All of us Mama’s have been there, the crazy days with a newborn when you just don’t have time to grab a snack let alone make yourself a healthy meal that you can eat with one hand, whilst rocking the baby so they don’t wake up. Or the hectic days running around after a toddler when you drink cold coffee a couple of hours after you made it, and grab the first thing you find in your pantry to keep you going. We spend so much time and energy making sure that our kiddos are full of nutritious meals and snacks, yet often fail to extend the same love to ourselves.
Over the years I’ve learnt the key is keeping a well-stocked pantry. While I love to bake healthy goodies at home for us to snack on, I do keep some pre-prepared snacks on hand for those weeks when baking just doesn’t happen. Since going vegan, I’ve been really stopping to think about the food choices we make. Whereas once upon a time I’d have munched my way through a packet of hobnobs in an attempt to stave off the afternoon slump, now I prefer something more nutritious and less sugar-laden.
I recently discovered the deliciousness that is 9NINE. Their products celebrate super seeds and are the perfect snack for people who care about their well-being but don’t always have time to prepare snacks from scratch. Perfect for Mama’s on the go, and great for little people too if you can bring yourself to share them!
I’m a big fan of seeds, we add them to meals all the time – sprinkled on porridge in the morning, added to homemade cakes to add some goodness, on top of a salad for some added crunch.
Chia means ‘strength’ and as far as fuel goes, it doesn’t get much better than this. Chia seeds are full of nutrients and, unlike some seeds, come with very few calories. Harvested from a flowering plant in the mint family, these seeds can absorb a lot of liquid – they expand to hold about ten times their dry weight. Chia is a real all-rounder; it’s used in puddings and porridge, added to smoothies and sprinkled on salads.
Flaxseed (also called linseed) is packed full of good things including dietary fibre, omega-3 and vitamin B1 – you can see why it is often referred to as wonder food. You have to grind flaxseed before using it but once you’ve done that labour of love, you can add it to anything from morning porridge to homemade bread.
Pumpkin seeds have long been a favourite for healthy snackers, and they haven’t lost their appeal. Bringing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential acids with every handful, these seeds are seriously versatile. They can be eaten raw or cooked in sweet or savoury dishes – or simply roasted for a super on-the-go snack.
Sunflower seeds are crunchy and nutty and usually eaten plain as a snack or simply sprinkled on salads. Filled with antioxidants, magnesium, copper and Vitamin E, they are top of their game and are even said to bring a glow to tired skin! Filled with goodness that’s drawn straight from the sun, they become the star of the show in recipes such as sunflower seed pesto and homemade bread.
9NINE bars are packed full of nutrients, they are the perfect snack to keep you going between meals and convenient to throw in your bag for when you’re out and about:
Magnesium restores mindfulness with good energy
Fibre boosts your body with good digestion
Copper activates your immune system
Phosphorous looks after your mental energy
Vitamin E gets your skin glowing
Thiamin gets the best energy out of your food
Potassium gives your heart the love it deserves
Manganese maintains strength through healthy bones
Calcium keeps the balance with happy hormones
Zinc gives a natural immune boost
Protein is an essential building block for a balanced life
Iron keeps oxygen moving around the body
If you’d like to try out the delicious, nutritious 9NINE products I have a fabulous Super Seed goodie box to giveaway, containing:
2x multipacks (8 bars)
2x raspberry/coconut bombes (4 total)
2x seed fusions (4 total)
Bag for Life
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning, is enter via the box below. Good luck!