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#1 Way to Enjoy Your Life More

Robert and I have been doing something really super cool this month!

We’ve become Airbnb hosts!  It has been a BLAST sitting down to breakfast with a new guest just about every morning…because we’ve been booked just about every night!

Crazy, huh?

And of course, I have stories to share with you.  :)  Most importantly, I want to share one Life Lesson from my recent experiences talking with travelers from all over the country.  And it is this:

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Maple Cherry Chia Jam

I just got back from Usana’s International Convention and BOY, was it amazing!  I can’t wait to share all kinds of great nutrition strategies as well as NEW products (yay!) in the weeks and months to come.

For now, I have to share my love of JAM with you.  Seriously, I LOVE JAM.  I could spread it on almost anything and often do.

So why not share a healthy recipe from fellow nutrition coach and Usana associate, Elizabeth Rider?

I not only love that she’s made it with cherries, I love the fact that cherries help me savor the last days of summer just a littttttle bit more.  :)  (I’m in denial that it’s ending because in fact, it’s NOT 😉

So, here it is!

MAPLE CHERRY CHIA JAM

Prep time: less than 10 minutes
Total time: about 30 minutes
Makes about 10 ounces

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of fresh cherries, pitted (frozen work too) – 1 pound is about 2 cups
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup (more or less to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Method:

Place the prepared fruit, lemon juice and honey is a small sauce pan over medium high heat. Simmer 15 minutes until it bubbles and breaks down; use a potato masher or fork to mash the fruit to your desired consistency.*

Remove from the heat and stir in the chia seeds until well combined, then let it sit at least 15 minutes to allow the chia seeds to gelatinize. I like this jam best stored for a few hours in the refrigerator—the longer it sits the more jammy it gets. It will keep in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator up to 10 days.

*You may need to add a tablespoon or two of water.  If you like a really smooth jam you can puree the fruit mixture in a blender, but I like chunks.  😉

This recipe is really flexible: you can also use honey, instead of maple syrup, or even try coconut palm sugar or just leave out the sweetener all together if your fruit is extra sweet. Frozen fruit works too, you don’t even need to defrost it. The lemon juice is also optional, but I find the acid really goes a long way to enhancing the flavor of your jam. Just remember the formula of about 1 pound (~2 cups) of fruit to 2 tablespoons chia seeds and you’ll be able to create any flavor of jam that sounds good.

How do you like this recipe?  Have some cool substitions?  Let me know in the comments below…I’d love to hear from you!

Committed to your success,

Priscilla Freed

Wanting more than to look better naked…

In the past two years, I’ve focused more and more on less and less when it comes to fitness. 

Pretty crazy for a fitness professional, huh?

What I mean is that, after thousands of coaching sessions, I’ve realized that ladies don’t actually participate in my programs because they want to improve their fitness.

Yes, we all want to lose weight.  Or get stronger.  Or look better naked.

But, more importantly (and we may not realize this because sometimes it’s a subconscious thing), we want to change our lives for the better.

(Here’s a pic of me, my Usana business partner Tina, and our team – all at Usana’s 2015 International Convention. We’re ALL on a mission to change our lives – and the lives of those around us – for the better).

Convention pic

Let me ask you something… Does one of these “if’s” resonates with you?

  • If you lost weight, you could be more active (climb 14ers or run 10K’s).
  • If you got stronger, you could do more (carry your kiddos or 10 bags of groceries at a time or avoid falls).
  • If you looked better naked you could… well, I’ll leave that to your imagination.  😉

The point is this:

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