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Our Sacha Inchi Flap Jacks were such a hit with midwives at the Mother, Midwifery and Baby Forum 2017 #mmbforum, that after numerous requests to share this recipe I am posting it here, for all to use and share. With no added-sugar they provide a very healthy energy-boosting treat for pregnant women, new mums, kids and busy midwives!
Thank you to Mumsnet, where I found a similar recipe, then loaded it with Omega rich Sacha Inchi Seeds which are packed with Omega 3, 6 and 9 and really high in protein.
Unfortunately Sacha Inchi Seeds are still quite difficult to buy in the UK but you can easily substitute for other Omega 3 rich sources such as Walnuts, Flax Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds or Hemp Seeds.
2 ripe bananas
175g dates chopped (or other sweet dried fruit)
80ml vegetable oil or olive oil (I used Coconut Oil, but you need to melt this first to make it runny)
50g of raisins
1 tsp vanilla essence (optional)
A small handful of Omega rich seeds or nuts, use any of the following: Chopped Sacha Inchi Seeds, Chopped Walnuts, Flax Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds (all optional)
Mash the bananas in a large bowl or a mixer.
Add the chopped dates and oil to the bananas and mix together – or use a mixer
Stir in the oats, raisins and the vanilla essence (optional) and seeds and leave for 5 mins, so the oats absorb the oil
Spoon the mixture into a greased or lined baking tray and squash it down so that it is about 2 cm thick and bake at 175C/Gas Mark 5 for about 20 - 25 minutes.
Cut into squares whilst still hot in the pan
Share and enjoy with family and friends
Winter can be extremely harsh on the skin: depleting the skin of its natural oils and increasing the rate of trans-epidermal water loss alongside a reduction in cellular turnover and impairment of the skin's natural barrier function. All of these factors combine to lead to dehydrated and sensitive skin with a rapid acceleration of the ageing process.
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Skin elasticity is the skin's ability to stretch and then go back to normal once the need to stretch is gone. When the skin is not elastic enough to cope with the increased stretch, stretch marks may develop. Stretch marks are pink or purplish streak lines that develop on the surface of the skin and which frequently fade to white streaks over time.
Pregnancy, growth spurts as a teenager and weight gain are the most common causes of stretch marks. While ageing will not cause stretch marks, as the elasticity and ‘bounce’ in the skin declines the skin becomes less firm and small fine, streaks may appear in the skin.
By improving your skin's elasticity you can successfully navigate pregnancy without stretch marks and also hold onto firmer, more elastic skin as your skin matures.
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Brrr... winter is on its way. Cold air and central heating all deplete the skins natural ability to replenish its moisture levels, leading to skin dehydration with cracked hands, nails, cuticles, lips and parched, dry, limbs. Essential Fatty Acids Omega 3 and 6, are found in every cell in our body and critically we must ingest and apply these oils topically to maintain optimum health and well-being. Without them our cells cannot function effectively and inflammation prevails. Applying Omega Oil daily to your skin will help your skin to replenish and restore its natural moisture levels; locking moisture deep down into the epidermis, helping to improve the skins barrier function and navigate the dry, cold air that comes with every autumn and winter.
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Our hero ingredient Bioactive Sacha Inchi contains the Earth's richest plant source of Omega 3, 6 and 9. This sustainable, fairly traded, eco-certified, organic plant oil is bursting with nutrition for the skin and has demonstarted in independentclinical trials with GreenTech (France) a phenomenal 66% increase in skin suppleness after only 28 days of application in comparision to Mineral Oil and 94% of users felt their skin was softer and more nourished after use.