Sunday 20 September 2015

Homemade Healthy Strawberry Jam

Hello there lovelies,
It’s time for another recipe and this time it’s homemade healthy strawberry jam. I know how can jam be healthy?! Well let me tell you this one is! And it is so so simple to make I feel like I’ll have to make this on a regular basis now. We usually think that trying to live a healthy lifestyle or lose weight cannot include jam on toast for breakfast. But if you toast is wholegrain and this jam is on it, it’s perfect. This jam will provide you with healthy omega 3 fats, fiber and plant based protein. The magic ingredients in chia seeds, trust me on this one.

All you will need:
300g frozen strawberries
1 tbsp agave syrup
2 tbsp chia seeds
Half a fresh lime

Pour the frozen strawberries into a saucepan that is set to a medium heat.
Add the tablespoon of sweetener and make sure you keep stirring the strawberries. The reason it’s better to use frozen strawberries is because they will give off more liquid.
Once the strawberries have become soft use the back of a fork or better yet a potato masher to mash the strawberries into smaller pieces.
At this point the mixture should be quite smooth, which is when you can add the two tablespoons of chia seeds and reduce the heat further.
The chia seeds will expand a little giving the jam its jam like texture.
At this point I added some fresh lime juice as well because I love lime but you could miss this step out if you aren’t too keen.
Fill your jam into a jam jar and let it cool in the fridge.
You’ll be surprised how sweet this jam tastes and you can enjoy it completely guilt free.

Here are the nutrients comparing a regular strawberry jam with this healthy option. I choose to use a 50g serving as a comparable measurement.

Regular Strawberry Jam                                                 Healthy Homemade Strawberry Jam
125 Calories                                                                        47 Calories
0g Fat                                                                                 1.3g Fat (Healthy Omega 3 from Chia)
31g Carbs of which 30g Sugar                                      6.5g Carbs of which 3g Sugar
0.7g Protein                                                                       1g Protein

The difference is CRAZY! 30g of sugar compared to only 3g that’s 7.5 teaspoons of sugar compared to not even 1 full teaspoon of sugar. Who said jam can’t be healthy?! And I promise you the healthy version tastes just as delicious and it’s really easy to make.

I hope you enjoyed this post and give the recipe a try!
Stay healthy & happy


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