The Inspired Guide - Issue #5

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Nourished by Nature With Charley Ainscough SPRING INTO HEALTHY SNACKS Snacking is an effective way to fit extra nutrients into your diet and prevent overeating at mealtimes. I always have an apple handy at all times for those moments when I am really hungry. This fills me up and adds good nutrition to. Prevents Overeating Snacking helps keep you from getting overly hungry in between meals and then overeating at your next meal. So next time you start to feel hungry a couple hours before lunch or dinner, don't try to wait until the meal. Instead, eat a small healthy snack to tide you over. Combine a carbohydrate-rich food like whole grains, fruits or vegetables with protein foods like nuts or dairy products for the most filling snacks. Keeps Blood Sugar Levels Steady Healthy snacking helps keep your blood sugar levels even, especially if you eat a consistent amount of carbs at each meal or snack. This is especially helpful for diabetics . Provides Nutrients As long as you choose nutritious snacks, snacking will also help you meet your nutrient needs for the day. Although it's fine to have a less-than-healthy snack every once in a while, most of your snacks should consist of nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and nuts or seeds. The recipe for my Seed Laced Crackers is a perfect snack at any time of the day. The seeds will give your body some extra protein and fiber. They can be eaten just as they are 78

Issue #5 | The Inspired Guide | November 1st 2019

or I like to top mine with some hummus and avocado. You will never buy a store bought cracker again once you have made these crackers, they are seriously delicous and nutricious. What's not to love …...

SEED LACED CRACKERS You will need 1 cup sunflower seeds 1 cup pumpkin seeds ½ cup chia seeds 1 cup sesame seeds ½ cup linseed – flaxseed 1.5 cups water ½ cup of tamari – gluten free soy sauce A good sprinkle of chili flakes A good grind of black pepper. Dried herbs of your choice. How to Measure all the seeds into a bowl. Cover with the water and tamari. Mix and leave to soak for at least 30 minutes. Line two flat baking trays with baking paper. Spread the seed mix thinly over both trays 3-4 mm is perfect Bake at 170 Fan bake until brown and crisp approximately 30 minutes, switch the trays over after 15 minutes. Allow to cool, snap into the shape you want. I make sure I have some large pieces that are perfect for topping with avocado . Charley Ainscough Charley Chop Chop