This 5-MINUTE STRAWBERRY CHIA SEED JAM is one that comes together in a matter of minutes and is perfect for spreading on toast, pancakes, and waffles.
I know with all the fresh strawberries, this appears to be a bright and sunshiney post. And don’t worry. It’ll end up that way. But first I want to chat.
Go brew your coffee or tea. I’ll wait. Besides, I need a refill anyway.
Okay, ya back? Let’s talk.
This week is an important week. And I never quite know how to handle it. It’s National Infertility Awareness Week. And well, in all honesty, that sucks. Because it’s also the week that we would be celebrating our baby’s 1st birthday. Talk about salt in the wound!
I’ve talked about my story and how we’ve had a hard time getting (and staying) pregnant in the past, and I have always felt so lucky to have such an outpouring of love and support from all of you.
Yet, when it comes down to it, I don’t really know where things stand. It’s not that I’m truly infertile. Unless things have changed since I got pregnant with my son 9 years ago. But one IVF and 3 IUI’s later, and well, I’m starting to feel a little discouraged.
Regardless of the fact that I’m probably not truly infertile and that my wife and I just aren’t getting lucky because of ALL the variables, it still stings the same as it does for the millions of women who suffer – often in silence.
The pain of not being able to carry a baby that you so deeply desire can be such a lonely pain.
The jealously towards your friends and family members that get to have babies when you don’t can be so confusing because you don’t want to feel it – it just happens without much control.
The tug at each and every heart-string in your being when you see yet another pregnancy announcement. You do your absolute best to be happy and excited for your friends. And deep down you really truly are. But at the same time, it hurts to the core as you wonder when it will be your turn.
When it comes down to it, it 100% just hurts. And that is okay. Because it hurts for millions of other women, and I know I’m not alone in this hurt. I know I’m not the only one struggling in this emotional mess.
So what do we do about it?
We talk about it. We get the raw emotions out in the open with those we trust. With those going through the same struggles. With those hurting just the same.
Over a cup of coffee. Over a plate of warm toast and strawberry jam, like the one I’ve made for you today.
The more we talk, the more we share, and the more we realize that we’re not alone, the better it gets. Sure, the pain may never fully go away. But the loneliness can. If only we stop the feelings of embarrassment and shame and move forward in a band of strength. Together, we can beat the loneliness and sadness that infertility brings.
I know this become more about feelings and less about food, but you know. Somehow those two things just seem to intermingle when raw emotions are involved.
This jam is a few things: Sweet. Easy. And SO dang healthy! It truly comes together in minutes and is sure to offer comfort in times of need.
A couple more of my favorite strawberry recipes:
- 2 cups strawberries (if using frozen, defrost first)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons warm water
- 2-4 tablespoons honey , depending on sweetness of berries
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Add all ingredients (start with 2 tablespoons of the honey) to a blender or food processor, and pulse until the it is the texture you prefer. I didn’t want mine chunky, but you may leave it that way if that’s how you like it.
Taste and add more honey if you would like a sweeter jam. Transfer the mixture to a container with a lid, such as a mason jar, and allow to set in the fridge for about an hour.
If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a picture, upload it to Instagram and tag me (@happyfoodholly) and use the hashtag #inspiredbyholly
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