Low GI snacks for growing bodies

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Lynne here, and today I am settling in with a cup of herbal tea, as I have some health news to share with you. 

Low GI Foods? Why they are so important for growing bodies and brains!

Children’s bodies are constantly growing in both a physical and mental sense. What we sometimes forget is that they are fast tracking learning about their environment and themselves and naturally need more stamina to withstand the obstacles they encounter when learning about their world and abilities each day.

All these changes call for a lot of energy. Our bodies naturally consume energy through food, so it does raise the question what is the best food to be giving little (and not so little) tummies to get through a long day of exploration?

Low GI Foods!

What are Low GI Foods?

According to the Glycemic Index Foundation Australia:

The Glycemic Index (GI) is a relative ranking of carbohydrate in foods according to how they affect blood glucose levels. Carbohydrates with a low GI value (55 or less) are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised and cause a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and, therefore usually, insulin levels.”


Why are Low GI Foods ideal for children?

The brain uses glucose as a fuel and studies show that a child’s concentration is better when blood glucose levels remain steady throughout the day rather than spiking and troughing. Low GI foods serve as a great energy source because they provide a slow steady release of glucose into the bloodstream.

Things to swap in their eating routines:

Swap out – High sugar breakfast cereals for our Get Farmed! Toasted or Natural Muesli in summer and delicious warm Oats in the winter.

Swap out – Sugary treats for our Get Farmed! Seed or Nut Muesli bars, naturally sweetened with honey and full of fibre and wholesome nutrients.

Swap out – Oily Chips for our Get Farmed! Fava or Chickpea Super Snacks, the same salty flavour but with higher protein content and natural fibre.

Not only can a slow steady release of glucose regulate mood but also their activities and routine throughout the day. This means for all the parents out there: less erratic behaviour and blow out tantrums, better sleeping schedules and of course happier more energetic kids.

So support Aussie farmers and get some Get Farmed into them!


Simple Banana Oat cookies

I love the simplicity of this recipe!  A quick throw together that is low GI and flour free. The banana, oats and coconut bind together in a delicious crunchy cookie.

• 150g ripe banana, mashed
• 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
• 2 cups Get Farmed! Oats
• 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
• 1/4 cup sliced almonds
• 2 tbsp cup honey
• 1/4 cup olive oil

Preheat your oven to 130°C. Combine all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix together well. Form into 12 balls and place on a lined oven tray. Flatten slightly and top with a few more almonds. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes or until golden. Cool and enjoy.