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5 Gluten-Free Snack Ideas For Kids

Stuck on snacks for for your child’s school lunch-box? Try some of these healthy, gluten-free snack ideas which are quick and easy to make before leaving the house and starting your day.

RELATED: Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan

Apple cookies

These tasty cookies are made with one thick apple slice and topped off with organic peanut butter (although you can use something else such as almond butter), yum!

5 Gluten-Free Snack Ideas For Kids

Homemade pretzels

If you have a little time on the weekend, bake these homemade pretzels which are healthy and gluten-free. They contain no artificial colours of flavours and are perfect for lunch-boxes.

5 Gluten-Free Snack Ideas For Kids

Fruit bars

For something sweet, try homemade fruit bars which are free from gluten, contain no refined sugar and are made fresh! Our favourite fillings include blueberries and strawberries.

5 Gluten-Free Snack Ideas For Kids

Oat muffins

To enjoy breakfast on-the-go, you can bake healthy muffins made from banana and oats. Add a splash of our favourite milk and top-off with chocolate chips.

5 Gluten-Free Snack Ideas For Kids

Fruit and vegetable skewers

Kids are sure to love these tasty skewers for lunch or an afternoon snack. You can also deconstruct the skewer and serve as a fruit salad.

5 Gluten-Free Snack Ideas For Kids

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August 17, 2015

Fresh Fruit Spring Roll Ideas

Looking for a healthy snack which takes just minuets to prepare? Stock-up on fresh fruits and create these delicious spring rolls which are ideal for lunch, a quick snack, or even if you’re on-the-go.

RELATED: Rainbow Spring Rolls Recipe

Strawberry and mango

These delicious rolls are made from freshly sliced strawberries, mangoes, and served with a side of honey and lime dressing.

Fresh Fruit Spring Roll Ideas

Peach and avocado

Enjoy these delicious spring rolls which are so unique and tasty. Add a few greens such as baby spinach, rocket, and pistachio nuts along with the peach slices for a filling meal.

Fresh Fruit Spring Roll Ideas

Kiwi fruit, blackberry and Greek yoghurt

For extra flavour, add one teaspoon of Greek yoghurt into each spring roll and refrigerate until it sets. These are made from kiwi fruit, mango and blackberries.

Fresh Fruit Spring Roll Ideas

Melon and basil

Finely slice your melon, red cabbage and carrot then add some basil for truly fresh snack at any time of the day. Perfect for vegans!

Fresh Fruit Spring Roll Ideas

Mixed fruit rolls

If you can’t choose just two fruits, why not have them all? Strawberries, kiwi fruits, peaches, nectarines, and banana slices make for a tasty snack even the kids will enjoy. Serve with delicious ginger sauce for extra flavour.

Fresh Fruit Spring Roll Ideas

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August 8, 2015

5 Healthy Vegan Snacks

Looking for a way to beat 3:30itis without snacking on everything in the pantry? We are sharing some of the tastiest vegan snacks even the kids would enjoy! Simply prepare them the night before and pack in an air-tight container if you’re on-the-go.

RELATED: Wholesome Treats: Raw Vegan Chewy Pecan Brownie

No-bake bites

Prepare these healthy energy balls made from oatmeal, coconut flakes, peanut butter, flax seed, cocoa, honey, chia seeds and vanilla extract. Let them cool in the fridge overnight, then serve!

5 Healthy Vegan Snacks

Zucchini chips

Indulge in a handful of healthy zucchini chips the next time you want something healthy to snack on. Add some chilli flakes over the top if you like yours extra spicy!

5 Healthy Vegan Snacks

Tomato, mint and avocado bites

Take a 5 minute lunch break to enjoy these juice bites which are made from avocado, tomato and fresh mint. Drizzle some lemon juice over the top before serving.

5 Healthy Vegan Snacks

Salt and vinegar sweet potato chips

Or you can make these crispy sweet potato chips for the kids as a healthy snack for their school lunchbox. They only require 3 ingredients and no deep-fryer!

