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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.

Introducing…

Hemp and Honey Mash-up

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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.

Enjoy!

Nomnom home-baked kale chips

17 Sep

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With its luscious looks and myriad nutritional benefits, it’s no wonder kale is blooming in popularity.

Nutritionists have been raving about the dark green leafy vegetable, heralding it as a ‘nutritional powerhouse’. And it’s easy to see why with these health benefits:

  • Has zero fat and just 36 calories in 1 cup
  • Aids digestion
  • Filled with fibre
  • High in iron, vitamin K, A and C which boost immunity and maintain health and wellbeing
  • It contains several powerful antioxidants including carotenoids and falvonoids
  • Keeps your liver healthy and is an ideal detox food
  • Has more calcium than milk

Kale is also low in cholesterol and contains omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight against asthma, autoimmune disease and a range of other conditions.

So when I spotted a box overflowing with vibrant bunches of fresh kale at the Marrickville farmers’ markets on the weekend, I couldn’t resist grabbing a bunch. Especially since it only cost $2 a bunch – that’s cheaper than a chocolate bar!

I was excited to try making my own oven-baked kale chips. Here’s how to do it:

What you need

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • Sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tbs oil of your choice (I used olive oil)

How to make it

  • Preheat oven to 190 degrees C
  • Break the kale into 5cm strips. According to Sarah Wilson, the stalks can cause digestive issues, so throw them away
  • Pour the oil and sprinkle salt over the leaves
  • Line the leaves on the tray, careful not to let them overlap
  • Bake the kale for around 5 minutes, or until they’re crispy

There you have it – a quick, healthy and addictive snack that will keep you energised between meals.

Aside from chips, you might like to enjoy kale in a salad, soup, pasta or boiled. I might even try a few variations in coming weeks and let you know how it goes. 🙂

Have you tried making kale chips? How else do you eat kale?

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