6 Tropical Jams to Try with Your Kids

April 22, 2020

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With busy schedules and not enough time to prepare all the meals from scratch, many parents are struggling with how to better and safely feed their families. As a mother of three, I have been struggling for years with this problem. Finally, I found the solution that kids love the most, you should also try at home. 

The healthiest jam or jelly is made with the freshest possible fruits along with no-sugar or at least low-sugar choices or alternative sweeteners such as honey, tapioca or maple syrup.

Usually, you have two choices; either buy from the market or make your own. We will discuss 6 tropical jams you won’t find in the supermarket and can easily make at home. For a variety of cookery books visit The Works.

Tips to make Healthy Jam

Closeup of sandwich with fresh plum jam

Decide which ingredients you like

  • A fridge jam made of fresh fruit, honey, and pectin, tapioca, or chia seeds is fast and simple to make.
  • You should let your kids do the taste test before adding the honey or other alternative sweetener.
  • Recipes may vary as per taste, and what’s on hand.
  • Small quantities are easy to make and do not need a tub of boiling water.

Using organic fruit only

Most local farmers grow fruit that is certified as organic. In case you doubt, search for farmers who strictly obey   Guidelines for their agricultural activities. It simply means that for at least three years, their fruits and vegetables were grown in soil on which no synthetic fertilizers and pesticides were applied.

Choose either a recycle of no-sugar or low-sugar

Or, using an alternative sugar-sweetened method, like honey, molasses, maple syrup, or agave.

Do NOT use artificial sweeteners

While there is debate about the pros and cons of using artificial sweeteners in children’s products, I would actually prefer to use a reduced amount of sugar to make children’s jam or jelly rather than sweetening with an artificial sweetener. I don’t like seeing something unnatural going into the bodies of my children!

Use jam instead of jelly

Whole fruit is used the production of jam which adds some fibre and healthy ingredients. And, Jelly is made only from the juice obtained by boiling and straining the fruit that removes the fibre normally contained in fruit.

6 tropical jams to make with your children

Pineapple

Pineapple is a perennial, tropical fruit which is widely grown around the world. Pineapple has low-calorie content. In addition to vitamin C, pineapple is also filled with a sufficient amount of vitamin A and beta-carotene that serves as antioxidants. Such vitamins together with vitamin C protect the body against harmful free radicals which kill DNA. Find out the perfect pineapple jam recipe here.

Passionfruit

Passion fruit contains a soft pulp within a hard rind and plenty of seeds. Passion fruit has received a lot of popularity recently as it is a rich source of active antioxidants and may also have other health benefits. Best Passion Fruit Jam Recipe.

Guava

Calcium-rich guavas contain 18g of mineral per 100g of fruit. It also contains 22g of magnesium per 100g of fruit, as well as large quantities of phosphorus and potassium. Here is a perfect recipe for Guava Jam.

Lychee

Lychee contains a good volume of fibre and vitamin B-complex that improve the protein and carbohydrate. It also contains a large number of antioxidant flavonoids such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B-complex and Phytonutrient. You will love this Lychee Jam Recipe.

Papaya

Papayas also have healthy antioxidants known as carotenoids — especially one form known as lycopene. Find a Papaya Recipe Here.

Peach

Peaches give a smaller level of vitamins such as magnesium, phosphorus, iron and some vitamin B. Additionally they are loaded with antioxidants as well. Here is the best Peach Jam Recipe for your kids.

Which tropical jam will you make first?

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13 Comments

  • Samantha Donnelly April 22, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    I have never made jam before but have watched my mum make it many times especially with strawberries from our garden. I do fancy peach jam though

  • Rebecca Jones April 22, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you for the good advice about making jam – I’ve made blackberry/raseberry jams in the past but you’ve reminded me that I need to make some peach jam for my mum (it’s her favourite).

  • Treasure Every Moment April 22, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Oo I love the idea of peach jam! I made a batch of berry jam using chia seeds, which was a healthier version and my children loved it too 🙂

  • Jennifer April 22, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    I find stevia to be a good alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners. It’s plant based, low calorie, and sweet.

  • Rebecca Smith April 23, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    I think we are going to have to try making pineapple jam first! It has been such a long time since we made any jam!

  • Jenni April 23, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    Oh now these all sound so nice, but I would absolutely love to try passionfruit and lychee. I have never actually made any jams before so I will have to give it a try.

  • Kacie Morgan April 23, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    I’d love to make guava jam. I eat it on toast for breakfast whenever I visit Grenada in the Caribbean. Delicious stuff!

  • Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog April 23, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    We are MASSIVE fans of peach jam and it’s making us hungry just thinking about it! Passionfruit would be one we’d like to try! And exploring new tastes is always high up on our agenda x

  • Sarah Ann April 24, 2020 at 11:13 am

    I’ve always wanted to make my own jam and you’ve given me the confidence to do so. I’ve gotten bored with the ‘same old’ flavours in the supermarkets and I would love to try something different, like passionfruit.

  • Jenni Grainger April 24, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    I’ve never made jam but my auntie does a lot and they are so tasty. I will have to do some with my son

  • Kara Guppy April 24, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Lychee jam is delicious, I love them anyway. Grapefruit is another favourite here

  • Hannah April 26, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    I love jam and would like to make some myself. Love these tropical flavours, I would like to try peach

  • Melanie April 28, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Haha perfect timing, as I’ve a few pineapples and was thinking of what to do with them thank you x

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