Honey & Mustard Roasted Chickpeas

High protein, crunchy and super tasty these Honey & Mustard Roasted Chickpeas make for a perfect healthy snack.

High protein, crunchy and super tasty these Honey & Mustard Roasted Chickpeas make for a perfect healthy snack. Chickpeas are a nutrient-dense food, which provide a rich content for protein, dietary fibre and minerals, especially iron. They have been associated with a number of possible health benefits for different medical conditions but for me there is one main reason to eat them… the taste… I love chickpeas, they are perfect as a main meal such as falafels, as an addition to soups or salads and of course as shown here, as a healthy snack.Chickpeas are a nutrient-dense food, which provide a rich content for protein, dietary fibre and minerals, especially iron. They have been associated with a number of possible health benefits for different medical conditions but for me there is one main reason to eat them… the taste… I love chickpeas, they are perfect as a main meal such as falafels, as an addition to soups or salads and of course as shown here, as a healthy snack.

If you are ever stuck for ideas for what to have as a healthy snack, then why not give chickpeas a try. Roasted chickpeas make for a perfect snack and they will keep you fuller for longer due to their high protein content. They are easy to prepare and can be flavoured in 100s different ways depending on your personal tastes and desires.

Today I want to share with you one of my favourite ways – honey and mustard chickpeas, a very nice sweet and sour combination, which should appeal to most.

High protein, crunchy and super tasty these Honey & Mustard Roasted Chickpeas make for a perfect healthy snack. Chickpeas are a nutrient-dense food, which provide a rich content for protein, dietary fibre and minerals especially iron. They have been associated with a number of possible health benefits for different medical conditions but for me there is one main reason to eat them… the taste… I love chickpeas, they are perfect as a main meal such as falafels, as an addition to soups or salads and of course as shown here, as a healthy snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tin of chickpeas (400g)
  • 2tsb sunflower oil
  • 2tsp raw runny honey
  • 2tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2tsp salt

Method:

Preheat the oven to 200C

Drain and wash chickpeas, then help them dry by patting them with some kitchen paper towel.

Once dry, spread them on a large baking tray and lightly drizzle with the sunflower oil.

Gently shake the tray and make sure all the chickpeas are evenly coated.

Sprinkle generously with salt and pop into the earlier preheated oven for 20 minutes.

In the meantime whilst you are waiting, mix the honey and mustard together.

When the time is up, remove your chickpeas from the oven, gently tilt the tray to move them to one side so they are all bunched up and then drizzle with honey and mustard mixture. Using a silicone spatula stir the chickpeas around ensuring that they are all evenly coated. Finally spread them out again all over the baking tray and pop back to the oven for an additional 10 minutes, stirring once half way through the cooking time.

The chickpeas should be totally dry and crunchy. If they are still slightly wet inside you might need to increase the cooking time but check them every few minutes as you don’t want them to burn.

Cool and enjoy!

High protein, crunchy and super tasty these Honey & Mustard Roasted Chickpeas make for a perfect healthy snack. Chickpeas are a nutrient-dense food, which provide a rich content for protein, dietary fibre and minerals, especially iron. They have been associated with a number of possible health benefits for different medical conditions but for me there is one main reason to eat them… the taste… I love chickpeas, they are perfect as a main meal such as falafels, as an addition to soups or salads and of course as shown here, as a healthy snack.Apparently, they can be stored for up to a week but my batches never seem to last more than a day so I cannot vouch for it. 🙂

High protein, crunchy and super tasty these Honey & Mustard Roasted Chickpeas make for a perfect healthy snack. Chickpeas are a nutrient-dense food, which provide a rich content for protein, dietary fibre and minerals especially iron. They have been associated with a number of possible health benefits for different medical conditions but for me there is one main reason to eat them… the taste… I love chickpeas, they are perfect as a main meal such as falafels, as an addition to soups or salads and of course as shown here, as a healthy snack.

Honey & Pepper Braised Radishes

Soft, sweet and buttery with a spicy finish, this recipe for honey & pepper braised radishes will make a wonderful starter, side dish or even a main dish for any vegetable lovers out there.

Soft, sweet and buttery with a spicy finish, this recipe for honey & pepper braised radishes will make a wonderful starter, side dish or even a main dish for any vegetable lovers out there.Who knew that radishes could be the size of a large grapefruit? They come not only in pink but also white and even pitch black… well, I for one didn’t know that’s for sure.

