Jam Two Ways
Updated: Apr 21, 2020
It’s almost ski weekend!! I’m so excited for the first weekend this season to ski! I’ve skied for as long as I can remember and love the sport so much!
Lately I’ve been really into toast. Like avocado toast, toast and butter, or toast with butter and jam (along with eggs, bacon, the works)
There’s just something about it lately that I’ve really been enjoying, but I get so fed up by going to the grocery store and finding jelly/jams that are full of extra sugars. Fruit is sweet enough, no need to add extra. Part of my whole philosophy on health in wellness is about keeping it simple. Stick to whole, real foods and you’re good to go. We don’t need extra crap added into food, it tastes perfectly fine as is.
Sometimes I feel like it’s so difficult to eat whole nutritious foods when you’re in a pinch (like at a gas station) because so many foods are just loaded with extra ingredients (that won’t be the end of the world if you eat in a pinch) but we don’t need the extra stuff and will survive perfectly fine with a bag of nuts without the extra sugar or oils.
I feel like we live in a world where more is better. Add more ingredients, more sugar, more additives, etc. and it’ll taste 10x better. I don’t believe that and feel that natural ingredients and whole foods will suffice and create something just as palatable.
I still stand on my belief about eating whatever your body desires, but for people who are trying to change their health or food choices to a more whole, natural standpoint, may find it hard and frustrating reading through a bunch of labels and not understanding half the ingredients.
Luckily, I took a nutrition class in college, but it still took me a while learning how to categorize sugars on labels or understanding how certain foods will impact my diet.
Anyways, thanks for letting me rant. I just think we fuel our bodies best with whole foods- the easiest and most available way our bodies can gain essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
So back to my toast obsession. Since I’ve been loving toast lately and I can’t seem to find a jam I’m satisfied with (still don’t know difference between jam and jelly and too lazy to google it) I figured I’d create my own!
I created two recipes that are sure to satisfy you this season on your toast or whatever else you’d like to put jam on! The only sugar they have are obviously their fruit sugars, maple syrup and/or honey! All natural sugars and loaded with protein with added chia seeds! This recipe was inspired by Fountain Avenue Kitchen.
Jam Two Ways:
2 cups of organic strawberries
zest of a 1 naval orange
2 tbsp of chia seeds
2 tbsp honey
1 cup of organic raspberries
1 cup of organic blueberries
zest from ½ lemon
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp maple syrup
Place fruit into a medium saucepan on medium to low heat. While the fruit heats up, mash up with a fork or potato masher. Let compote come to a boil and become well combined. Remove from heat and add in the maple syrup or honey. Then add in the chia seeds and stir until the chia seeds start to congeal.
Let the jam sit for a few minutes to cool down and thicken. Once cool enough, place into a jar using a spoon and pop into the fridge for a few weeks!