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Do You Go Back for More Chia Jam Because…a) It’s awesome or b) It’s awesome for you

by Lisa on March 22, 2011

…or…

c) All of the above

Pom Acai Jam

Joe tried this on his toast (with sun butter) and he loved it too.

1/2 cup Pom juice
3-4tbsp chia (they don’t gel as much in Pom for some reason)
let sit for 20 minutes, then add:
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp maple syrup (or not)
stevia to taste
2 tbsp acai powder or pulp

Stir to mix, then chill for 30 min. It will keep up to a week or so in the fridge (not sure on the expiration date—haven’t tested that yet!)

 

Nutrition Class Topic:

Occasionally, when I’m teaching, I’m reminded of something that I think is actually interesting and maybe not completely well-known or remembered.

Today’s tidbits:

One of the main reasons the low-fat/fat-free diet craze where people cut out fat and ate lots of sugar (a la the ’90s Snackwells boom) didn’t help people lose weight is because when a glucose (carb) molecule is broken down in the blood to be available for use, and the body doesn’t need it (i.e. there’s a surplus), the fragments have to be put back together and stored. Instead of being reconstructed as a glucose molecule, they form a fatty acid. Simplified Conclusion: Eating too much sugar leads to weight gain.

Americans are perpetually low on Omega-3 fatty acid intake, which are extremely important to health. Why does this happen? Omega-6′s are in abundance (vegetable oils) in fast food and processed food, and we use them in the kitchen too. Omega-6′s and 3′s compete for the same metabolic enzymes, so when there is an abundance of 6′s, the 3′s don’t get used even if you are ingesting enough (which is unlikely unless you take supplements or eat fish twice a week).

Do you like to understand the reasons/science behind random nutrition facts?

Do you make most of your food choices for satisfaction/taste or for health reasons?


  • Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn

    Good morning sunshine!! This is making me drool, I want waffles again:) Slash I am so glad joe loved it with his “peanut butter”, I bought some for the padre yesterday! Too bad it's a solid three dollars more. Salad booster is my absolute new favorite thing, I especially love the cheesy one! So nutritious, and delicious:)

  • http://twitter.com/PeasandCrayons Jennifer Laughlin

    You're so crafty! I think you may be the healthiest person alive =)

    i go back for more b/c its YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Um, I'm still stuck on that cashew ice cream. Wow and yum! I'm afraid my blender wouldn't be high powered enough…. I may still give it a whirl.

    I often feel really stupid when it comes to the science behind the nutrition. I kind of think I get it, then I realize I truly don't get all the pieces to the puzzle. I try to make food choices for health reasons, but also try to make them tasty/satisfying. I think that if it's satisfying, it's easier to stick to healthy eating.

  • http://twitter.com/feedthebf Peggy Labor

    You've got recipes a-plenty today! Love them all! Especially that cashew ice cream! Just finished making a honey-caramel one, myself! =)

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing

    I think (good) healthy food is often the tastiest! I eat according to what makes me feel good and what tastes yummy. Sometimes that means chocolate cake, sometimes that means a piece of fruit from the farmers market :) .

    - Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

  • http://mygreenkoolaid.com Michelle

    Do you ever eat crap??? Or are you always this good?? :) I think once you are eating well- eating well tastes good so going back for more covers both tastey and healthy. From my point- I see emotional needs as a big reason people go back for more!! I am going to make the chick peas!!! YUM!

  • http://twitter.com/TheNewHealthy Stefanie

    I have a need to understand the science behind nutrition facts! I think it's because I have a have science background (I was initially chem/bio major)–so I don't believe things until I hear the science behind it! That's why I'm loving the China Study–although it's taking me forever to get through since I have so much school reading!

  • http://theavidappetite.com Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    Love you cashew ice cream idea! I actually have an ice cream maker but I've yet to take it for a spin!

  • http://oliepants.wordpress.com/ Susan (Oliepants)

    I like to make food choices based both on taste and health. For instance, if I don't like one veggie that is super duper good for me, I don't sweat it. I like other things enough to make up for it you know?

  • http://thenondairyqueen.blogspot.com/ Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    I keep educating myself on nutrients. I think going back to basics is a huge part of it. I think I do a pretty good amount of eating for satisfaction/taste and health. I think it's all a balance.

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    I definitely eat my share of junky food…I just don't post it as often :)

    I totally agree with you—I prefer healthy food now. It tastes good because

    it's yummy and because it's healthy (and makes me feel good!).