5 Healthy Vegan Snacks

Blueberry bars

We’ve definitely saved the best until last! These raw vegan bars are made from fresh blueberries, a nutty base and can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or even a sneaky afternoon snack.

5 Healthy Vegan Snacks

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August 5, 2015

7 Healthy Haloumi Snack Ideas

If you haven’t tried haloumi before, then you’re just about to love it. This versatile cheese can be grilled, fried and baked to create a multitude of main meals and snacks that taste amazing. We’ve compiled a few of our favourite haloumi dishes below for extra inspiration!

RELATED: Mediterranean Haloumi Salad Recipe

Fig and haloumi canapés

Start by making these delicious canapés made with grilled figs, fresh haloumi, mint and drizzled honey over the top.

7 Healthy Haloumi Snack Ideas

Avocado, pumpkin and haloumi quinoa

A serving of healthy quinoa is the perfect way to balance out this lunch or dinner meal. Serve with a few slices of avocado for extra flavour, yum!

7 Healthy Haloumi Snack Ideas

Beetroot and haloumi sliders with chilli jam

These mini sliders are a delicious slider to serve with fruity cocktails at home. Lightly toast the bread bunch for extra crunch and serve with fresh arugula.

7 Healthy Haloumi Snack Ideas

Baked haloumi cheese rolls

Simply fill your filo pastry with fresh haloumi, twist and bake until golden brown. So quick and easy!

7 Healthy Haloumi Snack Ideas

Haloumi and watermelon salad

Try this easy summer salad idea which combines the best of sweet and savoury produce. Serve with fresh red cherries, juicy watermelon and grilled cherry tomatoes with a balsamic glaze.

7 Healthy Haloumi Snack Ideas

Zucchini and haloumi fritters

Try these delicious haloumi fritters with fresh zucchini for a healthy meal at any time of the day.

7 Healthy Haloumi Snack Ideas

Vegetable stack

For a healthy meal sans-carbohydrates, try this yummy vegetable stack which is completely grilled. Add some hummus into the base for extra flavour.

7 Healthy Haloumi Snack Ideas

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August 3, 2015

7 Delicious Summer Picnic Snacks

Planning a fun day in the sun this summer? Instead of buying something pre-made, why not pack your very own picnic! We have a few of the best healthy snacks to entertain your guests, made from seasonal fruits and vegetables.

RELATED: Summer Beetroot Salad Recipe

Fruit kebabs

Make your very own fruit kebabs with the essentials such as strawberries, bananas, kiwi fruit, melon, and pineapple – yum!

Planning a fun day in the sun this summer? Instead of buying something pre-made, why not pack your very own picnic! We have a few of the best healthy snacks to entertain your guests, made from seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Baguette

Bring your favourite baguette bread packed with sliced tomato, fresh basil, mozzarella cheese, salami and a touch of garlic to taste.

7 Delicious Summer Picnic Ideas

Berry salad

Entertain your guests with this fresh berry salad boasting balsamic grilled cherry, blueberries, goats cheese and crunchy lettuce. Make sure to add the dressing just before you serve the meal so it doesn’t make the meal soggy.

7 Delicious Summer Picnic Ideas

Melon and cucumber salad

For another fresh salad recipe, slice some fresh melon and cucumber, then season with crumbled feta and coriander. Don’t be afraid to add a few chilli flakes for an extra kick!

7 Delicious Summer Picnic Ideas

Rice paper rolls

Prep these pre-made rice paper rolls with fresh chilli sauce the next time you want to impress your guests. Simply wrap them up, refrigerate and pack them into your picnic basket when you’re ready-to-go.

7 Delicious Summer Picnic Ideas

Strawberry caprese salad

For a modern take on a traditional classic, try this refreshing strawberry salad with fresh mozzarella.

