All Natural Blueberry Jam Recipe
The All Natural Blueberry Jam Recipe is clean and simple. It takes fresh, available ingredients and blends them into a delicious spread that is great as a topping on coconut milk ice cream, as a spread on gluten-free breads, biscuits or rolls or as a dollop to include with almond butter on gluten-free crackers. This All Natural Blueberry Jam Recipe is one of the ways you can be sure your family is not getting unnecessary sugars, additives and preservatives in their food.
Blueberries are prized as one of the highest anti-oxidant berries you can serve. So, what’s so important about antioxidants? They protect your body from those nasty little free radicals that contribute to cancer and cellular deterioration. When our cells deteriorate, our bodies age: our brains, heart, skin, eyes…everything! Ugh! With the All Natural Blueberry Jam Recipe putting such a power-packed little berry into our diet, it can only be beneficial. Even though blueberries have a high water content, they also are amazingly dense in their nutritional value. They are high in both Vitamin C, which promotes healing, and manganese which aids in processing cholesterol.
Fresh lime juice and zest in the All Natural Blueberry Jam Recipe are low in sugar, fat and salt. They have potassium to help regulate your metabolism and Vitamin C for tissue repair. The tiny little chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber and they aid in digestion. They can be helpful in weight loss and in lowering the LDL and Triglycerides in your body.
In the All Natural Blueberry Jam Recipe, the raw local honey helps fight pollen allergies and supports the immune system. It adds only natural sugar to your jam. Honey also has less impact on your glycemic index than does regular sugar, so it’s a better choice for diabetics. If you opt for xylitol, you are using a natural sweetener that looks and tastes very much like regular sugar without all of the negative effects: no empty calories and spikes in blood sugar, particularly important for diabetics as well.
The All Natural Blueberry Jam Recipe is a great gift as it can be wrapped in playful little jars and given as an “inspiration” to those you love. You can help them learn that eating well tastes good and is good for them. Every once in a while, we all have a sweet tooth…planning ahead so you have a sweet and satisfyingly nutritious option always is a good idea. You don’t even have to wait for blueberry season to make the All Natural Blueberry Jam Recipe as blueberries are available almost year-round in many grocery stores. Always opt for organic berries.
This is a great alternative to store bought jams/jellies as it’s not loaded with extra sugars, juice concentrates or preservatives. Blueberries contain lots of natural pectins which lets it firm up very easily with the help of the chia seeds.
All Natural Blueberry Jam Recipe
4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 of a lime juiced
1 tsp lime zest
Up to 1 TBSP of raw local honey or xylitol, depending on the sweetness of your berries
1 TBSP chia seeds
In a saucepan over medium/high heat combine blueberries, lime juice, zest, and sweetener. Bring to a slow boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer mixture until it has reduced by half making sure you are stirring often and scraping down the side. This should take about 20-25 minutes. Once the mixture has reduced turn off heat and stir in chia seeds. Store in a glass container and keep in the refrigerator for up to a month.
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