Tips for Snacking

  • You need to plan ahead in preparation of some of the recipes so you have the right ingredients in your house.
  • Check out your local farmer’s market of your local fruit shop for fruits in season. Often you can pick up second-grade fruits eg. Strawberries, ripe bananas
  • Take them home, wash, peel and freeze them for smoothies, slushies, ice blocks and dehydrated fruit roll-ups.
  • Buy extra wholesome wholegrain bread, buns, lavash, or pocket break and freeze them so you have a good back up.
  • If suitable for freezing, when making one of your favourite recipes make a double batch an place it in the freezer for later.
  • If any dips you use can be frozen, make a double batch so you have extras on hand. They could be a lifesaver if you have unexpected visitors.
  • Have chopped veggie sticks already prepared so when hungry children come looking to snack out they are convenient and are in sight, I wrap them in a wet tea towel and keep them in the crisper.
  • Leave platters or bowls of fruit and vegies chopped up in the fridge so it’s easy for the kids to grab and it becomes a healthy habit for you and the kids. Make food fun i.e. Melon balls
  • Mixed nuts, trail mix and dried fruit are good snacks; have them in a jar for easy access for those who want to munch out all the time.  Be careful when buying nuts and fruits that they have no additives like vegetable oils or BHA and BHT added
  • Parents: limit the supply of unsuitable foods in the house. You really have no excuse – remember you are in charge of the shopping and what goes into the trolley.
  • Buy special water bottles for your children; encourage them to drink more pure water.
  • Some good investments to make snack time more enjoyable would be to purchase a popcorn maker, blender, juicing machine and dehydrator or check out the new amazing mini kitchen Thermomix which can make a sorbet in a minute, custard in 7 minutes and much more.
  • When preparing food try to make sure colours are appealing and look great together and are also a healthy snack, e.g. strawberries, pineapple and kiwifruit kebab.
  • It is important to have at least 15 minutes of sunshine each day. Just make sure it’s not in the middle of the day as we don’t want to get burnt.  Sunshine without sunscreen and sunglasses is important to increase the amount of Vitamin D, but fats in the diet are also important in this process and they must be fats from nature and not a chemical laboratory.
  • When making up a chocolate milk shakes or hot chocolate make it with cocoa, rapadura sugar and real milk, try not to use prepared chocolate mixes and sauces.
  • Fruit platters with dips are a special treat
  • Frozen Grapes are a winner
  • Vege wedges with sour cream and chilli sauce
  • Homemade pizza with lavash bread
  • More information on Cyndi ‘s website www.changinghabits.com.au

As most of you know, the new ebook 50 Shades of Chocolate will be welcomed into our store, with 50 ways to enjoy healthy, nutritious meal and treat ideas for that chocolate craving.

Source: Changing Habits Changing Lives Cook Book by Cyndi O’Meara and Snack it Out by Donalee Halkett

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