Enjoy eating lollies such as gummy bears but looking for a healthy alternative? Try fruit & vegetable gummy treats!
It’s as easy as….
1. Making 1 1/2 cups of juice (poured into a small pot). I made my juice by blending the ingredients in a food processor rather then a juicer to ensure I didn’t lose any nutrients.
2. Sprinkle over 4 tablespoons of gelatine or agar and allowing it to sit for approx 5 minutes before stirring through the gelatine/agar and ensuring it is mixed well
3. Gently heat the mixture through over the stove for a few minutes to ensure the gelatine/agar is completely dissolved-do not allow to boil!
4. You can add some honey or a tablespoon of Vital Greens/Spirulina powder etc if you wish
5. Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray and slice tin. Refrigerate for a couple of hours to set.
The gummy treats I made below are kale, parsley, cucumber, kiwi fruit & lemon with vital greens added.
You can try any combination….just think about what you would put in your favourite juice!
In need of a yummy morning or afternoon snack?! Here is a scone recipe I randomly made up but which turned out really well! (phew!)
1tbsp of a good quality organic butter or spread
1/2 cup of coconut sugar (read about the benefits of coconut sugar here)
1tbsp hot water
Approx 170g of cold, cooked pumpkin
2 cups of wholemeal flour
1.Preheat oven to 180C
2.Blend the spread, hot water and coconut sugar together
3.Beat in the egg and pumpkin
4.Stir in flour
5.Use two large spoons to place rounds of the mixture onto a greased tray
6.Bake for 10-12 minutes
Rhubarb Crumble is a delicious autumn treat. Rhubarb has high levels of calcium, lutein (supports eye and skin health), Vitamin K and antioxidants
To make this healthy version you will need the following:
*Rhubarb cut into chunks
*A couple of tea spoons of Natvia
Place the rhubarb, natvia and 1/2-1 cup of water in a pan. Cook rhubarb until soft.Place rhubarb into ramekins. Mix spelt flour with butter to forma the crumble. Cover the rhubarb with the crumble mixture and cook in the over for approx 15mins.
It’s easy to make a healthy version for a delicious snack.
Combine the following in a bowl to a batter consistency
- Buckwheat flour
- An egg
- Shredded coconut
- Peanut butter
- Quinoa flakes
- Almond meal
- Almond milk
Also try by starting with a buckwheat flour base and trying different ingredients such as cacao, mesquite, coconut oil, lime, spelt flour, flaxseed, chia, cinnamon etc.!
My new favourite treat for these cold days is to mix 1tsp of cacao powder into half a mug of almond or soy milk with 1/2-1tsp of Natvia. Zap in the microwave for 1 minute. Then add boiling water. Mmm delish!
This healthy treat is packed full of goodness. Cacao 10 times more antioxidants then green tea, wine and blueberries. It also helps to keep blood sugar levels balanced and is one of the richest sources of chromium and magnesium.
Organic Road is the brand I prefer. It is certified organic, 100% Australian owned and has no added nasties. It’s available at Healthy Life health food shops.
Making your own ice cream is great fun and you can enjoy a treat knowing there are no nasties in it.
My first attempt was Cashew Nut and Raspberry. It was yum!
Here’s how to make your own.
- 1 1/2 cups organic cashews, salted, frozen
- 1 cup whole organic milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon extract Stevia or Natvia
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup organic raspberries, frozen
Put all the cashews in the blender. Add the whole milk and blend until smooth.
Add the rest of the ingredients and continue to blend.
If you don’t like raspberry seeds, run the mixture through a sieve.
Chill mixture in the fridge for at least an hour. Overnight works best.
Put in your ice cream maker and follow manufacturers instructions or store in freezer until set.
Because this ice cream is made with nuts and a small amount of dairy, it will freeze much harder than conventional ice creams. Remove it from the freezer and allow to defrost for about 20 minutes before serving. There are no preservatives, so the ice cream will taste fresh for about 2 weeks. If it lasts that long!
A delicious spin on the common chai tea. Courtesy of Lee Holmes from Super Charged Food.
You will need:
- 3 Cardamom Pods
- 1 star anise
- 4 cloves
- 500ml of almond milk (I used oat milk and it worked fine)
- 5 drops of liquid stevia (I used a sprinkle of Natvia)
- 2 Dandelion tea bags
- 5cm knob of fresh ginger
- 1 cinnamon stick
- A pinch of nutmeg
- 1. Crush the cardamom, star anise and cloves with the back of a spoon. Place in a saucepan with the milk and stevia/natvia. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
- 2. Remove saucepan from heat and add the tea bags, ginger and cinnamon. Stir gently and let steep for 3 minutes. Strain and allow to cool slightly.
- You can froth it if you would like it latte style.
- Sprinkle with nutmeg.
There’s many different versions of this yummy snack, but here is just one….
Super Food Energy Snacks
The recipe can be found here.
This version contains raw cacao nibs, chia seeds, almond butter and coconut.
You can make these using anything you like really. I just made my own and used chocolate protein powder in replace of the cacao nibs (cacao nibs can be found at the health food store though).
They store well in the fridge and make a yummy snack which will keep you filling full. Enjoy!
I’m not very good at following recipes. I glance at the recipe and get the gist of what needs to be done and then go with the flow. This can turn out badly sometimes, but usually instinct prevails!
I also dislike measuring out the ingredients. Jamie Oliver doesn’t do it, why should I?
So, here is my healthy and super easy muffin recipe that can be easily changed for experimentation. It takes literally 5 minutes or less! Promise!
You will need a bowl, spoon, patty pans and a muffin train.
I don’t measure, so I put in as much as I want to make in that batch. To make it easier start with the flour and then put in the other ingredients proportionate to the amount of flour.
Wholemeal Spelt flour (pour straight from the packet)
Cinnamon (I don’t think you can ever have too much cinnamon!)
Organic Desiccated coconut
Organic almond meal
Organic Oat Milk
That’s it! No sugar. No dairy.
I find the berries make them sweet enough, but you could add Natvia or Stevia for sweetness.
The almond meal makes them really moist and dense (and filling!)
You could try a different flour such as buckwheat for added protein and different berries depending on your taste.
Don’t be afraid to experiment!
A healthy and versatile snack is hummus. Of course, it is even better when it is home made and you can be sure there are no added nasties. Click here to see Erin’s recipe.
Hummus can be used as a substitute for butter on your sandwich or wrap, as a dip for corn chips or veggie sticks and you can find many other ideas here.
Health benefits of hummus:
- Do not contain any cholesterol or saturated fats.
- They are rich in protein.
- Chickpeas are known to be effective in preventing build up of cholesterol in the blood vessels.
- Chickpeas and hummus can maintain correct blood sugar levels.