Nut free, gluten free, paleo.
Need a fast lunchbox filler? I whizzed this in the blender while my kids were eating breakfast this morning and 15 minutes later it was in the lunchbox. It’s nut-free and contains all the goodness of sunflower seeds.
Sunflower seeds are very high in vitamin E, as well as magnesium and selenium. Vitamin E acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory in the body – great news for those suffering from asthma, eczema, arthritis etc.
It’s also known to protect the fatty cell membranes in your brain and reduce inflammation. Awesome news for mums of kids with ADHD where inflammation of brain cells has been cited as one of the reasons for hyperactivity and inattention.
This simple slice is also high in magnesium which calms kids nerves and helps them sleep better. If I can’t sleep the first thing I do is take a magnesium supplement and it puts me straight into a deep sleep every time. I recommend you try it!
Many studies show that our modern diets are chronically low in magnesium – and yet every cell in the body cannot function without magnesium.
On top of this, every time you eat sugar (or carbs) your body uses up its magnesium stores (housed in your bones and teeth) to process it. It takes 28 molecules of magnesium to metabolise just 1 molecule of glucose.
This is one of the major reasons a high sugar and carbohydrate diet can leave your kids anxious and jittery. It can also make you depressed. Depression is commonly known to be linked to magnesium deficiency.
I’m experimenting with sunflower seeds a lot at the moment because they are a great nut replacement in lunchboxes and provide wonderful brain and mood nutrition.
No-Bake Chocolate School Slice
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 1/2 cup dates
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp coconut oil or butter
- 1 tbsp shredded coconut (to decorate)
- Whizz everything (except coconut) in a blender or food processor until fairly smooth.
- Press into a small baking-paper lined tray. Top with shredded coconut.
- Place in freezer for ten minutes (this will help you cut it). Enjoy.