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TRAIL MIX: ON THE GO SNACKS

Healthy snacks are such an important part of good nutrition. I find if I'm not well prepared with snacks I end up rushing into a convenience store between meetings and end up with the least convenient of choices (read chocolate). For me the key for good snacks is that they can be easily packed and carried along with you. And this is where I find some simple raw unsalted nuts really do the trick. But this can get a bit boring. So my solution is to put together my own home made trail mix. This is not really a revolutionary concept, but a home made version is just so much better than store bought mixes. Store bought mixes really do appear like healthy options but sometimes, on closer inspection one can find all sorts of unnecessary ingredients from hydrogenated oils, sodium and added sugar to artificial colourants, preservatives and sulfites. I've even spotted the odd m&m in some of the trail mixes on the shelves. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of chocolate (you'll even find it in my own mix), however I prefer to choose a dark chocolate thats less refined, lower in sugar and higher [...]

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GUACAMOLE STYLE HUMMUS

Hummus is a great healthy dip or spread. I like to use with veg crudite like cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, baby carrots, celery etc. It makes them taste delicious and it adds a source of healthy fat and protein. This guacamole style hummus is a tasty variation that you could also use as a spread on crackers or seed toast, dollop it over Mexican style beans or a veggie dip. You can make great variations on the traditional hummus recipe, you need the basics: Fat: Avocado (in this recipe), tahini, olive oil, peanut butter, soft cheese like feta, cottage cheese or ricotta or finely grated cheese like parmesan Legumes: Chickpeas (in this recipe), red kidney beans, borlotti beans etc Flavour: chilli (in this recipe) or coriander (in this recipe), garlic, fresh basil, sundried tomatoes, olives, cinnamon, cumin Liquid: lime juice (in this recipe), lemon juice, balsamic vinegar I’m definitely going to give a few of these variations a try, so keep a look out on the blog. GUACAMOLE STYLE HUMMUS   Print Prep time 5 mins Total time 5 mins   Author: Stacey Fischer Recipe type: Dip Serves: 5 servings. 1 serve = 2tbsp Ingredients [...]

ROAST CAULIFLOWER

This recipe was inspired from a recipe I found and loved in the Honey & Co. recipe book. Roasting your cruciferous veg like cauliflower reduces their bitterness and gives them a much sweeter taste. This recipe is great because of the high content of spices used. Spices not only add great flavour but they have are good sources of antioxidants and they have great anti-inflammatory and blood glucose regulating benefits ROAST CAULIFLOWER   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 90 mins Total time 1 hour 40 mins   Serves: 4 Ingredients 1 medium cauliflower 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp flaked almonds Spice Mix 1 fresh chilli finely chopped 2 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp tumeric 2 tsp ground coriander 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger ½ tsp nutmeg Instructions Heat oven to 200°C Place whole cauliflower in an oven proof dish and fill the bottom of the just with enough water that the cauliflower stem is covered. This works best in a smallish dish that fits the cauliflower quite closely Drizzle the olive oil evenly over the whole cauliflower, then sprinkle the spice mix over the olive oil. It will look like quite a [...]

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VEGGIE SUSHI SNACKS

These little veggie rolls are such a great snack or appetizer. I have always loved sushi, but I’ve never really made it at home because it seemed rather intimidating and that one would need some serious skill to produce such beautiful bite size snacks. I gave it a bash and found it surprisingly easy - I’m sure the rolls I produce wouldn’t rival the perfect portions that trained sushi chefs make but I think they do! So don’t shy away from making your own sushi at home, you can make much healthier options than those available in restaurants and the ingredients are readily available in most supermarkets. Nori (the seaweed stuff you use as the wrap) has few health properties that are a worth a mention: Omega 3s – Nori provides a good vegetarian source of omega 3 fats that are so beneficial for cognitive function and the nervous system. These fats are anti-inflammatory so they are beneficial for fighting chronic disease like metabolic syndrome. Iodine – Nori is a good natural source of iodine, iodine is important for thyroid function (the gland that regulates your metabolism) Fiber – Nori is about 88% fiber – great news for [...]