Chia Fresca – Natural Tarahumara Pre-Workout

I was first introduced to Chia Fresca when I read “Born to Run,” by Christopher McDougall, a book about running and a tribe of Native Americans, the Tarahumara, that live in Mexico. These people live in a region called the Copper Canyons and have lived there largely untouched by the outside world for the last 400 years. The Tarahumara suffer from none of the Western diseases (heart disease, cancer, diabetes, … you get the idea) that afflict our society. The Tarahumara are also amazing distance runners, often running races for fun of over 100 miles. These people drink Chia Fresca and it helps fuel these long runs. I cannot recommend the book highly enough and suggest you check it out. Back to the Chia Fresca…

Chia Fresca is a beverage that is super simple to make, very tasty, and highly nutritious. It is comprised of four ingredients: water, fresh squeezed lime juice, honey or agave nectar, and chia seeds. I’m not fond of the current trend of dubbing something a “superfood,” but chia could really live up to the moniker. Chia is packed with protein, and excellent source of good fats, full of fiber, and filled with antioxidants and minerals.

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As I said, Chia Fresca is very easy to make. Step one: Take a glass and put 8 ounces of water in it. Step two: Sprinkle in a teaspoon of chia seeds. Step three: Add two tablespoons of fresh squeezed lime juice (you can use the bottled stuff but fresh tastes waaaay better) and two teaspoons of honey or agave nectar. Let this mixture sit in the refrigerator for about 10-15 min so its nice and cool, stir, and drink. The chia seeds will have kind of formed a gel so be prepared for the texture. Drink Chia Fresca before runs or any time you want something refreshing and citrusy…

Cheers!