Homemade Seed Crackers – make a batch at the start of the week of an easy.
With Spring in the air I have been feeling like mixing up my snacks! So here is a quick list of what I am munching on lately:
1. Seed Crackers. For years I have been converting clients onto homemade seed crackers and now Donna Hay has released a recipe in her Fresh & Light seasonal magazine and made them hip again, I have seen a mass increase of Instagram worthy pictures of them. They are quick and easy, super filling and with no nasties. They have even become the star of many cheese platters. They are tasty on their own, with pesto and fresh tomato, or cheese or avocado. So email me today, if you want to join in the bandwagon.
2. Hummus and Carrot Sticks. I have always loved hummus but just realised the other day it has been ages since I had made any (probably since last summer!). And since then it has been a regular on my snacking menu. Hummus is packed with nutrients, is high in protein and good fats. Please its a great substitute for other ‘spreads’ on the market. There are some great varieties out there but making your own is super cheap and done in 5 minutes tops.
3. Frozen raspberries and greek yoghurt. I am wishing raspberries are in season right now but while they are still $8 a punnet I’ll happily settle for the frozen variety. We often get caught up on the fresh is best mantra, which in a lot of causes is true. But with the technology these days and the fact we don’t know how long our vegetables and fruits have been stored for frozen is often better. Greek yoghurt is a great source of protein and calcium and make sure you choose the unsweetened, full fat variety too keep you full for longer.
If you would like help with meal ideas and plans , contact NZ Registered Nutritionist Larissa Beeby for your own nutrition consultation either online, in person or over the phone.
Director / NZ Registered Nutritionist
Snacking is an area that a lot of people struggle with. At nearly every consultation I do I get asked for healthy snack ideas…for kids, to have at work, while travelling and while at home.
I snack everyday. While Im working Im very habitiual with my snacking. I exercise in the morning before work so I find by mid morning (even after a smoothie and porridge for breakfast) I need a small snack to get me to lunch time. It is normally, 2 brazil nuts, 6 x natural almonds and a bliss ball or some form of home baking I have done. And the afternoons are the same. I get to mid afternoon and really need a little something as I find its a long time between lunch and dinner! In the afternoons it could be nuts and seeds again, carrot sticks with hummus, avocado or peanut butter or sometimes its even cheese and gherkins!
Snacks can be an be an important part of our daily intake. And contribute to your overall nutrient intake. However choosing the wrong snacks can be a real trap when trying to lose weight or while trying to maintain healthy.
Small handful of mixed natural nuts (~30g)
Small pottle of low-fat yoghurt
1 peice fruit and 2 x brazil nuts
1 piece of homemade ‘kumara’ muesli bar
1 small homemade rice and vegetable frittatta (made in small muffin tins)
2 celery stick with 1/4 avocado mashed or peanut butter
carrot sticks with 2 Tbsp hummus
An apple and small cube (match box size) of edam cheese or almond butter
SNACKS FOR CHILDREN
Milk and fruit based smoothie
Celery sticks with peanut butter
“munch and crunch” platter ie a platter of cherry tomatoes, capscium, carrot sticks, celery sticks, grapes, rice crackers or toasted wholemeal pita breads
Low fat yoghurt and a peice of fruit
Mini pizza made on english muffinss
SNACKS WHILE TRAVELLING
Muesli bar with no chocolate or yoghurt coating (aim for <10g sugar)
Make the most of passing fruit and vege stalls on the side of the road
Homemade snack pack of dried apricots and natural nuts
Tuna and rice crackers
Trim flat white
Homemade snack pack of dried chickpeas
Pack a chiller bag with frozen pottles of yoghurts and they can thaw on your journey
and remember pack bottles of plain water
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Nutritionist / Director