BRING ON THE SUPERFOODS
Jam is one of those things that’s super versatile. You can put it on toast, oatmeal, infuse it into homemade granola, or bake it into pastries. The only problem is that jam is typically filled with sugar, corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup. And if you’re anything like me, you probably don’t want that stuff in your food. Now that it’s Fall I wanted to recreate some classic cozy recipes- jam being one of them. What makes this jam different? Superfoods. To me, it’s overly important to get the most out of my food, even if it’s just a condiment. With less sugar and absolutely no additives or corn syrup, I thought I’d share my quintessential jam recipe…with the help of ground chia and flax seeds.
Why Chia and Flax?
Adding chia and flax seeds is an incredibly easy way to get extra fiber and omegas into your diet. Chia seeds are low in carbohydrates, free of gluten and packed with omega-3’s, vitamins, antioxidants, protein, fiber, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and zinc. Flax seeds are also loaded with omega-3’s, fiber, antioxidants, and minerals, but have the added benefit of hormone balancing phytoestrogens called lignans, all of which help promote a balanced lifestyle. Together, they make an excellent source of energy and nutrients for long lasting heart health and boosted metabolism, resulting in a powerful superfood. For a quick nutritional boost try sprinkling some in your smoothies, salads, soups, oatmeal, baked goods, or stir-frys.
LET’S GET COOKING
2 cups of organic berries (I used a frozen mixed medley- blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry)
1/3 cup of water
1 tbsp of organic maple syrup
3 tbsp of organic ground chia and flax seed (it doesn’t have to be ground)
*OPTIONAL* 1 scoop of Vital Proteins collagen peptides (or any collagen peptides you have on hand).
Place the berries, maple syrup, and water in a saucepan and bring to a slow boil. Once it’s boiling, bring it to a medium simmer.
2. With a fork, mash the berries down (if desired) and add in the chia and flax seeds. Stir, stir, stir.
3. Continue to cook until it reaches a jam like consistency (for me it was about 20-30 minutes). Keep in mind that it’ll solidify once cooled and placed in the fridge.
* OPTIONAL* stir in a scoop of Vital Proteins collagen peptides (or any collagen you have) for added protein, hair, skin, nail, and gut healing benefits.
4. Enjoy on toast, oatmeal, yogurt, etc. Place the jam in an airtight container (mine are from Ikea) and store in the refrigerator.