When my children were little I used to take them strawberry and raspberry picking. And, the majority of the time more ended up in their mouths than in their buckets. We love berries, and raspberries are my personal favorite. So, today I decided to take the beautiful raspberries I found at the market and make raspberry chia jam. My raspberry chia seed jam recipe has four simple ingredients and takes minutes to prepare.
In order to know what’s in your jam or jelly, make your own at home.
WHAT ARE CHIA SEEDS AND WHY SHOULD I EAT THEM?
According to Healthline, chia seeds are a superfood.
Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia hispanica, which is related to the mint.
Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans back in the day.
They prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy. In fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”
Despite their ancient history as a dietary staple, chia seeds became recognized as a modern-day superfood only recently.
In the past few years, they have exploded in popularity and are now consumed by health-conscious people all over the world.
Don’t be fooled by the size — these tiny seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch.
A one-ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains (1):
- Fiber: 11 grams.
- Protein: 4 grams.
- Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are omega-3s).
- Calcium: 18% of the RDI.
- Manganese: 30% of the RDI.
- Magnesium: 30% of the RDI.
- Phosphorus: 27% of the RDI.
- They also contain a decent amount of zinc, vitamin B3 (niacin), potassium, vitamin B1 (thiamine), and vitamin B2.
Furthermore, it is believed chia seeds actually have many health benefits:
- High in protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids
- Contain bone nutrients
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduction in blood sugar levels
- Lowers risk of heart disease
LET’S MAKE RASPBERRY CHIA JAM
First, you need fresh organic raspberries. Berries, for instance, are on the dirty dozen’s list. So, if you want to keep it clean, make sure you buy organic berries.
I love raspberries, but if you aren’t a raspberry fan, you can use strawberries instead. Once the raspberries are cooked down, which takes a matter of minutes, remove from the heat, and simply add three more ingredients:
- Fresh lemon juice
- Maple syrup
- Chia seeds
So, the next time you want fresh jam, make your own using your favorite berries and a few simple ingredients. Why grab a jar of jam at the store when you can have raspberry chia jam at home?
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