  • http://www.1970kikiproject.wordpress.com Cathyk

    thanks for all the food photos, recipes, and fun facts today, lisa! example: i did not know that avacados had more potassium than bananas! i've been on a real avacado kick lately, so that's cool to know!
    for me, i like to choose healthy food BUT it also has to taste good, and i have to enjoy eating it.
    i'm a total nutrition/science geek! i love learning about and reading about healthy food trends, how our bodies process nutrients, the effects of dietary choices…totally interesting!
    have a great day!

  • http://www.ravenwavesblog.wordpress.com Sophia @ Raven Waves

    You had so much good stuff!! I'd especially love to try the cashew ice cream! I like to know the reasons behind nutrition facts! When it comes to things like veggies, I definitely make my choices based on the fact that they're good for me!

  • http://spicedplate.blogspot.com/ lauren@spiced plate

    woah. CASHEW icecream!?! This post is getting bookmarked — I want everything! I make most of my food choices for health reasons, but I've definitely developed a taste for healthy food, so it goes hand in hand. Thanks for such a delicious post, Lisa!

  • http://couchpotatoathlete.wordpress.com/ Holly

    I love learning more about diets/why they work/don't work, etc. That stuff is fascinating to me!

    I make most of my food choices based on health reasons — when I eat junk I feel like junk. When I eat healthy foods my running improves, my sleeping habits improve, etc. I love it!

  • http://fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com/ Samanthaswalton

    i'm trying to become more intentional about basing my food choices on health rather than taste…but i still crave so much sugar!

  • Allison @ PickyEatingRD

    I think I fall someone in the middle. As a dietitian I know the reasons why I should be eating certain things but my taste buds tend to limit that! I am veryyyyy bad at eating something that is just so-so tasting but has amazing health benefits. It is something I am always working on!

  • http://www.love-life-project.com Stephanie

    I do a bit of both. I try new things if I know they're good for me…but I won't force myself to eat them if I don't really like them. Salads, for example…I KNOW that they're important, but I just don't. like. eating. them. So instead of forcing myself to, I just make green smoothies every day.

    I love to learn more about the science behind nutrition and our bodies. It's one of the reasons that I love Joel Fuhrman's book Eat To Live.

    That pom and chia jam sounds really interesting! I'll have to try it!

  • http://midlifecruiser.blogspot.com MiDLiFe CrUiSeR

    For a good while I was basing all my food choices on heath….until I realized all this health food was making me bloated and lethargic. I started eating like I used to, & am now better than ever! Go figure :P

  • http://ahungryspoon.blogspot.com Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon

    Lisa, I'm all over this Cashew Ice Cream situation. It looks incredible! Along with all of your other healthy eats :) Hope you're having a great week so far!

  • http://nevernotbeautiful.blogspot.com Laura

    I can understand the science behind those facts if it's explained to me in a way that's simple and uncomplicated (like you have written it). Give me a textbook? Whole 'nother story!!

    I think I make most of my choices for health reasons… often based on past choices. Like if I've had carbs for breakfast and lunch, I'll try to have something lighter for dinner. Good question though! Maybe I should make choices based on satisfaction more often… it might help my late-night snacking!

  • Heather (All Sizzle No Steak)

    Yum, I love that avacado pudidng. I bet it is super creamy.

    I try and make food choices that are tasty and healthy (most of the time). I think moderation is key in any diet. I usually try and make my breakfast as healthy as possible, so I at least start the day on a good foot.

  • JL @ HealthyHeyday

    WOW! Everything looks SO yummy!!! :-) My food choices are made by whether it will fuel my body and keep it healthy. Too many years of making bad food choices…don't want to go down that road again. :-) Seeing (and feeling) is believing, but I do like to know the facts and nutritional info. behind what I am eating and how I will/am benefiting from it. Great post…again, you made me drool! :-)

  • Canyoustayfordinner

    c) all of the above :)
    I need that pom acai jam for my breakfast tomorrow- looks sweet and delicious, Lisa! I love the last bit of the post where you shared nutritional info about sugar. Things like that really interest me, and it brings the talk of food to a whole new level. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.cottercrunch.com lindsay cotter

    I am wondering if I can make the jam. I don't have pom pulp. Thoughts? and great tid bit on that low fat craze, I always try to explain that to people. We need FAT!

