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Blueberry Lemon Compote

Last week a friend of mine showed me a recipe for blueberry lemon quinoa. At the same time I had been experimenting with different homemade jams with chia seeds. Chia seeds are great for creating a jam consistency because they expand to up to 10 times their size when combined with liquid. So long story short, I was just playing around in the kitchen one morning and ended up with this delicious compote that came together in just about 10 minutes!

Ingredients
1/4 cup blueberries
juice of one lemon
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
lemon zest or lemon oil (optional)

Directions
1. Mash ripe blueberries with the back of a fork.
2. Add lemon juice, chia seeds, and zest.
3. Stir well to combine and let sit for at least 10 minutes to let the chia seeds expand and thicken the compote.
4. Enjoy over oats, breakfast quinoa, toast, pancakes, or just with a spoon!

Notes
*This is just for about 1 serving, feel free to double or triple the recipe. It will keep for about 2 weeks in the fridge in an airtight container.
*If you’d like a smoother consistency, you can blend the lemon juice and blueberries before adding the chia seeds. Personally, I liked it chunkier.

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Monday Munchies: Dried Pineapple

Hello all! This week’s new grocery find is Trader Joe’s Dried Unsweetened Pineapple rings. Dried fruit in general tends to be sugar laden, therefore more closely resembling candy than fruit. On the other hand, often times I have found that unsweetened dried fruit is extremely chewy, dry, and frankly disgusting. However, Trader Joe’s for the win, as per usual, has a line of delicious unsweetened dried fruit. My favorite so far is the pineapple – it’s a great, less expensive, longer lasting alternative to fresh pineapple as we get further away from summer. Try eating it alone, chopped up over oatmeal or chia seed pudding, dipped in nut butter, or as this article suggests…guacamole. Happy munching!

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