7 Delicious Summer Picnic Ideas

Asparagus and haloumi sandwiches

We’re finishing up the list with these mouth-watering sandwiches with grilled asparagus, yummy mozzarella, and lemon and mint to taste.

7 Delicious Summer Picnic Ideas

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July 8, 2015

5 Tasty Granola Recipe Ideas

Looking for a tasty way to enjoy your granola in the morning? From granola cups to fruity parfaits, we’ve got you covered for every meal including breakfast, brunch, or even a healthy afternoon snack!

RELATED: Apple Cinnamon Granola Recipe

Parfait

A healthy homemade parfait is the perfect way to combine granola and your favourite seasonal fruits. Serve in a clear glass and make sure to layer it up to keep the berries fresh.

5 Tasty Granola Recipe Ideas

Granola cups

Make your own healthy granola cups by filling a cupcake tray with the mixture before it sets. For the filling, add some Greek yoghurt, yummy berries and chia seeds for extra flavour and texture.

5 Tasty Granola Recipe Ideas

Muffins

Who knew that granola can also be used to create a healthy breakfast muffin? One of our favourite recipes uses granola, brown sugar and fresh blueberries for a tasty snack you can keep in the pantry.

5 Tasty Granola Recipe Ideas

Baked oatmeal

Instead of using the standard oatmeal mix, add some granola, blueberries and a pinch of chocolate chips for a crunch oatmeal cupcake. Bake until golden brown, then leave to cool before serving with a cup of coffee.

5 Tasty Granola Recipe Ideas

Breakfast bars

Bake your very own granola bars made from scratch and store them in the fridge for up to 5 days. Add a few super foods into the mix for a truly healthy snack which you can enjoy on-the-go.

5 Tasty Granola Recipe Ideas

What are some of your favourite ways to enjoy granola?

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July 2, 2015

Strawberry, Basil and Smashed Avocado Toast

If you’re looking for a quick breakfast, snack, or even dinner recipe, then avocado on toast should be the number one choice.

Not only does it take just seconds to prepare, but it also tastes incredible. Combine with fresh summer strawberries and a hint of basil for extra flavour.

RELATED: Easy Prawn and Avocado Wraps

Ingredients

Strawberries

Balsamic vinegar

Toasted bread

Ripe avocado

Fresh basil

Lemon juice

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Chilli flakes (optional)

Method

  1. Place the strawberries in a small bowl and toss with a small drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile toast the bread. Slice your avocado in half and then into cubes and add a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of salt right into the avocado. Scoop it out and use the back of a fork to smash it on toast.
  3. Top toasts with basil, strawberries, a sprinkle of hemp seeds and freshly ground black pepper. Add more salt to taste (only if necessary).

Image and Recipe via Love and Lemons

June 26, 2015

Vegetarian Green Hummus Recipe

Did you know that hummus is actually packed with nutrients and protein? This healthy dip is a fantastic alternative to mayonnaise since it’s relatively low in fat and is so easy to make from scratch. Why not try this delicious green hummus, which is packed with vegetables, as a tasty snack for the entire family!

RELATED: Quick and Easy Party Snacks For Kids

Ingredients

2 cups chickpeas, cooked

1 cup beet greens or kale, roughly chopped

1 clove carlic

2 tbsp. tahini paste

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp water

Juice of one lemon (approx 2 tbsp)

1/2 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth – they can also be combined using an immersion blender.
  2. Taste and adjust salt and pepper if necessary.

Image and Recipe via The Well Floured Kitchen

June 22, 2015

5 Healthy Desk Snacks

Can’t quite keep away from snacking at your desk? Get rid of all the garbage in your drawers, handbag and other compartments and try some of these healthy snacks instead. They are sure to keep you feeling fuller for longer and taste amazing!

RELATED: Healthy Snack Alert – Hummus

Dark chocolate

A few pieces of dark chocolate is the best way to curb those sugary cravings when 3pm hits. Choose anything higher than 85 per cent since it’s healthier for you and isn’t packed with nearly as much sugar. Enjoy a few pieces with your green tea to unwind in the afternoon.

