Brain Berry Jam

Brain Berry JamFill 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.

You’ll need:

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Bring berry mixture to a boil for 1 minute. Reduce heat to low, and stir in chia seeds, cinnamon and lemon juice.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool. It will thicken as it chills.
  4. Store in refrigerator for up to one week.
  5. Enjoy!

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/