“Unlike any other organism in history, humans have a mind-body conflict: we have a body built for performance, but a brain that’s always looking for efficiency.” – Dr. Bramble ‘Born to Run’.
I was a bit late to the party in picking up the fantastic book – ‘Born to Run’, but no matter. If you have just the slightest interest in running, or even fitness in general, then this book is more than worth taking a look at. It deals with and discusses a whole myriad of problems and solutions related to the human body – one of which is how the brain will cheat the body if it can see a perceived easier way of doing things.
Although this would initially appear to be a negative problem – it also benefits us in many ways. One of these is the ability to understand the needs of our body – and to make this natural but incredibly powerful energising drink. It’s been used by the Mexican Tarahumara Indians – ‘the world’s greatest distance runners’(1) for thousands of years (they call it ‘Iskiate’) and provides your body with a huge amount of endurance energy. These days it’s also often known as Chia Fresca.
With not a word of a lie the very first time I drank it I headed out for an 8 mile run – to find I’d not only smashed my previous best time but I still had more energy than ever – and decided to continue for another five. That was a half marathon in the end. Not bad for an easy Sunday morning run.
Needless to say, I was converted on the spot. Ever since that fateful day this beast of a drink has become my go-to before any sort of sport – be it running, working out at the gym, Freeletics, football or something else. Perhaps it’s the power of suggestion coming into play and it’s all in my head, perhaps it’s not. What I do know is that I’m seeing gains in speed and strength all across the board – and it started that very day.
The drink itself is fun and a little weird – in water the chia seeds expand and surround themselves with a jelly-like substance, and look reminiscent of frog spawn. The taste is fairly neutral – that’s where the lime and syrup or honey come in.
Try it and see for yourself…
Health Benefits – Chia Fresca / Iskiate – A Natural Chia Seed Energy Drink
The main and most important ingredient here is by far the chia seeds. They’re nice and easy to get hold of these days (you can find them in most good supermarkets/health food stores, or on Amazon too) and are a nutrition powerhouse. They’re absolutely stacked with omega-3 fatty acids (more than salmon, gram for gram!), high quality protein and fiber – not to mention calcium, magnesium, manganese and a whole host of other nutrients.
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 cups water
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 tbsp agave syrup (vegan) or honey (non vegan) or preferred sweetener
- Mix all the ingredients together in a suitable container (large cup or sports bottle) and let cool in fridge for minimum 2-3 hours
- Optional: Make double the amount and drink half before sports, and take the other half as your main refreshment. F**k Gatorade.
- Drink, and feeeeellll the poowwwwwwwwwwwwweeeeeer!! 😉
- PS: It’s ok that the chia seeds end up looking like frog spawn...