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I was a great fan of Lizi's granola UNTIL I got a bag with treacle and pecan (usually I was getting original). The granola I bought had mouldy seeds in it! Not all of them, just one or two types in the mix were really bad. I wrote to the producer about the problem and I asked whether they wanted the batch number (I wasn't sure how to check that). They offered a refund providing I send them the bag with rotten granola. The thing is I did not want or expect any refund (what's the point if I had to pay for the postal anyway), I was surprised that they WERE NOT INTERESTED which batch was faulty!
Once my sister complained (abroad) to the producer of rice and they immediately contacted her asking for the batch number so that they could check the products on the line and in their storage. Apparently at Lizi's they didn't care. It's a pity because it's not easy to find low GI products.
I love this cereal it is on my breakfast table every morning!
Why? -because I have an overwhelming admiration for the founder of this cereal as she was in her 60s when she formed the company.
It is fantastic if you want to keep your weight under control as it has a low glycaemic index and keeps your blood sugar stable all morning.
It has oats, nuts, seeds, and almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecan, nuts, and pumpkin seeds.The original version is not going to harm your teeth as it is not rock hard like some crunchy cereals.
You can buy it in healthy food stores,Tesco,Waitrose and many more and it is £2.99 for the original or £4.99 for the organic for a large 500g bag.
Actually I like to buy it direct from The Good Carb Food Company themselves as you can get it in little packets too which are handy to take to work or just to keep fresh. They also keep your calories down. It's really effective I have actually lost 4 pounds recently eating this cereal as I don't get the urge to pick at the biscuit tin any more!
Another favourite ingredient to add are some little chocolate chips.Dove's farm have recently started to make dark chocolate ones which are lovely.
I love it with milk- hazelnut is really good as is soya milk too.
The company also makes little packets of a crunchy cereal in these flavours
lime & ginger
treacle & pecan
Again these are good for travelling and for snacking but are more crunchy that the original version.
I have copied below the ingredient list from the website so you can see how healthy it is.
The organic version is sweeted with agave syrup which is from a cactus grown in Mexico. My son lives just over the border in Arizona and it is a very valued plant and much loved for it's taste and sweetness.
So here is a comprehensive list of all the ingredients in her products as obtained from the website. I do hope you will try them all!
"Oats are the first and most important ingredient in my Granola. Oats have many reasons to be called a super food. They contain both protein and fibre, and it is the fibre which is very important. The fibre is both soluble and insoluble and this helps delay the time for your body to digest oats. This slow release energy helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer. It also helps to prevent spikes and troughs in your blood sugar levels. One of the fibres which oats contain is called beta glucans and it is this which can help to reduce bad cholesterol levels (LDL levels). Oats also contain magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, thiamine and pantothenic acid. Oats also contain phyto-nutrients such as polyphenols, phytoestrogens, lignins and Vitamin E. They are just such super powerhouses aren't they?
Nuts and Seeds also play a very important in my Granola. Although nuts contain fat, the fat they contain is mostly mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated which can help to reduce the risk of heart disease. I list below, in no particular order, the nuts and seeds which I use and why they are so good for us.
Almonds contain fibre, protein needed for healthy cells and cell repair, along with calcium for strong bones. They also contain Vitamin E for healthy skin, inside and out. Almonds contain magnesium, potassium and zinc. Zinc can help to strengthen immunity, magnesium can help your energy levels and potassium can help to reduce blood pressure.
Walnuts contain protein, Vitamins B6 and E, copper, magnesium, potassium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids. Copper can help to prevent varicose veins. The omega-3 fatty acids in walnuts are very important for heart and skin health.
Cashews are rich in B vitamins, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium and zinc. Selenium is great for helping to prevent wrinkles, and give you healthy, shiny hair. Cashews are a great source of omega-6 fatty acids which help to protect against heart disease.
Hazelnuts contain mostly monounsaturated fat, protein and fibre. They are a good source of copper, Vitamin E, Vitamins B1 and B2, calcium, zinc and iron.
Pecan Nuts come from an American tree called Carya illinoensis which is a species of hickory nut. Pecans are a good source of selenium, Vitamin E and niacin (one of the B Vitamins), also Vitamin B1, zinc, protein and is mostly mono-unsaturated fat. The plant sterols and anti-oxidants in pecan nuts have been shown to reduce high cholesterol by oxidizing the bad cholesterol levels.
