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Easy Gluten-Free Snack Ideas

Switching to a gluten-free diet isn’t as hard as it seems when healthy snacks (and a vivid imagination) are always on the agenda. Try some of our wholesome ideas below which are low on calories, and ideal for a busy summers day. Simply pack them in your tote, and enjoy whilst you’re on-the-go!

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No bake energy balls

A simple and healthy snack for morning and afternoon tea. The recipe only uses seven ingredients, and takes just 5 minutes to prepare. Roll them up, and store in the fridge until they harden.

Easy Gluten Free Snack Ideas

Baked kale chips

Enjoy a handful of baked kale chips and drizzle them with fresh lemon and lime juice for an extra kick.

Easy Gluten Free Snack Ideas

Blueberry bars

These delicious blueberry bars provide a kick of natural sugars which are perfect if your energy levels begin to slump around 3pm.

Easy Gluten Free Snack Ideas

Pizza zucchini’s

Just like a pizza, only healthier! These delicious treats are gluten and grain-free, plus they taste amazing. Made with just zucchini, spaghetti sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese.

Easy Gluten Free Snack Ideas

Baked sweet potato fries

If you have a little extra time on your hands, bake (or grill) these healthy fries for lunch or dinner.

Easy Gluten Free Snack Ideas

Cocoa and banana smoothie

Blend 1 tablespoon of cocoa, almond milk and 2 bananas to create this filling smoothie if you just don’t have time for a sit-down breakfast.

Easy Gluten Free Snack Ideas

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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!

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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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Natural Superfood Bar Recipe

Forget about buying overly processed muesli bars, because now you can make your own healthy snack with Janella Purcell’s superfood bar recipe.

Not only are the bars gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan friendly, they’re also packed with nutritious ingredients including hemp seeds, spirulina, maca powder and cacao nibs.

Ingredients

1 cup pitted dates, or dried figs

1 cup almonds

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup hemp seeds

1⁄4 cup Lifestream spirulina

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/3 cup cacao nibs

1/2 cup coconut shredded

2 tbsp maca powder

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 tsp cardamom, ground

1 tsp cinnamon, ground

1⁄4 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  1. Cover the dried fruit, nuts and seeds in clean water and soak for at least 8 hours.
  2. After soaking, rinse them in a colander and let them drain.
  3. Place the soaked dried fruit and nuts/seeds in your food processor and whiz for 1 minute to get a chunky paste.
  4. Add in the remaining ingredients. You may need to add a little water to get it to a nice puree, scraping down the sides once or twice – if it’s too dry, add in 1/4 cup more coconut oil and process again (the processing will heat the coconut oil enough to help it blend everything).
  5. Scoop the mixture out into a large glass pan and press it down firmly with a spoon to even everything out. Alternatively you could also make these into bite-sized balls.
  6. Freeze for 30 minutes or refrigerate for one hour to harden.
  7. Cut with a knife and package them individually.

Recipe Courtesy Of Lifestream

Make Your Own Cheese Platter

Who can resist a delicious cheese platter? If you’re entertaining at home, create this delicious platter which is simple and oh-so-tasty for any type of weather we’re experiencing. Plus, it’s really not as complicated as you think!

Serve with deep-red wine such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon which are beautiful when paired with fruit and cheese.

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Cheese

Pick 4 main cheese varieties which will serve as the foundation of the entire platter. It’s important to have soft, semi-soft, semi-hard, and finally hard cheeses which all work beautifully together – especially when paired with a hearty glass of red wine.

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Bread

Bread is so crucial when creating a yummy cheese platter. It’s important to choose a variety which isn’t too overpowering (or filling), and compliments the cheese and other extras. Don’t choose bread which has been infused with olives and cheese – this is way too much! Less is always more, so choose crusty bread or crackers instead.

Extras

Here you can experiment with almost any extras such as olives, sweet jam sauce, crunch nuts, and even cold cuts. Fruit is also a popular choice since it brings a level of sweetness to the entire palette, so red grapes and green apples should always be sliced neatly on the side.

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Yummy Ways To Cook Feta Cheese

The next time your meal is tasting somewhat lack-lustre, sprinkle some feta cheese over the top if you love it’s salty texture. Just a few cubes of this delicious cheese is bound to have your taste buds yearning for more, and create a taste sensation!

Try just some of the following snacks if you want something savoury throughout the day.

