For those times when you’re craving a salty, crunchy snack and you have a can of chickpeas just laying around.
Today’s recipe is a quick one but if you want a quick snack that takes minimal effort then keep reading!
Chickpeas are packed with fibre, protein and several vitamins, which make them filling and the perfect plant-based protein snack. I love including them in recipes for a vegan protein option and you can even add them to your salads. Chickpeas are a versatile ingredient and can be used in a number of recipes. When it comes to chickpea snacks however, it’s best to make your own at home. Store-bought snacks can contain a number of unnecessary ingredients so it’s best to avoid the processed kind. The best part is that you can make any flavour combinations you want depending on which spices you use to make this chickpea recipe your own.
Nutrition facts (1 Cup chickpeas)
1 can of chickpeas
1tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp thyme
Wash your chickpeas well and dry with a kitchen towel. I like to remove the skin to get the extra crispy.
Drizzle in your olive oil, (avocado oil is also an option) and add in your seasonings.
Stir until the chickpeas are evenly coated.
Bake in a preheated oven at 150ºC for about 1hr. Check on them and stir regularly to ensure they do not burn. Once they harden and turn golden brown they’re done.
You can store them in an airtight container for about 3-4 days.
Hey guys, welcome back to the blog, in this post I’m sharing a quick recipe for a gluten free fruit cake or loaf. This was pretty easy to make and should work with many adaptations so feel free to tweak it to your tastes. I am still experimenting with different flavours and ingredient combinations and I will be sharing those as well. If you have any gluten, dairy free recipes you’d like to see, please let me know down in the comments. So let’s get right into it…
2 cups gf flour
1 cup almond flour
1/4 cup coconut sugar/ erythritol sugar substitute
1/4-1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup fruit mix (raisins, dried orange)
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup seeds/nuts (optional)
1 tbsp lemon juice & zest
Combine the flours, sugar and spices in a bowl.
Then whisk the eggs and milk together and combine with the dry ingredients until well combined.
You may need to adjust the flour/milk ratio depending on the type of gluten free you’re using. I used a local blend but you will want a thick cake batter texture.
Fold in the fruit into the batter and pour into your mould, you can also add extra nuts/seeds as toppings toppings, I usually add pumpkin seeds.
Bake at 180ºC for 20-25 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
You can store this up to two weeks in the fridge, I usually leave the loaf whole and cut it when serving. This recipe and other variations will be available in the ebook where I will share more tips on healthy gluten and dairy free baking. Thank you for reading, I hope you try out this recipe and please like and follow for more quick recipes xoxo.
Hey Guys, welcome back! Reflecting on everything, I realise that I started this blog almost 4 years ago and while the journey has been long and challenging, I am glad I never gave it up. We are still a small community and I hope with time we can grow to reach and inspire more people.
However, I appreciate every one of my readers, which is why I’ve started on a new project. You can already guess what it’ll be from the image above and I hope you will still be here when it is finally ready. I will be creating a recipe book with all of my gluten and dairy free recipes and much much more!! I will also be giving out the first few copies for free but for a limited time only, so make sure you follow the blog and follow me on instagram @healthboss_blog to know when it comes out!
What makes this recipe book different from all the others is that it is tailored for people who are just starting off with their new healthy lifestyle as well as people who have many allergies. When I started suffering from several food intolerances and allergies, I felt frustrated because most recipes consisted of ingredients that I couldn’t have or that were too complicated. The recipes in this book are easy to make, the ingredients are simple and meals will be categorised by the amount of time/effort it takes, but majority are quick and easy. Many of them concentrate on sweet treats and desserts so let me know if there’s any recipe you’d like to see down in the comments below.
Moreover, I want to show people that balanced eating can be affordable and simple and that you don’t need the latest diet app to help you eat intuitively. What’s great is that you will be able to tailor these recipes to your liking. I want to stress that your dietary needs are yours and yours alone, so adapt any recipe to your needs.
