All in Appetizers and Snacks

Shaved Papaya Salad

This shaved salad combines delicate thai flavours - papaya, anise, red onion with lime and fresh herbs. Slightly sweet with a little bit of crunch, it's a nice variation from traditional western green salads. I like this salad best paired with seafood - fish or prawns. The flavours are light so it goes well with spicy or stronger sauces. 

Smoothie Building 101

Smoothies are big these days, but how do you build a well-balanced smoothie? Some smoothies are really balanced and nutritious, but some end up really high in sugar, and packed with way more calories than we give them credit for! Follow these steps to ensure you have a well balanced smoothie that works as a meal or a snack, won't overload you with sugar, and packs a healthy dose of nutrients. 

Creamy Hummus with Smoked Paprika

Who doesn't love hummus!? And this is one of the creamiest ones I've ever tried. It's adapted from the Jerusalem hummus recipe (or a version of it) that I found on another blog. I have made hummus before, but it's never been this good - I'm hooked! Hummus is a great nutritious appetizer - full of fiber, complex carbs and protein, this version is a bit lower in fat than many store bought versions, it's much more cost effective, plus you get to skip the preservatives - win-win! :) 

Apple Chips

These chips satisfy both the sweet and crunchy snack cravings. Light and crisp with no added preservatives, fat or sugar, they won't last for long. Super easy to make - you don't even need to peel the apples! Great idea for kids lunches, hiking, or skiing! Serve a bowl instead of potato chips for a healthier alternative. For a more filling snack pair with a protein source like peanut butter or cottage cheese.