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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
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.
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6 tropical jams to make with your children
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.
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.
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 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.
Papayas also have healthy antioxidants known as carotenoids — especially one form known as lycopene. Find a Papaya Recipe Here.
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?