5 Healthy Desk Snacks

Blueberries

Not only are blueberries a healthy snack, they’re also easy to find at all supermarkets! Simply rinse them with water and keep them at your desk the entire day.

5 Healthy Desk Snacks

Edamame beans

Enjoy a handful of crunchy edamame beans the next time you’re feeling peckish. They are packed with fibre, protein and antioxidants, which all contribute to a healthy body in the long-term. Sprinkle with sea salt or even use them in your salad!

5 Healthy Desk Snacks

Unsalted pistachios

Swap the potato chips for a handful of healthy pistachio nuts. Choose the variety which are unsalted since they taste even better raw and roasted. Yum!

5 Healthy Desk Snacks

Dried fruit

Any type of dried fruit including mangoes, pineapple and apple is a great snack to stash on your desk or in your handbag. It doesn’t need refrigerating, tastes amazing any time of the year and is so yummy!

5 Healthy Desk Snacks

What are some of your healthy desk snacks?

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June 3, 2015

Raw Chocolate-Coated Protein Bars Recipe

We all love a treat, particularly if it’s considered healthy! Well, ladies, this choc-coated protein bars recipe, provided by Change Room Foods, not only contains superfood ingredients like coconut oil and cacao powder, but makes for a tasty and convenient snack.

RELATED: Strawberry Filled Dark Chocolate Easter Eggs Recipe

Serves 8

Ingredients

For the bars

1 cup raw walnuts

3 tbsp IsoWhey Wholefoods Bio-Fermented Pea & Brown Rice Protein Powder (Vanilla & Lucuma flavour)

1 tbsp lucuma powder

2 tbsp coconut flour, plus extra for rolling

1 tbsp coconut butter / coconut paste, softened

3 tbsp coconut oil, softened

2 tbsp pure maple syrup

For the chocolate

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

1/4 cup cacao powder

1 – 2 tbsp pure maple syrup (depending on how sweet you’d like it)

Crushed toasted (unsalted) peanuts

Method

  1. Blend the walnuts in a food processor for a few seconds, until it forms a flour. Add the protein powder, lucuma powder and coconut flour. Pulse to combine. Add the coconut butter, coconut oil and maple syrup and blend until a dough forms.
  2. Dust a clean work surface with coconut flour and transfer the dough to this surface. Shape into logs (either 4 large or 8 small). Place onto a lined tray and refrigerate until firm – at least 30 minutes.
  3. Whisk together the chocolate ingredients in a bowl.
  4. When the bars are firm, remove them from the refrigerator and take turns dipping each one into the raw chocolate mixture.
  5. Allow bars to cool on the lined tray for at least 10 minutes, then dip again.
  6. Sprinkle with crushed peanuts while the chocolate is still wet. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes before serving. Keep refrigerated.
April 11, 2015

5-Minute Greek Salad Skewers

Try this quick and healthy lunch or snack idea which takes less than 5 minutes to prepare, and looks amazing!

Make sure to soak your skewers in cold water for 15 minutes so they won’t shed on your vegetables.

RELATED: Summer Beetroot Salad Recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 whole tomatoes (chopped)

6 Greek feta cubes

8 kalamata olives (pitted)

1 large cucumber (sliced)

4 bamboo skewers

Instructions

  1. Soak the skewers in cold water for 15 minutes. This will remove any excess or dry bamboo, and will thread seamlessly into your food.
  2. Thread the skewers starting with the olives, cucumber, feta and finally tomato. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil before serving.

Image via My Baking Addiction

March 9, 2015

9 Different Ways To Enjoy Avocado

Who can resist a delicious avocado? They make eggs taste better, they give any type of bread some extra life, and can be mashed on top of almost every other meal.

If you haven’t figured out the art of avocado, then you’re in the right place. Below are ten meals that just wouldn’t quite be the same without it.

