{Recipe} Real Simple Blueberry Jam

by Sally on July 28, 2014

Real Simple Blueberry Jam

Blueberries are, hands-down, my favorite fruit. To me, it’s not really summer until I’ve picked many, many pounds at a local farm–then eaten so many that I get a stomachache.

Real Simple Blueberry Jam

Still, I usually end up with leftovers. So I make muffins, pancakes, and fruit leathers and tuck a few bags away for the winter.

I also love making this easy blueberry jam. It comes from the pages of Real Simple magazine. True to the name, it’s both real and simple: just blueberries, lemon juice, sugar, and salt.

Real Simple Blueberry Jam

Obviously, this jam is amazing as a spread. But isn’t in beautiful swirled into homemade vanilla ice cream too?

Real Simple Blueberry Jam

Blueberry Jam
  • 5 cups blueberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the blueberries, sugar, lemon juice, and salt. Mash with a potato masher or wooden spoon until the berries have released their juices.
  2. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally (*I recommend frequently*), until the mixture has thickened, 18 to 25 minutes.
  3. Transfer to containers and refrigerate for up to 1 month or freeze for up to 1 year.

*I’ve also halved it using 2 1/2 cups of blueberries and it’s turned out great. Enjoy!

Go here for more recipes from Real Simple magazine.


{Recipe} Peaches & Vanilla Green Smoothie

by Sally on February 5, 2014

Peaches & Vanilla Green Smoothie from Real Mom Nutrition

The Polar Vortex got me dreaming of warmer temperatures in faraway places–where thermometers have never seen minus 10 degrees at high noon and where you don’t need to wear a ski mask to take out the recycling.

That was the inspiration for this smoothie, a new favorite of mine. Close your eyes and it’s part fruity summer drink, part vanilla milkshake.

Read “Make-Ahead Green Smoothie Packets” for tips on assembling these ahead of time.

Peaches & Vanilla Green Smoothie
Serves: 1
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 cup frozen peaches (or pineapple)
  • 2 generous handfuls fresh baby spinach
  1. Put all ingredients in a high-speed blender in the order listed, ending with spinach.
  2. Process until completely smooth.
  3. Think about palm trees and flip-flops while drinking.



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A Green Smoothie for Freezer Pop Season

March 30, 2012

I will put practically anything into popsicle molds: applesauce, yogurt and berries, the leftover juice at the bottom of a fruit cup. And for the most part, my kids will eat it. I’m a little late to the green smoothie game. I don’t have a juicer and didn’t think my blender would be powerful enough […]

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Giveaway: Dried Fruit That Will Amaze You!

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Both of my kids love dried fruit and fight over it like it’s candy. And sometimes, dried fruit can seem a lot like candy–especially when a bunch of sugar’s been added. That’s one reason I dig these new Plum Amazins. They have no added sugar at all, and are naturally lower in sugar (and calories) than […]

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Snack Backlash

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I’m happy to report that the t-ball team parents have done a terrific job with snacks. While the opposing team is grabbing Capri Suns and Cheetos, the Orioles are eating bananas and apple slices and nobody’s complaining about it. At least not to my face. Except for this exchange that happened on the way home […]

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