My 5 Go-to Healthy Snacks

Hey guys!

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.

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These are:

  • 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.

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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. 1 cup rolled oats
  2. 3/4 cup self-raising flour
  3. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  4. Sprinkle of salt
  5. 1/4 cup olive oil (be ready to add more in case your mixture is too dry)
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 cup sultanas
  8. 2 medium carrots grated
  9. 1/3 cup pepitas
  10. 2 tbsp maple syrup
  11. 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!

xx

 

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Kimono red for yummy, healthy Snacks

 

 

Fairytale Breakfast Destination

Bread & Circus Wholefoods Canteen combines fairytale and farmers market in Alexandria’s very own Foodie Warehouse. The cafe was just a 15 minute stroll from Erskineville station.

This cafe gives a new meaning to flexitarian, with great brekkie and lunch options that let you unleash your inner vegetarian (with some cheats).

For breakfast, you can choose to indulge in biodynamic eggs flavoured with parmesan, herbs and truffle oil, or treat yourself to their must-have cardamom spiced banana bread. Each meal is around $20, but if you don’t want to break the budget you can get fluffy biodynamic essene bread with avo for $10.

For lunch you can discover roasted beetroot topped with warm goats cheese or keep an eye out for their ‘sandwich boxes’ with preservative free ham or grass-fed sustainable beef. The menu changes daily, so you’ll want to go back again (and again) for more.

Get your coffee fix with their blends that use beans from Columbia and Guatemala. Tea junkies are spoilt with an array of black and herbal delights, my favourite was the Himalayan Earl Grey.

The canteen has a dreamlike feel with its light wood benches and pastel pink walls, which are bountifully decorated with fresh fruits and veggies.

I went with a close friend, and it was the perfect cafe for brunch to catch up, so definitely make a date and enjoy this hidden gem.

xx

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Pastel pink to go with the theme of this sweet spot

The Perfect Low Calorie High Satiety Breakfast

Hey guys!

I have been working on this recipe for a while, trying out all different styles of breakfasts (muesli, toast, bacon & eggs, avo on toast, pancakes) to try and find a yummy, low calorie breakfast which is also very filling.

So here it is, the perfect breakfast to fill you up and keep you looking and feeling good:

  • 2 poached eggs cooked in 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 piece of multi-grain toast
  • Black tea with almond/soy/cows milk (or herbal tea e.g. peppermint)

This meal has healthy carbohydrate in the bread, good fat in the avocado, protein in the eggs, part of your daily dairy requirement in the tea and a touch of flavour with the tomatoes.

Don’t feel guilty about the eggs (if you’ve ever heard anything negative about them), they are one of the healthiest and filling foods you can eat.

To avoid getting tired of having the SAME meal every day (don’t worry it happens to the best of us), mix the meal up by replacing the egg with 50g of fish, such as tuna, trout or cooked salmon. Or, you can try different breads such as wholemeal, rye or sourdough. Or, if you are feeling like a bit more flavour you can add some mushrooms or a small piece of grilled haloumi or tasty cheese. It’s up to you!

The feature image is one I captured this morning when I went out with a friend (Burnt Orange cafe Mosman). I ate about half and then asked for the rest take-away to savour for lunch.

xx

 

What I Eat in a Day | Recipes

Recently I decided to revolutionise my diet and cut out a lot of the rich foods I’ve been eating. I’m still going to have treats and nice things, but more occasionally so that I enjoy them more.

Breakfast 

Fried Egg with Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes, Ham and Beans

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This recipe is pretty straightforward and nice and easy for when you wake up with a growling stomach: fry up the egg in coconut oil or butter, roughly chop the cherry tomatoes in half and chuck them in the pan then fry until the egg is cooked and the tomatoes start to sizzle. Then add the rest of the ingredients to your plate and breakfast is ready mmm.

What you need:

  • 1 egg
  • 5 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/4 cup kidney beans
  • 3 tablespoons pre-cooked & diced bacon

Morning Tea

Honey & Ginger Tea 

Lunch

Green Bean & Bacon Fry

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What you need:

  • 1/2 cup chopped green beans
  • 1 egg
  • diced ham
  • sultanas
  • walnuts

Place the walnuts in a fry pan on a high heat and drizzle with a bit of olive oil. Place a cover over them for 3 minutes, then add in the rest of the ingredients and fry up.

