Coconut ‘Cereal’ or Super Snack
There is no such thing as a healthy cereal!
Breakfast cereal is made from highly processed refined grains which are stored in silos (often for years) before making their way into a cardboard box on the supermarket shelf.
They are ALL processed and offer very little to no nutritional value at all!
Here’s how breakfast cereals are typically made:
Processing. The grains are usually processed into fine flour and cooked.
Mixing. The flour is then mixed with ingredients like sugar, cocoa, and water.
Extrusion. Many breakfast cereals are produced via extrusion, a high-temperature process that uses a machine to shape the cereal.
Drying. Next, the cereal is dried.
Shaping. Finally, the cereal is shaped into forms, such as balls, stars, loops or rectangles.
Breakfast cereals are among the most popular processed (and cleverly marketed) foods and some of the highest in added sugars.
In fact, most cereals list sugar as the second or third ingredient.
Starting the day with a high-sugar breakfast cereal will spike your blood sugar and insulin levels.
A few hours later, your blood sugar levels will crash, and your body will crave another high-carb meal or snack - creating a vicious cycle of blood sugar highs and lows, and overeating, throughout the day.
Excess consumption of sugar may also increase your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Cereal manufacturers are experts at marketing and regularly have misleading health claims.
With boxes featuring health claims like ‘low-fat’ and 'whole-grain’, yet, their first listed ingredients are often refined grains and sugar.
Small amounts of whole grains don’t make these products healthy!
Plenty of studies show that these health claims are an effective way to mislead people into believing that these products are healthier.
It’s best to choose whole foods like eggs for breakfast, as they’re very nutritious and filling. High-protein breakfasts reduce cravings and promote weight loss.
But if you really crave ‘cereal’ then you can easily make your own.
And this recipe is so versatile that you can use it for breakfast, a snack during the day, and as a sweet treat after dinner.
Eat it with some yogurt, coconut yogurt, or fresh cream.
You can add milk to make it more like a bowl of cereal or just snack on it
Healthy, easy, and yummy!
6 cups of coconut chips/flakes
4 cups of roughly chopped dried fruit (dates, figs, mulberries, goji berries - you can experiment with all kinds of fruit)
2 cups of mixed nuts/seeds (optional)
Preheat oven to 160C
Spread all ingredients onto an oven tray lined with baking paper.
Bake in the oven until the coconut chip begins to brown (approx 15 mins) stirring every minute)
I assure you, after this DIY cereal, you will never want to go back to tasteless, unhealthy, highly processed, packaged cereals again.
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