In a bid to cut down on refined sugar (really hard when you love baking so much!!) I came across this recipe for a sugar free jam. It’s very easy to make and it tastes really good too.
With this Chia Jam being sugar free it’s a great plus and alternative to regular jam but the mixed berries are great for you too. They have lots of antioxidants, fibre and vitamin C. And then there’s the Chia Seeds. They are full of Omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and protein. So I reckon this little pot of jam is bit of a Superfood!
I have putting it on my Wholemeal Date Scones and I also put on my plain or natural yoghurt for breakfast in the morning.
It’s nearly that time of year where we get ready to send our kids back to school for another year.
This is my first year sending my daughter off to school. I can’t believe my baby girl is starting Kindergarten. It’s such a big milestone in all our lives. I think we’re all a bit nervous but excited at the same time.
So what am I going to make her for lunch? I’ve been having a look on Pinterest and it seems that a Vegemite sandwich and some fruit doesn’t cut it these days. You can be a lot more creative and healthy these days with insulated lunch boxes and groovy little containers for your yoghurt etc. My daughter’s school even has a fridge in each classroom! There was none of that my day.
Anyway, I have been making lunches for her for preschool last year but I have to get creative now for five days a week of school and they don’t have a canteen either which I think is a bit strange so there’s no choice but to make to healthy homemade lunches. Not such a bad thing at all.
Here’s a few ideas I’ve found which are healthy and easy to make. I don’t think I’m going to have time to get the cookie cutters out and make funny faces and the like. As cute as that is, I’m just not sure it’s feasible.
I love these Pizza Pinwheels from Simple as that Blog. I think I might try these. You can make a batch and freeze them. I like idea of a wrap on this post too. I think my daughter will like them.
I like the idea of these skewers from What Lisa Cooks. Fruit would be good too.
I love these fruit roll ups by Our Best Bites. They look very easy to make.
I’ve been trying out a few healthier bakes lately and I was very happy with how these Wholemeal Date Scones out. They use wholemeal flour and no sugar. There is some natural sugar in the dates but you could leave them out if you wanted to.
Truth be told I have only recently learnt how to make the perfect scone. Mum’s been making them for years so I had a few lessons and now they turn out perfectly.
So what’s the secret? Firstly, the oven has to be very hot so make sure it’s at 220 degrees before you’re ready to put them in.
Work quickly. Have all your ingredients out, the baking tray lined, oven on and at the right temperature. Don’t work the dough too much either. Just bring it together on your work surface and flatten slightly and quickly cut them and get them in the oven.
Also put them all close together on the tray so they are touching. Then when they come out of the oven wrap them in a clean tea towel. Serve warm with some butter or jam and cream.
So that’s how we do it in my family. It does take some practice but once you master it, you can whip up a batch in no time.