Sunday, August 5, 2012

Cranberry Chia Seed Jam

Chia seeds are amazing. 

They have a greater omega-3 content than flax seeds.
Just 2 tablespoons contain 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, and 11 grams of fiber, plus vitamins and minerals.

But, of course, it really doesn't hurt that they also make delicious foods. Like this Cranberry Chia Seed Jam. 

Unlike the traditional jams, jellys, and preserves that you buy in stores, this recipe isn't based on high fructose corn syrup or other forms of sugar. 

Cranberry Chia Seed Jam

1 cup frozen cranberries
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup water
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup (or other sweetener such as stevia)

Place the cranberries, chia seeds, and water in a microwaveable container. Microwave for about 3 minutes, until the cranberries have popped open. 

Add in sweetener and cinnamon and place in fridge for at least 20 minutes.  

Cranberries are really tart so make sure you add sweetener to your own taste. 

Put this on anything from peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to pita chips. I put some on a whole grain waffle for a tasty snack.

Some more facts:

Chia seeds were the third most important crop for the Aztecs, and it was recognized as a "superfood" and prized it so highly that it was often used as currency.

They contain about 20% protein, 35% oil and 25% dietary fiber. They are high in antioxidants and calcium, phosphorus,
magnesium and zinc. 

What do you do with chia seeds?

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