SMASHED BERRY + VANILLA JAM
One of my favourite things to make this time of year is my purely delicious smashed berry and vanilla jam. I love serving it in so many different ways like spooning over fresh made ricotta and serving with organic sourdough or enjoying a spoonful with lush organic yoghurt and healthy chef protein for a quick milkshake; I even love making a fabulous Christmas trifle with spoonfuls of smashed berry jam, fresh coconut cream and almond crumble.
WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT IT:
Berries are loaded with antioxidants + polyphenols to protect agains disease and inflammation and promote optimum health and vitality. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that adding strawberries to your meals slowed the insulin responses by delaying the absorption of sugars in the digestive tract. Insulin is an anabolic hormone that increases storage of fat, protein and glucose. It’s main effect in regard to fat is to block lipolysis. Omega 3 EFA’s (essential fatty acids) in chia seeds help to lower cholesterol levels, reduce high blood pressure, improve symptoms of arthritis and support mental health.