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Cucumber feta bites

There’s no denying that cucumber and feta cheese are a match made in heaven, so create these delicious crackers the next time you’re in need of a quick snack.

Use a chopped cucumber as a base, a spoonful of Greek yoghurt for the filling, then top-off with some walnuts for added protein. Serve with a lemon slice for extra zest!

Feel free to slice a cucumber, add the yoghurt and walnuts instead, then roll-up with a toothpick as a tasty appetiser.

Yummy Ways To Cook Feta Cheese

Spinach feta grilled cheese

Bring a little life to your toastie by substituting that yellow cheese for some feta instead. Add a few baby spinach leaves in your focaccia, then grill for 2-5 minutes on each side until golden brown.

Yummy Ways To Cook Feta Cheese

Feta and scrambled eggs

Not only are eggs delicious at any time of the day, but they are packed with protein to keep your tummy full (and hopefully snack-free). Add some crumbled feta cheese into your eggs and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. Enjoy with a side of leafy greens and kale for a healthy, guilt-free meal.

Yummy Ways To Cook Feta Cheese

Feta-cheese pizza

Instead of using mozzarella cheese on your next pizza, add some feta instead. The saltiness of the feta cheese is a match made in heaven with capsicum (especially red), and the smell is amazing!

Yummy Ways To Cook Feta Cheese

Watermelon feta salad

Bring some life to your watermelon by seasoning with mint, sliced red onion, and crumbled feta cheese. The sweet and savoury flavour are delicious, and ideally made for the warmer months of the year.

Yummy Ways To Cook Feta Cheese

How do you enjoy feta cheese?

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Healthy Pumpkin Dip Recipe

‘Tis the season to eat pumpkin! This fall favorite has a place in every meal, am I right? The healthy pumpkin dip is both great as an afternoon snack for you and your kids, or with nibbles at your Halloween party. The best part? It is so easy to make! All you need are a few ingredients, ten minutes and a blender!

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Ingredients

1 small fresh pumpkin, peeled, seeded and cut into cubes (you will need just over half a pound)

1 tsp cumin seeds

½ tsp dried chilli flakes

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the pumpkin in a pot and cover with cold water. Place on stove on high heat until the water boils, then lower the heat to simmer. Cook the pumpkin for approx. 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. Add a tablespoon of oil and the cumin seeds to a small frypan and cook on low heat. Once the cumin seeds start to sizzle, take off heat and add chilli flakes. This allows both the flavours of the cumin and the chilli to infuse into the oil.
  3. Put the cooked pumpkin and half of the cumin and chilli mixture into a food processor (or bowl, if you have a stick mixer). Blend till smooth. You can add the olive oil, 1 spoon at a time, as necessary to help blend. The mixture shouldn’t be too runny, but smooth and dense.
  4. Finally, add salt and pepper to taste. Serve in a small bowl or dish, garnished with the remainder of the cumin and chilli mixture.
  5. Serve pita bread, or a crusty baguette.

Make Your Own Healthy Nutella

You may not have realized, but hazelnut spread is so easy to make at home. Not only is it healthier that the sugar-filled versions available in supermarkets, but it will also be cheaper in the long-run. This quick and easy recipe is a great for kids and adults, and is a killer cure for those sweet-cravings.

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Ingredients

2 cups roasted hazelnuts

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup cashew milk

1/4 cup cacao powder

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/4 tsp sea salt

Method

  1. Put hazelnuts into a food processor and blend for a few minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and keep blending at medium speed, scraping down the sides if need be. It should take up to 10 minutes before it turns into a smooth, delicious butter.

TIP: The key to making the best spread is to blend it well – unless, of course, you enjoy a bit of texture.

5-Minute Hummus Recipe

Hummus is a middle eastern dip or spread, made mostly from chickpeas. It is high in iron and Vitamin C and makes a great, healthy snack for kids and adults. You can serve with pita bread as a dip, use it on sandwiches, eat with falafel or even with carrot and celery sticks.

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Ingredients

15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp tahini
1 tsp ground cumin
Kosher salt
Paprika and flat bread to serve
Method
  1. In a food processor, puree the chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, cumin, and ¾ teaspoon of salt until smooth and creamy. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons water as necessary to achieve the desired consistency.
  2. Transfer to a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the paprika before serving with flat bread.