Lindy's superfood Muesli Slice

This slice is a total nutrient powerhouse and makes perfect snack food fodder for the lunch box. It's so jam packed full of superfoods, anti-oxidants and protein, you just know it will give your kids the energy they need to be fired up for an action packed day of play and learning.

It's also a really great one for those on the run days when you need to grab a snack for you and the kiddliewinks as you race out the door. You can pop this one into your My Green Lunch Box container, knowing you have something healthy and nutritious to nibble on later in the day.  I have even been known to munch on one (or two) for breakfast!

Have a bit more of a read below the recipe and find out about the incredible nutritional benefits of so many of the goodies in this slice. Talk about getting the good stuff into your kids without them even knowing!

Ingredients

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup quinoa flakes

2 eggs

1/2 cup organic coconut oil

8 pitted dates

2 tlbsp hemps seeds

2 tlbsp chia seeds

2 tlbsp pumpkin seeds

1 tlbsp sunflower seeds

2 tlbsp goji berries

4 tlbsp rice malt syrup (or honey/maple syrup)

 

METHOD

Preheat oven to 160 degrees

Combine oats, quinoa flakes, chia, hemp, sunflower and pumpkin seeds in a large mixing bowl.

Roughly chop goji berries and add to mixing bowl

Give the eggs and dates a quick whiz in the blender, until dates are finely chopped. Add to mixing bowl.

Melt coconut oil and rice malt syrup over low heat. (I just scrape the oil from the jar with a knife and then measure in cup).

Once the coconut oil and rice malt syrup is completely melted, add to the mixing bowl and combine well.

Pat ingredients onto a baking tray, level top with a spatula

Cook in oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until it just turns a light golden brown.

Cool for 15 minutes

Slice and store in airtight container in the fridge

 

Mmmmm, delicious.....

 

 

Photo: Here's a pic of my superfood muesli slice. Enjoy x
http://www.mygreenlunchbox.com.au/content/24-lindy-s-super-food-muesli-slice


Nutritional info

Goji Berries

Goji berries have been called the most nutritionally dense food on earth, and taste something like salty raisins.  They contain more vitamin C than oranges, more beta carotene than carrots and more iron than steak. This dried Himalayan fruit is also a great source of B vitamins and antioxidants and contains 15 amino acids. Add a handful to your own home-made trail mix for the kids with nuts, seeds and a little sulphur-free dried fruit. Yum

 

Hemp Seeds

 These seeds are a nutritional powerhouse. However the qualities they have might just be a little different than those you imagine from the name.....Hemp seeds are the most nutritious seed in the world and are the only plant-based complete protein. The protein provided by hemp seeds is proportional to both egg whites and soy beans and is in a more easily digestible form than that found in meat, eggs, chicken and other high protein foods. Hemp seeds also have an amazing reputation as nature's skin food, it's rich Omega 3, 6, 9 and GLA content nourishes from the inside out and will help you get a your radiant glow on! Sprinkle hemp seeds on your cereal, add it to your salads, pop it in your smoothies and bake with it. I can't get enough of these little suckers!

Hemp seeds are one of the only plant-based complete proteins. They contain all eight essential amino acids, those that your body cannot make and must be ingested. The protein provided by shelled hemp seeds is proportional to both egg whites and soy beans

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/217904-hemp-seeds-health-benefits-or-hype/#ixzz2CZ5auqJF
Hemp seeds are one of the only plant-based complete proteins. They contain all eight essential amino acids, those that your body cannot make and must be ingested. The protein provided by shelled hemp seeds is proportional to both egg whites and soy beans

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/217904-hemp-seeds-health-benefits-or-hype/#ixzz2CZ5auqJF

Chia Seeds

The name Chia is Mayan for strength or strengthening. Ancient Aztec Warriors were thought to have used them as rations, one teaspoon providing sustenance for 24 hours! Chia seeds are packed with so much nutritional goodness you could live off them almost entirely. These amazing seeds have countless health benefits, here's a quick summary to get you going...

20% protein, with all the 8 essential amino acids. Four times the antioxidant levels of blueberries. Five times more calcium than milk. Seven times more vitamin C than oranges. Three times more iron than spinach. Twice the potassium content of banana. Eight times more omega 3 than salmon, making it a super food for the brain and heart. Fifteen times more magnesium than brocolli. Wow!!

The best thing about chia seeds is that they are completely flavourless so you can get them into your kids smoothies and cooking without any problem. Too easy!

Coconut Oil

You would have to be living under a rock to not have heard the buzz around coconut oil, the latest 'it' superfood. The good news is that the buzz is well founded in fact, coconut oil really does offer an extraordinary number of health benefits. One of the strongest draw cards for me is that coconut oil will not turn rancid and oxidize when heated, unlike many other oils (including olive oil). So use it for frying, baking, anything really that requires heating in the kitchen. What most people don't realise is that coconut oil won't mess with your cholesterol due to its medium chain fatty acids content. These rockstars of the fat world can increase your metabolism, help with weight loss and even prevent heart disease! Coconut oil truly has earnt it's super food status because there are still more benefits to including it in your diet! The rich lauric acid content exerts anti-fungal and anti-bacterial qualities. I even use it as an moisturiser, making it a true health all-rounder. Just make sure you use an organic virgin coconut oil to ensure you are getting maximum benefit from this amazing food.

xylitol

Xylitol would have to be one of my favourite sugar substitutes for cooking, I prefer it to stevia as there is no bitter after taste and it really does taste just just like sugar. You won't find your kids complaining with this one. So what's so good about xyltiol I hear you ask? Mostly it's in the carbohydrate content. Xylitol has 40% less carbohydrates than sugar and around 2/3rds of the calories. It's slow absorption and low G.I. ensures minimal spikes to blood sugar levels.

quinoa

This South American, gluten free grain really is a star. In fact the Incas referred to it as 'the mother of all grains' and NASA is considering using it as a potential crop for manned flights in the future. So what's so great about this funny sounding superfood? The most awesome feature of quinoa is its high protein content of 12-18%. That's even higher than meat! Not suprisingly quinoa has a higher protein content than any other grain. It's also a good source of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron. As if you need any more nutritional qualities to get you over the line and try this protein packed goodie, but there is still more going for it! Quinoa has a low glycaemic index (GI) and is high in dietary fibre. What's not to love?

 

 

 

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