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Saturday snack: hemp and honey

15 Feb

Peckish and parched, I’ve just walked home from a lazy morning at the Australian Open of Surfing in Manly. 

It’s muggy. A humid haze has settled over Sydney. It’s thirsty weather. And I’m suddenly ravenous. 

Facing a bare fridge and near-empty pantry, I’ve improvised. Made up a simple snack that’s a superfood medley. A mash-up of natural goodness.


Hemp and Honey Mash-up



What’s in it:

  • Bee pollen: one of nature’s most complete proteins.
  • Hemp seeds: an awesome anti-inflammatory protein source.
  • Chia seeds: a gluten-free, high protein, calcium, iron and potassium-packed wonder food.
  • Cacao nibs: raw chocolate with a big dose of magnesium and more antioxidants than berries.
  • Goji berries: the most nutritionally dense food on the planet.
  • Natural honey: to add sweetness and stick it all together.

Mix it up and voila! You have a protein-packed snack that will ward off the hunger gremlin.


Vital smoothie: Banana, chia seeds & vital greens

3 Jun

Ah-chooooo! Have you noticed a plague of icky germs has descended on Sydney? It seems almost everyone is blocked up and stocked up with a mountain of medication and cold tablets.

I’m determined to avoid the bugs by bolstering my body with healthy goodies.

So this morning, I grabbed the blender and whizzed up a delicious, nutrient-packed smoothie. I was crossing my fingers it would turn out and, behold, it did!

Feel free to experiment with this one, like I did. You could try berries for a sweeter hit, or cinnamon for added flavour.

Presenting…my vital smoothie

What you need

  • Blender (I use the handy Rocket Blender – a Christmas prezzie from mum that I’ve used a gazillion times)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup or so of milk (I’m back to good ol’ full-fat dairy. See Sarah Wilson’s blog for some good reasons to switch from skim).
  • A few teaspoons of chia seeds
  • Sachet (or two heaped teaspoons) of vital greens. I use an organic variety by Martin & Pleasance)
  • Few cubes of ice

How to make it

  • Umm…put it…in the blender.


Yeah, I know. It looks like something from Shrek’s swamp. But I promise, it taste scrummy! The vital greens add an interesting nutty/vanilla flavour, while the potassium-packed banana thickens the drink.

Curious about vital greens?

I’d heard a few people raving about this mystery food, so when I saw a pack of sachets on sale at Dr Earth’s in Newtown, I snapped it up. According to the marketing spiel, it’s a ‘convenient once a day superfood.’

The powder is a balanced blend of greens, vegetables, fruits, herbs, vitamins and minerals. Think of it as all your daily nutritional needs ground into a green powder.

I’ve been drinking it in a glass of water most mornings or, as of today, in smoothies!

It’s easy to make – simply stir 10g (two heaped teaspoons, or 1 sachet) into a glass of water or milk. It’s best to have it on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning to set yourself up for the day.

And if you hate your greens, I think you’ll find it has a surprisingly pleasant flavour. It doesn’t taste terrible like wheatgrass, in my opinion!

Bear in mind the price is a bit steep. I bought a box of 30 sachets for $62 (although on sale it was about $48). However, when you put it in perspective, that’s only $2 for a drink. Which is cheaper than coffee and much, much better for you!

Enjoy! 🙂

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