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Healthy Snacks

Snacking can be a huge downfall of a healthy lifestyle. Thankfully, you don’t have to go hungry between meals. Here are some great ways to keep your metabolism boosted with delicious and healthful choices. Some of these ideas are absolutely to die for and yet healthy as can be! Who knew snacking could be so yummy AND good for you?

1. Baked Zucchini Chips
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These chips are far from your average potato chips, and much healthier

2. Butternut Squash Chips
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Simple, Healthy, and Delicious. These chips are also super easy to prepare.

3. Banana, Chocolate, and Almond Butter Bites
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You can substitute peanut butter to make these if almonds aren’t your thing.

4. Granola, Peanut Butter, and Apple Sandwiches
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Sweet, Crispy, and Delicious

5. Spicy Sriracha Popcorn
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Just add a little Sriracha sauce to some butter and drizzle over freshly popped popcorn

6. Vietnamese Spring Rolls
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Just wrap fresh shrimp, veggies, mint, and herbs in rice paper for an amazing snack.

7. Dried Apple Chips
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How to make these chips.

8.Avocado Toast with a Sunny-Side up Egg
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Instead of butter, spread avocado on a piece of toast and add an egg.

9. Avocados and Hard-Boiled Eggs
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Simply chop up an avocado and a couple of hard boiled eggs for a quick pick-me-up

10. Cauliflower Crust Mini Pizzas
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All the flavor of a pizza, with very few of the carbs.

11. Baked Carrot Chips
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Brush carrot slices with olive oil, and just pop them in the oven at 375 for 10 minutes.

12. Cheerios and Peanut Butter Bars
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You can substitute other cereals for this recipe.

13. Ants on a Log
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Classic snack idea, with a few new twists.

14. Greek Yogurt Ranch Veggie Dip
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This dip is packed with protein.

15. Yogurt-Covered Fruit Bites
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Just coat your favorite fruit with yogurt, freeze, and enjoy

16. Cottage Cheese Guacamole
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Adding cottage cheese to your guacamole is a unique way to add protein to your diet.

17. Healthy trail mix
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Why buy pre-made trail mix when you can mix up your own?

18. Peanut Butter Honey Yogurt Dip
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Sweet, tangy, and super healthy.

19. Cucumbers Stuffed with Herb Cream Cheese and Cherry Tomatoes
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Simple, but incredibly delicious.

20. Quick Pico de Gallo
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A great dip to accompany almost any meal, and makes a great snack.

21. Prosciutto and Fresh Mozzarella on Garlic Toast Crackers
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A fancy, healthy snack to impress your guests.

22. Mediterranean Cucumber Roll-Ups
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With feta, hummus, and peppers, these roll-ups are healthy and delicious

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Healthy Orange & Basil ‘Ice Cream’

Three ingredients and tastes yum!

Good lord I used to overeat when I was stressed, ice cream was once my No. 1 binge food.. It didn’t make me look good, feel good or act good… but boy did it taste good! Pretty sure I was a sugar addict..

These days I never emotionally binge on junk food. First up I can’t afford to, it flares up my immune conditions, secondly I identify what/ who has hurt me and deal with it, and thirdly I love myself too much and I love feeling vibrant, balanced and energized (it was a process to get here ..)

I’ll be slowly adding some of my favorite super easy and super yum recipes for those of you who have sensitivities, illness, anxiety or high stress levels. These natural treats are healing, anti-inflammatory foods that make excellent and easy alternatives to those junk food cravings.. they keep you balanced and energized especially during stressful times..

Love & baby steps,

SG x

Ingredients

4 Frozen bananas (slice and freeze overnight)

1 Tbsp zest of Orange

2 fresh Oranges (remove skin)

2 Basil leaves

(I find it sweet enough but you can add a sweetener if you wish – like Tbsp natural honey)

Blend in Vitamix or similar and serve. (Serves 1-2)

Stay healthy and enjoy :o)

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Healthy Date & Cinnamon ‘Ice Cream’

Four ingredients!

This is easy to make, delicious and super healthy. The little date chunks taste like gooey caramel! I have bananas ready in the freezer for anytime I feel like something sweet. Give it a try..

