Acacia fibre derives from the root of acacia trees from Africa and is gained from natural raw materials. On our Continent we only grow acacias as houseplants. We use acacia fibre instead of sugar so we get beautiful clusters in our crunchy muesli. With their high fibre content they also offer an attractive nutritional profile. We are very proud that two years ago our partner founded an organic label that not only ensures the highest quality of acacia fibres, but also defined various social and sustainable standards.
The supply level for sunflower oil in organic quality, is very low in Switzerland, at around 25-30%. Therefore, we purchase this ingredient primarily from Romania and other EU countries. We need the sunflower oil for the baking process of our müesli making them very crispy. Since the oil is heated, we use a special type of oil (high oleic). As the fatty acid pattern is very stable against oxidation, the oil helps our müesli to have a longer shelf life. Despite the many good properties of sunflower oil, we use as little as possible.
The cocoa powder we use in our müesli comes from cocoa beans grown in the Dominican Republic, the world's first and largest organic cocoa producer. We rely on working with local producers, all Fairtrade certified. Cacao is known for its rich nutritional values, such as magnesium, potassium and valuable antioxidants, and of course for the incomparable taste which we love so much in our müesli.
We produce our own organic cereal crispies using an extrusion process: By using pressure and heat, the mixture of Italian rice semolina and oat flour (from European countries) get pressed into small balls. In the process, water evaporates and gives the balls an airy structure. Then the crispies are flavoured with a little salt and malt syrup and dried, which makes them wonderfully crispy.
We produce our own organic chocolate shells from selected raw materials of organic origin. By using pressure and heat, the Swiss cereal mixture with the finest chocolate powder is shaped into shells, then refined with a thin layer of chocolate syrup, giving the shells a beautiful, shiny dark brown colour and, of course, a wonderful chocolate flavour After applying the syrup, the shells are roasted, which gives them their unique taste and crunchiness.
Our sea salt, which we only use sparingly, comes from France and Italy.
The whole wheat-flour used in our müesli originates from Swiss wholegrain wheat and rye. The high proportion of husks in whole wheat-flour gives it a stronger taste. The content of vitamins (B1, E), minerals and fibers is much higher compared to light flour.
We buy our organic chocolate powder from a Swiss supplier. The chocolate powder consists of low-fat cocoa powder from the Dominican Republic, cane sugar from Paraguay and vanilla powder from ground Bourbon vanilla beans from Madagascar. All producers are Fairtrade certified.
Whole cane sugar is made from the juice of sugar cane. The grass plant only grows in tropical and subtropical areas, in our case in Paraguay. Its characteristics are a caramel-like colour and malty taste. Because it is unrefined, the valuable minerals and the full aroma are preserved.
27.04.2023, bio-familia AG
Those who have children are well aware that during the first two to three years of life, the child changes faster than ever before. In science, this unique window of time in a person's life - i.e. the period between conception and approximately the third year of life – is called "window of opportunity" This is because during the period of the first 1000 days or so, the brain develops rapidly and thus exhibits enormous plasticity. This brain plasticity enables children to learn an enormous amount within a very short time, such as crawling, sitting, walking and finally speaking. Conversely, this means: Never again can a child be so strongly influenced and shaped as in this unique time-frame. One more reason for parents to look into the imprinting of their own children. But even if we missed this unique phase, we should not bury our heads in the sand. Also slightly older children from the age of 4 up to the teenage years learn a lot from their parents. In the lower sections we will deal with a sub-field of imprinting, the so-called food imprinting. We will look into the following question and give practical advice: How can we influence our children in such a way that they become ""health conscious"" their whole lives, i.e. choosing the healthier option each time?
Children are world champions in imitating their parents, because this is how they learn most things. So it makes sense how important it is for parents to set a living example to their children by eating healthy food themselves.
Regularly eating together with the whole family is twice beneficial: While the parents decide what is served, the parents can show and explain to the children what each food product is good for. You can best combine this by telling a realistic story about the individual healthy components of the meal, e.g. ""Carrots help you to see better because they contain vitamin A"" or more childlike phrasing ""Muesli for breakfast is good and healthy because the oatmeal helps to clean our intestines from "bad bacteria", etc..
Children at home only eat what they find in the fridge or in the pantry. This means for parents that healthy food imprinting begins when shopping. Ideally, at the beginning you should go shopping without children, because supermarkets offer them many temptations. If the children join you, you can specifically select which shelves you want to avoid.
Parents often reward their children with sweets. Why not simply turn the tables? Fun-cut raw vegetables like carrots shaped into a crown or a cucumber throne taste just as good. Then wrap it into a lovely story with a king or a princess.
This is alreday our next tip: Involve children when cooking. This way, children will learn, in a playful way, how to prepare healthy food.
Of course, a tasty birthday cake should not be missing. How much sugar it contains and what ingredients it is made of can be easily influenced by us. Meanwhile, there are many ""delicious"" recipes with little sugar and fine fruits or vegetables as main ingredients. How about a juicy zucchini cake in a green Shrek look? Or else, apple-rose muffins for Sleeping Beauty? If parents also tell a lovely story when serving the cake, it will be associated with good food for a lifetime. You can find good and at the same time healthy recipes based on our two Kids Crunch crunchy mueslis, inspired by beaver Bobby and squirrel Elly here.
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