Sunday, March 3, 2013

Blueberry Lime Chia Jam

Chia seeds, a super trendy functional food, are not only amazing but also easy to use. They highly nutritious, and also have awesome gelling and water absorbing capabilites due to their soluble and insoluble fiber content. They are wonderful for making puddings and even can serve as a substitute for eggs in some recipes. Try them sprinkled on salads, in smoothies, on cereal, yogurt, or as a garnish on baked fish or chicken.

1 tablespoon contains about 70 calories, 6 grams fiber, 3 grams protein and 2.9 grams omega-3 fatty acids. It is often considered the richest plant based source of fiber, protein and essetial fatty acids.

Go ahead, try them in this quick and easy jam!

Blueberry Lime Chia Jam
2 cups fresh blueberries
3 Tbsp. agave nectar or honey
Zest and Juice of 1 lime
3 Tbsp. chia seeds

Bring blueberries, agave, lime zest and juice to a boil. Simmer for about 5-8 minutes until tender and syrupy.
Use a potato masher to smash berries to desired consistensy (do this part while mixture is simmering).
Stir in chia seeds and remove from heat. Let sit for about 30 minutes to cool.
Mixture will thicken as it cools. Tranfer to a container and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
Serve as desired-it is wonderful on pretty much everything!!


  1. I think I'm going to make this for my weight loss class on their last day, as they keep asking me for good chia recipes!
    FYI, I posted the tempeh tacos today on my blog, but didn't see the recipe on your blog so I gave credit to Giant Eagle (and since they monitor my every move, I didn't want to mention your name). If you post the recipe let me know so I can add your blog in a link!

  2. Hi Gina, glad to hear you are doing a lot with chia seeds; people are so into them, including myself!

    The tempeh tacos recipe is actually a Market district recipe that was in the September newsletter last year. It did have my name on it, but is it is a Market District. Check out the link to PDF under my publications tab. I am also careful about what I post.