Ingredients

4 Frozen bananas (slice and freeze overnight)

2 Fresh dates

Approx. half tspn Cinnamon

Approx. half tspn Nutmeg

100 ml water

Blend in Vitamix or similar and serve (serves 1-2 people)

Enjoy your sweet treat

SG x

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50 Foods That Are Way Better Than Junk Food

Get healthy, heal and reduce your stress levels with highly alkaline foods – yum!!

SG x

1. Green smoothies

2. Chocolate-banana smoothie bowls

Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl | With Food + Love

3. Guacamole

4. Veggie pad thai

5. Homemade granola

6. Scrambled eggs on gluten free toast

7. Avocado on brown rice cakes

Hummus and mashed avocado spread on a brown rice cake with pepper

8. Coconut yogurt

9. Big, crunchy salads

10. Iced matcha latte

 Greenylicious Matcha Frappes the healthy way at www.Earthsprout.com

11. Lemon tea/  Peppermint Tea

12. Dehydrated mango/ Fresh dates

13. Quinoa

Quinoa with Acorn Squash and Pomegranate

14. Sashimi

15. Brown rice pasta with peas

16. Hummus

17. Roasted sweet potatoes

18. Cauliflower pizza

19. Chia pudding

20. Veggie burgers

21. Dark chocolate

22. Seasonal berries

23. Banana “nice” cream

Healthy snack: vegan banana blueberry ice cream with three ingredients!

24. Burrito bowls

25. Grilled pineapple

26. Dark chocolate-coconut dipped cherries

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27. Almond butter

28. Pumpkin oatmeal

29. Pesto-chickpea hummus

Avocado Hummus - easy, healthy, and satisfying. No hot stove!

30. Homemade G/F carrot cake loaf

31. Popcorn

32. Dates stuffed with peanut butter

33. Sautéed tempeh

34. Avocado-chocolate mousse

35. Coconut custard

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36. Zucchini noodles with homemade sauce

37. Tahini with vege crudité

38. Chocolate almond milk

39. Trail mix – coconut flakes, goji berries, nuts, seeds, dried fruit

40. Spanish omelette – sweet potato, leek and feta

41. Coconut yoghurt popsicles

Fruit Yogurt Popsicles

42. Coconut water

43. Corn on the cob

44. Vegan Rice Pudding

45. Collard wrapped veggie burgers

46. Watermelon

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47. Steamed vegetables with kimchi

48. Vegan chocolate truffles

49. Rice crumb crusted fish

50. Grilled avocado

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Self Care – Hydrate!

Drink Up – Infused Water

“Water is the driving force in nature.”

― Leonardo da Vinci

Hydrate!

Fill up a couple of Mason Jars with water and add fruit/herb combos.

Place the lidded jars in the fridge overnight to chill & infuse.

Wake up to a refreshing drink, and sip on the other one throughout the day!

Infused Water Combos:

Lemon & Mint

Orange & Basil

Watermelon & Mint

Orange, Lemon & Lime

Apple & Cinnamon stick

Orange & Pineapple

Strawberry & Mint

Lemon & Blueberry

Lime & Mint

Cucumber, Lemon & Mint

Blackberry & Ginger

Lemon & Ginger

Strawberry & Lime

Pineapple & Mango

Try your own combos..

 Benefits of Drinking More Water
 1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue – Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!
2. Promotes Weight Loss – Removes by-products of fat, reduces eating intake (by filling up your tummy if consumed prior to meals), reduces hunger (hello natural appetite suppressant!), raises your metabolism and has zero calories!
3. Flushes Out Toxins – Gets rid of waste through sweat and urination which reduces the risk of kidney stones and UTI’s (urinary tract infections).
4. Improves Skin Complexion – Moisturises your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. Gets rid of wrinkles. It’s the best anti-aging treatment around!
5. Maintains Regularity – Aids in digestion as water is essential to digest your food and prevents constipation.
6. Boosts Immune System – A water guzzler is less likely to get sick. And who wouldn’t rather feel healthy the majority of the time? Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu, cancer and other ailments like heart attacks.
7. Natural Headache Remedy – Helps relieve and prevent headaches (migraines & back pains too!) which are commonly caused by dehydration.
8. Prevents Cramps & Sprains – Proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely.
9. Puts You in a Good Mood – When the body is functioning at its best, you will feel great and be happy!
10. Save Money! – Water is FREE! Even if you choose bottled/filtered water, it’s STILL cheaper than that high sugar and fat-filled latte!
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Best Ever Bliss Balls

I made these bliss balls for Mother’s Day last week. These treats are healthy and have a delicious caramel flavour. They are extremely easy to make, takes 10 minutes tops! For those of you on restricted diets, they’re vegan, dairy free, gluten free, grain free and contain no refined sugars.

