Now this is flavored water...

Since my parents moved to a lake in Connecticut five years ago, I've been dreaming of a Summer that involves relaxing days on their dock, along with boat rides... and oh yea, SUN (something I haven't gotten in years). So to say that this Summer has been a long time coming is an understatement. Although I've visited them many times since they moved, I've never actually been there during warm weather where I didn't have a flight to catch or someplace to be.

This weekend we will be celebrating the 4th at the lake and I can't wait. In anticipation, I thought it would be fun to come up with a refreshing Summery drink. I've been drinking a lot of flavored waters lately (mint + lemon + cucumber mostly), but I was thinking we could take this whole flavored water thing to a new level.

Enter Watermelon Lime Chia Water... this is what you drink when it's Summer and you're thirsty but also kind of want a fresh snack/ dessert. Seriously, it's all of those things. Nom nom. I also love how the chia seeds look almost like watermelon seeds!

Whatever it is you're doing for the 4th, I hope you get to spend it surrounded by your favorite people in one of your favorite places. Enjoy, and let me know if you try this recipe!


WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 small watermelon
  • 4 limes (5 if you want a garnish)
  • 1 tbsp stevia
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 6 cups water

HOW TO MAKE IT

Scoop out half of the watermelon, add half of the water into a blender and blend until smooth. Next, add the juice of two limes and 1/2 TBS stevia. Pour this mixture into a pitcher and then blend the second half. I recommend blending half at a time so that your blender doesn't get too full!

Once all of your watermelon, lime, water, & stevia is blended and in your pitcher, add 1/4 cup chia seeds and stir in. Put the pitcher in the refrigerator for an hour or so to let it chill and let the chia seeds expand. It will also give it time for the bubbles to settle after the blending process. Garnish your glasses with a slice of lime, and serve.