If you have been following me for a while, looking regularly at my blog or trying my recipes, you may have noticed two things about me:
1˚– I am continuously trying to post recipes to suit everyone and all different diets out there, but mainly focusing on healthy and feel-good recipes.
2˚– I love seeds...
Unlike nuts, which despite being a great snack, and all-around good for you, if you are suffering from chronic inflammation diseases, and if you are gorging on them, you may actually do worse than good, for they are also rich in Omega-6s, which play a key role in maintaining the inflammation within the body, by adding fuel to the fire.
Some Seeds, however, do also contain high levels of Omega-6s, but by being smaller and only adding a teaspoon to a recipe, then the good outweighs the bad.
To find out what are the foods with the highest or lowest content in Omega-6s - clink on the following link: nutritiondata.self.com/foods-012141000000000000000-1w.html?
Please note that this is an American website and it is listing all the available foods on shop shelves, listed by brands, some of which are highly processed and not part of healthy diet.
If you do not suffer from cross-linked conditions, such as Coeliac, you may not react to Oats (N.B. the core molecule of Wheat and Oats is the same). But this is usually truly upon your individuality and your body's ability to engage an inflammatory response or not.
Therefore, incorporating Oats in a diet could be a good thing indeed, for they are known to be soothing, especially to the Gastro-Intestinal tract.
By adding Freshly milled Flax/Linseeds, Chia Seeds you are adding to the list more soothing foods, which are also rich in fibre (to promote natural bowel movement, detoxify the body by allowing the elimination of waste, and by forming bulk to brush out the wall of the gut of any waste that could form from a diet poor in fibre), and are prebiotics (feeding the right kind of gut bacteria).
Turmeric – because it contains a compound: Curcumin –, it is one of the best anti-inflammatory foods found in nature. You can add Turmeric to any dish and even teas.
Aloe Vera is also known to be soothing to the Gastro-Intestinal tract.
Açaì berry extract floods the body with several phytonutrients known to be powerful antioxidants (300 times more than blueberries). Cinnamon is also at the top of the richest in antioxidants list, meaning that a little suffice to combat Free Radicals and their constant damage.
Organic Maple syrup is not a refined product, therefore, when added to a preparation rich in Fibre, Protein in Fat, its Glycemic Load is much lowered and assimilated much steadily, preventing a spike in Insulin an peaks-and-crashes in Blood Sugar levels. Is it important to read the label: some basic Maple Syrup are actually mainly High-Fructose Corn Syrup. Read the label. If unsure buy only Organic.
Recipe for 2:
2 handful of Oats (best to use small flakes)
200 ml filtered Water
1 level Tsp Turmeric
1/3 Tsp Cinnamon
2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
2 Tbsp Mixed Seeds (Pumpkin, Sunflower, Sesame)
2 Tbsp Freshly milled Flax/Linseeds
40 ml Aloe Vera Extract
40 ml Açaì Berry Extract
1 Tbsp Organic Maple Syrup
1 Scoop Green Powder (Optional)
In the evening, place Oats in a glass jar, or container (with lid), and add water, Turmeric, and Cinnamon. Stir well. Screw the lid tight and place in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, Add the Chia Seeds, milled Flax/Linseeds, Aloe Vera and Açaì Berry extracts, and let to soak for 10–20 minutes.
Stir well. The mixture should be thick and have the texture of cooked porridge. incorporate Seeds.
Serve. Drizzle with Maple Syrup for sweetness.
If you have the habit to have Green Powder smoothie in the morning, you can actually swap at times to have it in your breakfast, and eat it instead.
If you do not have the time in the morning, then add all ingredients in the evening and let to set in the fridge overnight. In the morning, tilt on a shopping board, and cut to size. Wrap in unbleached Parchment/Greaseproof paper and enjoy your Healthy protein bar at any time of the day. Making an ideal Snack, for kids and adults alike. Keep refrigerated in air-tight container and eat within 3 days.
If you like denser bars, try adding 1 extra Tbsp of Chia Seeds and 2 Tbsp of milled Flax/Linseeds, and press well.
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