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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Super Food Saturday- Blueberry Chia Seed Jam

Blueberry Chia Seed Jam

1 pint frozen blueberries
½ cup water
3 tablespoons honey ( can use agave or maple syrup as well)
2 ½ tablespoons chia seed
1 teaspoon orange extract
1 teaspoon vanilla

Use frozen berries for this recipe because they make more juice than fresh ones when cooked.

Put berries, water and honey into saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the mixture begins to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Mash the berries with a fork as the mixture cooks.  Taste mixture and add more sweetener if needed.
Add chia seeds and cook for 2 more minutes. Keep stirring constantly.  Remove from heat, once cooled add extracts and pour into a glass bowl. Cover and refrigerate for up to two weeks.

Even if you’ve given up bread, you can use this jam. Mix into yogurt or put into a smoothie.  Would also be great on whole grain pancakes or waffles.

Experiment with different fruits, this recipe would work well with strawberries or peaches. Also try combining different types of berries to create a nice combination of flavors.

Today's SuperFood:

Chia Seeds:
  • Work great as a thickening agent in this recipe because they hold more than 12 times their weight in water.
  • They are the richest source of plant based omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Are easily digested.
  • Have a slight nutty flavor and add a nice crunch to foods.
  • Contain 6 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein.
  • One tablespoon gives you 10% of your daily calcium requirement.
Author at PATCO Dallas 2014

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  She was the 2012 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division. In 2013 she qualified as a member of the Team USA Duathlon Team and was eligible to compete in 2014 at the Age Group World Duathlon Sprint Championship in Pontevedre Spain.  She chose instead to represent the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 152 members in 30 states. We also have members in Australia, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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