Pumpkin Seeds are a good source of omega-3 and omega-6 (EFA's) which are great for your skin and hair. EFA's are also very important for your brain, supporting the immune function and decreasing inflammation. Pumpkin seeds also contain calcium and magnesium for supporting bones, muscles and nerves.
Sunflower Seeds contain lots of Vitamin E, omega-6 and monounsaturated fats. The seeds are a good source of magnesium and calcium and also contain zinc and selenium.
Flaxseeds (linseeds) are the best vegetable source of omega-3 EFA's and they also contain omega-6 EFA's which are so essential for your skin, hair, mind, heart and immune system. The seeds also provide magnesium and calcium for your bones and lignans which have anti-carcinogenic properties.
Coconut provides fibre, copper and is a natural sweetener.
Black Treacle contains nearly all the trace elements left after refined sugar is crystallized from sugar cane or beet. It is refined from, and is sweeter than, molasses, the bitter end product of sugar production. It contains calcium and iron, has a rich flavour and adds colour to the product.
Rapeseed Oil is sourced from European production which is, as yet, uncontaminated with GMO varieties common in the USA . Urban myths surround rapeseed oil. It contains erucic acid, which has been shown to be toxic in rats, albeit in high doses. The human toxicity is not established and commercial crops are generally of low erucic acid content anyway. The important thing is that rapeseed is very rich in monounsaturated fat (60%) and is second only to linseed oil as a source of omega 3 EFA.
Fructose is used for sweetness. Fructose has a very low GI (20), but more importantly, is sweeter than ordinary sugar so I have used this sparingly to sweeten the granola. Using fructose, along with the other ingredients, helps to keep the GL of the granola really low, typically 5g - 6g per 50g serving which in turn gives you a good start to the day and helps to keep your blood sugar levels stable throughout the morning.
Agave Syrup is a natural source of fructose. It is the lowest GI natural syrup available. It is made from agave tequilana - the blue agave plant, and as its name suggests tequila is made by fermenting its juices.
Concentrated Apple Juice is used for taste and also adds sweetness and crispness to my organic Granola. Apples are naturally high in fructose which gives apple juice a low glycaemic impact.
Dark chocolate (i.e. 70% chocolate solids). Whilst we have every excuse for eating this kind of chocolate because it just tastes so good it also contains lots of goodies, namely polyphenols. Polyphenols act as anti-oxidants and also contain flavones and it is the flavones which are plant compounds with very good anti-oxidant properties which make dark chocolate such a good ingredient. New research is suggesting that flavones can be responsible for helping the promotion of heart health, good blood flow and healthy blood pressure. If you are at all worried about the fat in chocolate let me explain. Although dark chocolate is approximately 30% fat, the fat which is known as cocoa butter is approximately 35% stearic acid and although saturated does not raise cholesterol levels. Cocoa butter also contains 35% oleic acid which is a monounsaturated fat and has been shown to have a slight cholesterol lowering effect. So let's eat a little dark chocolate every day!
Ginger has very good anti-inflammatory properties so is very beneficial for those with joint problems such as osteo-arthritis. It helps with the general absorption of nutrients and also helps to regulate blood sugar levels. It is also a good anti-oxidant and helps to boost blood circulation and can also be helpful with nausea.
Oligo-fructose sounds rather technical but is in fact a soluble fibre found in lots of vegetables, such as asparagus, leeks, onions, garlic, salsify and artichokes. The chicory root is a very good source of oligofructose, and when it is extracted makes for an ingredient with fibre, a little sweetness and the ability to bind other ingredients together. Another major benefit of using this particular ingredient is its prebiotic quality. Prebiotics help to provide nourishment for the beneficial bacteria in the intestine. This in turn helps the body to absorb more of the beneficial nutrients in food.
Vanilla is extracted from the bean fruit of the tropical orchid Aracus or (Vanilla) aromaticus. It was originally discovered in Mexico in 1571 and only grew in Mexico because pollination could only be effected by a small Mexican bee. After the introduction of artificial pollination in 1820 the main growing regions are now Tahiti and Madagascar . Vanilla extract in a recipe helps to give a round and smooth taste.
Natural Flavours used in my recipes are made solely from the natural parent ingredient and not from synthesized (nature identical) materials.
Lime Juice comes from Sicily as I believe they produce some of the best lime juice in the world. There are several varieties of lime including Citrus aurantifolia, known as Key Lime which is small and yellow and the larger Persian Citrus x latifolia which was introduced to Europe during the time of the Crusades. During the 19th Century limes were issued to British sailors to prevent scurvy, hence the use of the nickname "limey". "