I try to eat both seasonally and locally as much as possible, and early summer means strawberry season! I love all berries; however, strawberries hold a special place in my heart. As a young child, my grandmother would take my cousin, my sister, and I strawberry-picking, and afterwards, we would make jam together. We eat food for reasons other than hunger and the nutrition it provides our bodies; we often eat foods because of the memories they hold—and for me, strawberries hold a special one!
I have recently discovered chia-seed jam; it takes 5 minutes to make and it’s superhealthy (full of fibre and antioxidants, and low in added sugar).
It’s the perfect summer treat for the entire family! If you have some strawberries to use up, give this recipe a try.
- 3 cups strawberries
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 tbsp. water
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1–2 tbsp. honey or maple syrup
- 3 tbsp. chia seeds
- In a pot over medium heat, begin to heat the berries (1 minute, stirring). Add in lemon juice, vanilla, honey, and water.
- Continue to cook until strawberries soften and start to form a gel-like substance (3–5 minutes).
- Remove from heat, and add chia seeds.
Enjoy over Greek yogurt, frozen yogurt, on a slice of bread, or with oatmeal.
Cheers to creating memories around food!
Angela is a Registered Dietitian, personal trainer, and family food expert specializing in women and child nutrition and fitness. She loves helping families get healthy together.