Healthier Option Lollies

These took no time to make but I’m still not 100% sold on the results. 

Wee Man in the other hand could not get enough of them.

You will need 6 oranges, juiced, 2 large carrots, juiced. About 400ml in total.

Heat a quarter of the juices in a saucepan with 2 tablespoons of rice malt syrup & 3 tablespoons of gelatine of your choice. I used 
Vege Set as it’s Vegetarian.

Using a whisk blend mixture until all gelatine & syrup had dissolved, do not boil. Return the heated mix back to the rest of the juice & briskly mix.
Pour the juice into flat trays or dishes. Keep it 1-2 centimetres thick. I used regular silver serving trays. 
Chill in the fridge for about 2-3 hours.
Then remove & use a knife to cut into squares or use a cookie cutter. I used the tip of my icing set to create circles.
These are about 1.5 calories each, no fat, contain fruit & vegetable. I made about 200 piece from this recipe.

Homemade Lollies

So this was a bit of an experiment & although they didn’t quite turn out as well as I hoped, I know better for the next attempt.

I made them carrot shaped to keep with the healthy theme & they do contain pumpkin. 
We had fun with the recipe though & hopefully I will have a fool-proof step-by-step guide soon.
These were also 100% vegan & contained 6 calories & barely any fat.
Wish me luck for my next effort!

Quest? Over the rest?

And the last thing you want to do is throw that hard work away by eating other nutrition bars or meal replacement bars that are little more than thinly disguised candy.’ 
From the Quest website. 

Yes this is a pretty true statement.
A lot of protein bars are filled with lots of processed sugars & high carb contents.
Quest Bars are high fibre, low carb & contain only a few ingredients. A few many less than most protein bars.
Lo Han Guo is a plant found in China, this is used to add sweetness, as is stevia, sucralose & erythritol. 
The latter proven, to not upset even the most sensitive of stomachs. 
Not all these sweeteners are used in all bars.
Quest uses nut butters for their chewiness which also means even more protein & no trans fat!
Whey isolate delivers protein to your body, helping to
-increased muscle mass
-aid in the loss of body fat
-enhance immune function
– helps absorption of amino acids
Each bar is high in fibre, and aids in digestive health, feelings of fullness & general well-being. 

The purpose of protein is to maintain muscles, fluids & organs in the body. High activity requires more protein or the bars can be used between meals. 
Don’t over do it though. 

Unless you want to gain weight, stick to a protein bar as a snack or after exercise; after all they are filled with extra calories, so are suitable if you wish to bulk up. 

When using for weight loss, enjoy as a snack on a calorie controlled diet & before and/or after exercise.

These bars have become hugely popular in Australia & can currently be purchased from Go Vita or GNC. They are very expensive though, over $3.50 a bar or up to $40 a box. 
I recommend ordering straight from the USA through iherb.com. A box of Quest Bars cost about $26 plus $8 shipping although, trust me, you’ll get your discount on shipping (minimum $60 purchase I believe) once you peruse all their other health products. 

My recommendations are Chocolate Brownie & Apple Pie. 

Zap them in the microwave for even more amazing taste! 

Smoothies

Everyone seems to be making them & drinking them.  If you’re using the right ingredients they can be used as a meal & can be highly nutritious. 

Try non dairy smoothies too, you don’t always have to use milk. Almond or coconut milks add a creamy, nutty taste. Or coconut water is ideal for an even lighter option.

Make a couple of serves & enjoy over a couple if mornings. Rather than watering down your smoothies with ice, try freezing your selected fruits/vegetables overnight & then blend. You’ll find you have no use for ice.
Add a vegetable to a smoothie with a higher fruit content. You’ll enjoy the taste & not notice the addition of spinach, celery or pumpkin.

Smoothies are good if you’re pressed for time in the mornings, lunchtimes or even dinner times.  There’s so much that can be added to them, seeds, nuts, superfoods- goji, bee pollen or chia as an example. 

The possibilities are endless. Use what’s in season & keep a couple of packs of frozen berries in the freezer & also a few peeled & chopped bananas. 

Veggie Tacos

The Wee Man wanted Tacos for dinner, so we picked up some Mexican seasoning, salsa & taco shells.

Brown 500 grams of extra lean pork mince then add 1 cup of grated zucchini & 1 cup of four bean mix & 1 cup of creamed corn. Once softened add 1 jar of mild salsa. 

Add 2 tablespoons of Mexican seasoning & 1/2 a cup of water.

Once cooked warm the taco shells & then fill with spinach, mince mixture & top with sour cream & grated cheese. 

Quick, easy & a better option to traditional mexican tacos.

Mexican Bites

Made these 87 calorie bites with only a few ingredients and they turned out delicious and cooked in about 20 minutes.  

The recipe could easily to altered to include chicken or vegan meats & is easily made into a gluten or dairy free version.
Start by cutting out circles in your choice of wrap or pita bread– I used a can of food- and place in a cupcake tin.
In a separate bowl mix 1 egg & 2 heaped tablespoons of salsa or salsa and bean mix. I used a variety made by Edgell. 
Add to the mix 1 piece of shortcut bacon. Combine and spoon onto the pita rounds. 

Top each bite with a small slice of cheese or grate some on top.

Bake at 180 degrees celsius for 20 minutes. I made 4 bites with this recipe. 

Natural Protein Bites

These all natural Protein Bites are quick & easy to whip up & require no baking.

You will need-
1 can of rinsed chick peas
2 tablespoons agave
4 tablespoons ground cashews
2 tablespoons crushed dark chocolate
2 tablespoons almond milk
Mix everything together & roll into even balls. Coat each one into your choice of- shredded coconut, LSA mix and/or Chia.
Refrigerate until firm.
These stay perfect frozen too & can be left to sit at room temperate before you devour. 
Delicious & nutritious & not filled with whey or powders.
Each bite is 36 calories with on average 5-8 grams of protein.

need to play around with this recipe again as I want to increase the protein content.

This recipe makes 30 protein bites.