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Blueberry Chia Seed Jam

Blueberry Chia Seed Jam

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I don’t think I will ever in my lifetime purchase jam or jelly from the store again. Not after making this super easy, incredibly good, ubber nutritious jam. Anyone, even people that aren’t really into the whole “eating right” thing will love this jam. It’s THAT good!

This jam makes me giddy for several reasons:

  • Only 3 ingredients
  • Gluten-free
  • Loads of antioxidants
  • No sugar added
  • Fiber, protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C
  • Can be made with so many different fruit options depending on what you love
  • No one will know how healthy this is unless you tell them
  • Another great way to sneak in your chia seeds. Did someone say almond butter and chia seed jam sandwich?

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Because this recipe doesn’t call for the traditional canning method, it will only keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks. For that reason I only make small batches at a time. I find that 1 cup of fruit combined with the honey and chia seeds fits in a half pint Ball jar.

I made a couple of thin small coconut flour flat breads and rolled them up into little crepes. You could even add a little ricotta. I’m absolutely doing that next time.

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Blueberry Chia Seed Jam
 
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Recipe type: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Ingredients
  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds + 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine chia seeds and water. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  2. While the chia is sitting, heat up the blueberries in a small saucepan over low heat.
  3. Soften the blueberries and mash with a potato masher.
  4. After the chia seeds have absorbed the water for 10 minutes, add the chia seeds and honey to the blueberries and continue heating on low.
  5. Once everything is combined, mash the mixture as much as you like.
  6. Pour jam into Ball jar and put in fridge.
  7. The jam will thicken up as it cools.
  8. **if you don't like all of the seeds, you can run the mixture though a Nutriblender once it has cooled down a little bit**

 

Love those chia seeds!

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Sumo Citrus – The Ugly Orange

Sumo Citrus – The Ugly Orange

On my latest trip to Whole Foods I was browsing the produce area and saw this ugly bumpy looking orange with a little knob on the top. I had to find out what it was.

(They are only in season Feb through May)

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Here is another example of not judging a book by it’s cover because this is the most deliciously sweet mandarin orange I’ve ever tasted. I originally bought them for my hubby to try because he loves oranges but after I had a section of it, I was in love too.

Not only are these delicious but they are the perfect “to-go” snack because they are so easy to peel that a small child can do it, there will be no drippy sticky hands and they are seedless.

To test for the best tasting Sumo, I give them a little squeeze. Gently squeeze, if it “gives” a little, it means it’s at its optimum taste and ready to eat.

I needed to find out the stats on this incredible fruit. I found Sumocitrus.com where they explain it all.

Grown in California’s Central Valley to the same exacting standards of the original Kumamoto farmer. It is the biggest mandarin you’ve ever seen. It has a distinctive shape with a prominent “top-knot.” The peel is bright orange, bumpy and loose so it peels effortlessly. The delicate sections separate easily. It’s seedless, juicy without being messy, and it is quite probably the sweetest citrus you’ll ever eat.

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Size & Appearance

  • Easy to identify with the unique shape, bumpy rind and knob on the top that we like to call the SUMO’s ‘top-knot.’
  • Handle with care – Don’t let the rough exterior fool you. While the fruit looks tough and indestructible on the outside, it is somewhat delicate.
  • Gently squeeze, if it “gives” a little, it means it’s at its optimum taste and ready 
    to eat

Easy to Peel

  • One-piece peel – The SUMO’s ‘top-knot’ makes the fruit fun and easy to peel.
  • The bumpy and loose rind is characteristic of the variety and contributes to the easy peeling.
  • “Eat in the Car Test” — Unlike other citrus varieties, SUMO CITRUS® is ‘neat’ meaning no sticky mess, and hands stay dry.
  • SUMO CITRUS® has very little albedo or rag (the white part of citrus), allowing the fruit to section easily with less of the white “netting” sticking to the fruit.

Get your hands on a Sumo Citrus before they are out of season. They are available February thru May so you still have a couple of months to enjoy them.  Your mouth will thank you.

 

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Mango Salsa – Peppadew Pepper

Peppadew Pepper Mango Salsa

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This fruity healthy salsa can be used so many different ways.  On fish tacos, chicken, pork or even…ice cream.

Don’t laugh, top a scoop of vanilla ice cream with this salsa. The sweet and spice of the salsa dances with the creamy sweet ice cream on your taste buds beautifully. Seriously, it’s really good.

