We’re happy to say that we are at the final stages in developing our new Hazelnut, Cacao and Mulberry Pre-Made! we have been testing and refining this recipe for months now and what we can say at this stage is that it’s tasting incredibly delicious! And has no added sugar, is gluten free and wheat free too… Oh and we’re looking for a Spring release.
TRICK UP YOUR SUMMER FRUITS!
Check out our new ‘Trick up your Summer fruit’ piece, for easy (and seriously delicious) tips on how to Use Your Fruit! on your muesli this summer. This one is a freshly diced mango, rolled in toasted sesame seeds and passionfruit to finish!
FOOD MAGAZINE Q&A
I was tired of spending so much time in the supermarket aisle, looking for muesli that was right with me. Most of the mixes had too much sugar, salt or saturated fats…or they were just plain boring in taste and texture. So I started buying whole foods and pulling together my own mixes using seeds, grains, fruit, and nuts and felt much better for it. But it got tricky trying to keep ingredient supplies up; it got quite expensive and I found there was a lot of wastage. There had to be a better way, I thought, and so the Yousli concept was born.
I created Yousli to get people excited about brekky again – it’s feel-good, simple and easy, putting the ‘You’ back into your muesli. You can order your muesli online in no time, creating your own custom mix just the way you like it. It’s then delivered to your door in two to five days, or in some parts of Melbourne the same day.
To make life even easier, we have a delicious range of Pre-Mades – five in total – including our first Favourite Foodie blend, Shane Delia’s Shameless Delight. We only use delicious whole foods – so our mueslis are delicious as well as nutritious.
WHAT IS YOUR UNIQUE SELLING POINT? WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES THE BRAND SPECIAL?
What makes Yousli so special is that as a brand, it’s not about us, it’s about the consumer. We mix muesli your way using delicious, healthy whole foods.
Another unique selling point is that when ordering your Yousli you can be guided by the Yousli Online Nutritional Calculator. Developed by author and nutritionist Arabella Forge, the calculator updates your mix’s nutritional content with every scoop, so you can be sure that your mix is not just yummy but good for you too.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT LAUNCHING YOUR OWN FOOD MANUFACTURING BRAND? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?
The hardest thing I would say would be getting our food suppliers and distribution partners on board, keeping in mind we deliver throughout Australia. We spent a lot of time up front (just over four months) meeting with suppliers and distribution companies. There was a lot of sampling and testing of products and services until finally will found the right partners for our business. It was hard work at first, but well worth it in the long run.
WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES FACING THE INDUSTRY AT THE MOMENT?
For us it’s distribution. It’s a challenge to get our product out to anywhere in Australia at a reasonable rate. We only charge $3.95 delivery to anywhere in Australia, and it’s free delivery for orders over $25. So that means we pay for the additional delivery fees over $3.95, but we feel this is worthwhile to make the product more accessible to our customers.
WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST REWARDING ABOUT YOUR JOB?
Getting those feel-good vibes out there, educating people about the benefits of eating whole foods and hearing that we’re getting people excited about brekky again. And we have had amazing feedback on the taste and quality of Yousli.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE BRAND?
We have lots of exciting plans for Yousli, including an Activated Almond Bircher (launching at the start of December for Summer) and we’ll be releasing healthy and delicious Yousli bars for next year. We also have a few exciting new Favourite Foodies launching their own Yousli blends.
TELL US ABOUT THE PACKAGING/LOGO/DESIGN. WHAT WAS THE THOUGHT BEHIND THEM?
The packaging itself is a heavy-duty cylindrical tube, great for posting and easy to pour out of. It has a special foil lining inside so that our product stays fresh. The branding is very simple – a mono black print on brown paper. We have a little smiley face at the top of our tubes, to embrace the feel-good factor and also to make sure a little somebody smiles at you each morning.