Eat with: Green Jasmine Tea & 1 mandarin

Afternoon Tea 

1 Nutmeg & Cinnamon Sugarless Cookie 

I devised this recipe myself, and these ‘cookies’ are great for a filling snack that leaves you guilt-free. If you have a bit of a sweet tooth I suggest adding a few more sultanas. It also makes for some fun afternoon baking, if you have the time!

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Ingredients:

1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 cups self-raising flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sultanas
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp cocoa
3 tbsp beetroot juice

Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon. Wash your hands and use your fingers to roll the dough into balls about 5cm x 5cm. Press the dough balls onto a pan which has been lined with baking paper. Once finished pop them into the oven at 200˚C (392˚F) for 15 minutes.

Dinner 

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Lamb Curry

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This was such a filling dinner, which I served with quinoa and a light salad. So yum, and the curry isn’t spicy at all. The recipe is quite long, so I’ll post it in detail another time. If you’d like me to do that – let me know!!

Eating like this has made me feel so much happier and healthier. If you’re looking to change up your diet, give these recipes a go 🙂

xx

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Spring Green for healthy recipes

 

Superfood Green Tea Berry Smoothie

Summer or winter I love a good smoothie.

After lots of trial and error, I have created the perfect smoothie with ingredients that have different benefits for clean eating.

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  1. 1/3 Cup brewed green tea
    Green tea is nature’s power drink, packed with anti-oxidants whilst carrying 0 calories. The low doses of caffeine keep you stimulated and awake without the negative effects that excessive amounts of coffee can bring. Green tea has also been shown to increase fat burning when drunk before exercise and prevents chances of cancer, infections, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Incorporating it into your diet is very recommended, but as I can’t stomach the taste of pure green tea, I like to add it to my smoothies.
  2. 1/4 cup Jalna pot set natural vanilla yoghurt
    I love to add a small amount of creamy Jalna yoghurt to give my smoothie the taste boost that makes me love it. Don’t be fooled by half-fat yoghurts, advertising the benefits of a lower fat diet, remember that less fat means more sugar and the lack of satiety provided will make you want more.
  3. Handful of frozen blueberries
    Blueberries are little bursts of nutrients, full of fiber and important vitamins. They help prevent cancer and cholesterol problems and have also been shown to prevent heart disease. Adding a couple of handfuls to your diet each week is essential to clean eating.
  4. 1/2 a banana
    Banana’s are wonderful for a low-calorie snack which still fills you up. They are associated with numerous health benefits, but perhaps the most poignant is that they have been shown to preserve memory. The brain is arguably the most important part of the human body, so including foods which boost its power is fundamental.
  5. Heaped teaspoon of chia powder
    Chia seeds have dominated the ‘clean eating’ industry since it began, with almost every superfood recipe including them. Their popularity is due to their anti-ageing properties, their help with digestion (keeps you feeling fuller longer and reducing sugar cravings), bone strength and how they help with building muscle and losing weight. This last feature of the seeds is because of their ability to absorb 10x their own weight in water, meaning they prolong hydration and improve nutrient absorption of electrolytes.
  6. 1 teaspoon of acai powder
    Needless to say, acai powder is a recently discovered (by the health industry) superfood. If you haven’t seen acai powder on almost every health food restaurant menu, it’s basically a powder made from acai berries found in South America. Having all of the properties (and more) listed above for chia seeds, they are mostly associated with weight loss as they oxidise cholerestrol preventing it from clinging to arteries.
  7. 1 cup of almond milk
    I love almond milk! A lot of my friends have told me its an acquired taste, and although it may be, after about a year of drinking it I think it tastes like a chocolately, nutty brew. Using unsweetened almond milk is a reduction of 40% of your calorie intake, over drinking cows milk. Although you don’t want to stick solely to almond milk (builds up lactose intolerance), incorporating it into your diet where you can is important.

xx

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Pot Colour: Plum, for a fresh, superfood smoothie