Apple Cheese Wraps

Hello Lovely

File this recipe under my all time favourite snack! Ever since I was a kid, my mum would peel and dice apples for me to eat as a snack because I never liked the skin. She couldn't understand how I claimed that I couldn't swallow the skin on the apple. I don't know what to say. I would chew and chew, but it just wouldn't go down. Like lettuce. But I digress.

Over the past year I became obsessed with cheese and crackers. Diced apples or cream crackers and cheddar cheese always satisfies me when I need to snack on something. So why not combine them? 

Do you remember eating Lunchables as a kid? I never liked them. I liked the idea behind it but it always tasted fake (not to mention my parents complained about the price). If you have kids who love Lunchables, why not save money by making it yourself? It's so easy and so much healthier because you'll know exactly what's in it. This snack covers all of the critical food groups with fibre, protein and good carbs. The best part? It's fully customisable. Add nuts or grapes or whatever else you like for added health benefits. 

 

Apple Cheese Wraps (serves 4 )

Prep Time: 2 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 apple
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese, cut in half
  • 2 slices pre-sliced deli turkey or ham, cut in half

Preparation

1. Slice the apple into 1/2 inch thick slices. Rub the apple with the lemon wedge to prevent from going brown.

2. Slice the cheddar cheese into 1/2 inch wide slices and the ham in 1/2 or in 1/4 (the ham needs to be large enough to wrap around the apple). 

3. Place an apple slice and a cheese slice on top of the deli meat and fold over deli meat to wrap.

4. Serves with crackers and a dip of your choice for a satisfying on the go snack.

Mermaid Toast: The Newest Trend We're Loving This Spring

Hello Lovely,

Mermaid toast takes all the things you love about the mermaid trend (think blue and purple tones, golden stars, glitter, and ombre) and puts them on a healthy piece of toast. In fact, the snack is generally super nutritious… you achieve its mermaid-y look by mixing blue green algae powder with almond milk cream cheese. We are totally in love with this trend, and  it’s not just green hues that look fabulous on mermaid toast. Purples, pinks, blues, and creams all look fab as well. Like many popular viral foodstuffs, mermaid toast’s appeal is entirely visual, so I had to get behind this trend and try my own.

Now in the Bahamas there is no way we can possibly get algae powder (whatever that is) so I improvised with cream cheese and food colouring. While we can't boast the same health benefits it's still a low fat snack that makes a great breakfast or dessert.

With that being said, there's no real recipe for mermaid toast other than the two options I just gave you. Don't limit yourself. Let the ocean hues inspire your creativity. To achieve the "sand" look you can use gold flakes or corn flakes. It adds a great crunch to the smooth creaminess of the cream cheese. Have fun!

Carrot Cake Protein Balls

Hello Lovely,

These Carrot Cake Protein Balls are the easiest carrot cake recipe ever. It is perfect for those night when you are craving on a guilt free carrot cake. I've never made anything raw before and in the past haven't been fond of no bake recipes, but these light snacks are made within 3 minutes, they're sweet, natural, fulfilling and simply delicious.

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They're perfect for light snacking and a recovery snack after a hard workout. Even my goddaughter loved these at her birthday party this past weekend. You can customise these with whatever nut butter you have on hand and throw in extra protein like nuts and dates (I don't like any of that stuff and one of my best friends who ate one is horribly allergic).

I used my Baobab protein powder, but you can use your favourite protein powder. I even added apple-banana applesauce for more moisture and natural sweetness. What you end up with is a wonderful carrot cake flavour that is super moist with a little added crunch if you add the nuts. Make it gluten free by using gluten free ingredients.

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Carrot Cake Protein Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup flour (I used whole wheat)
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 2 tablespoons whipped creamy peanut butter
  • 3.2 oz. apple-banana applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Optional: 1/4 cup nuts of your choice and a fruit like dates, raisins or apricots

Topping

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk of your choice
  • t teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Directions

  1. In a food processor with the S blade attachment add al the ingredients.
  2. Process until it comes together and form a ball. You may have t ostop the food processor each 30-45 seonds, scrap down the side of the bowl and repeat until it form a consitent raw batter. It should not take more than 3 minutes.
  3. Using your hands shape carrot cake balls.
  4. Place each balls onto a tray covered with baking paper.
  5. Mix ingredients for topping and place in a piping bag or drizzle with a spoon. Don't make the same mistake I made by making my topping too liquidy, because it went over each ball like a glaze rather than a topping.
  6. You can enjoy the balls straight away or refrigerate them for 1 hour to harden a little.
  7. Will keep for 1 week in the fridge in an airtight container.

Sweet Spicy Jerk Wings

Hello Lovely,

March Madness is coming up which is basically the Superbowl of College Basketball. It takes a lot of strategy to pick the winning team before eliminations begin. Whether you rely on logic or sheer luck, there's one part of the equation you can't leave out: Your winning snack of course! 

Chicken wings are a favourite appetizer of mine.  I love the hot and spicy flavour of Buffalo Wings, and often make my own buttery sauce using blue cheese for dipping. On my trip to Miami, I tried the Caribbean Jerk Wings and was inspired by the Jamaican flavour and spiciness.  Fueled by inspiration, I made my own version of it, and it is fantastic! Try the recipe below and add as needed.

