We recently embarked on a late summer camping trip with my sister. That meant my husband, 2 year old boy, sister and myself happily trundling along in our clapped out VW van headed towards the Gower and ‘one of the most beautiful campsites in the country’, Three Cliffs Bay.
The sun was shining, we managed to wangle a great spot (in the crowed site) and all felt very lucky indeed. All was well until I realised I’d somehow managed to do a fantastic job of failing to pack hardly any food. The items I did bring along were pretty random. Worst of all was forgetting the cafetiere (though I did remember the coffee). I was in no one’s good books. The only thing that slightly redeemed me was remembering my trusty super food shaker. A jar filled with nutritious seeds, nuts, dried berries and cacao. Designed to be ‘shaken’ onto our breakfast porridge (I did pack the oats). Instantly transforming them into a much tastier and healthier meal.
- 3 tablespoons of coconut chips.
- 1 tablespoon of ground almonds.
- 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds.
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds.
- 2 tablespoons of cacao nibs.
- 1 tablespoon of goji berries.
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla powder, I use this one.
Add all ingredients to a glass jar and shake thoroughly. Store in a cool, dark cupboard. please feel free to increase or reduce any of the ingredients to suit your taste.
Coconut chips – Contain protein, fibre and fat which help to promote healthy energy levels. Also contains iron and zinc, minerals that support immune function. The predominate fat in coconuts are medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are predominantly burned for energy rather then being stored as fat.
Almonds – Contain minerals (manganese and magnesium, which are important for energy production in the body) and vitamin E (acts as an antioxidant that is great for heart and skin health). Almonds also contain heart healthy monounsaturated fats, which have been shown to reduce bad cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. Due to their fat and protein content they also support healthy energy levels.
Flax seeds – Are a vegetarian source of omega 3 fatty acids, which have been shown to help reduce inflammation and support brain function. However these oils are not absorbed or utilised as effectively as fish oil and higher levels need to be consumed to have a beneficial effect. They are rich in dietary fibre and helpful in regulating bowel movements. In addition they have been shown to promote healthy cholesterol levels.
Chia seeds – Another good source of fibre. When combined with liquid theses seeds expand and form a gel-like substance that moves through the digestive tract picking up toxins, latching onto cholesterol whilst also helping to regulate bowel movements (similar to flax). All of these actions are crucial in supporting detoxification. These seeds are also loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals (B vitamins, vitamin C and E and amino acids). These support a myriad of functions in our body from the immune system, to our skin and energy production systems.
Cacao – High in a range of antioxidants, iron, fibre, zinc and magnesium. This plethora of nutrients mean cacao is heart protective, anti-ageing, energy boosting, while at the same time helping to relax the nerves (due to the magnesium).
Goji Berries – Contain vitamin C, vitamin B2, vitamin A, iron, selenium and other antioxidants ( beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, lycopenepolysaccharides). These nutrients help us to fight illness more effectively, reduce inflammation in the body and support muscle and tissue growth, amongst other things!
This mix contains quite a nutritional punch. Feel free to add it to your own porridge mix, granola, yoghurt or smoothie. It’s another simple way to boost your daily nutrition without having to do much work.