This recipe is perfect for the autumn/winter times of year due to the warming spices that somehow manage to bring a sense of comfort to you when it’s cold outside. Not only that but the spices are great anti-inflammatory foods and contain beneficial antioxidants too, all great especially as people tend to feel a little run down in the colder months.
I’ve made this recipe a few times now and although it’s optional I really liked the addition of some cinnamon flaxseed from Linwoods, plus this helps to boost the beneficial omega 3 fat content (which can be increased further if you use an organic dairy yogurt).
This warming bowl of sweet spiced soup is perfect for this time of year, it fills your belly and warms your body which is just what we need when the weather outside is rubbish.
Benefits: The pumpkin/squash in this recipe is filled with skin loving vitamin A some of which is fat soluble, so to really benefit from it make sure to include the almond butter or another good fat source. The spices in this recipe are also great for skin due to their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, plus you get some vitamin C from the fruit and veg which is helpful for skin elasticity but also your immune system which can take a hit this time of year, plus it’s 2/5 a day so eat up folks!
This “chip” dinner is definitely a winner!
It’s full of flavour and heat but also counts as 1/5 a day and is a lower carb version of the normal potato based one.
Benefits: The carrots are filled with skin loving and antioxidant packed Vitamin A, roasting carrots actually increases their antioxidant levels which is a bonus. See here for more info.
If you don’t have hummus you can serve it up with whatever dip/sauce you like, but to me hummus is Heaven and I’ll have it whenever I can so it’s my choice of dip here.
Initially, I allowed my mum to name these and she came up with “cracker surprise”, the surprise being that they aren’t crackers because they aren’t crispy, they’re softer than they look! But then I felt that flax snacks had a better ring to it and as they contain flaxseed it seemed like an appropriate name.
These are a great savoury snack on their own as they have a lot of flavour from the cheese and garlic powder, however, feel free to top them with whatever you like, options that I like are some homemade spiced baked beans or tomato puree with chilli flakes.
Eat plain or add desired toppings
Cooking note: Personally, where possible, with recipes that contain lots of seeds, I like to dehydrate them at a low temp to preserve as much nutrition and good fats as possible, plus this prevents the edges from burning which can happen quickly at higher temps.However, I’m aware that some people won’t have the time for this so I have also given another cooking temp and time for anyone who wants to cook them faster.
This may seem like a strange combo but the banana and avocado in the pancake mix help to keep it really soft and moist even if it does have a slightly green tinge! Plus it’s a great way to get avocado into your diet without really noticing, making it a great recipe to use when introducing kids to avocado for the first time.
I used a wholegrain buckwheat flour for the mix which provides a gluten free source of fibre but the end result still remains light and soft because of the amount of moisture in the other ingredients and due to the baking powder, so don’t forget to add this.
A pop of sweetness ✔
Protein and fibre packed ✔
2/5 a day ✔
What’s not to love?
Such an easy, tasty meal to whip up and depending on how you choose to cook it, it can be made in mere minutes!
This recipe is also super nutritious and a great one for after a workout with good carbs from the sweet potato, protein from the yogurt and beans and some great antioxidants from the pomegranates and Vitamin A in the sweet potato.
It can also be easily tailored for those with dairy allergies or vegans by using a dairy free yogurt.