Party season goodness

These treats are loaded with tasty goodness and deliver an intense nutrient punch. They contain slow-burning and fibre-rich carbs, protein and healthy fats – plus a host of vitamins, minerals and phyto-nutrients to feed your gut and brain. They taste great!

Seasonal pumpkin seeds are a handy source of omega 3 fats, known for improving mood and helping brain chemicals to do their job. Like most seeds, they also provide zinc, a natural anti-depressant.

Oats are very soothing for your digestive system, helping create a healthy glowing skin on the outside. As a sweet snack goes, these compare very well with most in terms of sugar content (5g per portion) and protein (again, 5g per portion).

Cinnamon will help you side-step blood sugar dips as it makes your cells more sensitive to insulin, keeping you energised and feeling good throughout the festive season.

Cacao Festive Treats

Makes approx. 20

Ingredients:

100g pumpkin seeds

50g oats

50g whole or ground almonds

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tbsp cocoa or raw cacao powder

100g dates

2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 pinch sea salt

2 tbsp water

Desiccated coconut or cacao powder to coat (optional)

Preparation:

  • Blitz all the dry ingredients in a blender/food processor until roughly chopped.
  • Add dates and other ingredients, excluding the water, blitz again.
  • Add water and mix together.
  • Roll the mixture by hand into balls.
  • Roll in the optional coatings and refrigerate, they should last 7 days in an airtight container or can be frozen.

Spiced Mulled Mocktail

Serves 2

Ingredients:

200ml pomegranate juice

100ml apple juice

50ml water

1 orange, sliced and roughly squeezed

Half a lemon, sliced and roughly squeezed

8 clove buds

2 star anise

1 cinnamon stick, broken

200ml sparkling water (optional if serving chilled)

Preparation:

  • Add all the ingredients to a large saucepan and gently heat for 3–4 minutes, stirring continuously. Leave to cool a little, strain and serve warm.
  • Alternatively, leave to cool and top up with sparkling water.
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick and orange slice.
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