Brain Berry Jam
Fill your shopping bag with in-season fresh berries like blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. Why? The antioxidants in berries can potentially slow aging in the brain and body. Chia seeds add texture, fiber and omega 3-fatty acids- a fat your brain needs but your body can’t produce. This low-sugar jam will bring flavor and nutrition to your whole grain toast or, with a spoonful of almond butter, revamp your PB & J.
1 ½ cups of mixed fresh berries like blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries
3 tablespoons chia seeds
Dash of cinnamon
4 tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup
Juice of 1 lemon
Put it together:
- Combine berries and maple syrup in a pot and cook over medium heat. While cooking, mash the berries with a large fork or potato masher.
- Bring berry mixture to a boil for 1 minute. Reduce heat to low, and stir in chia seeds, cinnamon and lemon juice.
- Remove from heat and let cool. It will thicken as it chills.
- Store in refrigerator for up to one week.
Need more recipe ideas with your brain health in mind? Check out:https://healthybrains.org/recipes/ for more ways to eat for brain health.
Recipe adapted from our Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials team: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/recipe-berry-chia-seed-jam/