Quinoa is the main ingredient used in Qnola. It is incredibly high in protein and contains all essential amino acids, which are like building blocks for the body, and which support healthy growth and repair. Quinoa was lauded as "the food of the gods" by Incan warriors who relied on it to get them through long expeditions and battles, which is why it makes such a brilliant breakfast choice, providing reliable energy to see you through the day.
Although it has the same physical features as most grains, quinoa is not a grain but a seed. It is much higher in fibre and protein, and has far more nutrients. It is also easier to digest and doesn't cause inflammation in the body, something a lot of people experience as a side effect of eating grains. Its high level of fibre aids digestion and contributes to reducing and regulating blood pressure. Quinoa also has a low glycemic index, meaning it won't cause spikes in blood sugar levels like certain other grains and carbohydrates can. Quinoa is high in essential vitamins and minerals, as well as micronutrients such as magnesium and iron, healthy fats and phytonutrients, all of which are essential to our health and in ensuring our bodies are functioning optimally.
Chia seeds are classed as a superfood and are higher in omega 3 fatty acids than any other plant food source. These fatty acids are essential for general wellbeing and support healthy cellular functions, as well as contributing to healthy, glowing skin. The tiny seeds expand inside the body and when added to liquid, keeping you hydrated and feeling fuller for longer, which helps to regulate natural appetite and prevent cravings. They are a concentrated source of powerful nutrients, vitamins and minerals and are incredibly rich in antioxidants. Chia seeds are incredibly high in fibre which aids digestion and supports metabolism.
A superfood high in lauric acid and MCT (medium-chained fatty acids), coconut is an incredibly beautifying ingredient and has even been proven to help burn fat. It can be used to protect and moisturise skin, hair and nails and the lauric acid it contains can kill bacteria, viruses and fungi, helping to ward of infections and keep your body functioning healthily. The fatty acids in coconut can boost brain function too, and this, along with the high levels of protein, makes it a brilliant food to incorporate into your morning meal for improved energy levels and concentration.
HIMALAYAN PINK SALT
Himalayan Pink Salt is the purest form of salt, lower in sodium than your average, largely-refined table salt, and completely free from any unnatural chemicals or additives. The hues of pink, red and white found in Himalayan pink salt are indicative of its rich and varied vitamin and mineral content. These salts are packed with over 80 minerals and elements formed naturally within the earth.
Benefits of Himalayan Pink Salt include creating an electrolyte balance in the body, increasing hydration, regulating water content both within and outside of the cells, reducing muscle cramps, aiding metabolism, helping the intestines to absorb nutrients more effectively, detoxifying the body and improving circulation.
RAW NUTS & SEEDS
Nuts are concentrated sources of antioxidants, vitamins, nutrients and micronutrients. These vitamins are essential in protecting, supporting and renewing our cells, which is what contributes to glowing skin and hair, elevated energy levels and a healthy metabolism.
Kept raw so as to obtain as much goodness as possible, the nuts and seeds we use increase the levels of protein, fibre and healthy fats in Qnola. Nuts are high in omega 3 fatty acids which do amazing things for your skin, hair, nails, brain cells, internal organs and bone and joint health.The energy they provide is long lasting, too, meaning you will feel full, and satisfied for longer.
Cacao is the purest and most nutritious form of chocolate. It is completely unrefined and hasn't undergone any intense processes, like most forms of normal chocolate have. Cacao is a superfood containing essential vitamins, minerals, micronutrients and antioxidants. It is one of the richest sources of antioxidants, in fact, and with such a variety of them, can promote healthy cellular activity (neutralising damaging free radicals in the body) and improve circulation. It is also high in fibre and can stimulate the production of digestive enzymes, which helps support healthy digestion. Many people also believe it may aid weight loss or maintenance, as it can act as an appetite suppressant. It also contains serotonin, which is a 'happy hormone' which helps to improve your mood and positivity.
Beetroot powder is a superfood abundant in antioxidants and contains high levels of essential vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. These antioxidants fight against disease-causing free radicals in the body and also support healthy, glowing skin by counteracting signs of ageing. Beetroot has been proven to support brain function and its iron content helps to reduce fatigue, increase concentration and elevate energy levels to keep you functioning for longer.
Organic vanilla extract intensifies the flavour of the Original blend of Qnola, but also increases its level of antioxidants too. The antioxidants found in Vanilla have been proven to aid digestion and also protect the skin from environmental assaults responsible for things like ageing. Vanilla is also a good source of essential oils, vitamins and minerals, and is known to improve and balance skin tone.
Goji berries are tiny concentrated sources of essential vitamins and minerals. They can be used as a natural remedy to treat things like colds, diabetes and high blood pressure. Some people believe that goji berries improve sleep, mental wellbeing and general moods, and many find it helps in treating digestive complications, due to their high fibre content. Again, they are a rich source of antioxidants - great for healthy skin and counteracting damage caused by foreign chemicals invading the body.
Cinnamon is a powerful spice. It has been proven to help balance blood sugar levels and is used to help treat infections and illnesses as well as muscle and joint complications. It also supports healthy metabolism and regulates appetite, and is considered one of the top antioxidants in the world. Its levels of antioxidants helps reduce inflammation and disease in the body, by protecting against harmful free radicals.
Ginger has been known as a healing ingredient for decades. It has been proven an effective remedy for nausea and is thought to prevent colds and flu. It improves absorption of essential nutrients in the body, and contains antioxidants which detoxify the body. One of its most desirable qualities is its ability to reduce inflammation and combat discomfort in the stomach. Ginger is a crucial part of my morning regime as it cleanses my body on an empty stomach meaning I can start the day feeling renewed and comfortable, instead of feeling sluggish.