Sometimes I get sick of my standard breakfast additions (peanut butter, almond butter, granola, sliced banana, cacao nibs etc) and want something fruity and tangy instead. And when I discovered the Baker’s Delight low FODMAP bread, my hankering for peanut butter and jam toast came back with ferocity. So chia jam it was!
Unfortunately for all us low FODMAP-ers though, most run of the mill jams are a no-go. Many of them are also full of sugar and preservatives, and when I started buckling down on my health these were also things I decided to begin keeping an eye on.
Chia jam solves all of these problems. 5 ingredients, 10 minutes and ticking the boxes on flavour as well as nutrition.
It also goes perfectly with my Chocolate Granola! Just sayin’.
So many people ask me, what’s so great about chia seeds? So I thought I’d break it down for you here:
- Chia seeds are high in fibre. Having ample amounts of fibre in your diet allows the sugar within your food to be absorbed at a good rate, meaning your blood glucose levels stay more even throughout the day. Fibre is also important in digestion, assisting in producing good bacteria, which helps regulate bowel movements.
- Chia seeds contain antioxidants. Antioxidants fight the production of free radicals, which can contribute to ageing and disease.
- They also contain Omega 3 fatty acids – hooray for good fats! Your body is not able to make Omega 3 fatty acids on its own, meaning you need to consume it in your food or through supplements. These fatty acids have been shown to lower the chances of heart disease, and also contribute to better brain function, skin and eye health.
- Chia seeds are surprisingly high in calcium, and we all know calcium is important for strong and healthy bones, teeth and nails!
I’m trying to educate myself more on the foods I’m eating and the health benefits of each, which has been a fascinating learning curve!
If you give this jam a try let me know in the comments below!
- 2 cups frozen berries
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- dash vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/3 cup water
Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and stir over medium heat until it thickens and forms a jam-like consistency. Keep in mind that it will thicken more as it cools.