Hi all! Happy Thursday!
Jams are my jam (oh yeah, pun intended). They come in so many flavors and varieties and are super versatile. You can definitely do way more than the traditional PB&J (which is also amazing, but we'll save that for another day).
Traditional jams are usually FULL of sugar. I wanted to share my way to make jam super fast, more nutritious and less sugary.
How? I am glad you asked! Using chia seeds as the way to thicken the jam. Chia seeds are pretty magical. They are super versatile, super nutritious and can totally transform. Nutritionally, chia seeds are full of fiber and have omega 3's. Chia seeds plump up when mixed with a liquid and create a tapioca-esque texture. Trust me, more recipes to come with these amazing seeds.
Shopping Savings Tip: Buy them in the bulk section of your grocery store. They last forever and are cheaper this way. Once I am home, I store them in a large mason jar for ease.
Not only are the chia seeds super versatile, but so are these jams. These are fantastic because you can totally customize it using the fruits you love and can use either fresh or frozen fruits. To make it even more easy and versatile you can cook it on the stovetop OR in the microwave. So, really there is no reason why you shouldn't make this ASAP.
PEACH CHIA SEED JAM
This recipe uses fresh peaches and the stove top.
BLUEBERRY CHIA SEED JAM
This recipe uses fresh blueberries and the microwave
STRAWBERRY CHIA SEED JAM
This recipe uses frozen strawberries and the microwave.
*Note: I did not add sugar to the strawberry jam. The frozen strawberries I used already had sugar added. Check your ingredient list. Aim for only strawberries listed.
My favorite way to enjoy these jams is on toast with topped with cashew cream cheese or almond butter. What are some of your favorite ways to eat jam? Let us know by sharing below or by #MealPlanningMethod.
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