Healthy Snacks; Grain free and full of healthy fats

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Healthy Snacks

Lunch boxes, after school, before dinner, pre/post work outs, 11’s, with a cup of tea/coffee, sugar slump at 3/4, friends over, picnics, or just because- snacks are in our lives. I used to snack badly. I would generally get so hungry I would be grabbing for something, normally high in carbs and low in fat.

Over the last few years I have completely reversed my attitude to fats (see my posts here and here) and grains. My body has had a huge amount of healing and shape changing to go through to compensate for the years of bad choices and bad information I have been subjecting it to.

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My metabolism and blood sugar levels were the pits and my moods and disproportionate stomach size completely proved it. Now I am more balanced and am finally becoming the shape I have always wanted. It has taken time, ups and downs and lows and highs, but one thing has helped me through it- snacking wisely!

I have also really helped my daughter to try and achieve balance by helping her to snack wisely too. Her days are better at school when she has eaten her fats, less good when she hasn’t (see here for why schools need to do more for our kids nutrition). Her energy is calmer and her mood swings much more moderate. Score for us all!!! She is also super lean and strong. She just got chosen to be her house female representative in running (proud mum moment!).

So, to lose weight, reduce inflammation, balance hormones, heal your digestive system, moderate your immune system, get some energy, build strong muscles, increase memory and brain function, balance mood swings, reduce joint pain and so many other benefits- INCREASE FATS and REDUCE GRAINS.

Snacking is great when done right…..

Savoury snacks; Not all of us have a sweet tooth apparently! One of my favourite snacks whilst cooking dinner is to throw my sweet potato or carrot peelings in an oven proof dish, cover with coconut oil and salt and in the oven for 10-15 mins to turn into crisps (or chips for you over the pond!)

Try some of these savoury snacks- great for lunch boxes too…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those with more of a sweet tooth- try some of these.

Here are some energy balls. I find these so easy to make up and to add to boxes as travel snacks. Great on the go for all ages and are brilliant to keep the moaning at bay! Pretty much anything can be thrown into them so they can easily cater to all nutritional needs. Also the kids love to make them with you- a sure fire way that they will eat them!

Last one- in a rush- here are some smoothies to give you the same nutritional punch of healthy fats, proteins and nutrient rich carbohydrates.

 

Also check out this great list of fat bombs– featuring your’s truly too!!

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Salty Cinnamon Maple Grain Free Granola

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I have loved alternating between my eggs in the morning and my different grain free raw granola flavours (other recipes here and here). I took inspiration from my cinnamon salty/sweet  popcorn to try to entice my daughter to try it (she is devoted to her muesli for breakfast!). I love it warm straight out of the dehydrator and served with kefir and berries. I also like it with gently warmed almond milk. Especially with the mornings starting to be a bit cooler.

It also works really nicely as a crumble topping with some stewed fruit and my fat banana custard for puddings!

Grain Free Salty Cinnamon Maple Granola
A warming and comforting granola. Great warm or cold. Serve with Kefir/yoghurt and berries.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 tsp live sea salt (or pink salt)
  2. 1-2 tbsp Maple Syrup to taste
  3. 1 tsp Cinnamon
  4. 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
  5. 1 cup almonds
  6. 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  7. 1/2 cup pecans
  8. 1/2 cup cashews
  9. 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  10. 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  11. 1 tbsp coconut oil
  12. 1tbs water
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients together in a food processor
  2. Blitz till combined
  3. spread out onto a silicon sheet or baking tray with baking paper and either dehydrate at 100F for 12 hours or bake in a low oven.
  4. Store in the fridge
Notes
  1. To have warm, either add to a bowl and put in the dehydrator for 10-20 mins or gently warm milk and add to the granola.
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Friday Fish Curry

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Friday Fish Curry

My dad loves his fish on Friday. We love fish once a week and so friday is as good a day as any! I try to mix up what we have and I absolutely love all kinds of asian food so this hybrid joins all the flavours I love the most.

I serve ours with parsnip rice and green veg like stir fried kale, bok choi or broccoli. You can adjust the heat or leave out the chillies all together if you are not keen on spice. Our kids like a little spice so I try to minimise it so they can eat with us.

