Healthy Gut Tonic with Chia


When you're feeling backed-up, this high-fiber chia concoction can help make your bathroom routine smoother. The chia seeds form a gel-like consistency to help move digestion along easily, and the kick of cayenne pepper acts as an intestinal stimulant.

Healthy Gut Tonic
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Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
1 cup


  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

  • 1 cup water


  1. Combine chia seeds, lemon juice and cayenne in a mug or glass; add water. Stir continuously until the chia seeds gel and become suspended throughout the water, 30 seconds or more.


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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

53 Calories
3g Fat
5g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 53
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Vitamin A 102IU 2%
Vitamin C 2mg 2%
Folate 6mcg 1%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 1mg 4%
Magnesium 38mg 9%
Potassium 56mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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