I’ve been trying to cut down (healthily) a little on what I eat recently, and I realised that I’ve been picking up weight because I’m constantly nibbling on different things in the pantry.
So, to make sure I stay full throughout the day I have 5 go-to snacks in the fridge/food cupboard which are filling AND yummy.
- Carrot sticks & Pilpel Hummous – carrot has to be my favourite veggie because of its sweetness, and Pilpel Hummous is my go-to because it has so much flavour but doesn’t have garlic in it (garlic upsets my stomach).
- Dried fruit/nut mix – handful of pecans, pepitas, dried apricots, sultanas and walnuts. The fruits give you that sweet satisfaction and the nuts fill you up.
- Apple & Carman’s Nut Bar – Carman’s does such a great range of healthy muesli bars, if your local supermarket stocks them I would definitely recommend checking them out. They are the perfect snack, and funnily enough I got up at 2am the other night because my stomach was rumbling, and a Carmen’s nut bar was the perfect fix to send me back to sleep.
- Popcorn – try to avoid popcorns that are doused in butter, just plain corn kernels will do the trick.
- My sugarless carrot/oatmeal cookies – they say ‘sugarless’ but don’t worry maple syrup and sultanas make them just as yummy as regular cookies.
I have been making batches of these for longer than I can remember because they are the perfect moreish snack, especially when I’m on the go.
You will need:
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup self-raising flour
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Sprinkle of salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil (be ready to add more in case your mixture is too dry)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sultanas
- 2 medium carrots grated
- 1/3 cup pepitas
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- Handful of pecans (to decorate)
Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Mix the oats, flour, cinnamon, salt, sultanas, grated carrots and pepitas together in a large bowl. Then, add the olive oil, vanilla extract and maple syrup and stir to combine. Add extra olive oil until the mixture is a perfect, doughy consistency. Whack in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes (or until golden brown) and voila! You’re done.
I hope you too can enjoy these great snacks. They are especially great if you are looking to maintain a healthy weight and want filling snacks that aren’t completely boring!
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Today was Mother’s Day, and to treat Mum I decided to prepare a lovely Sunday lunch that she enjoyed.
As usual, it took way longer to prepare than I expected. I woke up at 9am and immediately started baking, and was going flat out until 1pm when lunch was served.
For the meal I decided to do wine-braised chicken (with white wine, carrots, red onion, rosemary, red grapes and pine nuts), and an asparagus & grilled halloumi salad.
I do enjoy baking, but I’m not too good when it comes to experimenting, so I stuck fast to Jamie Olivers recipes from his cookbook. I’ve found that if you really follow the recipes he gives you will produce delicious meals that taste like they’re actually restaurant quality.
For dessert, I went all out with Mum’s favourite cake – a white chocolate mud cake. I always use the Taste recipe when I make the cake, but I halve the mixture because the amount they prescribe actually makes 2 regular sized cakes (you could definitely stick with the actual quantities and pile the 2 cakes on top of each other with creamy ganache in the middle).
It was a lovely day, and I treated Mum to a mani-pedi voucher at our local salon, to top the day off.
What do you usually do for mum on Mother’s Day?
Firstly, if you live in or around Sydney – go check out one of my favourite restaurants (Johnny Lobster). They just started doing ALL YOU CAN EAT Fried Chicken on Wednesdays, and if that doesn’t sound like heaven I don’t know what does.
Okay so onto the post, it’s going to be a bit brief this Sunday, since I’m absolutely bogged down in uni work and would prefer to pass my courses… but don’t worry, there are exciting things coming!
Firstly, and actually the main reason I’ve got a lot on at the moment, is that I got a two day a week editorial internship at an online magazine called Broadsheet. I’m super excited to begin working there, because I’ll get invaluable workplace experience whilst having my writing published. Even better, it’s exactly the place I’d love to work after uni! If you’re a uni student I would definitely recommend getting an internship as soon as possible. I’ve had two so far, and I honestly learn more in one day interning than I do in an entire semester studying at uni.
Secondly, I’ll be travelling to South Africa (to visit my extended family) in June/July. We go back every year, and this time we are also doing a trip around a game park. So stay tuned for some travel/holiday posts and photographs of the Big Five.
I’ve also started hip-hop dance classes (once a week) on a bit of a whim, because I did dance for 10 years and then quit and I thought it might be a nice idea to get back into it for fun. Turns out I’m far less flexible than I used to be, so daily stretching has now also become a thing.
In terms of upcoming posts, Australia has Mother’s Day coming up next Sunday so keep a look out for a yummy cake recipe (going to go all out with something I’ve never baked before), and I also plan to try the Vegan diet for a week and document my experiences… who know’s maybe I’ll convert.
Thanks for bearing with my sub-par post this week, everyone’s support means so much.