I will never forget my first time in America, walking down the cereal aisles! (Plural times 3) I was absolutely shocked. I could not imagine how you would be able to pick a favourite flavour. Cinnamon crunch… apple struessel, mini marshmallows…lucky charms… The one box brighter than the next! For the first time my favourite cartoon strip made sense. Calvin and Hobbs has this cereal they ironically refer to as sugar coated bombs! It all made sense in a moment. I saw aisles and aisles of sugar coated bombs… HANDY sugar coated bombs. Convenient sugar coated bombs with added vitamins and minerals…
South Africa has in recent years caught on with this trend however. We have blue cereal, green dinosaur cereal etc. Try to walk past those aisles with a toddler. It’s any parents worst nightmare! Suddenly your maternal love is measured by chocolate flavoured, air all coated in sugar!
Here’s the carb – scoop on chocolate flavoured air, coated with sugar …or as we call it … cereal. Healthy whole grain, vitamin enriched cereal. The stuff we feed our children before we drop them off at school and then want them to achieve great things!
1. 40 g Chocolate Otees: Carbs = 30 grams (of which only 1.6 grams of fibre!)
(6 teaspoons of sugar and a 1/4 teaspoon fibre)
Healthy … hmmm?
2. 50 g Pronutro; Carbs = 28 g (of which 5.7 g fibre)
3. 35 g Instant Oats: Carbs 23 g – 2.3 g fibre. (Note more than 2/3 of this meal is carb filled)
4. 40g Kellogs Special K: Carbs 31 g – 1.2 g fibre) WHAT?!!!!! The special diet cereal, that was supposed to make us drop a dress size, has more carbs and almost no fibre! How special does that make us feel?! Low fat …shmow fat! WE HAVE BEEN LIED TO!
There is an awesome new documentary movie out. Simply called “Cereal Killers” It’s about a young man seeking answers to nutritional and health equations that did not make sense to him either. Try to get your hands on a copy or watch it online. If the backbone of our food triangle is not delivering health… what are we to believe about nutrition and the powers that be, who forces our children to write exams about this. What do we make of our doctors who are guided to do a thesis on this and our dietitians, who are trained to assist people desperately in search of health and weight loss…
Now we all feel tired of being lied to and REALLY ready for some good news.
After reading oodles of cereal boxes in search of some form of familiar but low carb cereal option, my daughter took a packet of coconut flakes from the cupboard and told me that if you get Corn flakes, why not Coconut flakes? To which we heard harp – like music from the sky and so was born… a low carb cereal a la Abia!
1. You can buy coconut flakes at Montagu fruit and nut shops in SA. Or fruit stores with nuts and seeds in bulk also have them. They are cheap and because they are coconut, they are awesome…
1/3 Cup Coconut flakes
1/3 Cup Flaxseed. Milled in your coffee grinder
1/2 tsp Xylitol (optional)
1/3 Cup Cream
1/4 Cup Boiling water (If you prefer Cereal to be warm)
1. Dry toast Coconut in a pan until some of the flakes are aromatic and a rich brown colour.
2. Grind your whole flaxseeds in a coffee grinder
3. Scoop into a bowl and add xylitol(optional). Alternatively you can add a couple of sliced strawberries, blackberries or raspberries to liven things up.
This recipe is for one portion and amount to around 5 grams of carbs if you use fruit and xylitol sparingly.
That first crunchy, rich, nutty bite… it’s like welcoming an old friend. Sigh…
For a HOT PORRIDGE:
1. Heat the cream and water in a saucepan.
2. Add the milled flaxseeds, xylitol and only 2 Tbsp of ordinary fine coconut (instead of the toasted flakes) and give a quick stir for about 30 seconds.
3. Remove from heat and stir in a knob of butter.
(You are going to have to improvise a bit as far as consistency goes. This is where personal preference comes in)
You can also use coconut cream instead of cream and add a pinch of cinnamon for that bit of extra wintry warmth!
This porridge tastes like a wholewheat oatmeal and it’s packed with brain fuel (omega 3), fibre, good fats and anti inflammatory, metabolism and energy boosting goodness!
I am giving you my best inventions here… Simply cause I FEEL YOUR pain! I hope you will still buy my book one day… my advisors say I am spoiling you and should reveal my recipes in my book.
Maybe I’m sharing this now, because I am…
Yours in low carb, and passionate in educating our children on smart carbing!