Prepare little things in advance

Our time is very precious and Im sure that most of us, with our busy lives and heavy schedules just simply dont have the time it takes to prepare healthy meals and snacks. I am no different and so have tried to come up with some ideas to not just save you on preparation time but to make life just that little bit easier for you where possible.

Toast & Chop

Toast your nuts and seeds under the grill (always watch as they can turn really fast). Once they have cooled, pour into a storage jar and keep in the cupboard to sprinkle onto breakfasts, salads, put into smoothies, onto yogurt, the list goes on.

I also use a mini blender to chop a variety of nuts (eg. almond, brazil, pecans). I then pour these into a storage jar and keep in the cupboard. Nuts can also be soaked over night which aids digestion or try lightly toasting them.

Buy them ready-to-go

You can now buy packet mixes of ground seeds, flax, berries. Theyre not very expensive and last a really long time. Theres no work involved with them, just snip off the top and away you go. The packets are resealable so no need for an extra storage device.

Its worth including a tablespoon of these into one of your three meals as the benefits are fantastic. Some people struggle to eat a handful of raw nuts/seeds a day but when they are ground and toasted, they taste delicious mixed in with porridge or a smoothie. For children (obviously be aware of allergies) its a clever way of disguising some great nutrition.

Sunflower Seeds:

Maintains healthy hair and skin. Great source of vitamin E, antioxidant, protects cells from damage, anti-cancer properties, great source of vitamin B.

Pumpkin Seeds:

High in zinc, great source of vitamin B, magnesium, iron, protein, high essential fatty acids which help maintain healthy blood vessels and lower unhealthy cholesterol in the blood.

Almond nuts

Good source of zinc, magnesium and potassium, rich in antioxidant vitamin E, rich in cholesterol-lowering monounsaturated fatty acids, high in fibre.