Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

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We go strawberry picking every year to Organics Farm in Markham. This year I decided to try make a “healthy” strawberry jam with our abundance. I used coconut sugar and added chia seeds as the thickening agent. I could have cooked it down a little more but for my first go at jam making not bad. Think I am going to try it again with wild blueberries! I asked the kids how it tasted and my big guy says “of course it tastes good mommy, it’s jam!!” ‪

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Each serving of strawberries (approximately 8 strawberries) contains 85 mg of vitamin C, which is 160% of recommended daily value. Specifically, by eating these sweet berries daily, it can curb one's risk for developing cancer and lower blood pressure due to the high levels of potassium and phytonutrients. Chia seeds are a great alternative to processed grains, such as white bread, since they are a boost in fiber-10 g in only 2 T, protein, calcium, antioxidants and omega 3s, specifically they are one of the richest plant based sources of alpha-linoleic acid, aiding in the reduction of inflammation, high cholesterol and enhancing cognitive performance.

By Nikki Nies, MS, Nutritionist

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Servings: 10

Ingredients

6 cups ‪strawberries (cut‬)
1/4 cup ‪chia seeds‬

1/4 cup coconut sugar
lemon zest
1/2 squeezed fresh lemon

Instructions

1. Place all ingredients in a pot and let it simmer for a good hour.
2. Enjoy immediately!

*If jam is not preserved, it might not last more than a month.

1. Place all ingredients in a pot and let it simmer for a good hour. 2. Enjoy immediately! *If jam is not preserved, it might not last more than a month.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 72; Total Fat: 1g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 1mg; Potassium: 167mg; Carbohydrate: 14g; Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 9g; Protein: 2g

Nutrition Bonus:  Vit C: 91%; Iron: 5%

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