RELATED: Avocado Summer Rolls Recipe

Guacamole

Let’s just get the obvious out of the way, shall we? If you haven’t tried a good guacamole then you need to follow our recipe, right now! It should have a light, salty taste, and a few drops of lime juice are non-negotiable.

9 Different Ways To Enjoy Avocado

Salad

Add a few pieces of avocado into your usual salad for some texture and flavour. Step outside the box and mix sweet and savoury tastes by adding some sliced strawberries and baby spinach amongst the other vegetables.

9 Different Ways To Enjoy Avocado

Tacos

That standard fish taco will never taste the same, ever again. Equal parts of avocado, cilantro, and lime will get your taste buds really going!

9 Different Ways To Enjoy Avocado

Grilled chicken

Chop some avocado and pineapple cubes over a chicken breast or thigh for an ultimate taste sensation.

9 Different Ways To Enjoy Avocado

Watermelon

Well, we did say that avocado is perfect with almost every single dish. Not only is this dish nothing without a generous topping of black cracked pepper and tomato, but it tastes incredible. A bit of feta cheese never hurt..

9 Different Ways To Enjoy Avocado

Smoothie

Mash it, blend it, roast it, bake it – there’s nothing you can’t do with avocado! For your daily dose of greens, add a few cubes into your daily smoothie for a thicker texture.

9 Different Ways To Enjoy Avocado

Cupcakes

Replace the egg and oil for an avocado which will make the fluffiest batter ever!

9 Different Ways To Enjoy Avocado

Curry

For a creamy curry, just add avocado! Not only does it help to create a thicker consistency, but you can also use ripened avocados which won’t affect the flavour!

9 Different Ways To Enjoy Avocado

Eggs

Whether you liked them poached, scrambled, boiled or fried, eggs and avocados are our one and only OTP. Add a bit of lemon juice and cracked pepper for a delicious meal at any time of the day.

9 Different Ways To Enjoy Avocado

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March 1, 2015

Guilt-Free Wholemeal Bruschetta Recipe

Enjoy this yummy wholemeal bruschetta snack which is filling, and has fewer calories than it’s traditional recipe. Garnish with sprouts, avocado, and a splash of vinegar for a delicious meal at any time of the day.

RELATED: Avocado Summer Rolls Recipe

Ingredients

6-7 ripe tomatoes

2 cloves garlic

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp balsamic vinegar

6-8 fresh basil leaves

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 wholemeal baguette

1/4 cup olive oil

Method

  1. Boil 2 quarts of water over a medium heat, then make shallow cuts into your tomatoes before adding them into the water. Cook for 1 minuted, then remove each tomato with a spoon into a bowl.
  2. Slowly peel off the tomato skins, and remember to cut out the stem as well. Cut into halves and squeeze out most of the juice.
  3. Preheat your oven to 230ºC (450ºF). Then finely dice the tomatoes and mix in the minced garlic, 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.
  4. Slice the wholemeal baguette on a diagonal, and place all of the pieces onto a tray. Brush one side with olive oil, and toast for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Once they’re ready, leave the bread to cool down on a rack (to keep it from getting soggy). After a few minutes, use a spoon to transfer the mixture onto each slice of bread. Don’t forget to season with freshly ground pepper and your favourite sprouts.

Image and Recipe via Simply Recipes

December 6, 2014

Quick and Easy Party Snacks For Kids

Creating new and interesting snacks for kids is difficult enough without resorting to sugary sweets. Fortunately, there are healthy ways to cater for your child’s birthday party without breaking the bank! Below are just a few ideas to get your inner-foodie inspired.

RELATED: French Toast Fruit Kebabs

Fruit cupcakes

This one is easier than it sounds! A great option if you really don’t have the time to be baking all morning, but still want a delicious way to treat the kids. Fill up some of your favourite cups with single servings of chopped strawberry, grapes, watermelon, mandarin, and apple.

You can even let the kids decorate the cups beforehand!

