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December 3, 2012

Seitenbacher Musli

by Anne Paddock

Seitenbacher is a family owned manufacturer of natural foods based out of a small town in southwest Germany near Heidelberg. Established in 1980 by Willi Pfannenschwarz, the company name comes from a river near where Pfannenschwarz was born.  Musli (muesli in the US) is a very popular breakfast cereal in Europe and is just now gaining popularity in the United States. Often thought as a dry tasting powdery wheat and oat cereal, muesli is also made with dried fruits and nuts to add taste and texture to what is now becoming a preferred breakfast cereal in the US.

I first tasted Seitenbacher muesli years ago in Switzerland as the varieties (13 currently) are carried in all the grocery stores. Each Seitenbacher muesli is given a number (1-10, 21-23) to make it easy for the consumer to remember which muesli is a favorite. In 2006, Seitenbacher opened a distribution center in Tampa, Florida to use as the company expands into the American market.  Seitenbacher makes 10 different kinds of muesli and 3 different types of organic muesli, briefly described as follows:

zqb-12657_1z#1 Natural Body Power: A good source of protein and dietary fiber, this muesli contains whole grain spelt, raisins unsulphured, whole grain oats, peanut kernels, sunflower seeds, barley flakes, dried apples unsulphured, hazelnut kernels, and wheat germ.

#2 Berries Temptation: Wheat-free but high in fiber with whole grain oats, raisins unsulphured, whole grain barley, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, apples unsulphured, and raspberries. Pictured, at left.

#3 For Active People: A good source of protein and fiber with whole grain spelt, whole grain oats, barley flakes, corn flakes, papaya, dates, raisins, soy nuts, banana chips, apples unsulphured, pineapple, apricots unsulphured, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, almonds, peanuts, and freeze-dried strawberries.

#4 Pumpkin Seeds Formular: High in protein with lots of dried fruit, this variety contains whole grain oats, pumpkin seeds, raisins unsulphured, whole grain barley, apples unsulphured, and unsweetened corn flakes.

#5 Choco Mix: For those that love chocolate and no artificial flavors, this muesli contains whole grain oats, brown cane sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, low-fat cocoa powder, spelt, and canola lecithin.

#6 Gluten Free Muesli (Cranberries and Almonds): Gluten-free and high in protein and fiber, this muesli contains cranberries, sesame seeds, soy kernels, almonds, dried apples unsulphured, sunflower kernels, puffed rice, corn flakes, and bee honey.

#7 Gluten Free Muesli (Strawberry): A different gluten-free version that contains raisins, dried apples, sesame seeds, almonds, puffed rice, corn flakes, cashew kernels, bee honey, and freeze-dried strawberries.

#8 High Fiber Breakfast: High in dietary fiber and a good source of protein, this variety contains whole grain barley flakes, apricots unsulphured, whole grain oats, raisins, raw almonds, apples unsulphured, sunflower seeds, whole grain spelt, spelt flakes, soluble fiber made of beets, and cinnamon.

#9 Strawberry Delight: A low-fat, high protein version that contains whole grain oats, whole grain spelt, raisins, freeze-dried strawberries, apples unsulphured, sliced almonds, and corn flakes.

#10 Chocolate Delight: Wheat free and low-fat, this muesli contains whole grain oats, pears unsulphured, brown cane sugar, barley flakes, corn flakes, cocoa butter, skim milk, low-fat cocoa powder, and canola lecithin.

#21 Cashews and Almonds: Vegan and wheat-free, this muesli contains all organic ingredients:  rolled oats, barley flakes, raisins, cashew kernels, almonds, dates, apricots, sunflower kernels, and sesame seeds.

#22 Almonds and Raspberries: Vegan and wheat-free, this muesli also contains all organic ingredients: barley flakes, raisins, oat flakes, almonds, sunflower kernels, and raspberries.

#23 Almonds and Cranberries: Vegan, wheat-free and organic containing barley flakes, oat flakes, raisins, cranberries, apple juice infused, sesame seeds, almonds, and sunflower kernels.

zqb-18111b_1zFor those who want a natural breakfast food that is nutritious and great tasting, consider trying Seitenbacher muesli blends. My favorites include #2  (Berries Temptation) and #21 – the cashew and almond blend but there is a flavor for everyone. The cereal is delicious with ice-cold low-fat milk or mixed with a big bowl of thick cut rolled oats after a long run.

Each blend comes in a 16-ounce (1 pound) rectangular shaped sealed bag and sells for $5-$6. Available in grocery stores across the country including Publix and also available on-line at www.soap.com (free shipping for orders over $39), www.amazon.com, or www.jemsnaturalliving.com.

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