Many of my clients forego breakfast. The accused: lack of time.
Yet others may go for toast with jam as it can be concocted and scarfed down in a jiffy and eaten on the go.
The problem with jam is that it is often low fiber, high sugar and may contain additives you’re best steering clear from. Jam is typically a high-glycemic index food, meaning it causes a rapid rise in blood sugar with a “crash and burn” feeling that necessarily ensues shortly afterwards. The recipe that follows is jam revamped. It contains more fiber, namely soluble fiber, which acts like a net in your intestines, meaning that it will slow the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream – blunting the rapid rise in blood sugar and helping you achieve “Energizer bunny” status: keep going, and going, and going, and going and…..
Enter Ch-ch-ch-chia. Chia seeds are little itty bitty seeds that pack a strong nutritional punch (jab, jab, uppercut). When I mention chia seeds, the usual reaction is “You can’t possibly mean the seeds contained in chia pet heads?”. My answer, folks, is a sheepish yes. Ohhhh the chia pet – the first living organism I was ever responsible for, hehe. Chia seeds are a source of calcium, iron, magnesium, omega-3, fiber and protein. Below are the stats for 2 tablespoons of these little guys:
- Omega-3: 4 grams
- Protein: 4 grams
- Fiber: 7 grams
- Calcium: 10% of daily value
- Iron: 7% of daily value
- Magnesium: 24% of daily value
Not too shabby, right? Without further ado and swooning over the good deeds chia can accomplish, here is a recipe for a jam so addictive, one must hold back from eating it by the spoonful 🙂 .
Chia Seed + Berry Jam (Original Title 😉 )
- 2 cups frozen or fresh berries (use raspberries, strawberries, blackberries or a mix of all – I used frozen blueberries this time ’round)
- 2 tbsp. maple syrup (or honey)
- 4 tbsp. of chia seeds
- 1 lemon, juiced
- Place berries, lemon juice and maple syrup in a small sauce pan and heat on low-medium heat, stirring often. For a chunkier jam, don’t “smush” the berries. For a smoother jam, break down the fruits using a fork.
- Once you`ve obtained a texture you’re happy with, add in the chia seeds and continue to stir.
- Pour into a mason jar, refrigerate to let set (at least an hour) and voili voilà!
- Enjoy a variety of ways: on toast, in sandwiches (helllloooooo sweet/savory combos), to top plain goat yoghurts, to hot breakfast cereals such as steel-cut oats or quinoa, on pancakes or waffles or add a dollop to soy or coconut-based ice creams.
- Jam on Energizer bunny (batteries not included)! 🙂