Sweet Spicy Jerk Wings

 

Ingredients

Wings

  • 5 whole wings (cut in halves, with tips removed)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Olive oil (1 tsp), for coating

Sauce

  • 2 tsp Honey
  • 1tsp Ground allspice
  • 1tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Cumin
  • ½ Scotch bonnet, minced
  • 1tsp Nutmeg
  • 75 g Butter
  • 2 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 3 tsp Hot Sauce
  • 2 Lime wedges (optional)
  • Salt & Black Pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Season cut chicken wings and toss in oil. Heat cooking oil (vegetable or olive oil) in frying pan.  Place wings in the oil and carefully and using tongs.  Let fry 3 – 5 minutes on each side.  Place wings aside to cool.
  2. For sauce.  Place seasonings and butter in small saucepan and let simmer for 5 – 10 minutes.  Toss wings in sauce and enjoy. This combination allows the wings to stay crispy, moist and flavourful.


Make your game day snack a winner with these jerk wings as you cheer on your team! How do you flavour your chicken wings?  Do you have a favourite dipping sauce? Share photos of your game day snacks with us on Instagram by using the hashtag #lifebyolivia. Happy eats!

 

Crispy Sweet Potato Chips

Hello Lovely,

Nothing beats a good chip! Especially if they’re light, crunchy and flavorful with little grease or calories.  While the commercial variety with high sodium is often seen on the store shelves, I prefer the more homemade and healthier variety.  Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A, vitamin B6 and carotenoids and although it’s usually a side dish to an extreme, it makes a great crispy chip.  So do your heart and skin a favour, with this potato chips recipe:



Ingredients

1 – 2 medium sweet potatoes (orange in color and sliced thinly)
1 drizzle Olive Oil
Dash of salt

 

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place the sliced potatoes into a bowl and drizzle with olive oil with a dash of salt.  Mix gently and place on a baking sheet, with space between each slice. Let bake for 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool for 5 – 10 minutes.  Sprinkle with salt to taste (can add cinnamon or cayenne for more flavor). Enjoy!

What’s your favourite type of chip? Are you a fan of sweet potatoes?

XoX,

Valentine's Day Snack Cup

Hello Lovely,

Today is Valentine's Day! A day when lovers fall in love all over again. But today doesn't have to only be for couples. Because I'm in a long distance relationship. my options are pretty limited on big holidays such as this. So since I can't be with my boyfriend today, I decided to spread the love to my co-workers. I couldn't make a gift for everyone, but I was able to make something for the ones I talk to every day.

I wanted to go the healthy route because I know the first excuse people like to give is, "I'm on a diet". I also wanted it to be really colourful, but without the Valentine's themed M&M's I had to settle for regular milk chocolate M&M's. This mix is the perfect blend of sweet and salty with a crunchy textures all beautifully wrapped in treat bags.

So this mix is light butter popcorn (I couldn't find butter free popcorn) generously coated in white candy melts, topped with mini pretzels, heart healthy mixed nuts and milk chocolate M&M's. I spruced it up with these cute heart printables that have really corny jokes on the back to add some personality to them. These can easily be made and given to someone today. Even if it can't be completely red and white, still try it out. After all, it's the thought that counts!

Who would you like to give one of these snack cups to? Maybe you'd like to make one for yourself! Share your reactions to this gift idea in the comment section below!

Maple Almond Butter

Wow!

It's definitely been awhile since I've posted but I'm back. I still don't have my new lens but I shall be reunited with it shortly (I hope). Until then, I'll try to give you the best quality photos I can with a cell phone. It's not my personal preference, but not trying new things just because I can't photograph it is no way to live. Right? Right!

So to celebrate Meatless Monday, (and the fact that I can now leave work at 3pm because it's summer) I made some almond butter! I'm not crazy over nuts and will only eat peanut butter if it's creamy, but something told me this was a must try and my gut is glad that I  trusted my gut! I got the recipe from Show Me The Yummy. I had to make a few changes as I only had about 1/2 cup of almonds and not 2 cups, so with my barely basic math skills, I made some adjustments. THIS IS DELICIOUS!

Probably more so because I used genuine real Canadian maple syrup (I like saying that!) This recipe is even safe to give to your dogs! Just cut the oil, vanilla, and salt in half and eliminate the maple syrup.

MAPLE ALMOND BUTTER RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups almonds (I used roasted and salted almonds. It allows me to skip the step of having to roast them)

  • ¼ cup real maple syrup (not pancake syrup)

  • 2 teaspoon coconut oil + 1 teaspoon after blending

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

  • Place almonds on a baking sheet and toss with maple syrup and two teaspoons of coconut oil.

  • Roast for about 25-30 minutes, stirring half way through.

  • Let cool for 10 minutes.

  • Place roasted almonds into food processor and process until smooth. You’ll need to stop and scrape down the sides. This should take about 5 minutes.

  • Once creamy, add in vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and another 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and process until well combined.

NOTES

This should be stored in the fridge.