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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.


Nomnom home-baked kale chips

17 Sep


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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