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!

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Kimono red for yummy, healthy Snacks

 

 

Veggie-packed Healthy Frittata

I love Frittata’s because they are delicious, but also because of their versatility – they can be served hot or chilled and for lunch or dinner. My recipe packs in lots of veggies, making the Frittata filling but low in calories. You can ch0oose to mix and match veggies depending on what you feel like (other options are capsicum, regular tomatoes, pumpkin, mushroom & asparagus).

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For a sweet taste and carbs to fill me up, I use sweet potato as the base of the Frittata but this can be substituted for baby potatoes if you prefer. The meal takes about an hour to prepare if you are a slow chopper (like me), but if have a knack for cutting greens it should only take about 30 minutes.

You will need:

  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 4 spring onions
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup feta
  • 1 zucchini
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 of cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C.
  2. Chop up the sweet potatoes and zucchini into cubes and fry in fry-pan with turmeric and olive oil, until golden brown and cooked through.
  3. Chop up the cherry tomatoes, spring onions, feta and basil. Also loosely chop the baby spinach.
  4. Whisk the eggs, milk and salt in a large bowl until smooth. Then stir through the basil.
  5. Put the sweet potatoes and the zucchini fry into the base of a cake tin. Cover with baby spinach, tomatoes and sprinkle with spring onion.
  6. Pour egg mixture over all other ingredients in cake tin, making sure to cover everything.
  7. Cut up feta into small blocks and place on top.
  8. Cook for 25 minutes, or until egg looks bouncy and cooked through (I check by inserting a skewer – make sure it doesn’t come out goopy).

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Voila! Homemade and delicious.

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Egg yolk yellow ~ 8 eggs needed for this dish!

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 🙂

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Spring Green for healthy recipes

 

My guilty pleasure – roast pumpkin bites

 

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Burnt Orange for warm, crispy pumpkin snacks

I am the worst when it comes to snacking, especially when I’m studying from home and all I want to do is eat and not work. But I’ve found that making a snack that’s a little more filling gives my stomach the satisfaction it needs, and stops me from eating a thousand unhealthy snacks all day.

A staple snack I make (you can also use this as a side for dinner/lunch) is roast pumpkin bites. After pre-heating the oven to 200˚C (400˚F) all I do is peel and chop up about 1/3 of a pumpkin into bite sized pieces. Then I lay them out on a tray that’s lined with baking paper, and drizzle some extra virgin olive oil over the top. Next, I season them with a sprinkle of thyme, basil, salt and paprika and then chuck on a handful of chopped walnuts. Finally, I slide them into the oven for 30 minutes.

This is a delicious little snack that stops all the cravings for food and it only takes about 10 minutes to prepare. It’s so yum and easy if you haven’t you should definitely give it a go.

Please feel free to give me any suggestions on the recipe as I am constantly changing and improving it, and leave any comments if you try it, like it or have your own method!

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