Drinks

chia honey limeade

sink or swim, it’s still good ::::

 At age 3, we started Peach in swimming lessons. We signed her up at a local swim club, highly praised for working with young children, easily acclimating them to water play and for training older kids in competitive swimming. While she loved to play in the water with Daddy when at various hotel or friends’ pools, Peach immediately shut down with the task at hand. Parents not being allowed in the water during class was the first and last strike for her. Eat was determined: we stuck it out through the entire 10-week course, only to finally give up going at the end when Peach had done nothing differently from the first class (though not trying to hang onto my legs poolside). A typical class involved her staring sadly at me or Eat, as the teacher held her, cajoled her with water toys to get her hair wet, and gently moved her limbs to simulate swimming, as if she would suddenly change her stubborn mind and try. It didn’t matter that the other kids in the class were having fun and learning, Peach was to have nothing to do with it.

 

Then Eat had a brilliant idea: peer pressure. During out first trial of swimming class, a friend from daycare arrived for a class after Peach’s. Seeing a familiar face changed her affect. It’s not that she started following the teacher’s instructions but she appeared happy that a friend was nearby.

We used this observation to our advantage and employed the help from one of Peach’s close friends, Lily. I often caught Peach and Lily excitedly shrieking when together, giggling over private jokes about “butts” or “poo-poo.” When they first connected, their teachers cited disruptions of quiet times with their constant talking, laughing, and horseplay. Lily’s mom was all for it; Lily was to start swim lessons for the next session.
  

the citrus dregs

 And it worked. After another 2-3 month course of weekly swimming lessons, at age 4, Peach has become a regular water bug. She’ll get her hair wet without a whine. She’ll calmly lie supine in the bathtub at home, immersing her head enough to keep her nose above water but her wet hair softly waving underwater like a little mermaid. She will go underwater holding her breath, sink to the bottom on purpose,  and not freak out upon resurfacing. She gets excited about going to class once a week.

Sink or swim, it’s all good to her. The same goes for chia seeds.
 

softened chia seeds awaiting their destiny

 While Peach’s swimming story is a platform for today’s post, it really doesn’t have much to do with chia honey limeade. Except that we all liked it, it’s perfect for summer, and chia seeds are like little swimmers that listen to peer pressure. They travel together, those chia seeds.

When I first made up the recipe without the seltzer splash, the chia seeds floated on top of the limeade. The seltzer added changed the density of the drink (and made it a little less sweet, which is to my liking) and the seeds sank to the bottom of the pitcher. It didn’t bother me either way (the header photo shows pre-seltzer) taste-wise, but chia position may cause you to choose different glasses to showcase the chia seeds.
 
Enjoy with your water bugs and relish the benefits of peer pressure while they are young. I can’t imagine the ramifications of it when Peach is a teenager.

 

chia honey limeade
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Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup honey + 1 cup water (for the honey simple syrup) = 1½ cup honey simple syrup
  • 2 cups white sugar + 2 cups water (for the sugar simple syrup) = 3 cups sugar simple syrup
  • 2 cups fresh lime juice (I used 2 pounds of limes for 2 cups of juice)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds (white or black) + ¾ cup water
  • seltzer water
Instructions
  1. Prepare the simple syrups. Place 1 cup honey + 1 cup water in a small saucepan, heat on moderate heat until honey mixes with water, and cool completely. Similarly for the sugar simple syrup, mix 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water in a small saucepan, heat on moderate heat to dissolve sugar, and cool completely.*
  2. While syrups are cooling, squeeze the limes. Chill juice if you have time.
  3. Mix chia seeds in ¾ cup water and allow to soften for about 10 minutes. Careful: when you mix the seeds, do so little by little or else your chias will clump up. Sprinkle a few in the water and mix. Do this again, and again, until you have mixed all of the seeds in the water.
  4. Mix the syrups, lime juice, and chia together in a large pitcher. The chia seeds should rise to the top.
  5. Pour into individual glasses.** Add ice, dilute with seltzer water to your preference (I felt 1:1 ratio of limeade to seltzer was just right), and add sugar if you like a sweeter drink.*** I tend to like my citrus drinks fairly tart.
Notes
* Why not just use the honey? I felt the honey as the lone sweetener was too overpowering (even a mild honey), so I wanted to even it out a bit with a sugar simple syrup. Feel free to experiment if you want a stronger honey flavor. Remember that honey is about twice as sweet as sugar, so adjust accordingly. ** When pouring the limeade into my first glass, most the chia seeds wanted to come along. To evenly divide the chia, I tried using a soup ladle, which helped some. I still ended up with many of the seeds in the first glass poured. *** Another problem: After mixing with the seltzer, the chia seeds sunk to the bottom of the glass instead of remaining on top (as my undiluted photo shows). Personally, I liked the seeds on the bottom as a fun gulp at the end of the drink, but esthetically not quite as pretty.

 

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