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How to Cut Carbs in Jam by 50%

Chia seeds can be used to reduce anything.  They can be used to reduce fat in a recipe, replace eggs, reduce calories, reduce carbs, and add omega 3 fatty acids.   You probably thought they were just for chia pets!  For this experiment I used chia seeds to reduce the carbs in my jam.  Jam is great but even sugar-free jam is high in carbs.  Five net carbs for one tablespoon is still a lot.  I usually keep my snacks to five net carbs and that is a whole snack not one tablespoon.   
Let’s dispel some myths you might have heard about chia seeds: 
·         Yes, it is the same seeds that are used in a chia pet
·         No, you will not grow a chia pet in your tummy
·         No, they do not taste like a chia pet.  They are tasteless.
·         Seriously, no, your body will not start sprouting grass if you eat chia seeds
For my first experiment I added chia seeds directly to some jam.  Epic fail!!!!  Chia seeds need liquid.  The liquid causes them to swell and thicken whatever they are mixed in.  I ended up with a paste.


I revisited my experiment and made chia gel.  I added the chia gel to some jam and voila, instant satisfaction.  I significantly reduced the carbs, retained the full flavour of the jam, and it was still just as spreadable as before.  The icing on the cake, added nutrition & double the amount of jam! 

Finished Product

What you need to perform your own chia experiment:

Amount needed to create about 2/3 rd’s of a cup of jam
Still very spreadable
·         1 tbsp of chia seeds
·         3 tbsp of water
·         1/3 cup of sugar-free jam
1.    Create chia gel by mixing chia seeds with water.  Let the mixture sit for at least an hour.


Chia gel
2.    Stir the mixture once in a while. 
3.    Once you have a thick gel formed mix it with 1/3 of a cup of jam.  You can mix it with less jam or you can add more jam.  I started with 1/6 of a cup and worked my way up to 1/3 of a cup.


The chia gel is a little less than 1/3 of a cup + 1/3 cup of jam = double the amount of jam.
4.    Keep the jam stored in the fridge.
Enjoy your 50% less carbie JAM!!!

3 Responses to How to Cut Carbs in Jam by 50%

  1. Kate February 17 at 12:02 pm #

    Great tip! Thanks, Carol!

  2. Gloria July 21 at 1:58 pm #

    Yes, this is a great tip. Never heard of Chia Seeds before, but will start looking for them in my local Health Food stores. Thank you!

    • CAROLditchthewheat July 21 at 2:04 pm #

      Chia seeds are great for making pudding too!