Category Archives: Snacks

Easy Delish Bean & Greens Dip…great for Lunchboxes!!

 

So it’s that time again….getting ideas for back to school & work time. We can get a little bored with the same day to day flavours – well this is so nice to spread onto a lovely sourdough or chia/wholemeal wrap, then add your extras…or dip with veggie sticks!

Packed with magnesium, calcium, folate, potassium, iron & protein – it’s a winner!

Ingredients:

  • 60g spinach & rocket leaves
  • 400g can Cannellini beans, drained
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 2Tbsp mint leaves
  • 1/4C extra virgin olive oil
  • 1Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1tsp lemon zest

Method:

  1. Simply throw all ingredients into a food processor & whiz up till smooth & creamy. Season with salt & pepper.

Easy recipe adapted from Woolworths “Fresh” magazine issue 136.

 

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One of My Favourite Christmas Treats….

Shortbread has been part of my Christmas tradition since I was a child. My sister & I used to make it with my mum for Christmas & give to family as gifts. As an adult I continued the tradition & enjoy making it listening to Christmas Carols….my husband is sad he only gets to enjoy it once a year – unfortunate for him?!!

I normally do the traditional version…only real butter, sugar, rice & plain flour. This year I’m going to do a mix to include gluten-free for a friend….here’s the recipe for everyone to enjoy!!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4C Cornflour (check the ingredients – should be just corn, cheaper versions may not be)
  • 1C Rice flour
  • 1/2C Castor sugar
  • 175g butter, softened (extra for greasing tray)

Methods:

  1. Preheat oven to 150ºC
  2. Sift cornmeal & rice flour & sugar together into medium bowl.
  3. Add the butter & work into the dry ingredients till it forms a soft dough. Refrigerate for an hour.
  4. Cover baking tray with greased baking paper.
  5. Roll out & shape dough into 3cm cookies on greased paper, with 4cm gap between each. Flatten with a fork. Makes about 20 cookies.
  6. Bake for 20-25mins, or until edges are lightly golden.
  7. Let them cool, then you can wrap in paper for Christmas gifts or enjoy fresh out of the oven.  🙂

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Chocolate Cherry Blitz…sounds just perfect for Christmas!!

Looking for  an indulgent choccie snack that won’t break your ‘calorie bank’ this holiday season???

Boosted with greens full of iron, magnesium, potassium, & folate; protein for that added punch of energy…plus cherries aid melatonin production – so better sleep!

Ingredients:

  • 1C grated zucchini
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach
  • 1/2C frozen/pitted cherries (in season or berries)
  • 1/4C raw cacao powder
  • 1Tbls chia seeds
  • 1C milk of choice
  • 1/2C water (or coconut water)
  • pinch or stevia or little honey if needed

Method:

  1. Throw all the ingredients into a high-powered blender & blend till smooth.
  2. Add little extra water is prefer thinner smoothie.

Recipe from “Smoothies, Bowls & Drinks” by Sarah Wilson.

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A Delish Smoothie to Enjoy!!

Here’s a yummy smoothie packed full of nutrients, antioxidants, good fats & protein that I’m sure you & the kids will love.

Enjoy after work, school or even for breakfast!

 

Ingredients:

  • 400ml coconut/almond milk (or milk of choice or coconut water)
  • banana
  • 1/4C chia seeds
  • 2Tbs Greek natural yoghurt
  • 1Tbs LSA (linseed/sunflower/almond meal)
  • 1/2tsp cinnamon powder (extra for serving)
  • 1/2tsp turmeric powder (extra for serving)
  • dash of honey (optional)

Method:

  1. Into blender add milk of choice, along with all other ingredients. Add honey to taste if you wish & blend away.
  2. Pour into chilled glasses & sprinkle with extra cinnamon & turmeric powders. Makes enough for two to enjoy!

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Edamame Hummus Dip

 

I see lots of menopausal women in my clinic….& they often ask…is soy ok for me??? This is a simple answer of YES – as a ‘real’ FOOD, not generally a supplement. It’s all about….BALANCE (my favourite word!!)

Edamame (soybeans) are a phyto-oestrogenic food rich in isoflavones. These are compounds that have a weak oestrogenic effect & bind to oestrogen receptors in the body. Including these as part of a balanced diet may help reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes & vaginal dryness, & may even protect you from breast & ovarian cancers.

Soy beans are full of B-vitamins & are particularly rich in choline – needed for brain function & also maintains the myelin sheath which protects our nerve cells. They are jam packed with amino acids….(the building blocks for protein), iron, calcium & Omega 3 EFA’s making them perfect for vegetarians. Your best choice is to buy organic soybeans when you can so you know they’re not genetically modified….& enjoying in moderation.

Ingredients:

  • x1 tin organic chick peas
  • 1/2C shelled organic edamame beans
  • 1C baby spinach
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • 2Tbsp olive oil
  • x1 clove garlic
  • 2 heaped Tbsp tahini
  • 1/2tsp cumin
  • handful of parsley…& any other herbs you like!
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/4C water
  • top with sesame seeds

Method:

  1. Place all ingredients except sesame seeds into food processor & blend till smooth.
  2. Add a little more water if necessary.
  3. Top with sesame seeds & enjoy with veggie sticks.

Recipe by Lisa Guy, naturopath.

 

 

 

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Another Banana Cake…GF, DF, Egg Free!!

Banana cake is a favourite in our household….there always seems to be good intentions of eating the bananas….but they do seem to go ‘black’ quicker up here??!!

