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Dare me to drink it?

Posted Aug 21 2010 12:13pm

What is it?

A 3-week old water bottle I found in my 13-year-old’s bedroom?

A sample from the Schuylkill River?

No, it’s my homemade sports drink! Mmmmmmm.

Ok so you know I just read Born to Run …cuz it’s like all I have been talking about for like 3 weeks…well maybe not to you, readers, but I have been talking about it a lot to everyone else. You know that part in the book where the author describes the concoction the Tarahumara Indians would drink before heading out on one of their long runs? He describes it as this super-duper wonder fitness drink mixture of chia seeds soaked in water with little lime juice and I think he says they sweeten it (I can’t remember exactly because I gave my copy of Born to Run to my sister, so I can’t recheck my facts.) Anyhoo, he describes how awesome he felt after drinking it and how great it was as a sports drink. Of course, after reading that, I was dying to try it out for myself.

The author doesn’t give any indication of the ratio of chia seeds to water, but I figured I could concoct some version of it at home. I purchased some chia seeds from the bulk grain department at Wegmans. When I weighed them and printed off the bar code sticker with price, I noticed that a recipe for a “healthy drink” also printed off on the sticker, and it appears to be very similar to what the author describes in the book:

1 teaspoon chia seed mixed with 6 oz of cold water, a squirt of lemon or lime, and honey or sugar to taste.

This recipe says to let the concoction sit for 10 minutes, or until the chia seeds start to congeal slightly.

So the picture you see above is my little experiment. I mixed mine together in my reusable water bottle and put it in the fridge for probably about 30 minutes. How does it taste? Well, it tastes just fine. But the texture leaves a bit to be desired (chunky/bumpy), so I fully recommend that you chug it down fast. But the true test will be how I feel after chugging 6 or 8 ounces of it and going for a run. Also, I will need to test it on a long run to make sure it doesn’t cause any GI distress.

Has anyone else out there used this concoction as their sports drink on long runs? Let me know!

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