Platter inspo!

December 20, 2019

Nothing says summer like enjoying a platter in the sun with a cold brew in hand and some summer tunes. But beware! Just because it may feel like a "light-snack", a platter can pack a massive calorie punch - without filling us up as much as our usual evening meal would! So- how can we enjoy our platters AND eat in a way that nourishes the bod and aligns with our summer nutrition goals?

 

Look no further! Here are my fave super platter players: 

 

- Homemade dip!

For those who have been to our Eat Up Cooking Classes- you have many options! My faves are our beetroot/sour cream dip and the sundried tomato + capsicum hummus. YUM! 

 

- Hummus

Hummus is high in protein and fills us up- PLUS- usually contains some kind of vegetable- especially if we make it ourselves. 

 

- Vegetables 

Carrot sticks are predictable but delicious! Also try some cherry tomatoes, gherkins, baby beets with toothpicks + feta, capsicum slices, cucumber slices or sticks, or our carrot + beetroot fritters! These are a famous Eat-Up treasure that we have revealed at many a cooking class! 

 

- Fruit

Grapes, strawberries, pear and apple slices, pineapple cubes, diced melon, blueberries- the list could go on! Fruit and veges fill us up and are tasty- so throw them into your platter!

 

- Cheese

The richer the better. Why? Because the richer the cheese the less of it we need to get that cheesy flavour! Try vintage, feta, sharp cheddar, gouda. 

 

- Grainy crackers

Grains in food= harder to digest= keeps us fuller for longer. Plus the grainy ones usually have more flavour! Stock up or make your own! They are surprisingly easy to create- see our recipe in our blog. 

 

- Roast chickpeas

So easy to do and so delicious!

1. Rinse and drain a can of chickpeas then pat as much liquid out of them as you can. 

2. Put your chickpeas on a baking paper lined tray and into the oven at 180 degrees celsius for 15 mins- basically just to try them out. 

3. Remove from oven and toss in a bowl with spices/ herbs/ olive oil then return to oven for another 10-20mins. 

The longer you leave them the crunchier they get!

 

- Salmon

Bake a salmon fillet topped with ground cashews OR my favourite glaze- honey/ soy + ginger. Salmon goes great with cheese and veg!

 

 

Eat well over this Christmas period and be mindful of what you are putting into your bod. Food becomes part of us and if we aren't eating nutritious, nourishing food then it's easy to feel flat come New Years Day. Let's head into 2020 feeling fit and focused on eating in a way to energize us and make us feel good! 

 

 

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