I will grant you that it is easier to buy jam from the grocery store. BUT when the jam only takes fifteen minutes and one pan to make, it’s really not that much easier.
I learned how to make jam after picking strawberries with my kids. Pectin and waaayyyy too much sugar.
Any search on Google or Pinterest (am I the only one who uses Pinterest like Google?) will make it clear that consuming too much sugar is not good for you. Not convinced? Take a look at these (read this, look at this, or watch this) and see what excess sugar does to our health.
Since my first jamming experience, we have taken a lot of strides in reducing our everyday sugar intake. A lot fewer treats, many more homemade foods, and keeping sweetened drinks at a minimum.
If you ask my husband, he will certainly tell you that I still love my cookies, but limiting the amount of sugar in our everyday foods (Hello!! 27 grams of sugar in one Yoplait yogurt cup! Make your own and sweeten it yourself!) means I can enjoy
one three cookies without the guilt.
If you are wanting to make changes to your diet but you are not sure where to begin, take a look at how much sugar is in the packaged foods at the grocery store. Pick one thing to stop buying and start making at home.
Remember that you don’t have to do it all and making gradual changes is much better than jumping all in and getting overwhelmed.
Can I suggest one first thing to try is making your own jam?
If you are making PB&J’s all the time and spreading it on toast a few times a week, this would be an excellent first step to reducing sugar in your everyday foods.
You can make it in fifteen minutes with only three ingredients.
The chia seeds help it to set and the honey is the only sweetener needed. Use whatever berries you like. (We get frozen organic berries from Costco for a great price).
Chia Seed JamPrint
Chia Seed Jam– simplest jam that only needs three ingredients and fifteen minutes!
- 3 cups fresh or frozen berries
- 1/4 C water
- 2–3 Tbsp honey (to taste)
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
1. Stir together water and berries in a medium saucepan.
2. Heat berries over medium-high heat, until they come to a boil, about five minutes.
3. Let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes. Use the back of a wooden spoon or a potato masher to mash the berries as they soften.
4. Stir in honey.
5. After about ten minutes, when the fruit is soft and thickened, remove the pan from heat. Spoon off any foam on top. Stir in the chia seeds and mix well.
6. Transfer the berry/chia seed mixture to a 2 C jar and let the jam cool. Keep in the refrigerator. The jam will thicken as it cools.
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