Bircher & Jam Breakfast jars



Saturday was a special day. 

Motive Nutrition turned three

What started as a small blog during my graduate years has evolved into a 3-year-old business, with a growing team of all-star dietitians and inspiring customers we feel privileged to work with.

More than anything, I’m grateful to wake up on a Monday morning excited, thrilled even, to get to work. So thank YOU. For reading me, inspiring me and helping me to help you lead your healthiest life.

CrossFit Waverly, which is part-owned by my husband, also turned three this weekend and they celebrated by hosting their first annual in-house Crossfit competition on Saturday. Of course, when they asked whether Motive Nutrition would prepare healthy snacks for the competing athletes, I had to oblige. On the menu:

  • Peanut butter protein bites
  • Chocolate protein bark
  • Bircher and raspberry chia jars
Bircher and raspberry chia jam breakfast jars for the athletes competing at the Crossfit Waverly games last Saturday.
Bircher and raspberry chia jam breakfast jars for the athletes competing at the Crossfit Waverly games last Saturday.


Peanut butter protein bites by Motive Nutrition for the Crossfit Waverly Games


Crossfit Waverly Games photo by @claudia_giguere


Watching these individuals compete on Saturday was nothing short of inspiring. From those who only began Crossfiting a few months ago, to the new moms and dads to the well-seasoned athletes, their performance was a reminder that if you keep focused intensity on your goals, a commitment to yourself and consistency in your daily habits, there is no limit to what your mind and body are capable of. You simply need to have the courage to push yourself there.

On that note, I’m leaving you with one of the recipes that fueled these athletes on Saturday, my bircher muesli and raspberry chia jam jars.  Simple and practical, these breakfast jars are the definition of health on-the-go. 









Bircher and Jam Jars
Serves 4
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Cook Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
For the Bircher
  1. 1 cup rolled or quick oats
  2. 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  3. 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  4. 1 large delicious apple, grated with the peel
  5. 3/4 cup apple juice
  6. 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (2% m.f)
  7. 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
For the Raspberry Chia Jam
  1. 2 cups frozen raspberries
  2. 2 tablespoons honey (or more to taste)
  3. 2 tablespoons water
  4. 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  5. Coconut flakes
For the bircher
  1. Place all the oats, almonds, cinnamon, grated apple, apple juice, yogurt and maple syrup in a large bowl and thoroughly mix to combine. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or divide among individual jars. It will be slightly runny but will set as it sits.
For the raspberry chia jam
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the berries, water and honey and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and allow the raspberries to cook down for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chia seeds and stir to incorporate. Simmer another 2-3 minutes, then remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  3. Transfer to a an airtight glass jar or container and store in the refrigerator overnight to thicken.
To assemble the jars
  1. Add one layer of the bircher in the bottom of a jar and smoothie with the back of a spoon. Next, add a dollop of the raspberry chia jam followed by a sprinkle of coconut flakes. Close tightly with a lid and enjoy for breakfast during the week. Assembled bircher jars can be stored in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
  1. *This chia jam is not a preserve. It can be store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
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