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    Hi Linds. I used actual Pom juice for the base, and then acai powder from

    Navitas Naturals (stirred in at the end). You really could use any kind of

    juice and any kind of berry powder! I'm thinking about trying it with the

    Navitas Twister powder too.

  • http://www.mythornshaveroses.com Stephanie@ThornsHaveRoses

    Great questions. I am a naturally curious person so I LOVE the reasoning/science behind food choices I just don't enjoy it enough to study it ALL the time. :) That's why I make friends like you, Lisa, don't you know?! ;) I think I eat for BOTH nutrition and satisfaction. Let's be honest…a food can be the BEST thing in the world for me..but if I'm not left satisfied I will be headed to the fridge for something else. Your food looks amazing.

  • Maryfrances Dodd

    Great questions and I love your blog. Thank you for helping me and others who read it. I have a question – I am 38 and I have been having some pms hormonal ups and downs. Do you recommend eating fermented soy like in tempeh and miso to help keep estrogen and progesterone levels even? Any thoughts or info. you have on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Peace and Light – Mary Frances

  • http://chasingendorphin.blogspot.com/ Lyv.

    Wow you got me with your avocado pudding! That must taste SO great!

    I'm a nutritional facts freak. I read everything, all the ingredients, take notes of the ones I don't know, look them up on my books and such. Knowledge is power! :D

    I eat for health reasons. Once I know something is good for me I'm much more willing to like it… weird, but I usually can trick myself into liking something… go figure d:

    xx

  • Erica – Itzy's Kitchen

    owww- I want to try the Cashew Ice Cream, so YUMMY! I like to understand the reasons behind the facts! And I like to eat food that is both good for me & tasty ;) Hope you're having a great day

  • http://www.thefitnessdish.com Laury@TheFitnessDish

    I am all about the science behind the facts..always!!

    You have some serious eats going on here! Looks amazing! Especially the cashew ice cream. OMG! How clever????

  • http://ahealthypassion.com/ kate@ahealthypassion

    all of your food looks delicious! I love sunbutter too yum!

  • http://www.pure2raw.com Pure2raw twins

    Jam looks great!

    I remember those days when low-fat was big. I never jumped on that, I have always tried to limit my intake of processed foods from a young age. Although I never realized, till now, how sugar and weight gain are related. Interesting stuff! I make my food choices for a mix of reasons, personal, taste, health, etc.

  • http://healthandhappinessinLA.blogspot.com Health and Happiness in LA

    I love learning the science behind nutrition. It's one of the reasons I love your blog!

    I make most of my nutrition decisions based on health, but I have to make sure I like it. Luckily, I like “healthy”-tasting food. Even stuff other people think tastes like cardboard or grass is usually pretty good to me.

  • http://mylittlecelebration.com my little celebration

    Great post and good question!

    I make the majority of my food choices for health, but luckily I've gotten pretty good at making healthy foods taste good. So I guess I eat for health AND taste :D .

  • http://snackingsquirrel.com Kelsey

    WOW WOW WOW- okay the best part was that not only can you go back for 2nd's, you SHOULD go back for 2nd's !!! pom acai jam would be amazing on some fruit and yogurt too!! <3

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    Hi Mary Frances,

    I don't actually recommend soy to anyone. Partly that's because I'm not

    exactly sure if it's a good idea, and partly because I know it changes your

    hormones only in one direction. Small amounts of the fermented soy (like you

    mentioned) are ok, but I don't think they'll make much (any?) difference in

    your pms symptoms. The overall diet is more important with that, and can

    actually be assisted by ensuring you have enough calcium, enough regular

    exercise, and even supplement with certain adaptogens. I always think the

    best thing to do is to collaborate with your doctor to figure out which

    supplements to take. Maca is one that helps many people with pms. The term

    adaptogen means that instead of going into the body and increasing estrogen

    (like soy), it goes into your body and balances your hormones in whatever

    direction they need to be balanced. Some people find maca to have other

    effects, like increased energy and body temperature, so that one may not be

    ideal for you (sometimes it comes down to trial and error). Chlorella is

    another supplement that is known for balancing the menstrual cycle. I would

    suggest checking out the idea of an adaptogen or chlorella, and then taking

    the information to your doctor to figure out if it's a good idea for you to

    try. That could be frustrating if your doctor isn't very open-minded (They

    may not have even heard of these things!). But you can find a lot of good

    information on the internet.

    Have a great day!

    Lisa

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