After reading a book about the anti-inflammatory benefits of chia seeds, Tennille decided to create a muesli bar with black and white chia seeds.
She knew that the anti-inflammatory benefits would assist with her clients’ training sessions, and aid muscle recovery.
Tennille then set out creating a recipe that included chia seeds as well as other foods that she knew had beneficial health components.
Hence the start of Tee’s Superfood Bar!
It started in the humble suburbs of Maribyrnong, Melbourne.
It has grown from Tennille and her mum, Yvonne, making the muesli bars in a commercial kitchen in North Melbourne called CBD Kitchens, where small food businesses can come to the kitchen and use the facilities to build their food business.
Tennille and Yvonne now have a facility in Ballarat helping to manufacture and package all four Tee’s Superfood Bars.
Tennille’s qualifications and experience as an Exercise Physiologist and Strength & Conditioning Coach places her in a unique position of knowledge and expertise with understanding what to include in her muesli bars to make them so nutritious!
The mission for Tee’s SUPERFOOD BAR is to provide a variety of muesli bars that are natural, healthy and most importantly delicious!
Why are they Superfood?
Oats (not used in the gluten free fructose friendly bars) are an excellent source of manganese, fibre and beta glucan. Fibre and beta glucan help to normalise blood glucose levels by slowing the rate at which food leaves the stomach and by delaying the absorption of glucose following a meal, and may also help stimulate the immune system to fight off bacterial infections. Manganese is a mineral which helps produce energy from protein and carbohydrates, and is involved in the synthesis of fatty acids, which are important for a healthy nervous system.
Amaranth (only used in the gluten free fructose friendly bars) is a plant who’s seeds are used for cooking and are gluten free. These seeds are not technically a grain and their nutritional characteristics are not unlike swiss chard, spinach and quinoa. Amaranth has a higher protein content than other grains such as barley, oats, rice, corn, rye and wheat. Amaranth is a great source of lysine which is an essential amino acid that can only be found in food. Lysine plays a major role in calcium absorption; building muscle protein; recovering from surgery or sports injuries; and the body’s production of hormones, enzymes, and antibodies.
Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which assists with reducing inflammation by decreasing the production of messenger chemicals called cytokines, which are involved in the inflammatory response. Every cell in our body is surrounded by a cell membrane composed mainly of fatty acids. For these cells to function optimally the cell membrane must maintain its integrity and fluidity. Cells without a healthy membrane lose their ability to hold water and vital nutrients. They also lose their ability to communicate with other cells, hence why it is important to include omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Chia seeds are a source of protein which assists with muscle repair after exercise. Chia seeds are also a source of fibre (see benefits of fibre in “oats” description above).
Pepitas or pumpkin seeds contain magnesium which helps to regulate the nervous system by balancing the action of calcium. Magnesium also assists with normalising blood sugar levels by increasing insulin sensitivity. Pepitas contain manganese (see benefits of manganese in “oats” section above). Pepitas contain tryptophan which functions as a precursor for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps the body regulate appetite, sleep patterns and mood. Because of its ability to raise serotonin levels, tryptophan has been used therapeutically in the treatment of depression and anxiety.
Walnuts (only used in the gluten free fructose friendly bars) are a rich source of monounsaturated fats, omega 3 fatty acids and manganese (see benefits of manganese in “oats” description above). Adequate intake of omega-3s, including the alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) present in walnuts, has repeatedly been shown to help improve a wide variety of cardiovascular functions, including blood pressure. The vitamin E composition of walnuts is also of special mention, since there is an unusual concentration of the gamma-tocopherol form of vitamin E which is an anti-oxidant.
Cranberries (not used in the gluten free fructose friendly bars) contain anti-oxidants including vitamin C, which reduce the production of free radicals. Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant that may reduce cortisol levels post high intensity training sessions.
Brown rice flour contains selenium which is an essential component of several major metabolic pathways, including thyroid hormone metabolism, antioxidant defense systems and immune function. Brown rice flour also contains manganese and magnesium (see benefits of both manganese and magnesium above).
Olive oil benefits the health of your heart and contains anti-oxidants: Hydroxytyrosol is thought to be the main antioxidant compound in olives, and is believed to play a significant role in the many health benefits attributed to olive oil.
Golden Pea Protein from ‘Vital Nutrition’ is the highest concentration of vegetable plant protein available. Golden Pea Protein is dairy free, gluten free and soy free. Golden Pea Protein is low GI, high in protein and low in carbohydrates.
Cinnamon assists with normalising blood sugar levels. Cinnamon contains catechin/epicatechin oligomers that stimulates insulin receptors and also inhibits an enzyme that inactivates them.
Honey (not used in the gluten free fructose friendly bars) is a natural preservative. The chemical properties in honey are suitable for long-term storage, and are easily assimilated even after long preservation.
Organic rice syrup (only in the gluten free fructose friendly bars) is derived by cooking rice to break down the starches. It is then filtered and the water is evaporated to create a thickened consistency. May be a good sweetener alternative for people on a low FODMAP diet.