How to Make Chia Fresca

Iskiate, or chia fresca, is an all-natural energy drink made by many tribes indigenous to the American Southwest and Mexico. The Tarahumara tribe from Mexico's Copper Canyon drink it to sustain themsevles while running 100-mile ultramarathons. Chris McDougall introduced a simple recipe to the mainstream in his book "Born to Run," which is about his journey to find the Tarahumara and learn their running secrets.

Step 1

Combine 1 tbsp. dry chia seeds with 10 oz. water in a small glass or bowl. Chia seeds absorb over nine times their weight in water, making for an effective timed release of water and nutrients later.

Step 2

Stir the mixture gently with a spoon to keep the seeds from clumping together.

Step 3

Allow the mixture to stand for 10 minutes. When chia seeds in water are soaked for at least 10 minutes, they form a gel with the consistency of yogurt.

Step 4

Add 2 tsp. fresh lime juice and 2 tsp. sugar to taste to your chia gel.