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Easy Berry Chia Seed Jam


Forget that you ever heard about jam being unhealthy.

I never thought making homemade jam could be so easy... and good for you! I always thought I'd have to add loads of sugar and some kind of thickening agent. I was so wrong.

This recipe has no added sugar and it really doesn't need it. The sweetness comes naturally from the berries and the thickening comes naturally from the chia seeds that gel from the juices released by the berries when they thaw.

Dietitian's recommendation: I recommend using organic berries if you can. Each year the Environmental Working Group updates their list of the Dirty Dozen which outlines the foods most contaminated by pesticide use, and every year some kind of berry has made it to the top of this list.

Enjoy this jam on toast, on oatmeal to naturally sweeten, or in your plant-yogurt and granola parfait in the morning completely guilt free. It's loaded with antioxidants, fiber, minerals, vitamins and omega-3 fats from the chia seeds.

Dietitian's Recommendation: because this jam is made at home without any preservatives, it'll last only up to 5 days unlike the store-bought variety that can last months. But guaranteed you'll finish it before then, and given how easy it is to make you'll be making your next batch before the week is up!

I don't think I can ever go back to store-bought jam after this. And it's a versatile recipe too! Change up the frozen berries and even try adding frozen mango or peach if you'd like. The options seem endless.