What an amazing weekend we just had weather wise! The sunshine really does lift the mood and it made me excited about the upcoming summer filled with fun, friends, lazy Sundays, BBQ's and hopefully a few trips away somewhere beachy!

We made the most of the fantastic weather by going on a few walks, having coffee in the sun, having our first BBQ of the season and indulging in some yummy homemade ice-cream (last weeks recipe)

This week I want to touch on healthy snacking as this is where a lot of people fall off the rails of healthy eating and sometimes, particularly when we are not prepared we find ourselves reaching for a not so healthy snack between meals. 

Spending some time planning ahead can be very beneficial to staying on track and to keeping our appetites at bay. Often it is at work that it is the hardest, especially if you have a cafeteria or shops nearby that you congregate at during break times. Temptation can be hard! My advice would be to have that flat white coffee as a treat, but perhaps team it with a handful of almonds as a satisfying snack. 

And when stuck at your desk, try snacking on some items prepared at home such as carrot sticks and hummus, nuts and a small amount of dried fruit (be mindful of the high sugar content of dried fruit), even some dried cereal or a healthy homemade muesli bar for energy - the options are endless!

This weeks recipe is for a healthy homemade mueslii bar - whip it up on the weekend ready for office and school lunches throughout the whole week - easy!

  • 1¼ cups quick cooking oats
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup chopped craisins (cranberry raisins) and a handful of raisins
  • ½ cup maple syrup or honey
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • (or any nut butter)
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. The mix should blend together well, but if too dry, add a bit of olive oil.

Press into a tin and freeze. After a few hours, cut up into bars while semi-frozen. Wrap the muesli bars in plastic wrap and keep in the freezer.