SEASONS EATINGS GIFT PACK
Give the gift of deliciousness this holiday season with our ‘Seasons Eatings
You get 2 x 500g Pre-Mades, our natural Yousli Drawstring bag & Free Postage for only $29.90. It was great to see Yousli smiling away today in the prime posi of The Age ‘Christmas Essentials’ lift-out today.
ACTIVATED ALMOND BIRCHER
Move over sloppy birchers! Our textured Activated Almond Bircher is ready to go 🙂 Made from organic steel cut oats, activated almonds, activated buckwheat, pepitas and sunflower seeds for extra crunch factor. We’ve put helpful soaking instructions on the pack too. Enjoy!
MURRAY RIVER ORGANICS NOW AT YOUSLI.COM.AU
We have just received a fresh organic food drop from Murray River Organics – their Sun Muscats, Raisins and Sultanas are 100% organic and 100% delicious! All these organic goodies are plump, juicy and full of natural sweetness. Give them a try in your next custom make Yousli, they might just make your day 🙂
ACTIVE AND DELICIOUS – WHY ACTIVATED NUTS ARE GOOD FOR YOU
Arabella Forge is a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist with a Masters Degree in Dietetics. She is also the author of the cookbook, Frugavore: how to grow your own, buy local, waste nothing and eat well. Arabella is a food writer and regular contributor to The Melbourne Review, and Fairfax Media and a regular host for channel 10’s It’s a Lifestyle TV and A Taste of Travel.
I love activated nuts! They are crunchy, crisp and delicious. They also add a unique dimension to any meal – be it your breakfast muesli, salad mix or store in your-office-drawer-snack. Nuts are an extremely nutritious snack – they contain a variety of important nutrients such as calcium (found in almonds), magnesium, vitamin E and fibre. They are also an excellent source of protein and healthy fats – such as mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fatty acids.
The process of ‘activating’ nuts imitates a natural sprouting process – the nut is pre-soaked for usually 7-12 hours then left to dehydrate. This process decreases levels of anti-nutrients such as phytic acid. Phytic acid is a compound that is found in the hulls of all nuts, seeds, and grains, which can bind to important minerals, such as calcium, iron, and zinc, and can limit their absorption in the body. If you purchase raw nuts, it’s easy to activate them at home (see recipe below). The soaking and dehydration time can take up to a day, however the actual preparation time and labour is less than a few minutes.
Activation is a cooking method practiced by several hunter-gatherer groups. Nuts, seeds and grains were often pre-soaked or fermented for a period of time – in the case of nuts they were usually soaked in a salty medium such as seawater, and then left to dry or dehydrate out in the sun to become crispy and hard. Modern-day activation imitates this practice by pre-soaking with salt water in the home kitchen and dehydrating in an oven or dehydrator. Once activated, the nuts can be eaten just like raw nuts – added to muesli, salads, or kept in a jar as a tasty snack.
If you are gluten-intolerant, another handy trick is to make your own activated nut flour. This is easy to do with a basic food processor – you only need to grind the nuts into a smooth, flour-like consistency. The nut flour can then be stored in a zip lock bag in the fridge or freezer (where it should keep for up to several months). Raw or activated – nuts still remain one of the most convenient and nutritious snacks. Nuts can be stored in jars in your cupboard, packed up into lunchboxes for work, or even fumbled into your handbag as a quick pick-me-up-nibble.
Quick & Easy Nut Activation Recipe:
2 cups raw nuts*
2-teaspoons sea salt
Place the nuts in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Cover with water. Add the salt and stir until dissolved. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave it to rest on your kitchen bench for 12 hours or overnight. Drain the nuts from the water and rinse well. Spread the nuts out on a baking tray or in a food dehydrator and place in the oven or dehydrator at 40-50 degrees. Leave to cook for 12-24 hours or until they become crispy without any moisture. Activated nuts can be stored in the cupboard for several weeks. If you grind them into a nut flour it is worth storing them in the fridge or freezer. This recipe works well for all nuts excluding cashews. Cashews need only be soaked for 5-6 hours (they go slimy if soaked for longer). It is also difficult to source raw cashews.