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“Born to Run” Iskiate Chia Energy Drink

By July 23, 2017Recipes
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I found out about iskiate in Born to Run, Christopher McDougall’s epic book about the Tarahumara tribe of Mexico (a.k.a. “the running people”).

Iskiate (IS-kee-ah-tay), also known as chia fresca, is a water-based chia drink that supposedly confers huge amounts of energy and endurance on the drinker, bolstered by the superfood status of chia, a squeeze of lime, and a hit of agave.

Of course, I had to build my own (sans the agave), as I’ve been spending much of my recent time trail running and often find myself in need of something interesting to round out my daily hydration requirement.

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What I ended up with is a very tasty, supremely hydrating, ridiculously easy-to-make drink that I’ve been consuming twice daily. It has me drinking more water than ever before, and even better — I want to drink it.

You can make your own using the recipe below (and after you try it, feel free to alter lime juice and chia levels to meet your personal tastes).

“Born to Run” Iskiate Chia Energy Drink

Iskiate (IS-kee-ah-tay), also known as chia fresca, is a water-based chia drink that supposedly confers huge amounts of energy and endurance on the drinker.

Category Beverage
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle, Performance
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Jon Gilson


  • 25 ounces of water chilled
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • Juice from 1/2 lime fresh-squeezed


  1. Mix the ingredients together in a glass and consume.

Recipe Notes

You will find that chia seeds have a tendency to settle, so using a container you can shake (rather than a simple glass) may improve your experience.

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Jon Gilson
Jon Gilson is a coach and writer, and the former CEO of the Whole Life Challenge.

Previously, he founded Again Faster Equipment, a functional fitness equipment company created to serve the CrossFit community. Established in 2006, Jon took the Company global in 2012, twice landing on the Inc. 500/5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies.

From 2007 to 2013, he served as a Senior Lecturer for CrossFit, Inc., training aspiring CrossFit trainers at over 100 seminars, including engagements in Iceland, Afghanistan, Moscow, Holland, the United States, and Canada. Jon also served on the CrossFit L1 Advisory Board, helping establish policy for the organization’s training efforts from 2011 to 2013.

He’s also done stints in state government, gym management, and consulting — and currently teaches classes at CrossFit City Line.

Jon graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2003, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in Psychology. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Finance and Control from the Harvard Extension School, 2006, and has completed coursework in data analytics.