Lavender Chia Lemonade from 'YumUniverse' + Cookbook Giveaway!
Her cookbook is one of the most well-designed I've ever seen. Nearly the entire first-half of the book is dedicated to food prep, tips, proper technique, and just some simple things that we should all know but rarely remember or practice in everyday cooking. Even as a pretty confident cook, its always nice to get back to basics sometimes. Not only does Heather start at the beginning with cooking tips, she does back to basics on what eating plant-based really means, how to do it healthfully, and how to be successful at it. She tells you how to stock your kitchen with the right tools and foods and explains proper food prep. Its more than a cookbook- its a plant-based BIBLE. The last half of the book is filled with bright, fresh recipes to make your mouth water and keep you full + satisfied.
The recipe we chose to share from Heather's cookbook is her refreshing, hydrating Lavender Chia Lemonade. We love the health benefits of chia seeds and it's been getting VERY warm in Southern California lately, so this was the perfect treat to keep me cool all week. Just a little sweet, and a beautiful shade of pinky purple- YUM! Scroll down to get the recipe and enter to win your very own copy of YumUniverse!
I enjoy this drink for its nostalgic taste without all the dyes and processed sugars in the store-bought stuff. It’s hydrating (chia) and boosts energy (honey), which makes it a powerful endurance drink for sustained fitness. The main reason I love this recipe though is because it reminds me of my friend Paul, who once said to me when he saw it on my desk at work, “Whatcha got there, Crosby, some seahorse eggs?” I can’t deny it. Lavender-Chia Lemonade is a showstopper with a lovely taste to match.
8 cups water
¼ cup lemon zest
1 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons culinary lavender buds
2 tablespoons chia seeds
½ cup raw honey (to keep it vegan, we used Bee Free Honee- made from apples! You can sub whatever sweetener you like.)
1. In a pot filled with 8 cups of water, add zest, juice, and lavender buds. Bring to a boil.
2. Turn off heat and allow to steep, like tea, until cool. Refrigerate for about 4 hours (or overnight).
3. Strain into a pitcher. Stir in chia seeds after you strain out the lavender and lemon.
4. Sweeten with honey if you like. Serve chilled or room temperature.
psst! Feel free to enjoy this lemonade without the chia. You’ll need about 5 – 6 large lemons to make this recipe. 2 + servings.
You made it! If you're sipping on a cool glass of Lavender Chia Lemonade, you're extra lucky. If you aren't, treat yourself by entering to WIN your own copy of Heather's book in our giveaway! Don't wanna wait? We can't blame you! You can buy a copy here on her blog. Thanks again to Heather for sharing this perfect summer recipe with us AND letting us give away a FREE copy of her cookbook to one of YOU! She rocks. Entries open to US & Canada only please. Sorry, mates. Contest ends 4/22/15. Good luck!