Thank you for your support, I will still be uploading new recipes and tips on the blog but the ebook will contain a lot more as a mix of recipes and real life advice. I am not a licensed dietitian or trainer, but I am a normal foodie who understands that eating healthy isn’t as straightforward as people make it sound but I make it work. Thank you for reading. Please like and share with others and stay connected for the next update, xoxo.
Hey guys, it’s been a while since I’ve written a new recipe but the wait was definitely worth it for this one. Believe or not, this recipe is dairy, gluten, AND sugar free. I’ve been having a major craving for mini pies these last few weeks and I’ve developed the perfect recipe for these mini custard meringue pies. The best part is that it’s basically foolproof and it tastes amazing even after a few days stored in the fridge. You could definitely make a large version of this pie but I personally enjoy the mini version better. You can also make any type of pie with this crust recipe, it also works great with apple or banana filling.
Combine all of the ingredients for the crust until it forms a crumble.
Grease your pie moulds with coconut oil spray and press the crumble into the base of the mould and the push the excess into the sides to form the crust. Use your fingers to even out the thickness of the crust.
Bake the crust in the oven at 180ºC for 10 mins or until it turns golden and hardens.
Meanwhile, cook the custard by combining all the ingredients and stirring on a low flame until it thickens (do not let it boil). You can also follow the instructions on the box.
Pour the filing into the crusts and bake on 180ºC for 10-15 mins or until the custard slightly hardens.
While the pies are in the oven, prepare your meringue by whisking your egg whites in a mixer until they turn fluffy and form hard peaks. Slowly add in the sugar and vinegar while whisking until they turn glossy but stay fluffy.
Spoon or pipe the meringue onto the tartes and change your oven setting to direct heat from the top. Bake until the meringue hardens on the top and turns golden.
Leave to cool and refrigerate, it should store well for up to 4-5 days (not that you’ll have leftovers with this one).
I hope you guys enjoy this recipe, let me know down in the comments which new recipes you want to see. Thank you for reading, please like and follow for more recipes like this one, xoxo.
You may think that eating healthy is expensive and will run you dry, but this belief is far from the truth. While eating healthy can be costly, it can also be cost-effective if you apply a few of the tips down below. I think this discussion couldn’t come at a better time, especially in the current state of the world, so today we’re going to be going over a few tips to help you eat healthy on a budget.
Tip #1. Buy Frozen Veggies & Fruit
Fruits and veggies can sometimes be pricey, for example; blueberries are one of the most expensive berries. Which is why the best option is to buy them frozen; as they are just as healthy and they are prepped when they are in their prime stage. Moreover, you can use these in smoothies, your oats or stir fries.
A few good options are:
Tip #2. Choose Whole foods Over ‘Fake Foods’
By fake foods I mean, if you have to choose between your $100 Protein powder and actual fresh protein, choose the whole food. Making the right choices and prioritising is essential in eating healthy with minimum cost. Instead of buying 20 protein bars, buy filling whole foods that are less processed, because you may think that one ‘processed’ food item is cost effective but when you add up the amount you may be buying in a month, that adds up. So remember to look at the big picture and that inexpensive isn’t always the best option.
Tip #3. Meal Prep at Home
Eating out is usually more expensive than eating at home and you can be even cost effective by planning your meals or meal prepping for the week. This will help you plan you monthly food budget and avoid any food waste.
Tip #4. Make a Grocery List & Stick to it
Often we find that we go to the supermarket with a budget in mind, but end up exceeding that by an unreasonable amount and that’s because we all get distracted by and tempted by things we don’t need. This is why planning ahead can be beneficial, if you know which meal you have planned for the week, it’s easy to make a list and buy only what you need.
Tip #5. Don’t Buy in Bulk
Avoid buying fresh vegetables and fruit in bulk, if it’s possible try buying them weekly or once every two weeks. This is to avoid any wastage as most of the time, buying veggies in bulk means some goes bad before you get a chance to use it.
However, buying other ingredients such as grains; oats and quinoa, in bulk is a good idea.
