Aloe vera has a great reputation for its many topical uses, and is also a popular houseplant due to its hardy nature. But did you know you can use it in drinks and smoothies as well?Many people use aloe vera gel to soothe bruises and sunburns. But when taken orally, it has many other uses as well. It can boost your immune system, and function as an antioxidant as well. These four recipes are not only tasty and easy to make, but all contain gel from the aloe vera plant for a healthy boost.
1. Aloe Juice Recipe
- 1 large aloe vera leaf
- 2 cups water
Slice the aloe vera leaf down the middle and use a spoon to scoop out the transparent flesh of the plant. You should have two to four tablespoons of flesh from the leaf. Add the flesh to the water and mix well in a blender until the mixture is smooth. If you don’t like the taste of pure aloe juice, you can mix it with citrus juice or add a natural sweetener. This can be used as a base for other aloe drink recipes.
2. Chia Fresca Recipe
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- 2 cups aloe vera juice
- 1.5 tsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice to taste
- Sweetener to taste
Mix the chia seeds and aloe vera juice together in a glass or jar, making sure to stir them very well. Let it sit for ten minutes, allowing time for the chia seeds to swell up. Once it’s had time to sit, add lime or lemon juice and sweetener to taste.
The chia seeds will naturally settle to the bottom of this drink so be sure to stir it regularly!