RASPBERRY CHIA SEED JAM
Raspberry Chia Seed Jam is such a versatile food. You can use it on its own or add it to yoghurts, smoothies, puddings and a host of other desserts.
- 2 cups frozen or fresh raspberries
- 1 or 2 tbsp honey (depends on how sweet you like your jam)
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
Place the raspberries and honey in a pan and bring to a simmer, until the raspberries have broken down a bit - this should only take about 5 minutes
Add the chia seeds and stir until they are fully incorporated into the raspberry and honey mixture
Simmer gently for about 15 minutes until the mixture is thickened
Remove from the heat and let it cool down to room temperature
Poor into a glass container - a Kilner or any other jam jar would be good - or you can just use a bowl and cover and place in the fridge to chill
It should keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks
THE SCIENCE BIT
Chia seeds are a member of the Salvia Hispanica Family and were a prized food to the ancient Aztecs and Mayans. Chia is the ancient Mayan word for strength. Chia seeds are packed with omega 3 fatty acids, known for anti- inflammatory and liver protective properties. They are loaded with calcium, magnesium, and manganese as well as protein and fibre and a host of antioxidants including; quercetin, kaempferol, and myricetin. They are similar to flaxseeds with the added advantage of being far less prone to rancidity. A true Food Superhero.