Do you remember the Friend’s episode where Monica breaks up with Richard and in order to feel better she makes tons and tons of jam? I think eventually she gives up the jam plan and then decides to just have babies or something along those lines…I miss Friends. Such a great show.
Anyway, back to the point of my story. Jam. I love jam. And lately I’ve been seeing tons of recipes for chia seed jam and it’s been intriguing me. First, a little review of what chia seeds are…they look like this:
And sometimes come in a package that looks like this. I typically buy Bob’s Red Mill brand but I couldn’t find them this time.
The benefits of chia seeds are awesome. They have omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, iron and protein. I’ve put them in my overnight oats, on peanut butter toast for a little crunch, and in my smoothies (beware they do get in your teeth). And now I’ve made jam with them. See, once you soak the seeds in liquid they expand and turn sort of jelly like and I’m assuming that quality is what led people to start making jam with them.
I’d seen a couple different recipes floating around but I decided to try out this one from Brittany at Eating Bird Food (mostly because her pics looked amazing). The original recipe is here but I had a few more strawberries than she did so I modified it just a little.
Strawberry Chia Jam (courtesy of Eating Bird Food)
- 1.5 cup fresh strawberries
- 1.5 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 Tablespoon water
- Agave nectar to taste (you could also use stevia or honey)
Directions: Mash up the strawberries (I tried using a fork but that took too long so eventually I just tossed them into the blender). Add chia seeds, water and agave. Cover and store in the fridge for at least an hour.
I poured the jam from the bowl into a mason jar before storing in the fridge. I mean, jam just belongs in a mason jar. I really had no choice.
And then later I broke it out for a taste test. I topped a plain rice cake with Justin’s Honey PB and then added the jam. Verdict? Winner! Honestly it tasted like regular strawberry jam and I felt really good knowing there was nothing funky or artificial in it.
In fact, the jam was so good even Chance wanted some.
Well actually he probably wanted the PB but I’m sure he would have enjoyed the jam.
And in other non-jam news, I’m working from home today and even though I wanted to just sit around and watch the Today Show, I hopped on the spin bike for some sweaty cardio. I rode for 30 minutes at a moderate resistance (while watching the final segment of the Weight of the Nation documentary) and then 15 minutes of intervals – 1 minute recovery, 30 seconds out of the saddle with hard resistance.
And then I ate this for breakfast…blueberry protein smoothie, an egg pouf with hot sauce (2 eggs microwaved for 1:30) and some coffee with almond milk. Breakfast of champions I tell you.
And I’m out. Off to get some work done before we go camping. Normally I would be super excited except that in typical Pacific Northwest fashion, the weather forecast is calling for nonstop showers which ironically doesn’t phase me all that much since the last 3 times we’ve camped it’s been in the rain. Luckily I’ve got some rain pants.
Do you guys have any fun plans for the weekend? What are your thoughts on rain camping? Would you still go or bag it?
Oh and I also wanted to pass this along. The Fitnessista, my all-time favorite blogger was picked as one of the top 10 online fitness influencers. How freaking cool is that? She’s the one who inspired me to start blogging and start experimenting more with foods. Love her. And of course my fave lady ever, Jillian, took home the #1 spot – freaking rockstar.
What do you guys think about this list? Are you influenced by anyone on there?