Nourishing your body with natural wholefoods can give you higher energy levels, better brain function, improved sleep and a happier mood. It’s also the key to preventing chronic and life threatening illnesses. Sounds good, right? Yet many people neglect their nutrition because they are ‘too busy’. When you eat well, you can work more efficiently, be a better person in all your relationships, and tap into your creativity and inspiration more effectively. We’re all busy, and we all have an important purpose to fulfil during our time on the planet. Nourishing foods fit for royalty needn’t be time consuming or difficult to prepare, and focusing on prepping some healthy snacks can be a great first step towards an epic diet. Let’s up your snack game so you can perform better in life.
Red Carpet Mix
Forget trail mix, you can definitely uplevel. Buy ingredients in bulk and mix together a combination of goji berries, raw cashews, almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds (aka pepitas), sunflower seeds, Medjool dates, Incan berries, carob kibbles, cacao nibs, organic dried apricots, coconut chunks and a few cheeky dark chocolate coated blueberries. Make a big batch for your pantry, and carry a small jar in your handbag so you always have a healthy energy source when you’re on the go.
Eat the Rainbow
Cut up some carrot, celery, cucumber and capsicum into sticks, and while you’re at it, plate up some green beans, snow peas, sugar snaps and cherry tomatoes as well. Dip into fresh made hummus, guacamole, pesto, cashew cheese or baba ganoush. Take your snack to the next level with these amazing, easy to make grain-free Glow Crackers by Nat Russell.
Ladybugs on a Log
Chop up some big sticks of celery and load them with ABC spread (almond, Brazil nut and cashew paste) and a line of antioxidant rich goji berries.
Food of the Gods (and Goddesses)
In its natural, unheated state, chocolate is an incredibly healthy superfood loaded with vitamin C, magnesium, phenylethylamines and anandamide (aka ‘bliss chemicals’). Choose dairy free raw chocolate like Pana or Loving Earth (from the health food shop) and enjoy every bite!
If you know kale is good for you, but hate eating it, you’ve been doing it wrong! Tear off the kale leaves from the stems and rip into smallish pieces. Massage the leaves with coconut oil or olive oil and lay out on a baking tray. Sprinkle with a combo of sea salt, chilli powder or nutritional yeast then pop in the oven at a low heat. Check them regularly and remove from the oven when they are dry and crispy. Keep in an airtight container in the cupboard and try not to eat them all at once!
Grapes, bananas, strawberries, mandarins and apples are great portable options. When in season, chop up and enjoy watermelon, rockmelon, mangoes, oranges or kiwi fruit.
Whip up some mini frittatas in muffin trays, or make a big one and cut it into squares for a quick snack option during the week. Whisk together eggs, spinach, zucchini, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms and fresh herbs and bake in the oven. Enjoy with cashew cheese for a protein rich snack that will sustain your energy levels for hours.
Morsels for Mermaids
Not just for the boujee, oysters are bomb for your skin and hormones as they contain a high amount of healing mineral zinc. Enjoy them natural or add a squeeze of lemon for bonus vitamin C. You can also mix some grated ginger and finely chopped spring onions into tamari (gluten free soy sauce) for a flavourful twist.
In the winter months, there is nothing more nourishing and comforting than a steaming mug of bone broth in the morning. Bone broth is easy peasy; just put some organic beef, lamb, chicken or fish bones in the slow cooker, cover with water and add a dash of apple cider vinegar and mixed dried herbs. Let the slow cooker do its thing overnight and then add some chopped vegies or vegie ends and peels in the last couple of hours of cooking. The bone broth is ready when the bones become brittle and crumbly, or soft – this means all the good minerals and collagen have been extracted into the broth so you can enjoy it. Remove the bones and scraps from the broth and let it cool so you can remove the fat from the top. You can then put it back on the slow cooker to keep it hot, freeze it in ice cube trays or keep it in the fridge (for a few days) or freezer to reheat as needed. Enjoy a hot cup of broth anytime of day or add a cube to a mug of hot water (or use in cooking) to support skin health, joint health, immunity and healing.
Save time, cash and the planet by making your own divine lattes at home. Pick up some green matcha powder, beetroot latte or turmeric latte mix from the health food aisle at Woolworths ($6 /pack) or from your local health food shop. Heat up a mug of almond or coconut milk on the stove or in a milk frother and whisk in your powder. To make a turmeric latte without a premix, all you need to add to your chosen milk is some ground turmeric, cinnamon and ginger, with a tiny bit of ground black pepper and a teaspoon of coconut oil. Lattes on the go always taste better from a handmade, eco friendly keep cup. The best ones are made by Wilyabrup Dreaming Pottery but don’t tell Bill I sent you because he can’t keep up with demand!
It’s so important to stay hydrated, so invest in a good eco friendly water bottle and take it with you every time you get in the car. If you don’t enjoy drinking plain water, add some subtle flavour and extra nutrition by popping in some slices of lemon, grapefruit or cucumber, mint leaves or some frozen blueberries. Alternatively you can make up a pot of herbal tea like peppermint, ginger or lavender, and drink it hot or cold throughout the day.
Let me know your favourite healthy snacks in the comments. x