Today we have a guest post by qualified Naturopath, Natalia Vandermeulen. Natalia practices Naturopathy in North Perth, and has shared with us a nutritional perspective on some of the ingredients used in Coastal Crunch Granola and why they're so important for the body. Read on to discover the benefits:
To get the most out of your breakfast and your day, your morning meal needs to be filling and nutrient dense (also delicious). It should keep you feeling satisfied for the next 2-3 hours.
Lupin is the king ingredient here - which is just super, because it contains a high proportion of protein. This matters because protein is what keeps us satiated, and prevents blood sugars levels from spiking and/or bottoming out. It actually maintains stable blood sugar levels, and therefore maintains a stable supply of energy too. Lupin is a legume, and therefore a cousin of the peanut. Lupin is filling and tasty, and should keep you from craving that sweet snack shortly after breakfast is over.
Quinoa flakes are obtained by compressing raw quinoa (which is classified as a seed), which means they both contain the same goodies. When we talk about protein, we’re really talking about a combination of amino acids. Every protein source is made up of a combination of amino acids, but the body needs all of them to function. Some foods are particularly special because they are what we call ‘complete proteins’- they contain every different amino acids, and quinoa is one of these. This little seed not only adds to your protein intake, but provides every amino acid the body needs before mid morning!
Buckwheat has been around forever, but only more recently has become popular in its raw, unprocessed form as an addition to breakfast cereals. Buckwheat is another lovely source of protein, and also contains a decent dose of a range of B vitamins - particularly B2, B3 and B6. B vitamins play a role in mood regulation, neurotransmitter production and stamina (to name a few). Buckwheat is also a complete protein!
Coastal Crunch contains a range of seeds – pepitas, sunflower, chia, linseeds, poppy and sesame. This is a lovely serving of fibre to start the day on, playing a role in healthy digestive function by and maintaining a diverse gut environment. Most exciting though is that our gut bacteria ferment fibre in the colon to create short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), which go on to assist in a long list of roles such as blood glucose stability, modulating cholesterol levels in the blood, and increasing energy supply.
Pepitas (otherwise known as pumpkin seeds) are a brilliant source of zinc. Australian soils are naturally very low in zinc, however it is a hugely important nutrient for every cell of the body. To give some examples, zinc is involved in ensuring optimum thyroid function (and the thyroid is involved in almost every function of the body), maintaining reproductive health, and keeping the immune system on its toes. This nutrient is easily depleted due to high demand, and it is found highest in foods that people don’t often eat. Pumpkin seeds are one of the most effective ways to increase zinc in your diet short of taking a supplement.
Chia seeds contain omega 3’s, which are ‘essential fatty acids’ – in other words, the body needs them but cannot make them itself. Omega 3 has many jobs in the body, from making supple, nourished skin, right down to the level of gene expression and cell signaling. It’s also a very gentle fibre for the digestive tract. Keep in mind that chia absorbs liquid and swells, so it’s best to let your breakfast absorb some of the liquid in the bowl before you eat it (as opposed to the chia absorbing it from your body instead).
The best kept secret - sesame seeds can rival milk for the calcium content! And we all know that strong bones and teeth require calcium. It’s also essential to allow our muscles to contract smoothly and painlessly, and hence has a role to play in treating menstrual cramps in women. It even influences the beating of our heart, since our heart is a muscle too.
Research over the last couple of years has shown us how harmful sugar is to the body, which has led to a much greater awareness about where our sugar comes from and how much of it we are consuming. Although still a sugar, coconut sugar is obtained from pure coconut nectar, and contains an impressive amount of nutrients (zinc, iron, potassium). It also contains a prebiotic fibre called inulin. Inulin is not digested in the small intestines unlike most other foods, hence it begins to ferment early on in the digestive process. This fermentation provides a source of food for some of our resident bacteria – a strain known as Bifidobacterium bacteria. In feeding this bacteria, inulin aids the proliferation of beneficial gut flora.
Matcha powder is a potent antioxidant, but additionally contains an amino acid called L-Theanine. At our clinic we prescribe L-Theanine as an acute remedy for anxiety and stress - therefore as you can probably imagine, green tea and green tea powder (matcha) elicit a similar effect.
Cinnamon has always been touted as having blood sugar regulating action, and research is now proving that this is true. It also contains a high essential oil content, giving cinnamon antibacterial qualities too.