Quick and Easy Party Snacks For Kids

Cucumber dips

Isn’t it just a nightmare trying to coerce the kids to enjoy just one serving of vegetables? Create this delicious snack which basically just requires removing the centre of a cucumber, filling it with cheese, and sticking in a few carrot sticks. This also can control double-dipping!

Quick and Easy Party Snacks For Kids

Cheese snowman

Decorate your standard cheese sticks with some of your favourite characters for a delicious way to serve to kids. All you need to do it stick on the face, clothes, and hat for a snack which will surely have all the kids raving.

Quick and Easy Party Snacks For Kids

Watermelon cut-outs

Use those old-school cookie cutters to make interesting shapes out of watermelon. Simply chop the watermelon into 3-5cm slices, then push through the cookie-cutter and onto a plate. Refrigerate immediately, and serve only until all of your guests have arrived.

Quick and Easy Party Snacks For Kids

Chocolate-dipped kiwi fruit

Okay, we cheated and brought the chocolate in for this last snack, but how could anyone resist!

These delicious fruit kebabs are dipped into chocolate sauce and frozen for a delicious snack during the warmer months.

Quick and Easy Party Snacks For Kids

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October 25, 2014

Sugar-Free Snack Ideas For Your Sweet Tooth

The next time you’re feeling peckish and looking for an afternoon meal, pass on the preservative-filled snacks and try something that’s a little bit healthier for your overall wellbeing. Not only are sugar-free snacks quick and easy to whip-up, but can be enjoyed at almost any time of day.

RELATED: Check out How To Beat Cravings and Post-Meal Snacking here

Strawberry creme truffles

Make these delicious strawberry creme truffles if you have a soft spot for berries, or simply if they’re just in season! The filling is so soft that it just melts in your mouth, and they are also gluten free, grain free, and paleo friendly as well.

Sugar-free Snack Ideas For Your Sweet ToothSoft pretzels

Who doesn’t love a traditional pretzel recipe? The great thing about this delicious snack is that the pretzels are gluten-free and completely made from scratch – so you know exactly what goes into the recipe. Serve with a side of sweet sauce to infuse the salty taste of the pretzel.

Sugar-free Snack Ideas For Your Sweet Tooth

Pumpkin seed bars

Prepare these bars a few days earlier to enjoy them as a snack if you’re feeling hungry at home, or simply if you’re on-the-go. Use organic honey and your favourite seeds for a genuine taste without the hassle of any extra refined sugar.

Sugar-free Snack Ideas For Your Sweet Tooth

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October 7, 2014

Healthy Muesli Bars Recipe

Want to create something healthy and nutritional for the kids and the entire family? Muesli bars are a yummy snack which can be eaten both at home, or packed for a treat on-the-go. Free from milk and eggs, this recipe will be perfect for everyone since it’s full of antioxidants and makes a perfect snack for any time of the day.

Ingredients

2 eggs

200 g (2 cups / 7 oz) rolled oats

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup cranberries

1/4 cup honey or pure maple syrup

1/4 cup macadamia nut oil (or you can use olive oil, coconut oil etc..)

Directions

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 180°C (or 350°F).
  2. Line your deep tray with baking paper, or alternatively spray with canola oil.
  3. Then mix all the ingredients together and spread onto the tray. Make sure to press down on the mixture so it is completely flat and even.
  4. Bake until the entire tray is golden brown, then remove from the oven and leave to cool. Once they have cooled down, cut them into even pieces and serve.

Recipe via Dani Stevens

Image via Butter Baking

July 14, 2014

Wholemeal Vegetable and Pumpkin Seed Muffins Recipe

Most muffins are packed with fat, but this delicious savoury muffin recipe is low in fat and makes a great morning or afternoon snack. It’s also makes a great school lunch box snack idea for the kids.

