RAWnola | So, what makes it taste so good? August 04 2016
Cashews, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin & sunflower seeds, dried cranberry, flaked coconut, coconut oil, honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, lime juice, star anise, fennel, black pepper and cloves.No grains, no dairy, no gluten, no wheat, no sulphites & no vegetable oil.
Cashews and walnuts are an abundant source of essential minerals. Minerals, especially manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium are concentrated in these nuts. A handful of nuts a day in the diet provides enough of these minerals and may help prevent deficiency diseases. Both are packed with soluble dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals and numerous health-promoting phyto-chemicals that help protect us from diseases and cancers.They are rich in “heart-friendly” monounsaturated-fatty acids like oleic, and palmitoleic acids. These essential fatty acids help lower harmful LDL-cholesterol while increasing good HDL cholesterol.
Almonds are known world wide as a health nut. They are frequently used as a healthy solution for the relief of constipation, respiratory disorders, coughs, heart disorders, anaemia, impotency and diabetes. They help in the maintenance of healthy skin, hair and even teeth!
Pumpkin & sunflower seeds are concentrated sources of many health-benefiting vitamins, minerals & anti-oxidants, as well as an important essential amino-acids. They are an excellent source of protein. The seeds have a sweet, creamy nutty flavour.
Cranberries are tart little red gems of sweetness. They contain numerous chemical substances that offer protection from tooth cavities, urinary tract infection, and inflammatory diseases.
Coconut is one of the most treasured foods of all time. It has been proven to Lower cholesterol, improve digestion, stabilize glucose levels, fight off viruses, build cells, regulate hormones, increase thyroid production, increase metabolism, stave off memory loss, kill bacteria, fight infections and more!! It truly is a wonder food.
Honey has been used for thousands of years by countless cultures. It is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, anti oxidant’s. Honey has anti bacterial and antifungal properties and has long been used as a natural antiseptic. It is an excellent source of energy. Recent research has shown that honey is an excellent ergogenic aid and helps in boosting the performance of athletes (and CrossFitters) Honey is a great way to maintain blood sugar levels, muscle recuperations and restore glycogen after a workout. Its is a excellent at regulating the amount of insulin in the body as well as energy expenditure.
Cinnamon adds a fragrant, warm and sweet taste. It has numerous health benefits including Anti inflammatory properties, is good source of calcium and fibre, it helps control blood sugar levels & its scent boosts brain function (be careful it'll make you sneeze).
Star Anise is all about the anti. It is anti fungal, anti bacterial & anti oxidant. It is a rich source of shikimic acid which has anti viral properties.
Cloves are a mild anesthetic and antibacterial agent. Excellent for dental health or in the treatment of dental procedures.
Fennel is a very good source of fibre, potassium, folate and vitamin C. These are just a few of the 80 nutrients that it contains!
Maple syrup is a natural sweetener than contains over 54 antioxidants!
Lime juice has numerous benefits including assisting with weight loss, skin care, improved digestion, relief from constipation, eye care and the treatment of scurvy, piles, respiratory disorders, gout and urinary disorders.
Finally as in all good recipes is the pinch of black pepper. The pepper simulates the taste buds in such a way that an alert is sent to the stomach to increase hydrochloric acid secretion, therefore improving digestive health!