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    We are a gluten free family trying to balance real food eating & traditional food practices while still eating on a budget and living socially in an over-processed food society. This blog is intended to share: our favorite recipes, our gardening & canning experiences, our food flops (ask me about my egg-free, paleo, almond flour pancake mess) & life with two little dirt covered boys.

    all of our recipes are gluten free, many are egg-free or offer egg-free options (even though our family is no longer egg free, I still try to include egg-free options) and many are dairy free, paleo & GAPS friendly. we don't "follow one specific diet" but our cooking style is best described as "gluten free but inspired by wapf + paleo + raw + realistic."

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the sprouted life’s favorites {raspberry chia seed lemonade}

a few months ago i was making one of those “mad dash” shopping trips at whole foods around lunch time.  i have learned that i should never, ever shop when i am hungry.  i have zero self control. anyway, i managed to get out of the store without grabbing a lot of extras except for a bottle of cranberry chia seed lemonade.  it looked interesting & bonus, it was on sale. i loved it.  the texture is a little odd the first time you drink it, but other than that you never notice the chia seeds.  our family is already a lover of fresh squeezed lemonade, so why not add more fiber & omega fats?  we always have fresh lemons in our house (i buy 10 lbs of organic lemons every month in my azure standard order) and those only last us about 2-3 weeks.  so if you are looking for a refreshing summer drink, definitely try some chia seed lemonade. we typically just make ours by the glass & raspberries are not necessary…the plain lemon is wonderful also.



raspberry chia seed lemonade
recipe type: drink
a quick refreshing summer drink, packed full of nutrients
  • 2 organic lemons
  • handful of raspberries (or any desired fruit)
  • 3 Tbps. chia seeds
  • 16 ounces of water
  • splash of maple syrup (per desired sweetness)
  1. use a citrus juicer or hand squeeze the lemons
  2. juice the raspberries or crush up with a mortar.
  3. mix lemons, juiced raspberries & 16 ounces of water
  4. add a splash of maple syrup and stir
  5. taste to check sweetness, add more maple syrup if needed
  6. add in chia seeds and stir throughly
  7. let set for about 5 minutes before drinking (chia seeds need to hydrate)
we like our lemonade tart, so i use just a splash of maple syrup, but you can mix it to desired sweetness. *maple syrup will settle on bottom, so make sure to stir it in well.

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May 3, 2012 - 5:50 pm

Wonderwoman - Love this! And am pinning. My husband is one of those people that has to have one of the fancy five dollar drinks every time we go to whole foods. The last time we went, he got one of the chia juices (his was not on sale). I am so happy you posted this as I would not have thought to make it myself.

Thanks a bunch!

May 6, 2012 - 7:40 pm

Michelle @ The Willing Cook - What a great way to use all those ingredients! My family would die over this. I’m going to pin it. Thank you for sharing at this past week’s Allergy-Free Wednesdays! We hope you’ll link up again this week.

~Michelle, AFW Hostess

P.S. I love the fresh, simple look of your blog. It’s particularly refreshing with a a beautiful mason jar full of raspberry lemonade.

May 8, 2012 - 5:52 am

Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry - This lemonade looks way better than the chia seed kombucha drinks I buy at the health food store for $4/pop! I cannot wait to make this drink. I am featuring this recipe this week on Allergy-Free Wednesdays :)

May 9, 2012 - 1:01 am

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May 30, 2012 - 6:28 pm

Emma Green - This looks so so amazing! Thank you for sharing! I have been on a chia seed kick ever since I started making overnight oatmeal, and this looks like another amazing way to use them!!

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