Tip #6. Make Your Own Recipe
Sometimes making a product at home is much more cost-effective than buying at the store. For example you can make your own gluten free granola or protein bars at home rather than buying the overpriced product at the store. Moreover, these products often contain unnecessary sugar and preservatives, which you can avoid by making your own.
Local produce is often less expensive and a great way to support the community. Try finding your produce at a local farmer’s market, you’ll often find that it’s more cost-effective than buying at a supermarket. In addition, this means you’ll avoid unnecessary packaging/plastic used in stores, making your shopping and lifestyle more environmentally friendly.
Tip #8. Baby steps
When starting a healthy lifestyle, it’s not practical to jump into the gluten free, sugar free or vegan world, because you’ll feel lost and you’ll find the cost overwhelming. Instead you should approach it steadily, for example, buying 10 different brands of almond milk is not the way to go. What you should do is start by making some healthy food swaps, you can check out a list of my grocery staples right here.
Tip #9. One Pan Meals
One pot or one pan meals are quick, inexpensive and everyone loves them, besides it doesn’t get any easier than throwing some protein and veggies in a pan and calling it a day. Stir-fries are also a great options for this and the best part is you can cook in bulk and save for meal preps.
Tip #10. Try Grocery Delivery
I’ve seen two types of grocery delivery services; one where you select a few meals and you’re set the ingredients for those recipes and second, where you put together a grocery basket and have it delivered. Either way, these are a great way to eat healthy on a budget and brands such as; Thrive Market and Hello Fresh claim to save you a considerable amount of money through their services so it’s definitely worth trying out.
To summarise, it’s definitely possible to eat healthy on a budget and you should never feel pressure to completely jump to the other side. Balance is key so take it step by step and you’ll find what best suits your lifestyle. The important thing is not to let your eating habits or food itself rule you, you control your habits. I hope you enjoyed this post, please like and leave a comment if you did and feel free to follow for more posts like this one. Thank you for reading, xoxo.
Hey Everyone, I’ve recently noticed how my relationship with food has changed within the past few months. I know exactly what my body needs and following that instinct has led to making progress in my fitness goals and mental health. This is sometimes referred to as ‘intuitive eating’ but it doesn’t always come naturally. Intuitive eating is personal to every individual; which means that intuitive eating for me is different from what it means for you. Nevertheless, a ‘what I eat in a day’ can give you some inspiration and show you that eating healthy doesn’t mean bland food. This is what I eat on an average day, keeping a balanced dairy and gluten-free diet.
This is definitely my favourite meal of the day! (That’s saying a lot cause I love every meal) Before eating I have a glass of water and my coffee with almond milk. I normally eat around 10am and I have a few breakfasts I alternate between, but today I chose my healthy banana pancakes. These never get old, they taste amazing and they usually hold me over until lunch. I love adding protein powder to the mix, especially if I have a weight session that day and my go to protein is the Organifi Vanilla.
This is my second meal of the day and I usually have it between 1-2pm. I like to think of my meals as balanced; carbs, protein, and fats. Today I had stir-fried veggie quinoa with grilled chicken breast. Quinoa is definitely one of my favourite sources of carbs, it’s easy to make and it takes less than 15 mins. I usually stick to lean protein so chicken breast is also a usual.
This is my pre-workout snack that I have between 4-5pm. This time, I had a protein coffee smoothie with banana, cacao nibs, and chia seeds. Gives you a great boost of energy while still being light, plus it’s ideal for my coffee lovers. If you’re tired of your typical green or berry smoothies give this one a try!
Gluten Free Pizza! You can’t go wrong with that. The crust is from Schar and it takes about 30 mins to prepare. This is a quick, easy dinner that I indulge in at least once a week. Unfortunately, Schar recently added Soy protein to their recipe so if you know any good gluten, soy, and dairy-free crusts, let me know down below. After dinner I tend to have something sweet; either dark chocolate (I like sweet switch’s 70% Dark), vegan hot chocolate or if I’m hungry, like I was on that night, I have some granola with blueberries and almond milk.