They’re perfect to pair with a cup of tea or as a snack on the go.

Use organic dried apricots that don’t contain harmful sulphur dioxide. The loss of this additive is what gives the naturally dried apricots their brown colour and caramel taste. The sulphur dioxide process is banned in organic production. Sulphur dioxide is not good for your body, it causes lung irritation and other respiratory and blood related problems.

This recipe makes about 20 to 30 balls depending on the size you make them.

Ingredients

1 cup of raw almonds

1 cup of shredded coconut

10 large pitted fresh dates

1/4 cup of dried organic apricots

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 tablespoons of water

1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil

1/4 cup of desiccated coconut for rolling

Method

Grind the almonds and coconut in your food processor until reasonably fine. Add the dates, vanilla extract, water and melted coconut oil. Process the mixture until a dough forms. Add the apricots and pulse until coarsely chopped. Roll into balls with your hands. Roll the balls in desiccated coconut – cacao powder or crushed nuts would also be nice.

Refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving, and keep stored in the fridge for up to a week (if they last that long!) in an airtight container.

Enjoy!

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Smoothies!

Nutritious, Fast, Easily Digested, Energy Packed, Filling & Delicious!

Just add 1-2 favourite fruit – Bananas, Berries, Mango, Pineapple..

Liquid – Water, Almond Milk, Coconut Water..

Greens – Baby kale, Spinach..

Nuts or Seeds – Chia, Almonds, Linseed..

Sweeteners – Dates, Agave..

Superfoods, Protein Powder, Ice..

Actually add anything you like! Experiment & enjoy!

Smoothies

I purchased a high powered blender about 6 months ago and it’s just been the best investment. I decided not to buy a ‘Vitamix’ due to the hefty price they are in my country, but the one I eventually got was quarter of the price, works just as well and I’m really happy with it :o)

Smoothies have now become a big part of my life and I love them!

I try (key word…try!) to eat a predominantly raw diet because it gives me stable health and energy. I feel really well when I eat this way. My skin glows, my hair shines and I feel strong and beautiful. I get sick very quickly eating processed foods, sugars, too many grains or carbs. My hair falls out, my skin dries out and I’m lethargic.

It just isn’t right for my body, it’s poison to my system and my body lets me know about 5 mins after I eat it!!

I am not critical of what anyone else eats. I do not preach about how everyone should be vegan or raw or this or that because I don’t believe everyone should be vegan or raw. I believe eat what you need to eat at the time. If you feel you need meat, eat it, if you feel you need warming food, eat it.

I just try to eat the least processed or the healthiest version of what I want. If I feel like meat or protein (generally when I’m very stressed), I’ll eat fish and if I feel like something sweet and ice creamy I’ll blend up frozen bananas and berries and maybe add agave if I crave really sweet. If I need warm or comforting food (maybe I feel sad or tired at the time), I’ll eat cooked whole carbs like legumes brown rice etc..

When I’m balanced I eat raw because that’s what I want. That means fruit, smoothies and huge salads.

As you can see what I eat is very tied to my emotional or physical state at the time.

Hence the saying… “It’s not what you eat, it’s what’s eating you”

I believe in taking responsibility for our own emotional, physical and spiritual state of health, and that good health is a choice.

My personal goal is to feel great, look great, be well, live well and have energy for my life, my dreams and to give to others.

It’s been a process trying to get there :o)

For anyone who feels low in mood or energy especially after eating, think about investing in a high powered blender and adding a smoothie for a daily substitute for breakfast and afternoon tea –  it’s a small change in creating strength, better health and more energy and a good starting point.

Love & baby steps