, iron, magnesium and so much more?
These tiny seeds often are bragged about how they can help you lose weight and "detox" your body, but more than that, there are plentiful of heath benefits you can get from eating more chia seeds, such as lowering your risk of heart disease, maintaining bone health and providing essential omega-3 fats to support brain health as well.
Chia seeds are easy to include into your diet by incorporating them in cold drinks, to make energy balls, parfait, pudding, overnight oats and much more!
Ingredients you'll need
- Fresh lemons
- Chia seeds, black or white
- Optional: sweetener of your choice. I used maple syrup, but agave nectar or brown rice syrup work too. Using a liquid sweetener helps dilute it within the water.
How to make a lemon chia seed water
Simply add the water, lemon juice and chia seeds to a storing glass jar and stir to combine. Then, add sweetener to taste (if using) and stir very well. If you are unsure about the resulting texture, then you can add less chia seeds the first time you make it.
The seeds tend to clump when first added to any liquid, so be sure to stir for long enough to break all these clumps. You can also add the seeds while stirring to prevent the seeds from clumping easily.
Transfer the chia lemon water to the fridge and let it sit for about 10 minutes. The more you let the seeds rest in the water, the more the seeds will swell and form that gel-like texture. You can also let your water rest overnight for a texture closer to bubble tea.
Watch how to make it
Serving suggestions and variations to the recipe
Whenever you are ready to serve, stir or shake the jar very well to distribute the seeds all over your water.
Then, serve over ice cubes and more lemon slices if desired.
When serving it to my kids, I often add some orange juice (from freshly squeezed oranges) to add more sweetness and help balance the tanginess from the lemon.
I also like to add more pieces of fruits or vegetables to the serving glasses, depending on what I have on hand, which adds more flavor but also a fresh colorful look! Here are a few ideas:
- Fruits: sliced strawberries, mangoes, oranges, pineapples, peaches, etc. Also, feel free to make my blueberry syrup from my matcha blueberry iced latte and add some to your water!
- Fresh herbs: mint, basil, cilantro and lemon balm. I recommend to bruise the leaves at the bottom of your glass to help the flavor and the natural oils from the leaves to dissolve in your drink.
- You can swap the lemon juice for lime juice as well. In that case, serve with fresh mint for a perfect match.
- Add fresh ginger! Simply peel and slice the root and add to your water before resting. Allow the ginger to diffuse in the water overnight for best result.
- For the ultimate refreshing drink, add sliced cucumber! It adds color, but also such a nice flavor that pair well with lemon.
- Feeling like a nice punch of flavor and more nutrients? Add some apple cider vinegar and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
When to drink it and pairing suggestions
You can obviously drink this tasty lemon chia water anytime during the day, but I like to have a sip on it as a morning "elixir" right after my cup of coffee to get a nice refreshing breeze to start the day. It also makes for a great drink to enjoy before bedtime to help you stay hydrated all night. Also, since chia seeds are known to provide great energy, enjoy a large glass after working out for a nice boost of hydration + energy.
This lemony drink also pairs well with many meals, such as lentil tacos, mango salad and tofu sandwich. I also especially like to pair it to lighter recipes, so I can boost my meals with more plant-based protein. This drink is nourishing and will definitely help you feel more satisfied!
Simply store the lemon chia water in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can add herbs as well to allow them more time to infuse the water with more flavor. I prefer waiting at serving to add pieces of fruits as they don't store well in water over 24 hours.
As the drink rests, you will notice the seeds either sink to the bottom or float on top. Simply stir or shake well before pouring into your glass.
More refreshing drinks you might like
- Mango lime water
- Cranberry ginger mocktail
- Strawberry acai lemonade
- Vegan horchata
- Pineapple slush
- Virgin strawberry mojito mocktail
- Ginger turmeric glowing shots
- Blueberry lavender lemonade
- Oolong peach iced tea
- Dragon fruit lemonade
- Chia seed iced tea
- Watermelon mojito mocktail
I hope you like this lemon chia seed water as much as we do! If you try it, please leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let me know how it was. Your feedback is so helpful!
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Lemon Chia Seed Water
- 4 cups water
- 2-3 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp lemon juice - about half of a lemon (keep the other half to add slices of lemon to the water)
- sweetener to taste - I use 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup
- Start by juicing the lemon.
- In a storage glass container, combine the water, chia seeds, lemon juice and add sweetener to taste. Stir or shake well the container to break up the clumps of chia seeds.
- Let the drink rest for about 10 minutes in the fridge (or more!) and then enjoy served with cucumber, mint and more slices of lemon, if desired.
- Can be done ahead of time and kept in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.
- Swap for lime juice and add slices of strawberries, mangoes, oranges, fresh mint or basil, etc. For a nice kick, add some apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper!
Awesome, simple recipe! Love having lemon water in the morning but the nutritious chia seeds level it way up! Thanks Jess 🙂
Thanks for your comment Katie! I feel like I want to add chia seeds in all my drinks now 🤷♀️, such a nice twist on lemon water 💜