Friday Fish Curry
This Thai/Indian hybrid satisfies my taste buds. The thai lemongrass and ginger with the more indian mustard seeds and turmeric makes this curry light, fresh and with a comforting heat.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 tsp ground coriander seed
  2. 1/2 tsp ground cumin seed
  3. 1/2 tsp mustard seed
  4. 1tsp dried turmeric or thumb nail size fresh turmeric root
  5. thumbnail size fresh ginger
  6. thumbnail size fresh galangal
  7. thumbnail size fresh lemongrass
  8. 3 cloves garlic
  9. 3 curry leaves
  10. salt/pepper
  11. 1 tbsp coconut oil
  12. Juice of one lime
  13. 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  14. can coconut milk
  15. 2 small shallots
  16. 1 small red chillies
  17. 800g fish (I use Ling Fillet but any firm fish or salmon would be nice)
  18. 3 parsnips for the rice
Instructions
  1. In a food processor add the shallots, red chillies, salt, pepper, 3 curry leaves, garlic, lemongrass, ginger, galangal, turmeric, mustard seed, coriander seed and cumin seed. blend until almost paste like- add the coconut oil.
  2. Cube the fish
  3. Add the fish and paste to a bowl and mix well. Cover and leave to marinate for an hour (overnight is best)
  4. Add coconut oil to a hot pan and add marinaded fish and fry until spices are fragrant.
  5. Add coconut milk sugar to taste. Allow to simmer.
  6. Add some vegetables (this time I added aubergine and baby corn but anything would work well)
  7. Allow to simmer until vegetables are cooked
  8. Serve with rice and green vegetables. I use parsnip rice.
Notes
  1. I have also used beef and chicken with the exact same method.
  2. This recipe works beautifully in the slow cooker too. Just add it to the slow cooker with the vegetables and cook on low for 4 hours.
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I also use exactly the same recipe with chicken and beef too. With the beef I use brisket as it is lovely slow cooked (see my beef bourguignon recipe). Add the marinaded beef to the slow cooker and when there is 2 hours left on the cooking time- add the coconut milk and extra vegetables.

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Fat Banana Custard

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Fat Banana Custard

I have been enjoying instagram so much, here I am if you want to find me. I love the creativity and inspiration of people from around the world- making connections with people in their lives is very exciting.

There are a few people on there that I look out for as I really love what they are doing and Holistic Lifestyler is one of them (here is his website too). Today he posted his work in progress on a banana custard with bone marrow- yum. Quality meat is difficult to get here (its normally frozen or needs to be delivered) and I sense marrow will be even harder, so with some encouragement from my friend Helen over at Mango Menus (seriously good stuff going on over there too- here’s her website). I decided to have a go.

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The result is so delicious (and I was in a right funk this morning- grumpy, cranky, creaky and groggy!!) and has lifted my mood that I have literally just finished eating it- have to get it out there for you all! You have to try it- for breakfast, snack, lunch-boxes or pudding- it is so yummy and fills most of my quota for fats in a sitting!

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Fat Banana Custard
A delicious and healthy fat filled breakfast, snack, lunchbox or pudding. Great addition to your day. Simple and very quick.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 banana's
  2. 1/2 cup of fresh coconut meat (about 1 coconut) or soaked coconut flakes
  3. 1tbsp Chia
  4. 2 tbsp Ghee
  5. 1tbsp Milk or Water Kefir
  6. 1-2 tbsp Gelatin (I used Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate)
  7. 2 pasture raised eggs
  8. 1tbsp Raw Honey
  9. Cinnamon (optional)
  10. Pinch of pink/sea salt
Instructions
  1. blend the ingredients together and serve in a bowl!
Notes
  1. This could serve one person or (like us) me and the two kids as part of our fat quota for the day.
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Try it- so delicious and has given me such a nice energy this morning- I may have even licked my bowl (I did!!)

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Parsnip Rice

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I have been reducing my grain intake to try and reduce inflammation and heal my digestive system. Read a bit more about my journey here. I also try to avoid nightshades and especially potatoes- which I have never really liked anyway! Over the last couple of years staples on the dinner table are cauliflower rice, cauliflower mash, sweet potato chips, sweet potato mash and sweet potato rosti. We love roasted parsnips, carrot and parsnip mash and parsnip rice. I love it in the summer because it is light, filling and is delicious raw (see my parsnip couscous recipe).

2 parsnips fills 2-3 adults which is great because it it super quick and easy to make and goes great in salads, with bbq’s, curry’s, stews and anything you would use rice for. You can also steam this and make fried rice with it if you want to. 

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Parsnip Rice
A light yet filling grain free option.
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Ingredients
  1. 2-3 Parsnips
  2. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Peel and cut up the parsnip
  2. Add to the food processor
  3. Blitz until 'rice like'
  4. Serve either raw or steam
  5. Season with salt and pepper
Notes
  1. Nice with butter after steaming
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