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Recipe: Pineapple Blueberry Chia Seed Jam

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Photo by Asia Bradlee

Each time you spread store-bought jam on your toast, you’re also adding a dollop of sugar and high fructose corn syrup. This homemade version, however, uses only fresh fruit, lime juice, and chia seeds, keeping it free of added sugars and artificial ingredients. Plus, chia seeds give the jam a nice texture and help you stay full longer.

Made as-is, this recipe has a tart flavor thanks to the lime juice. If you want to get even more creative, a dash of chili pepper or some chopped jalapeño peppers would add a spicy complement to the pineapple. If pineapple or blueberries aren’t your thing, this recipe can be made with any fruit you choose, just as long as it’s without peels, seeds, or skin.

Ingredients

2 cups chopped pineapple
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
2 tbs lime juice
2 tbs chia seeds

Directions

Add the chopped pineapple to a blender and pulse a couple of times. This will make it easier for the pineapple to soften when on the stove.

In a pot over low heat, add the pineapple and let it simmer for about five minutes. After five minutes, add in the blueberries. Let both fruits cook until they are soft and able to be easily mashed with a fork. Mash. You can make the jam as chunky or smooth as you would like.

Turn off the heat. Add the chia seeds and lime juice to the fruit mixture and stir well. Place the jam in the fridge for at least an hour, to allow the chia seeds to thicken the mixture and to let it cool.

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Serve the jam on whole wheat or sprouted-grain toast, stir it into your morning yogurt, or use as a flavoring for oatmeal. The jam will last for about two weeks in your refrigerator.

Blueberry Pineapple Green Detox Smoothie

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It’s been a busy and hot summer so we’ve been keeping cool with lots of frozen treats, no-bake goodies, salads and grilling most of our meals outside.

Smoothies have also made their way back into our daily morning routine after a hiatus during the cold winter we had.

I love making green smoothies since they are an easy and tasty way to get the hubs and my lil guy to consume more veggies and fruit.

They are also great for detoxing after a weekend of indulging or fending off germs when you start to feel those first signs of getting sick.

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It’s so easy to sneak some spinach or kale into these without my guys noticing that they are drinking their greens .

You would think that after years of my veggie sneakiness, the hubs would be used to drinking super green monster shakes but this dude – he is ONE stubborn cookie.

If the smoothie shows any hint of green , he won’t touch it.

So I’ve had to come up with a few variations just for him and anyone on team #wontdrinkanything green .

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This one has no added sugar and is packed with frozen blueberries , fresh pineapple chunks , lemon juice, flaxseed meal, chia seeds, ginger root, ground cinnamon and turmeric.

For the greens , I usually alternate between baby spinach or kale but I used baby spinach this time.

Sometimes I even like to toss in some fresh parsley or mint for a refreshing and cool flavor.

If you use a fresh pineapple that is really ripe, the smoothie will be sweet enough that you won’t need to add any honey or sugar. You can definitely add any sweetener or your choice if you find this not sweet enough for you though.

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Smoothies are awesome since you can customize them whatever way you like.

If you wanted to use fresh blueberries instead, just make sure to add ice or even toss in a frozen banana for a thicker smoothie. And instead of water, feel free to add juice or milk of your choice.

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Just toss all the ingredients into your blender and whirl away!

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This is a refreshing smoothie with blueberry, pineapple, chia seeds and ginger. Perfect as a snack, breakfast, after a workout, or anytime you need a detox or pick me up!