Since January is all about detox and weight loss I thought of doing a healthy jam recipe using beetroots. I normally put them in my salads but found this is a more delicious way of eating them. Beetroots are extremely healthy, bursting with antioxidants. Beetroots purify the blood, improve liver function, aid digestion and reduce constipation. Chia seeds are rich in fiber, protein and omega -3 fatty acids, they also are essential to thicken the jam. This really is a simple and very healthy recipe that kids can enjoy too.
2 cooked mashed beetroots
1 punnet of mashed strawberries (remove the tops before mashing)
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
3/4 cup of water
Xylitol to sweeten ( how much you use depends on how sweet you like it. I personally do not put any sweetener)
Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and boil for one minute. Place in hot sterilised glass jars. It is very important to sterilise jars to prevent bacteria and mould from forming and it also prolongs shelf life. Another important point to note is that you must never place hot food into cold jars as they can crack, so make sure you time it so the jam and jars are ready at the same time.
How to Sterilise Jars
Start by washing the mason jars and lids you wish to use with hot soapy water and leave them to dry upside down on a tea towel. Once dry place the jars upright onto a metal tray making sure the jars do not touch each other. Place them in a preheated oven 180C for 10 minutes. Place the lids in a saucepan of water and boil them for 10 minutes. Once the jars and lids are ready take them out and place the hot jam inside. Enjoy your delicious jam!