Thursday, April 30, 2015

Strawberry Chia Jam!

It's been a while since I posted a recipe on here so today is the day ! And with summer fruit coming in season what better way then to have a recipe for one of my favorites of all time.. STRAWBERRIES !
Not only are they juicy, summery and delicious, they are considered a super- food ! They are nutrient-rich and packed with antioxidants like vitamin C. Strawberries offer a wide range of health benefits like improvements in immunity.Strawberries contain a chemical compound called phenols. Anthocyanin, a particular phenol abundantly found in strawberries, lends the rich red color to the fruit which is known to have antioxidant properties within the fruit.
The phenols in strawberries also fight against many inflammatory disorders, such as osteoarthritis, asthma and atherosclerosis, by inhibiting the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX) in the same way that the drugs aspirin and ibuprofen do. Strawberries, however, do not carry unwanted side effects like stomach and intestinal bleeding.
The combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents found in strawberries have properties to fight against the onset of many different forms of cancer. Vitamin C, folate, and the flavonoids quercetin and kaempferol that they also contain, strawberries are a delicious defense against potentially cancerous cells.
One cup of strawberries contains 21% of manganese, an essential nutrient that acts as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Manganese not only helps to fight the battle against free radicals and oxidative stress, but also lessens cellular inflammation which is another cause of numerous cardiovascular diseases.Manganese is also great for the bones, helping in bone building and maintaining proper bone structure. The potassium, vitamin K, and magnesium in strawberries are also important for bone health.
So now to the amazing recipe I have that uses these super foods!
Strawberry Chia Jam !!! Store-bought jams and jellies are often loaded with white sugars, corn syrup and other additives to help extend their shelf life, and nutritionally, don’t bring much to the table. But here is one that will be healthy for you to add to any meal !
Strawberry Chia Jam
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 2 hrs 10 min to 8 hours
Makes 1 cup
2 cups fresh strawberries (or frozen and thawed)
4 tbsp whole chia seeds
2 tsp raw honey (optional)
1. Place the strawberries in a food processor and puree until smooth.
2. Remove pureed berries and place in a bowl. Stir in chia seeds and honey. Let set at least 2 hours, or overnight before serving.
3. Store in a glass jar in the fridge for approximately 7 days.
Nutrients per 2 tbsp serving (with honey):
Calories: 51, Fat: 2.5 g, Carbs: 7 g
Protein: 1 g, Fiber: 3.5 g
Try it out with ANY fruit combinations !! Get creative !!

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