This is the…JAM
I wanted to share a super tasty…and super easy way to make chia jam!
I try to live by the words of Michael Pollen when it comes to food,
“Eat whole foods, mostly plants.”
So chia jam…Maybe you have heard?
If not…it’s a beautiful way to incorporate chia seeds and uptake your fruit intake.
A few nutritional tid bits about what this JAM entails. As someone studying for my nutrition certificate, I feel inclined to share 😃
Omega-3 + Omega-6
Omega 3’s + 6’s are Polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) and can be both good and bad. Omega 3 has many benefits. It is anti inflammatory, an important nutrient for brain health as it switches on the production of stem cells which helps you repair the memory and learning centers of the brain. A plant based diet is rich in Omega 3’s as are flax seeds and flax oil, but also includes some fish and high quality grass fed meat.
Omega 6’s are inflammatory…which is seen as the root of many ailments in the body. Omega 6’s are found in processed foods, something that is all too familiar to the Standard American Diet (SAD).
Omega 6’s….remember…are bad. We need to learn to connect to our ancient roots of eating a diet that is 1:1 ratio of omega-3 and omega 6’s. Today we are eating nearly 20 times more omega-6 than omega 3’s. Which means a lot of inflammation and a lot of chronic issues in the body that could be “cured” by diet alone. (Grow a New Body, Dr. Alberto Villoldo)
So this is another reason to enjoy and eat plenty of chia seeds.
For this recipe I use frozen wild blue berries. Frozen is great, especially in winter when there isn’t as much access to fresh fruit. Frozen fruit is flash frozen at peak ripeness so you can assure they are packing a lot of power. Antioxidants are great because…they work against oxidization in the body…a natural part of the process of aging and being a human but when we eat food that oxidizes us…we don’t feel as good. Hence…ANTI-OXIDATION. 😀 Fruits and vegetables are so full of antioxidants, the more rich the color of the fruit/vegetable…the more antioxidant levels. Think about purple cabbage, red onions…etc. Eat that beautiful rainbow 🌈
3 cups frozen fruit
2 tablespoons organic chia seeds (can be white or black)
You can up the recipe just keep the consistency of the amount
stew your fruit by placing frozen fruit in small saucepan over low heat and allowing the fruit to become soft and juicy
transfer to a bowl and mash (masher or back of forK) further to extract all the fruity juicy goodness (the more the better as this is how the chia “gels”)
place your chia in the bowl and mix together
give it a few more minutes and mix again
do this a few more times until you notice the chia starting to “gel” or absorb the liquid.
Why not just buy store bought jam?
👎 It’s filled with sugar
👎 what is pectin
👍 whole foods
👍 no preservatives
👍 you can make it with your kids, friends, family
How to serve/eat/enjoy?
- on top of delicious greek yogurt
- in your over night oats
- buckwheat porridge
- on it’s own baby!
- store in fridge and enjoy within 5 days
- experiment with different berries….like raspberries! OMG
- add in some extra goodness
- I like to add an aronia berry packet from trader joes to amp up the vitamin c content
- add some anima mundi herbal goodness, I like to add Rose Powder, Mangosteen hibiscus