While chia seeds were most well-known in the 80s and 90s for their sprouting ability in the Chia Pet fad, today they’ve resumed their popularity for an entirely different reason—for their health factor. These chia jam recipes give you the powerful nutritional punch of chia seeds, with their omega-3 fatty acids and high fiber content.
Chia seeds also contain high amounts of phytochemicals and flavonoids, which are known to assist in cancer and autoimmune disease prevention. The chia seed is clearly a great superfood to add to your diet.
While it’s easy to toss chia seeds into oatmeal, smoothies and yogurt—or to bake them into breads and muffins—one of our favorite ways to use chia seeds is to create healthy fruit jams with them that you can spread on some whole wheat toast for a delicious and nutritious breakfast or snack.
Here are five fruity chia jam recipes that are delicious and incredibly easy to make:
Something about the combination of blueberries and lemons in this recipe is just so refreshing. And with blueberries also being a wonderful superfood, packed with antioxidants, it’s not only a satisfying jam but it’s also a nutritionally charged one. Spread it on your whole grain toast or Nutrisystem Honey Wheat Bagel—or even toss a dollop into your plain yogurt to sweeten it up. Click here for the Blueberry Lemon Chia Jam recipe! >
If strawberry is your fruit of choice, you are going to love this jam, which is made by combining two cups of strawberries with two tablespoons of chia seeds and one teaspoon of stevia. One thing that’s really nice about making fruit jams is how simple it is to do. Family and friends will be impressed by your homemade fruit spread and have no clue just how easy it was to make. And don’t worry—we won’t let them in on the secret. Get the full Strawberry Chia Jam recipe here! >
The tangy flavor of raspberries makes this jam deliciously tart. In addition to their distinct taste, red raspberries also have the health benefit of being packed with antioxidants and are an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese and dietary fiber. This is another jam that provides a sweet treat without any guilt! Find out how to make Raspberry Chia Jam right here! >
With this chia jam recipe, you get to pick your berry of choice. Whether it’s blackberries, cranberries or something else, you choose the berry that you have on hand or are craving for this jam. Berries, in general, are a healthy source of fiber and when combined with fiber-rich chia seeds, it really ups the nutritional ante. Get the recipe for Chia Berry Jam here! >
With five simple ingredients and three simple steps, you can have a sweet and delicious Cran Apple Chia Jam ready to enjoy. It’s made with fresh apples and cranberries, plus water, chia seeds and the all-natural, zero-calorie sweetener stevia. Learn how to make Cran Apple Chia Jam right here! >
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