So I have adapted this ‘Merry Maker Sisters’ recipe to include more fruits, no eggs & no added sugar. Enjoy……I’m sure you & your family will love this in their lunch boxes!!  😉

Ingredients:

  • 3/4C Coconut oil
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 3Tbsp ground Chia Seeds (I use a coffee grinder, but mortar & pestle should work)
  • 2C Almond meal
  • 2-3tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4C chopped raw nuts, plus extra to top with
  • 3/4C Blackberries/raspberries
  • 8 soaked in water, chopped dates
  • 1tsp baking powder

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C, line a 20cmx10cm loaf tin with baking paper.
  2. Soak ground chia seeds in 3Tbsp water for 5-8mins till gelatinous.
  3. In a large bowl mix almond meal, nuts, cinnamon & baking powder. Stir through until well combined dates, berries, bananas & chia seed gel.
  4. Transfer to prepared tin & sprinkle with extra nuts. Place in oven for 50mins, or until skewer comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool before turning out of tin, slice & serve.
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Blissful Lavender Wish Balls….aaahhhh

Insomnia is something that can hit us randomly when we have busy minds…or for some it can be a nightly occurrence.

Aahhh…..Bliss!!!

There are many causes for insomnia…from various hormonal imbalances, stress, & stimulants such as alcohol, tea coffee, chocolate, & drugs may interfere with our sleep patterns too. As may late night meals, our restless sleeping partner or….shift work.

Now I can’t claim these Wish Balls will ‘cure’ your insomnia….though I’m sure they will enhance a still & mindful mind…& help to maintain some balance.

Nuts are a protein source to help maintain blood sugar levels plus rich in calcium & magnesium to support your nervous system; the dates are rich in tryptophan & iron…& of course the lavender is a well known herb to settle a restless mind & relax the nervous system.

I WISH YOU a restful sleep…… 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2C desiccated or shredded coconut, with extra for rolling in
  • 1C Macadamia nuts (activated if possible – or LSA if no macadamia nuts available)
  • 1C Cashews (activated if possible)
  • 3Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 3/4C Medjool dates (I like to soak mine first into water too)
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/tsp ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Vanilla pod, split & scraped (or pinch vanilla powder)
  • 2-3tsp dried Lavender

Method:

  1. Pop all ingredients into a food processor & blend until well combined with a nice texture.
  2. Using a teaspoon of mixture, form into little balls with damp hands. (I like ‘Lindt ball’ size)
  3. Cover the base of a bowl with extra coconut & roll the balls in the coconut to coat.
  4. Pop the Wish Balls into the fridge on a plate for 20-30mins to firm up before enjoying at night….or anytime!
  5. The can be kept in the fridge for a week or so…leftovers can be frozen in a sealed container. Makes 12-16 balls.

Why not make a double batch & freeze them!!!

From “Food to Make You Glow” – Lola Berry

 

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Protein Packed Choc Brownie!!

Now…I was a little hesitant when I checked out these ingredients??!

But they were a HIT my house….& he still doesn’t know about the kidney beans…..he just wants me to make more!!!

They aren’t as gooey as the traditional….but still a great treat with a cup of herbal tea…hey – even breakie??!! LOL

Ingredients:

  • 2Tbsp chia seeds
  • 400g tin kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1/2C almond meal
  • 3/4C cacoa powder
  • 1/3C maple syrup or honey
  • 1tsp vanilla paste
  • 1 Tbsp tahini or almond butter

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC and line square baking tin with baking paper.
  2. In a small bowl, mix 1/4C warm water with chia seeds. Allow to sit for a bit to form a gel.
  3. Place chia seeds and remaining ingredients in food processor and blend until well combined.
  4. Pour into cake tine and spread evenly with knife.
  5. Bake for about 45mins or until a skewer comes out clean in the middle.
  6. Allow to cool, then cut into squares and serve.
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Do you have Endometriosis…maybe this Smoothie will Help YOU??!

Endometriosis can be a debilitating problem for many women….pain, heavy bleeding, fatigue etc. This smoothie full of protein rich ingredients, packed with magnesium, selenium, zinc, potassium, iron & antioxidants. 

  • 1-2 frozen ripe bananas
  • 1Tblsp cacoa powder (or cocoa if you have – full of magnesium, calcium, iron)
  • 1Tblsp molasses (high calcium, manganese, iron, potassium & Vit B’s)
  • 1tsp moringa powder (high protein, vitamin A, C, potassium & calcium – I have this in stock too now!!)
  • 1C nutmilk of choice (add water to thin out if needed)
  • Handful of Raspberries (high in calcium, magnesium, Vit C & B’s – great to help menstrual cramps)
  • 1Tblsp LSA (high zinc, selenium, magnesium, calcium & protein)
  • Dash of cinnamon powder (is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, balances blood sugars, etc)

You can add a raw egg if you don’t have moringa….high in calcium, iron, zinc, Vit B’s & is a great source of protein! Or even some natural yoghurt for extra calcium, Vit D & protein.

Throw all into your blended….add some ice if you like…& whizz up!

 

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Strawberry Coconut Balls

Check out this recipe……might be a nice treat for your Valentine?!!

Full of vitamin C , anti-oxidants, magnesium, good fats & protein.

 Put into your mini processor 200g strawberries, 1 handful goji berries, 1C desiccated coconut, 1Tbsp cacoa,  2-3Tbsp LSA, 1Tbsp coconut oil & mix thoroughly. Roll about 1 tablespoon of mix into a ball, then roll in extra desiccated coconut to coat. Place in the fridge to set….yum!

 

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