HOMEMADE BERRY CHIA JAM

Today, in the spirit of the fall season, I will share with you one of my favorite recipes, perfect for this time of year. Get excited, because the berry chia jam is a real yummy treat and I am sure it will become a favorite of yours as soon as you try it!

Berries (of all kind) are considered a superfood as they are low in calories, but very rich in antioxidants, vitamins C and flavonoids, as well as dietary fiber. When I make jam, I usually use a mix of different berries (blackberries, raspberries and strawberries), but you can make your own medley if you prefer. Sometimes, I add in other fruits as well. Peaches, pears and apples are all great choices.

I love using chia seeds in my recipes too because they are so versatile and easy to incorporate into pretty much any dish. Tossing a handful into your homemade fruit jam is a creative way to to make this treat even more nutrient-dense. According to an article published by Harvard’s School of Public Health, two tablespoons of chia seeds (1 ounce) contain about 4 grams of protein, 11 grams of fiber, 7 grams of unsaturated fat, 18% RDA for calcium, and trace minerals including zinc and copper. They are the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds are a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids that cannot be made by the body.

Chia seeds are also hydrophilic, which means they love water. In fact, they absorb up to ten times their weight in water, swell up and become gelatinous. This makes them great to use as a thickening agent in all of your dessert recipes.

I don’t think you need more convincing, so strap on an apron and let’s jam!

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Sylvia Alakusheva
Sylvia is a Boston-based yoga teacher, clinical nutritionist and holistic health coach. She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in NYC and holds a graduate degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Sylvia is also certified as an Ayurvedic nutrition specialist and often applies the ancient principles of Ayurveda in her work with patients. Sylvia specializes in weight management, digestive health and elimination diets with a focus on gluten and dairy-free meal options. She is also passionate about women’s health and works to address hormonal imbalances and infertility through healthy diet, lifestyle and supplemental nutrition.