I'll throw a few good, healthy recipes into the mix. I use them regularly, feel free to try them out and let me know what you think...4 cups of jumbo oats
1 cup of whole linseeds
1 cup desiccated coconut (this is for flavour only)
½ a cup of each of the following:
• Pumpkin seeds
• Sunflower seeds
• Diced apricots
• Sesame seeds
Mix together. At night soak 7 tablespoons of the above muesli in a liquid of your choosing (water/juice/milk/soymilk etc). Alternatively just mix up the seed/nut mixture and store in a glass jar – then soak two tablespoons of this overnight on its own to add to a muesli mixture of your choice. Soaking your oats overnight and eating them raw means a higher bioavailability of the oat protein, better absorption and oats only when raw, deliver prebiotics to the gut.
Add any other ingredients you like – chia, fruits etc. Just before eating, chop on top your favourite topping – bananas, blackcurrants, yoghurt etc and add 3 Brazil nuts to receive your daily RDI of selenium and 3 walnuts for your brain health. Your brain is made up of over 50% DHA.
There are differing views about the ideal and perfect ratio of daily essential fatty acids. What we do know is the Japanese have three times more Omega 3 fats in their bodies than the average Westerner. Vegans, who eat more seeds and nuts, have twice the Omega 3 fat level of the average American. Hemp seed oil is the only common seed oil that meets all known fatty acid needs. Another way of meeting the needs for both Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats is to combine seeds. Pumpkin seeds and walnuts are good sources of Omega 3; while linseed is richest in Omega 3, containing around 50% Omega 3 and 10% Omega 6. Avocado, sesame seeds or tahini, pumpkin seeds and walnuts are richest in omega-9. One measure of sesame, sunflower, pumpkin and two measures of linseed totaling around two tablespoons will almost guarantee your daily intake of essential fatty acids. Most people choose to grind their seeds but I am not a fan of this practice. I prefer to keep them whole and soak them overnight, hence this recipe
This recipe is markedly different to the types of muesli you can buy from the supermarket; if you are in any doubt just skim through the list of ingredients and you will see what I mean.