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!
Kimono red for yummy, healthy Snacks
This easter long weekend I decided to have an Easter Tea Party to celebrate. It was the perfect morning tea to begin the day with close friends and family.
Carrot Cake Cupcakes are the perfect size to enjoy the carrot-cinnamon flavour, without feeling ill off a massive piece of cake. I do my Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Betty Crocker Vanilla Icing (because it really is the tastiest), but they are also delicious with cream cheese icing ← I’ll link my go-to recipe.
I decorated the cupcakes with edible mini wafer flowers (which you can buy at most supermarkets) and complemented the cupcakes with warmed hot cross buns, choccy eggs and Earl Grey Tea. Delicious!
Recipe (makes 6)
You will need:
- 2/3 cup self-raising flour
- 1/3 cup caster sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3/4 grated large carrot or 1 grated medium carrot
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 180˚C, line a cupcake baking tin with patty pans.
- Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking powder in a large bowl and stir.
- Slowly mix in carrot and oil
- Beat egg in separate bowl and then mix in with all ingredients
- Pour mixture in patty pans (about 2/3 full)
- Bake for 18 minutes
Then enjoy!! Happy Easter everybody, hope you have a lovely weekend whether you celebrate it or not 🙂
Baby Pink – the perfect soft, Easter colour
Do you have something special you do on Easter? Leave a comment – I’d love to chat 🙂
Unluckily we rocked up to the Moonlight Cinema on a day that the weather decided to be super temperamental. All day the temperature was resting on a pleasant 21˚C, and then the moment we arrived to the park it started bucketing down with rain.
But, we didn’t let that take away from our fun. We took our picnic blankets and propped them over our heads and snuggled together to watch the Dance Academy Premiere.
I’m not a huge fan of the TV show Dance Academy, so I found it a bit difficult to follow the movie (and understand all the soap-opera drama) but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The real experience was eating with friends under the stars.
We bought hummus, red rock deli pesto dip, Doritos, Peckish Thins, Marvelous Creations Chocolate, Lindt 70% dark chocolate, Charlie’s Quencher lemonade, pizza shapes and donuts to snack on throughout the movie. It was a real treat night and I really let loose on the dark choccy.
If you ever get the chance to go to a Moonlight cinema I would recommend it. It’s got both a friendly and romantic atmosphere so it would be perfect for a date with your partner or for a girls night.
We had so much fun, and we’re definitely going back!
Cadmium orange for Movies in the Moonlight
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.