A big part of enjoying life can be trying something new, particularly when it comes to food!!
With so many tasty and healthy new foods on the market, why spend your time eating the same old thing? Especially since many of these new foods are filled with essential vitamins and can taste just as good, or even better than the foods you have been eating every day!
To get a little food excitement back into your life, why not start with the first meal of the day? Delight your tastebuds by mixing up your usual breakfast favourites with these three health giving goodies:
If you like…
Almond or Coconut Milk…..try Hemp Mylk
Now that the glorious hemp seed is legal as a food source in Australia, it’s time to embrace its deliciousness and array of health benefits. Hemp mylk is a protein rich, plant based milk made by blending hemp seeds and water together.
It has a rich, creamy, nutty flavour that is suitable for smoothies, cereal, muffins and your morning cup of tea.
The best news is that hemp mylk is full of calcium, rich in protein and boasts high levels magnesium, iron and zinc. It also has the perfect 1:3 ratio of omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids to promote brain and heart health and reduce inflammation.
Not sure where to start? Ulu Hye do a delicious hemp mylk base that makes the creamiest homemade hemp mylk in ten seconds flat. Simply add a tablespoon to your blender with a litre of water and whizz away. Voila..fresh, creamy hemp mylk.
Kefir is a cultured, fermented milk drink, similar to drinking yoghurt with a tart flavour and slight ‘fizz’. The difference between yoghurt and kefir is in the fermentation process. Where yoghurt is made from a starter culture and uses heat with an end product that is slightly thicker in consistency, kefir is made by use of kefir ‘grains’ and can be fermented at room temperature. The resulting kefir is usually more liquid and can be added to smoothies, cereal, fresh fruit or enjoyed as a refreshing drink.
The health benefits of kefir are many. The beneficial bacteria in kefir can colonise the digestive tract and can contain a far larger range of strains and healthy yeasts in comparison to yoghurt.
Include even a few tablespoons of kefir into your daily diet and you can help improve gut health thanks to over 30 strains of probiotics present in the final product.
If you are lactose intolerant, then there is more great news. The fermentation process can actually break down milk sugars resulting in very low overall lactose levels.
Be sure to check out the delicious Babushka Kefir instore. Flavours include strawberry, milk and honey, coconut and original.
Rolled Oats….try Quinoa Flakes
If you are a lover of all things oaty; be it muesli or muesli bars, porridge or slices, we’ve got a new substitute that rivals the humble oat. Quinoa flakes are made by flat rolling quinoa grains so they can be cooked or used in the same way as rolled oats.
Quinoa flakes are extremely nutritious. They are high in fibre, rich in protein (they’re actually a complete protein containing all 9 essential amino acids) and have the added benefit of being gluten free. With a slightly nutty flavour, they are the perfect substitute for your baking, breakfasts or desserts.
Some great ways to use quinoa flakes include:
- Protein balls using flakes in place of nuts and seeds
- Muesli or granola bars
- Apple or rhubarb crumble topping
- Porridge or muesli
- Adding moisture and texture to pancake mixture
- Muffins, scones and crackers
We offer quinoa flakes in bulk or packaged individually.
So, are you ready to try something new in February?
Kefir ‘grains’ are actually a jelly like mass of beneficial strains of bacteria and yeasts that can be used to make continual batches of kefir.