That’s it for the day, as you can see, I don’t restrict my eating or track my calories. Keep in mind I am currently trying to build muscle steadily and I workout 4-5 times a week. One thing to keep in mind is that not everyone should eat the same diet, but this is what works for me and I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Please like and follow for more posts, xoxo.
When trying to eat healthily, it’s easy to get confused by the variety of products on the market. Many foods are marketed as being ‘healthy’ but are often not; brands use words such as ‘low fat’, ‘low carb’, ‘high in protein’ and ‘low calorie’ to entice us into buying their products. However, these foods are often filled with several unhealthy ingredients. For example; protein bars are marketed as a healthy, ‘high protein’ snack, but are filled with sugar. This is why it’s important to always read the ingredients.
It will get easier to choose which foods are best for you with time, but to make it simpler, here are some whole-food staples that are widely available and versatile. These are gluten and dairy-free but I’ve also listed foods (italicized) which I don’t include in my nutrition due to allergies.
FRUITS & VEGGIES
Unsweetened plant-based milk
I hope this post is useful in helping you tackle the basics of eating balanced, please follow and let me know what you think. Thank you for reading, xoxo.
Fluffy, delicious and guilt-free, these muffins will disappear in a minute! I came up with this recipe, craving for a healthy sweet treat and honestly, you wouldn’t even know whether they were gluten or dairy-free. I think cinnamon and raisins make the best combo and this recipe makes about 6 medium-sized muffins. If you’d like to see alternative ingredients for these muffins, let me know down in the comments below.
1 1/2 cup almond flour
1 1/2 cup gf flour (I used Neofoods All-purpose brown flour)
1/4 cup coconut sugar/ erythritol
2tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup raisins
In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar.
Add in the coconut oil, ensuring all ingredients are at room temp.
Fold in the flours and baking powder until well incorporated.
Fold in the raisins and spoon your batter into cupcake moulds, greased with coconut oil or lined with cupcake paper.
Bake at 180ºC for 30 mins (less in a preheated oven).
I hope you try out this recipe and let me know how it goes and what recipes you’d like to see in the future. Thank you for reading, please follow and like for more, xoxo.
Combining my two favourite snacks; banana bread and cookies was one of my best decisions. These cookies are gluten and dairy- free and are pretty easy to make. They are the ultimate guilt-free snack; the flavour of banana bread but with the fun of cookies, while incorporating whole ingredients and superfoods.
3 ripe bananas
1 cup almond flour
1 1/2 cup gf flour
2tbsp coconut oil
1/3 cup coconut sugar/xylitol
1tsp baking powder
1tsp vanilla extract
2tbsp cacao nibs / dairy-free chocolate chips
Mash the bananas and combine the eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, coconut oil and sugar together.
Fold in the baking powder and flour until it forms a sticky dough.
Spoon the batter onto a baking sheet, allowing space between each scoop.
Top with the cacao nibs and bake at 180ºC for 30-35 mins or until the cookies turn golden brown.
I enjoy having these cold, but you can have them however you’d like. Thank you for reading, let me know if you try them out and please like and follow for more recipes like this one.
I’m sure you’ve seen this meal a few times on instagram and from health influencers and that’s because it’s a quick and wholesome option, providing essential healthy fats, protein and carbs. I find this one to be a great pre-workout meal as well and the method is pretty straightforward so here’s what you need.
Gluten Free bread (or any healthy alternative of choice)
2 Eggs/ turkey slices/ salmon
S+P / chilli flakes
#2. Healthy Pancakes
You might think healthy pancakes can’t be real but they are. After making this recipe a couple of times, regular pancakes just don’t do it for me anymore. These ones are gluten, dairy and sugar free and they contain healthy fats, complex carbs and protein. Here’s the recipe. You can make them high protein if you’s like.
#3. Smoothie Bowl
Smoothie Bowls have been the trend of healthy breakfasts right along with avocado toast, as they should be. You can basically fit any fruit and even some vegetables into a smoothie bowl, plus it’s a great alternative to simply drinking a smoothie and you get your serving of micronutrients in. This is also a great vegan option; my latest addiction has been coffee smoothie bowls but you can make any variation you’s like.