Fun Smoothies! Jam vs Jelly

Those who believe in healthy smoothies will probably shudder at the idea of putting jam or jelly into the mix because of the sugar content of these ingredients. While not exactly healthy, both these options do make fun smoothies, which can be a nice break every once in a while as well as a great way to introduce picky children to smoothie drinking. The question is, however, what’s a better ingredient to work with? Which wins in the battle of jam vs jelly?

Before we can have a jam vs jelly showdown, it is important to look at how each of these ingredients can be used in smoothie making. Let’s start with jam!

Take some strawberries and chop them up till you can fill about ¾ of a cup with them. Place the chopped strawberries on a tray or Tupperware container. Then, pour in some full cream milk until the strawberries are just about covered. Put the container in the freezer. Once frozen, remove the frozen strawberries and milk and cut it up into chunks with a knife. Put these chunks in the blender and add a tablespoon of strawberry jam. Blend away!

Now let’s look at jelly.

Take a banana and chop it up. Put the chunks into a Tupperware container and put it in the freezer. Once frozen, take the banana chunks, two tablespoons of peanut butter, two tablespoons of the jelly of your choice, and two cups of milk, and put it in a blender. You can put the ingredients in slowly so as not to overwork your blender. Blend until smooth and drink it up!

As you can see, both jam and jelly are used similarly. In fact, some people say they are interchangeable. While this is true to a certain extent, using one over the other can change the texture and sweetness of your final product, and this is important to remember. It will take some experimenting on your part to figure out which wins the jam vs jelly fight in your home.

The jam vs jelly debate goes beyond smoothies. Anyone who has brought a PB&J to school is likely to have an opinion on the matter. The truth is, it’s a matter of opinion. Whether you are making a sandwich, having breakfast, topping a dessert, or creating a delicious smoothie, the choice is entirely yours. As mentioned earlier, choose the flavor and texture that suits you best!