with Lisa Farrar, The Plant Based Health Coach

Super Simple Strawberry Jam - Vegan & Gluten Free

Who doesn't love a delicious, fresh picked strawberry?

Strawberries have to be one of my most favorite foods on this planet. They not only taste delicious but they are packed full of vitamins, fiber, and some incredibly powerful antioxidants which help fight off cancer and heart disease. They are also a great source of manganese, potassium, and vitamin C.

The awesome thing about strawberries is that they are in season right now in Ohio and I am a huge fan of eating in season for many reasons:

  • It helps to build stronger immunity. Your body gets the exact nutrients it needs to thrive in the environment you live and makes for an easier transition with the change from winter to spring.
  • Food is fresher. When you eat seasonally, you generally also eat locally. This means your food didn’t travel from across the world to get to your plate. The fresher it is, the more nutrients it will contain to nourish your body. (Eating locally is also much more environmentally and community friendly!)
  • It’s Cheaper! When you eat seasonally and locally, there is an abundance of fresh produce making prices a bit easier on your wallet (i.e. you don’t have to pay the extra cost of having strawberries shipped across the country).

The strawberries I used to make the Super Simple Strawberry Jam recipe came from a local farm in Marietta, Ohio called Stacy's Family Farm. Here is the link to their website:  http://www.stacyfarm.com/

My amazing mother went to Stacy's Family Farm and picked these strawberries by hand for herself, my sister, and I, she picked 16 buckets total. Yes, my mom rocks and these strawberries are absolutely delicious!

So what do I do with all these strawberries?!?

Strawberries Before

Many of them, I've cleaned and frozen to keep on hand for smoothies. Although, I'm sure my husband and I will plow through them pretty quickly considering we love our green smoothies with strawberries!

As for the rest of the strawberries, I made some Super Simple Strawberry Jam and am sharing my recipe with you today! It's so easy to make and can be used in several more recipes (I'll give you some ideas at the end).

You start with cleaned, chopped strawberries in a saucepan:
(I used approximately 3 cups)

Chopped up

Then add some maple syrup for sweetness:
(1 Tbsp per cup of strawberries)

Maple Syrup

Then you bring the strawberries to a simmer and let them cook down a bit:

Cooking Down

Once they've cooked down and broken apart, you can remove them from the heat and add vanilla:
(1 tsp per 1 cup strawberries)


After the vanilla, you add the secret ingredient, CHIA SEEDS and mix the blend up!
(I used 1/2 cup, you can use 2 Tbsp per cup of strawberries used)

Added Chia

Chia seeds are a superfood packed full of nutrients including Omega-3's, fiber, protein, and they add even more anti-oxidants to this recipe. They are essential for turning the strawberries into a gel-like substance (aka jam).

After it's mixed, you can put the blend in your favorite jars and let it cool, although if you try this warm, I don't know that you'll be able to stop! Once your jam is cool, you'll want to keep it stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for 5-7 days. You can also freeze the jam to store longer but it's so good, you probably won't be able to keep it that long.


This jam can be used several different ways, here are a few of my favorite ways to use this delicious jam:

  • As you would normal jam, on bread, or a sandwich.
  • Topped or mixed with other fruit (bananas are particularly good)
  • Warmed and used as a topping for banana ice cream (find that recipe here)
  • Added on top of or in the middle of muffins
  • Added to rolled oats and mixed with almond milk to make overnight oats

I promise, you will not be disappointed with this healthy and delicious recipe!

recipe image


I'll just have one more cookie....

Have you ever downed an entire package of chips, crackers, or cookies?

Ate pizza or cake until you felt sick?

Drank more coffee or wine than your body wanted?

Do you remember how you were feeling at the time?

I ask because sometimes we overeat to help distract us from emotional pain. Think about it—have you noticed that sometimes when you overeat you’re not hungry at all? What you are is lonely. Or angry. Or sad. Or resentful. Or frustrated. Or something else.

So what hurt are YOU holding on to?

Tap Into the Power of Forgiveness

Wouldn’t it be more effective to address your uncomfortable feelings? The best, most thorough, most divinely perfect way to do that is forgiveness.

Forgiving is not easy, even for the most enlightened among us. If you’ve been allowing your present health to be controlled by past hurts, I urge you to commit to forgiving. These steps can help:
  • Talk to sympathetic friends and family about your desire to forgive. Chatting with others is tremendously comforting.
  • Write a letter to the person you’d like to forgive. You can decide whether or not you send it.
  • See the situation from the other person’s perspective—your own perspective may change.
  • Don’t forget to forgive yourself. Sometimes we can be harshest with ourselves.
  • Understand that you are responsible for your own attitude. Don’t let holding a grudge keep you from feeling free, open, and powerful in your own life.
Forgive and watch how much easier your relationship with eating becomes.


P.S. If you are ready to live your healthiest life and change your relationship with eating, let's talk! Connect with me here.


Feeling Bloated?

You are getting ready to go to dinner with friends and want to look nice and wear those favorite pair of jeans. You try them on and they fit and look great. Then you consider that after dinner, you'll probably be too bloated to keep the zipper zipped. You then think, "hmm... what else can I find in this closet?"

Have you ever experienced a scenario similar to the one above? I sure have!

You may or may not know this already, in the past, I suffered with several digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux disease, and ulcers which in turn, caused a lot of weight fluctuation and self-esteem issues. It was only through loads of research, a ton of trial and error, and finding the right support that I was able to finally heal myself inside and out.

It may sounds a bit crazy but I'm actually very thankful for my struggles because they got me to where I am today and have allowed me the experience to help others struggling with similar issues. My own healing journey is what led me to become a health coach and I'm so grateful. Currently, I'm on a mission to show women how to feel confident in their body, lose weight, and eat with pleasure so they can fit into their favorite pair of jeans without having to worry about belly bloat. I see way to many women trying every diet out there and taking medications that only work temporarily to relieve their digestion struggles. They are really missing the chance to discover REAL and LASTING weight loss and digestion relief.

This is why I've created a special, 30-minute "Lose the Belly Bloat Strategy Session" to help you finally get the lasting results you deserve.

From this session, you'll:
  • Discover what is stopping you from fitting into your favorite pair of jeans
  • Gain an understanding of what foods are making your zipper tight
  • Get a clear plan to move forward, so you don't have to constantly worry about belly bloat
If you are interested in a session, you'll want to sign up now. There are a limited number of sessions this month and they are filling up quickly. You must sign up before Thursday, May 28th.

Sign up for your complimentary Lose the Belly Bloat Strategy Session here.

Here's a quick tip to get you started with some bloat relief:

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