Our bake-at-home mixes are a great way to have P.S. & Co. baked goods from the comfort of your own home. Get the kids involved for an interactive plant-based project in the kitchen. We are highlighting our thumbprint cookies today which can be filled with your favorite jam of choice.
Organic House-Made Jam
We are big proponents of organic fruit and antioxidant-rich berries. The most natural way to eat sugar and sweeten your recipes is through whole foods. It’s important to understand that fruit should not be avoided. Fruits contain a myriad of health benefits including: vitamins, phytonutrients, fiber, and antioxidants. Unlike white sugars and high-fructose corn syrups which sneak their way into many sweets found on the market, fruit contains sweetness through naturally occurring nutrients. Primarily found in natural forms of fruits and vegetables, fruits encompasses antioxidants that are known to prevent and delay certain types of cell damage in your body.
Need a quick house-made jam? Try this simple, fibrous chia seed option:
2 Cups of fresh or frozen berries (or in-season peaches!)
2 T. chia seeds
1 T. fresh lemon or orange juice
2 T. pure maple syrup
Over medium heat, cook your berries down and gently break apart with a potato masher. Add your chia seeds, citrus, and sweetener and stir to combine. Remove from heat and allow the chia seeds to expand and your jam will continue to thicken.
Photo taken by one of our recipe testers through our Instagram contest
(pulled from our Omega-3 blogpost)
Flax includes three main bioactive compounds; lignans, fiber, and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)(1). ALA is a plant-derived omega-3 fatty acid and plays a very important role in brain development. Flaxseed is one of the richest sources of ALA and can be metabolized in the body into DHA and EPA. The combination of these three fatty acids results in potential health benefits which are extensive and widely reported. The trio is known to reduce hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, neurological disorders, and osteoporosis. Grinding your flaxseeds or buying already ground flax is the easiest way to consume, digest, and absorb the essential nutrients. Ground flax has a nice, nutty taste and is easy to incorporate into your diet through egg replacements in plant-based recipes, as seen in this one!
Organic Almond Flour
(pulled from our Gluten-free flours blogpost)
Almond flour is found in our thumbprint cookies recipe. Almonds contain loads of vitamins and minerals, amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, and fatty acids. Almonds made for an impressive whole food/plant-based, nutrient-rich flour. Consuming almonds and almond flour has been known to show positive effects on hypertension, obesity, and diabetes. Assisting in gut health, researchers have confirmed the prebiotic capability of almonds, to help feed our gut microbiome.
__________________________________________________________________________________1 Parikh M, Maddaford TG, Austria JA, Aliani M, Netticadan T, Pierce GN. Dietary Flaxseed as a Strategy for Improving Human Health. Nutrients. 2019 May 25;11(5):1171. doi: 10.3390/nu11051171. PMID: 31130604; PMCID: PMC6567199.