This recipe is really easy and has one of my all time favorite peppers, Peppadew.  I love this pepper because it’s got a great mild kick to it and it’s sweet too. Plus it adds a nice pop of color to your salsa.  I put these peppers in my scrambled eggs, on portabella pizzas and in my stuffed peppers too.  They have a mild heat combined with sweet. I love them so much!

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I have found Peppadew peppers at World Market and Whole Foods but Amazon also sells them here. I usually only use 3 or 4 per whatever recipe I’m making so the jar lasts me a while.  This is a super versatile pepper. I love them so much (in case you didn’t read that the first time)!

Peppadew Pepper Mango Salsa
 
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  • 1 large Mango (about 1¼ cup of peeled, seeded and diced small)
  • 1 de-seeded and diced small jalepeno
  • A few sprigs of fresh chopped parsley
  • 3 or 4 Peppadew peppers chopped small or ¼ cup red bell pepper for color
  • ½ tbsp orange juice
  • Juice from a large fresh lime or 2 small limes (approximately 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 chopped green onions (the green stem part, not the white bulb)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients and serve with fish, chicken, pork or top a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  2. I always make more than necessary for the recipe because I always find another way to use it.

 

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Real Fruit Gummy Snacks

I, much like little kiddie hands enjoy a good fruity gummy snack but unlike kiddie hands, I care about the food coloring, preservatives, sugar and nutritional value in the foods I put in my body.  Pretty exciting.  I know, I live on the edge.

Real Fruit Gummy Snacks

Lucky for me, I found this great recipe for Real Fruit Gummy Snacks at Don’t Mess with Mama.  I tweaked it a little bit and created my own awesome version.

There are only 4 all natural ingredients: organic pure fruit juice, organic blueberries, organic maple syrup and grass fed gelatin.

What makes me giddy (or kiddie as it were) about these is that there are no preservatives, no food coloring, no high fructose corn syrup, no added sugar, and use grass fed gelatin.  They are also gluten-free and paleo!

I read about the health benefits from grass fed gelatin and was really surprised. According to Thank Your Body, these are just some of the benefits associated with grass fed gelatin.  You can go to their site for more a more in-depth explanation.

  • Gelatin can help with overall joint and bone health (and reduce arthritis pain).
  • Gelatin improves hair quality, growth, and texture. (Want shiny, strong hair naturally? Take your gelatin!)
  • Gelatin can help with the aging process. As we age our bodies make less collagen and gelatin provides more elasticity!
  • Gelatin has been shown to improve nail strength and growth.
  • Gelatin has been shown to help digestion and even heal digestive disorders.
  • Gelatin is a cost-effective and nutritious way to get more protein in your diet. (Note: It is not a complete protein so it shouldn’t be your only source for protein.)
  • Gelatin has also been shown to help you sleep better.
  • It’s also been associated with improved metabolism, reduced cellulite, and as a treatment for non-seasonal allergies.
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Real Fruit Gummy Snack

Real Fruit Gummy Snacks
 
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Real Fruit Chews completely satisfy my need for something sweet, chewy and fruity. These all natural chews are also nutritious.
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Recipe type: Snack
Ingredients
  • 1 cup organic pure cranberry or pomegranate juice (I used a mixture of both)
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 3 tbsp organic pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 4 tbsp grass fed gelatin
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan combine the berries and a ½ cup of juice.
  2. Heat over medium heat stirring occasionally until the fruit is tender and softened
  3. Add maple syrup
  4. Use an immersion blender or Nutribullet to puree mixture
  5. Transfer mixture to a glass bowl
  6. Very gradually whisk in the gelatin. I whisked constantly and sprinkled the gelatin in the bowl a little at a time until gone and there were no lumps. (If you do end up with some lumps, use your immersion blender or Nutribullet to puree it smooth)
  7. Add the last ½ cup of juice after everything is smooth and there are no clumps.
  8. Pour into a glass pan (I used a 8.5 x 6.5 pyrex dish) or cute little silicon molds.
  9. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  10. Cut into squares and eat.
  11. ***Word of caution if using a Nutribullet - let the mixture cool for a minute or 2 before putting in the Nutribullet. I put the mixture in while it was still hot and when I unscrewed the top after blending, it exploded all over the place. Blueberry juice on the ceiling. So let it cool before using a Nutribullet***

 

I know there are 2 sides of the coin when it comes to consuming animal proteins.  Having been vegan for years, I recognize the beliefs/benefits of the health and morality of that lifestyle.  For me personally, I was sicker than I ever being vegan and am the healthiest I’ve ever been now consuming animal protein. I am in no way endorsing or condemning the consumption of animal proteins, just sharing a recipe for those that do consume it. 

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