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Your hibernation snacks, sorted

Working from home got you feeling peckish? Step away from the cheese and chocolate – we’ve got some delish plant-based alternates for you instead.

Working from home, pro: you’re much closer to the kitchen cupboard.

Con? You’re much closer to the kitchen cupboard.

If WFH life has you losing track of the line between breakfast and dessert, don’t worry – we’re not here to judge. We’re here to help! So roll your sleeves up, and let’s get cooking with some super simple, tasty plant-based treats that’ll leave you feeling both energised and fulfilled.

Raw Energy Hemp Cacao Bars

This healthy alternative to energy bars from Healthy French Wife will have you buzzing all afternoon.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup of hemp seeds⠀
  • 1 cup of almonds ⠀
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tbsp of maple syrup
  • 1 cup of pitted dates
  • 4 tbsp of cacao
  • 1/2 cup of coconut flour
  • 1-2 tbsp of water if required⠀

How to make it: 

  1. In a food processor mix all the ingredients together and blitz them for a few minutes until crumbly but sticks together. Add a little water if required if too dry.
  2. Spoon the dough in a tin lined with baking paper and press down with hands or spatula. Top with hemp seeds, goji berries and press them down. ⠀
  3. Store in the fridge.⠀
  4. Slice them into bars and store in the fridge or freezer. ⠀

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Happy Sunday ✨☺️ Today we had a beautiful day exploring as a family and had a little picnic. I also got a new Iphone so happy dance 💃🏻 but I am struggling to download all my old pictures to this new phone (I probably have too many 🤪) ⠀ Perfect excuse to reshare one of my old recipe like these Raw Energy Hemp Cacao Bars! They are perfect to make as part of your meal prep for easy snacks throughout the week and to give to children when they come back from school/daycare! ⠀ ⠀ Raw Hemp Cacao Energy Bars ⠀ 1/2 cup of hemp seeds⠀ 1 cup of almonds ⠀ 1 tsp Vanilla⠀ 1 tbsp of maple syrup⠀ 1 cup of pitted dates ⠀ 4 tbsp of cacao⠀ 1/2 cup of coconut flour ⠀ 1-2 tbsp of water if required ⠀ 1. In a food processor mix all the ingredients together and blitz them for a few minutes until crumbly but sticks together. Add a little water if required if too dry. ⠀ 2. Spoon the dough in a tin lined with baking paper and press down with hands or spatula. Top with hemp seeds, goji berries and press them down. ⠀ 3. Store in the fridge.⠀ 4. Slice them into bars and store in the fridge or freezer. ⠀ .⠀ #hempseeds #hempbars #energybars #schoolsnacks #mealprepping #schoolfood #plantbasedrecipes #plantbasediet #plantbaseddessert #plantbasedsnacks #plantbasedpower #plantbasedlife #plantbasednutrition #plantbasedlifestyle #plantbasedfamily #plantbasedmum ⠀ ⠀

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Kale chips

We know, we know, chips are THE BEST. So we found the next best thing! These crunchy-as kale chips from Maggie Beer are just as more-ish as regular chips but are much better for you – kale is one of the most nutrient-rich vegetables in the world.

What you’ll need:

  • 300g kale washed, stems removed and roughly torn
  • 1 tbspn Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup parmesan finely grated
  • salt and pepper to taste

How to make it:

  1. Preheat a fan forced oven to 190C.
  2. Place the kale, Olive Oil and parmesan onto a mixing bowl and mix together well until each piece of kale is coated with Olive Oil.
  3. Spread the kale leaves out onto a baking tray lined with bake well paper, place into the pre-heated oven and cook for 15 minutes or until crispy.
  4. Remove from the oven and place the kale chips onto paper towel and allow to cool for three to four minutes, then transfer to a serving platter and season with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper.

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CHIPS de KALE! 🥬 Deliciosas, bastante nutritivas e muito fáceis de fazer! Quem adora Kale? Ingredientes: 👩🏽‍🍳 1 molho de Couve Kale 1 colher de sopa azeite Pimenta preta moída qb 1 colher de chá de alho em pó 1 colher de chá de curcuma (opcional) Preparação: Separe as folhas do caule (com a mão) em pedaços mais pequenos, lave e enxugue muito bem; Ligue o forno a 180C; Tempere as folhas e massaje com as mãos; Coloque as folhas da couve num tabuleiro de forno; Leve ao forno 5 a 10 minutos ou até as folhas estarem secas e estaladiças; Estão prontas a comer sem culpas! 😉 #kale #kalechips #nutrition #nutricionistafranciscaoliveira #delicious #feedfeed #good #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthy #couvekale

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Beetroot hummus

Aah, hummus – a sure crowd pleaser if we ever knew one. If you haven’t tried making hummus at home before, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how easy it can be. Check out this easy recipe from Aranya Farms, perfect for topping toast, crackers or veggie sticks.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 small roasted beet (canned beets also work a treat if you want to skip the beet roasting)
  • 1 1/2 can cooked chickpeas (mostly drained)
  • 1 large lemon (zested)
  • 1/2 large lemon (juiced)
  • 1 pinch salt and black pepper
  • 2 large cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 heaping tbsp tahini
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

How to make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Remove the stem and most of the root from your beet, and scrub and wash it underwater until clean.
  2. Drizzle on a bit of olive oil, wrap tightly in foil, and roast for one hour or until a knife inserted falls out without resistance. They should be tender. Set in the fridge (make sure it’s in a bowl to catch the juice) and cool to room temperature.
  3. Once your beet is cooled and peeled, quarter it and place it in your food processor. Blend until only small bits remain.
  4. Add remaining ingredients, except for olive oil, and blend until smooth.
  5. Drizzle in olive oil as the hummus is mixing.
  6. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more salt, lemon juice, or olive oil if needed.

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Colour up your day, put something pink on your table 🌷🌸🌺 • For the hummus you need: * A jar of chickpeas * Tahini * Olive oil * Cooked beetroot * Sea salt * Black pepper * Horseradish We usually put everything in a blender just by feeling and until it gets the texture we like! 😊 • For the crackers you need: * 280g of Flour W700 (or Tipo 00) * 75g of Olive Oil * 150g of Lukewarm water * 1 tdp. of Sea salt How to: 1. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and knead the mass until you get a shiny smooth dough. 2. Cut it in small pieces of around 50g, then use a rolling pin to flatten them until they‘re really thin. 3. Put it in the oven at around 230°C/445°F for around 5 mins. • • • • #hummus #beetroot #horseradish #cracker #sharedkitchen28 #pink #colorfulfood #pinkrecipe #eattherainbow #recipes #easyrecipe #quickrecipe #stayathome #keepcooking #foodphotography #eatrealfood #eattheworld #f52grams #onthetable #feedfeed #foodblog #foodie #neni #beetroothummus #kren #rotebete #hummusrecipe #beetrootrecipe

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Delicious snacks are only one element in a successful WFH set up – the other, if you haven’t done it yet, is converting your into a leafy, lush oasis, which will do wonders in improving your concentration, stress levels and productivity.

Head here for Plant Life Balance’s tips on the best plants to add to your home office, and if you have any questions, give your local nursery a call – you can find them here on our Plant Life Balance accredited nursery finder.

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