Why your metabolism type is important regarding to what you eat and a recipe for a Protein Granola
Have you ever asked yourself whether your metabolism is that of a protein type, a carbohydrate type or a mixed type? And why this is important to know?
People with a protein type basically source energy from portein and store energy from carbohydrates in excess fat and get a jojo effect in their blood sugar from consuming too many carbohydrates. People with a carbohydrate metabolism however, find it difficult to digest protein, leaving them feeling sluggish and tired but rule on carbohydrates.
I was super surprised (and a bit annoyed) to find out, that I am a protein type. Since I have been eating mostly vegan for a few years, I thought it was somehow against my values. Which is big bull*** of course as I am eating loads of proteins as a vegan, just not the animal type of protein. Yet it was a relevation to me as the breakfast, first meal of the day, usually would be a smoothie, a chia-pudding, homemade granola or bread with jam or peanutbutter. Yes - you can probably already tell - all high in carbohydrates! Over the years I have long realised that breakfast in the morning doesn't any good to me at all and I stopped eating breaktfast. What I did not realise: it was not THE breakfast that let me feel hungry 1 hour after eating, moodish, tired and the occasional headaches - it was the TYPE of breakfast that I ate.
With the new knowledge in mind I started including proteins in the morning. Now the easiest is hummus. Hummus is made of chickpeas = high in protein plus can be prepared in big amounts, lasting in the fridge for 3-4 days. Hummus without garlic of course. Then I added tempeh (fermented soy beans). Mushrooms. Tofu. And eggs. (We have a neighbour that has 6 chicken - I don't have any issues eating those eggs. But only those. I want to know how the chicken are treated for real plus what they are being fed with.) Luckily enough I am a "salty" person in the morning and I soon started to not only love my new breakfast (I would add any cooked leftovers like quinoa, pumpkin, leafy greens to my proteins) but I also very quickly felt the differences! Loads of energy, sustainable energy! And I was no longer hungry until sometimes 3pm (I guess I have to admit - working from home I find it hard to stop working at lunch time sometimes... that's why I suddenly realised - hang on it is 3pm and I have not been hungry?!).
So I encourage you to do the test and discover YOUR metabolism type! It could be a start to more energy, better digestion, fewer body fat, glowing skin and much more. For me it was definitely a huge improvement in my mood and my energy as my blood sugar was no longer on a roller coaster. You can find the questionaire here and after you submit it, I will send you a short overview for the different metabolism types.
I share with you today a recipe for a mixed type - a breakfast rich in healthy carbohydrates but also rich in protein. And you wouldn't even know it is rich in protein as we sneak the proteins into the recipes in from of a powdered superfood! P.S: Granola makes a great gift to your loved ones...
For the protein source I used the Iswari Super Vegan Protein mix. It is a glutenfree, vegan, organic certified product, consisting of hemp protein, pea protein and rice protein. It is super tasty and includes all the essential amino acids.
If you live in Switzerland you can buy it in your health food store or here: Iswari Online Shop. If you live abroad - simply google it - Iswari is present in most European countries.
So here comes the recipe for this tasty Protein Granola!
Making Granola is super easy and you can use your own creative mixture. I give you a recipe that works well for me! Feel free to adapt it to your liking!
- 300g oat flakes
- 100g 5-cereal flakes
- 100g coconut flakes
- 100g lineseed
- 100g sunflower seeds
- 150g dried apricots, cut in small pieces
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- a pinch of salt
- a pinch of nutmeg
- 400ml apple puree
- 150ml melted coconut oil
- 50-100ml maple syrup
- 10g Iswari Protein Super Vegan
- Preheat the oven on turning heat to 180°C
- Mix all the dry ingredients, leaving out the Protein powder.
- Blend all the liquid ingredients.
- Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ones, steady stirring
- Spread the granola evenly and as thin as possible on a baking tray
- Dry in the oven for about 20minutes, then stir. Put back into the oven for another 2x 5 minutes, stirring inbetween. When the granola is brown but hasn't burned yet, it is ready.
- Add the 10g Iswari Protein Powder when the Granola has cooled down to a temperature that you can touch with your hands. Don't add the power before, as it would burn important nutrients!
- Let it cool entirely before filling into glass jars.