Q: I love my strawberry jam and was told I could no longer eat seeds because I have diverticulosis. Is there a way I could still indulge in my fave food, as well as other seeds?
~Raspberry Jam Girl
A: Of course! Here are 4 easy-peasy ways, or hacks, on how to go about doing so.
1 & 2. Puree & Grind. Since seeds have fine points that can scrape along the intestinal wall and cause inflammation, puree seeds to make your own nut/seed butters (or purchasing ready-to-eat nut/seed butters).
In a similar vein, while Whole Flax and Chia seeds are high in soluble fiber, they can nevertheless get caught in the folds of the intestines and cause inflammation. Grind them first, then add them to smoothies, use them as egg replacers in baked good recipes, make chia/flax seed puddings, and sprinkle them on top of your cereal to benefit from that extra fiber in the morning :)
3 & 4. Food Mill & Nut Milk Bag. While the first two solutions showed how to eat seeds, these two hacks are about how to avoid/remove seeds from foods.
If you're ever made baby food, then you know that a food mill is highly useful for removing unwanted fiber. No need to regress to being a baby to make good on this solution, however! Simply pass your favorite jam or tomato sauce through a food mill using the sieve with the smallest holes. All of the seeds will stay in the food mill and you'll be able to enjoy seedless goodies, including that good ol' raspberry jam :)
Similarly, a nut milk bag can be used to remove unwanted fiber and seeds. While originally designed to make nut milks (feel free to go ahead and make some of those yourself!), using a nut milk bag is an excellent solution of removing very small seeds, such as from blueberries. Simply puree the berries, then pass the puree through the nut milk bag. The end result is a thin berry "juice," but you can then use this liquid to add your morning smoothie or drink as is. Indeed, juicing berries is a healthy and tasty way of enjoying seedy fruits without the seeds.
To great berry days,
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