Saturday, February 09, 2013
"I have about 300 small (palm sized) plastic bags, discovered in a moving box on Monday.
I also have a spare afternoon.
On top of that, I have an invitation to a new health-shop opening in the city. How can I possibly connect all these serendipidous events?!"
Although it may seem like an odd and slightly cumbersome task, I spent Tuesday-possibly the nicest Tuesday afternoon I've had in a while, relaxing with a face-mask on (coconut for those interested in the tiny details!) and making 100 calorie snack bags with some great nibblets from an independant health store about 10 miles away that had just opened.
If you've never made them, where have you been?!
It may sound boring to spend a couple of hours weighing up different nuts and berries, but a) it's a good alternative to store bought mixes if you're picky, and b) Where on earth am I going to go with a mush covered in coconut shavings, natural yoghurt and tea-tree anyhow?
My favourite combinations, thus far, include cashew and goji-berries, raisins and papaya, and a rather devilish dried cherries and brazilnut.
For those who can have chocolate-products, I've been reliably informed that adding chocolate chips to the mixture is also worthwhile, and yoghurt drops created quite a buzz in our kitchen too. In fact, I may be lucky if any of those painstakingly-crafted bags are left by the weekend.
As well as utilising some rather delicious samples, I also re-learned the importance of measuring food properly (and of course, tracking it!), and that healthy snacks don't need to be boring.
One word of advice: remember not to nibble at the spare bits as you're going along. Guilty.