Preparation Time: 15 mins. Cooking Time: 25 mins 

Makes: 6 large muffins

Ingredients
1⁄2 cup pumpkin, roughly chopped in 1cm dices
1⁄2 cup zucchini, roughly chopped in 1cm dices
1⁄2 cup spring onions, sliced
1 large handful baby spinach leaves
1 cup skim milk
2 eggs
A pinch pepper to taste
2 cup wholemeal flour 1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180C. Place pumpkin into a microwave-safe bowl, cover with water and cook in the microwave for 3 minutes or until slightly softened. Drain and add zucchini, spring onions and spinach.

2. Lightly beat eggs and milk, pour over the vegetables and season.

3. Sift flour and baking powder over the top and stir until just combined.

4. Spoon mixture into baking paper lined, non-stick muffin trays, sprinkling with pumpkin seeds, and bake for 25 minutes or until done.

5. Top with low fat cream cheese and serve.

Cooking tips: Also try adding crumble low fat fetta and chopped sundried tomatoes into the mix.

What are your favourite muffin flavours?

January 30, 2014

Michelle Bridges’ Banana Bruschetta Recipe

We’re obsessed with this Michelle Bridges recipe for banana bruschetta from her new book Get Real! – sounds a little weird but it’s really just elevated banana on toast that keeps you full for longer and tastes amazing!

Extract from the book Get Real!: Inspiring Stories and lessons from the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation Revolution by Michelle Bridges and photography by Jane Allen published by Viking RRP $24.99.

Cinnamon can make anything taste amazing, and this easy brekkie is super yum!

Serves: 2

312 calories per serve 

Prep time 10 mins.  Cooking time 5 mins

Ingredients

4 slices wholegrain bread
100 g low-fat cottage cheese
2 medium bananas
pinch of ground cinnamon

Method

1. Toast the bread.

2. Peel and slice the bananas.

3. Spread the toast with the cottage cheese and top with banana slices.

4. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.

Mish Tip : For a gluten-free version, use gluten-free bread.

My favourite recipe, hands down, is the Banana Bruschetta! I just can’t get enough of it! It gives me the energy I need to start my day after my morning workout  and I am still finding it hard to believe that such an amazingly delicious breakfast is so good for me! It’s like my naughty breakfast treat … that isn’t even naughty at all! – laura

What’s your favourite healthy breakfast?

November 24, 2013

Michelle Bridges’ Not-so-Naughty Nachos Recipe

Who doesn’t love nachos? But this addictive corn chip snack is laden with calories and fat. Luckily The Biggest Loser’s Michelle Bridges shares a recipe for low calorie nachos that tastes as good as the real thing.

Extract from the book Get Real!: Inspiring Stories and lessons from the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation revolution by Michelle Bridges and photography by Jane Allen published by Viking RRP $24.99. 

Try this for a guilt-free snack. Nachos? No worries!

Serves: 2

323 calories per serve

Prep time 20 mins  Cooking time 25 mins

Ingredients

1 slice wholemeal mountain bread olive oil spray
1 medium  onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
½ teaspoon chilli powder
1 medium  celery stalk, chopped
100 g lean beef mince
100 g canned lentils, drained
200 g canned tomatoes, diced
1 medium  tomato,  diced
½ medium avocado, diced
¼ cup fresh coriander leaves
1 tablespoon low-fat sour cream
1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced).

2. Cut the mountain bread into small triangles and place on a baking tray. Bake for 5−10 minutes or until crisp.

3. Lightly spray a frying pan with olive oil and place over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring often, for 2−3 minutes or until the onion is soft. Add the chilli powder and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

4. Add the celery and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

5. Add the mince and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up any lumps, for 3−5 minutes or until browned.

6. Stir in the lentils and canned tomatoes. Simmer over a medium−low heat for 8 minutes or until most of the liquid has absorbed.

7. Combine the fresh tomato, avocado and coriander in a bowl.

8. Assemble the mountain bread crisps on a large plate and top with the beef mixture, salsa and sour cream.

9. Sprinkle with the parmesan to serve.

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November 19, 2013