Sunday, March 11, 2012

Musli - ideal breakfast for pregnant women

Breakfast is a very important meal, especially for pregnant women because it provides energy in the morning. Therefore it is important to contain good nutrients.

Musli is a perfect breakfast - delicious and nutritious, an excellent way to start the day.

On the table for more than a century
Musli was first introduced into the diet 1900th years, and hospitalized patients in Switzerland, whose diet must contain plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Its name is a diminutive of the German word mus - which means compote or puree, polute─Źnu food from fresh or cooked fruit.
In modern form, is a Muslim began to be used in Western countries in the sixties, when the rising interest in vegetarian nutrition.

The types of muesli
The classic muesli is made of pressed fruit and oats. There are two types: dry and fresh.

* Dry muesli is made of pressed uncooked oats, parts of various fruits, nuts and seeds. It also contains other grains such as whole wheat and rye - in the form of flakes. Often there are other additions: honey, spices, chocolate ... Serve with milk, yogurt, fruit juice and pieces of fresh fruit.
Granola is a type of muesli oat flakes, nuts and honey (dry ingredients are baked to make them crunchy). Once added to the dried fruit, eg. raisins and figs.

* Fresh muesli is freshly prepared mixture of oats with fruit juice, mixed with grated apple. Can be added and fresh banana, mango, grapes, dried fruits, dairy products (yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese), lemon juice, spices (especially cinnamon). Not recommended add milk because of its rapid coagulation occurs under the influence of acid from apples.
Iron is important for the transfer of oxygen in the blood, and optimal intake of this mineral in the body through food prevents the emergence of anemia (anemia).
Magnesium participates in building bone and release energy from muscles.
Selenium protects cells from oxidation and is important for the immune system.

The composition of muesli
Muesli cereal contains whole grains, dehydrated fruit juice, sea salt, vitamins (B1, B2, B6 and C) and folic acid (vitamin B9, which is important for pregnant women to prevent neural tube defects in babies), minerals (iron, magnesium, selenium).
All grains in muesli are whole grains, dried fruits and the content is up to 30 percent. This composition provides fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, and protein in small amounts (for this band, Muesli is suitable for vegetarian diets).

The importance of fiber
The fiber is very important for the digestive system because they allow the establishment of normal bowel function. As a key to a healthy, balanced diet, fiber is particularly important in pregnancy, as it enables a good digestion. It reduces bad cholesterol and help to achieve a feeling of fullness with fewer calories.
Most of the fiber in whole grains soluble in the group. They stabilize blood sugar levels, slowing the absorption of sugar from the intestines. Have a low glycemic index, meaning that slowly release glucose, thus slowly raising its level in the blood, keeping it constant. It is for pregnant women is of great importance, because it provides the balanced nutrition your baby. Regulating blood sugar, fiber from whole grains reduce the oscillations in insulin secretion and thereby help the body store less fat and is thus controls weight.

Dried fruit as a natural sweetener
Nuts and seeds, which are extraordinary taste, rich in unsaturated fats, and provide the B group vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, zinc and iron.
Raisins, dried apricots and figs are commonly added to muesli as natural sweeteners. In addition, they contain iron.

B vitamins play a key role in metabolism, they help the body release energy from protein, fat and carbohydrates.Also necessary for the functioning of the nervous system.
Folic acid helps in the formation of red blood cells. It is also important in preventing neural tube defects in the fetus and must be taken before pregnancy, as well as in the first three months of pregnancy.
Serving of muesli
It can be eaten as a meal or snack. Given that there are good absorbency, quick tender. The most popular is the traditional method of preparation - with milk for breakfast. It is excellent and with yogurt or soy milk.

Musli is more than food for breakfast
- Unsweetened, can be put over the salad or soup to be a supplement.
- If combined with milk, orange juice and honey is left overnight in the refrigerator - can serve as a dessert with fresh grated apple and yoghurt.
- It can be sprinkled over ice cream or fruit yogurt.

The original Swiss recipe for muesli
- Bucket of oats, with two to three tablespoons of water
- Tablespoon lemon juice
- Tablespoons sour cream
- 200 grams  apple, mixed with the above ingredients just before serving
Eventually through this prepared muesli can sprinkle a teaspoon of almond or hazelnut.

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