Cacao nibs are the dried and fermented parts of the raw cacao bean. This is chocolate in one of its most unadulterated forms – and at breakfast! Cacao nibs have been such a hit because they are very rich in magnesium, antioxidants, and rate highly as a source of flavonoids. Flavonoids play a role in regulating cholesterol, supporting nervous system function and increasing blood supply around the body.
Almonds are a source of what are commonly known as ‘healthy fats’ – fats which are necessarily for making hormones and repairing cell walls, as opposed to fats which actually cause harm to the body’s functioning. The combination of fat and protein contained in almonds also contributes to satiety, ensuring that the body has the nutrients it needs for the next few hours. Almonds boost the fibre content of this breakfast by their presence, and contain vitamin E – used to protect our cells from oxidative damage.
Natalia van der Meulen practices at Perth Naturopathic & Herbal Clinic. For information and bookings, contact the clinic on (08) 9228 1833, or visit their website at www.pnhc.com.au.
Everyone has core values, principles that shape the way we interact and the choices we make. At Coastal Crunch it’s no different. Today we’ve outlined some things that are important to us as a business, sharing with you why we do what we do, and what motivates us every day to do it better!
We believe in closing the loop, and creating a future that we're proud of. From the people we choose to work with, through to packaging and delivering our products, we don't compromise on reusing, recycling, and doing whatever we can to leave only a positive impact.
We believe in making it happen. Because believing is not a passive word, it means getting out of bed when you'd rather sleep in. It means taking risks and taking chances. Whatever you're trying to do might not be easy, but it will be worth it.
We believe in passion and determination. Hard work pays off. Late nights and early mornings are a part of what turned this dream into a plan, and that kind of passion drives us to create something that truly stands out.
We believe less is more. We keep things simple with naturally healthy ingredients that taste good, and make you feel even better. We focus on quality over quantity, and never sell anything we don't 100% believe in.
We believe in celebrating the milestones, even the small ones. Big goals give us direction, and small victories on the way are what drive us forward, so we take time out to look at how far we’ve come in our mission to provide healthy eats for a healthy planet.
We believe in staying humble. When we’re feeling on top of the world, we stop to take a look at the people around us. The ones who are beside us, supporting us every step of the way. Our friends, family, and you- our customers!
We believe in change, because it's everywhere. We don't just accept change, we thrive on it. Every change is an opportunity to grow and be better.
We believe in adventure, and creativity, and having an open mind. Everyday we're given time we can't take back, so use it well. Learn something new, try something different and give everything and everyone a chance. You never know where you'll go.
We believe our customers are like our family.We’re proud to be a local business, supporting locals. With the internet we have the opportunity to reach Australia Wide, but our principle stays the same- our customers are our family, and it's thanks to you that we’re able to do what we do.
These core values are behind everything we do, and you'll see them reflected in every aspect of our business. Businesses are all ultimately shaped by consumers, so it's up to consumers to choose businesses that reflect their individual values!
Enjoy your week and make it a great one. Stay tuned for our September blog where we are chatting with a qualified Naturopath on the health benefits behind the ingredients we use!
Tim and the Coastal Crunch team.
We are taking a little holiday and closing the shop for a few weeks :)
You can still grab our granola from the Markets on Manning every Saturday, we'll be back in May refreshed and inspired!
We are very proud to announce that all our deliveries outside of the Perth metro area are now arriving at their destination carbon neutral! We are utilising the services of Sendle, who are providing us with flat rate shipping Australia wide. Not only is the packaging we use recycled and biodegradable, but the delivery is now costing the earth nothing as well! Have a read up on the sendle website for more info about their carbon neutral program.
As our roots are here in Perth, and to make our products as accessible as possible, we're happy to offer free delivery for orders over $28 in the Perth metro area (please see list of post codes below). Just select the 'free delivery' option as you make your way through our online store and make sure you enter your correct address!
Please note that as we make all our deliveries personally (or convince family and friends to help us), we must limit deliveries to the following post codes:
6000 - 6024, 6029, 6050 - 6064, 6090, 6100 - 6108, 6147 - 6160, 6162 - 6164
All deliveries are made on Thursday each week!
We are so excited about the changing weather and after much demand, are excited to let you know that we'll be bringing back our nice-cream bowls!
A natural mix of frozen bananas and secret ingredients, we serve our delicious vegan ice-cream aka 'nice-cream' that has no added sweeteners or dairy.
We top it with a beautiful selection of fresh fruit, and of course, with whichever flavor of granola you want.
It's a perfect way to start your day, and is refreshing in the summer heat! Come try a nice-cream bowl at the Sunday market's in Stirling, starting in November.