So it’s a new year which, for me, means healthy-ing away all the food and wine from Christmas and new years. One of the things I struggle most with going from an eating-whatever-I-want-whenever-I-want diet to clean, healthy eating is the snacking. I can deal with swapping meals for healthier versions because they’re still as yummy and filling but I cannot snack on just fruit. Maybe it stems from being a kid and telling mum ‘I’m hungry’ and she says ‘have some fruit’ and a little piece of you dies because all you want is a biscuit. Anyway, for me to successfully be healthy I need something tasty to replace (well not entirely replace) all the mince pies, crisps and Christmas pudding brownies. I spent the last couple of days mass producing snacks for myself to keep me on the health track. Some of them are pretty good, so I’m going to share my recipes with you over a couple of posts.
Christmas Spiced Nuts (Healthified)
Im just not ready to let go of Christmas yet! I’m a big fan of spiced nuts, but having made them myself I now know how much sugar goes into them (hint: it’s A LOT), so I wanted to make some with a lot less sugar. Nuts are also a very good, filling snack and are high in protein which is definitely good if your new year will contain a lot of gym.
- 75g pecan nuts
- 50g walnuts
- 50g cashews
- 1tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2tbsp agave nectar
- 1/2tbsp sunflower oil (or other flavourless oil)
- 2tsp cinnamon
- 1/2tsp ginger
- 1/8tsp nutmeg
- A pinch of salt
- 1tsp of artificial sweetener (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 140 degrees/120 degree fan.
- Combine the nuts in a bowl and set aside
- In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients
- Pour the wet mixture over the nuts and stir
- Pour the nuts onto a baking tray covered in parchment and spread into an even layer
- Cook for 8-10 minutes then stir the nuts, return to the oven for a further 7 minutes or until smell roasted.
- If you would prefer these sweeter, sprinkle over the sweetener and toss together.
You can swap the nuts I’ve used for any other nuts, just do what you prefer! The ginger brings these nuts over to the savoury side so if you’d prefer them sweet through and through just leave that out. The ginger definitely adds some heat but if you’re a spice freak (literally opposite to me) add a pinch of cayenne pepper. This recipe is just enough for me to snack on so feel free to multiply it up as needed.
I have a couple more recipes along this theme that I’ll share over the next few days. I’ve noticed I have a habit of writing very long blog posts so I’m going to split this one up to avoid boring any of you. Hope all of you had a really good Christmas and New Years and hopefully this recipe helps any of you that are hoping to get healthy.