No Time For Breakfast – Power Up!

October 19, 2010 by  
Filed under featured, Food & Nutrition, Health

It is probably tedious by now for my regular readers to hear yet again of my quest for the perfect breakfast, both nutritionally and in time and effort. However I now have found a pretty good combo that I think could work through my combination of two new healthy products. One of them amazingly has been developed by professional wrestler — that’s not something you see in the health world everyday.

Seed Stacked are one of those advertising miracles where the name tells you exactly what it is — a flapjack bar full of seeds. Chris Thompson had no plans to develop a healthy, natural snack bar when he was travelling the world as a professional wrestler but a shock diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease, changed all that. That led him to discover the power of seeds as his research showed him how many nutrients were packed into seeds, and the fact that they are truly superfoods.

He started to develop the Seed Stacked flapjack and entered a ‘Dragons Den’ style competition with Peter Jones on the panel and won! Chris sourced a factory and the 100% natural bars went into production with three varieties including yoghurt and carob topped.

Naturally he is delighted with the success of his idea, but probably even more grateful that he is Crohn’s Disease is in remission and he is happy, healthy and back in training for the wrestling ring.

We know seeds are essential for our health and generally speaking we do not eat enough of them. Anyone can benefit from them but they will be of particular interest to women going through menopause as the particular combination of Pumpkin, Sunflower, Sesame and Linseeds, oats and honey provide naturally occurring plant estrogens (phytoestrogens). These can help to balance hormones and the sunflower seeds in particular are high in vitamin E which has shown to help reduce the dreaded hot flushes.

And To Wash It Down?
If there is a drawback to the seed bars, and they are certainly delicious, it is that you do need something to wash them down with. Breakfast drinks are usually coffee or tea but a much healthier option would be a glass of tart cherry juice.

Cherrygood juice contains US grown Montmorency cherries which have the highest antioxidant level of any fruit with a whopping 17 different antioxidant compounds in them. It’s also giving you the equivalent health benefits of around 20 portions of fruit and vegetables in a carton. Think of all that peeling and chopping you could save!

Don’t be deluded by the fact it is called tart cherry juice; it is certainly not sweet, but nor is it sharp but actually has a very nice refreshing taste. It’s certainly packs in the benefits as a glass contains more antioxidants than five portions of banana, tomatoes, watermelon, peas and carrots. Antioxidants are vital to helping the body to fight free radicals and cherries contain 19 times more beta-carotene than blueberries or strawberries along with Vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron and folate.

If you do have trouble sleeping, then you might want to take your glass of the juice at night as tart cherries are one of the very few known food sources of melatonin, which is crucial to the maintenance of regular sleep patterns.

So if, like me, you are looking for a healthy and fast way to start the day then this is a good combination to try out. If you have any difficulty locating them in your supermarket or health store then go to their respective websites at and