We’ve got a bit of a bumper blog for you this week thanks to our friends at Conscious Foods. You have heard me raving about their Palmyra Jaggery over the past few weeks as I seem to be using it in more and more recipes. I honestly don’t know how I cooked without it so this week we have a roundup of all the lovely recipes the jaggery has helped me create. Also watch out next week for a fab sausage casserole which has jaggery as a hidden ingredient.
The benefit of the jaggery is huge. First and foremost it completely conforms to the MCL way of eating – no refined sugars. Jaggery is natural, unrefined and packed with nutrients. Conscious Foods have summarised it much better than I ever could so have a read below and tell me what’s not to love? The winning factor of this product for me is how easily you can substitute sugar with it - much easier when needing a dry ingredient rather than the agave nectar most of us have got used to using. In its dry powdered form it is great for dusting over yoghurt, using in cakes and breads (yes they can be clean too, check out the Cherry Bakewell cake in the new eBook and the sweet potato bread in my last blog) and for sweetening drinks if needed. Another bonus for me is how little you need. Whatever amount of sugar you would use in a recipe, halve it. I often only add ½ teaspoon to recipes and it is more than enough. It also has a gorgeous caramelised taste to it which is lovely – maximize this taste by topping porridge with a banana, sprinkling over some jaggery and warming through in the microwave for a few seconds - heaven!
The lovely people at Conscious Foods would like you all to have an opportunity to try this superfood sweetener for yourselves, so once you have read all the benefits (and fallen in love with it!) you’ll be able to purchase it for a special price exclusive to MCLers. They’re offering us 25% off Palmyra Jaggery with the voucher code ‘cleanlean25’… what are you waiting for? http://consciousfood.co.uk/
OK so here’s a reminder of the recipes we have used the wonderful Palymra Jaggery in so far plus a couple of new breakfast ideas. There will be plenty more to come including next week’s clean sausage casserole so keep your eyes peeled and let me know if you think of any other uses for it.
SWEET & CREAMY OVERNIGHT OATS
1 cup oats
1 cup nut milk
1 tsp Palmyra jaggery
1 tsp raw cacao
1 tsp chia seeds
handful chopped nuts of your choice
1. Add all ingredients to a jar or plastic container with a sealed lid and mix well
2. Place in fridge and allow ingredients to mingle and get to know each other overnight!
3. Enjoy in the morning straight from container or serve up and top with more fruit and nuts as desired.
Amazing gluten and dairy free porridge to warm and soothe you on a not so summery morning - this was my breakfast today!
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Palmyra jaggery to taste
1/2 cup almond milk
1. Add cooked quinoa and almond milk to a pan
2. Add all other ingredients apart from pistachios
3. Warm porridge through and transfer to a bowl
4. Taste and add more jaggery if required
5. Top with pistachios
And now for the science bit...
PALMYRA JAGGERY BENEFITS
“Palmyra Jaggery (SugaVida™ in the US), is the world’s most nutritious natural sweetener brought to the UK for the first time by Conscious Food. It is the only plant-based, bio- available source of vitamin B12 in the world, is low GI and exceptionally rich in B complex, iron, potassium, magnesium and other essential minerals vital for maintaining good health. Just one tablespoon of Palmyra contains 133% of your RDA of Vitamin B12, 222% of your RDA of Vitamin B6 (known as a vitality and sex-drive vitamin) and 664% of Vitamin B1!
“At a dose of 10 grams per day Palmyra Jaggery (SugaVida™) has shown to have adaptogenic and anti-ulcer activity due to its ability to reverse hypothermia in stress conditions. It has been shown to reduce cholesterol in blood by 24%-38%” (Pharmacological Research)
“Palmyra Jaggery (SugaVida™) has been found to inhibit the increase in serum glucose levels. It has been shown to reduce weight and has shown potential for use as anti-obesity and anti-diabetic food component” T. K. Lim Edible Medicinal and Non Medicinal Plants
“Palmyra Jaggery (SugaVida) is as effective as riboflavin injections in curing ariboflavinosis. SugaVida™ is effective therapeutic agent for anaemia and is excellent for typhoid patients and for those with heart and liver diseases” The Wealth of India
“There was significant reduction in Total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, VLDL cholesterol and improvement in HDL cholesterol in diabetic rats. These results indicated that Palmyra Jaggery (SugaVida™) possesses a hypoglycemic and antihyperlipidemic effect.” Pharmanest, (International Journal in Advances of Pharmaceutical Sciences)
Researchers in its native India are also finding that it may also help to break down the opiate-like addiction caused by processed sugar, thus freeing you from that constant desire to nibble and helping you to maintain healthy weight that is essential for leading a life full of vitality.”
Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? I showed this wonder product to my parents when they came to visit and they told me they have been using jaggery for years as a traditional sweetener originating from India. They loved the texture and ease of use of the Conscious Foods version so a thumbs up from them is always a big tick in my book! I also showed them the teas and the D’Mix product which all use organic ingredients - again originating from India using natural ingredients to detoxify your system, energise you, improve gut flora and help relieve symptoms of food allergies and intolerances. Check out the website and see what you think. I am a massive fan and can highly recommend the D’mix chew and the energizing tea.
Until next time,