“We’re All Mad Here”
I admit, I love Alice In Wonderland.
My favorite part is the tea party!! I really am that mom who watches cartoons and blames in on her son (who is…almost 16 lol- pretty sure my game is up, right? No one really believes my little white lies anymore that Hunter is who wants to watch the Disney movies)
So my point is, when I think of jam or jelly- my thoughts immediately go to this scene out of Alice In Wonderland…is it sad that I can sing the Very Merry Un-birthday song word for word? Nah.
My friend over at BitesnFare on Instagram makes the most amazing foods! If you haven’t tried these recipes, you are missing out! So before you ask “what are chia seeds?” Let me show you her recipe!
Homemade Chia Cherry Jam
- Mash cherries & heat in a small pot thoroughly.
- Put into the blender with chia seeds. (1/2 c cherries +1T Chia seeds)
- Blend, pour into small mason jars.
What are Chia Seeds?
According to AuthorityNutrition:
Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica, which is related to the mint. Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans back in the day. They prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy… in fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”
Don’t be fooled by the size… these tiny seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch.
- Fiber: 11 grams.
- Protein: 4 grams.
- Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
- Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
- Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
- They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
- Bottom Line: Despite their tiny size, chia seeds are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients.
If you have never tried them before, I urge you to give them a test. How will you know if you don’t like something if you never try it?
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. You aren’t stuck eating cold chicken and broccoli from a plastic container in our car or grazing on large bowls of spinach. Think outside the box! Try new recipes, give food a chance to taste good before you say “no”, and never give up learning to love new foods. Healthy doesn’t equal tasteless. There are thousands of food bloggers like Bitesnfare who make it THEIR personal mission to showcase good, quality food that tastes amazing…but when in doubt:
Life is short, eat the cake 😉