Our first trip to our local farmers market left us very puzzled. We returned home with bags full of weird and wonderful veggies, which to be honest we had no sensible idea for what they were, let alone what to do with them… Using tried and tested methods we deciphered most of them (some are still a mystery to this very day) and as it ended up some of the large black, white and rose-pink “balls” were not swedes or turnips but lovely giant radishes. Normally we would use a radish in our salads but let’s be honest how many salads can two people eat… we had to come up with something else to do with them all…

Soft, sweet and buttery with a spicy finish, this recipe for honey & pepper braised radishes will make a wonderful starter, side dish or even a main dish for any vegetable lovers out there.Soft, sweet and buttery with a spicy finish, this recipe for honey & pepper braised radishes will make a wonderful starter, side dish or even a main dish for any vegetable lovers out there.As the radish cooks, it loses its “bite” as well as some spiciness and becomes sweet. We were surprised just how sweet they can get when cooked on their own but then we started building on it and after a few tries we think we have perfected a dish of braised radishes which delivers the perfect mixture of sweet and sour. How do you do this you may ask, well you are going to need….

Ingredients:

  • 250g radishes
  • 60ml boiling water
  • 25g butter
  • 1tbsp organic honey
  • 1tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • Splash Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 drops Tabasco sauce (more to taste)
  • Spring onion, to serve

Method:

Wash and, if needed, chop radishes into smaller chunks.

In a heavy bottom pan, melt the butter, once melted add radishes and salt and cook for a minute or two.

Add the boiling water and honey. Cover with lid and cook on a medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so.

Add both the Worcestershire and Tabasco sauce, crack black pepper and cook further until most of the water has evaporated and you are left with a lovely thick honey glaze.

Serve on a plate and spoon the glaze over the top. Finally, finish with finely chopped spring onions.

Enjoy!

Soft, sweet and buttery with a spicy finish, this recipe for honey & pepper braised radishes will make a wonderful starter, side dish or even a main dish for any vegetable lovers out there.

Discover the power of honey

Discover the power of honeyLast month I shared with you my thoughts on healthy sweets (if you missed it, you can read it here); we covered sugar intake and the importance of natural ingredients but we didn’t really go into any details regarding the power of honey… well today I want to talk about honey!

Discover the power of honeyWe have no interest in a sweet substance that is similar to honey; no we want the real deal we want real honey. You would be surprised at what some people / companies will do to benefit from honey. Some types of honey are extremely valuable and have many great benefits as you probably know… so surprise surprise some people fake it! Yes that’s right, not only are Nike trainers or boutique perfumes getting their “aftermarket” copies… apparently honey is too. If you want to know more about choosing the right high value honey for yourself you might want to read: Manuka Honey – How to buy a real deal.

But back to my main topic… honey… this natural super-food made by bees has an awful lot to offer. To start with natural honey is… well, natural! There are no weird E number additions, no fake colorants; nothing manmade should ever be found inside natural wild honey.

Honey is a great source of carbs, which are necessary in every diet. As a natural sugar it is absorbed quickly and offers an almost immediate energy boost enhancing our performance and reducing any muscle fatigue.

It is also a natural sweetener. It can be used as a sugar replacement, which will provide our body with greater benefits than any processed white sugar.

Honey also works wonders in the world of skin care. As it attracts and retains moisture exceptionally well it makes a perfect ingredient for any moisturizing product. But that’s not all; you actually don’t have to buy honey based products to benefit from it; just use some pure honey. For example have you ever experienced dry chapped lips, redundant question I know… well next time you do, simply massage some honey into them and you will see great results in no time at all.

Last but not least honey can be helpful as a medicine as it has antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties. For centuries our ancestors were using it as a home remedy to “fix” many problems. Are you suffering from a sore throat? Honey to the rescue! Got a cut or burn? Treat it with honey to speed up the natural healing process. Can’t sleep? Drink a cup of milk with added honey and your times of counting endless sheep will be over.

Honey really is wonderful! And to add to all its other great benefits it also taste great 🙂

Love Marlenka is embracing the power of honey by using it to create 100% natural – no preservatives, synthetic colouring or thickeners – delicious tasting sweet treats.

Discover the power of honey & #win with Love MarlenkaIn celebration of the launch of Napoleonky, which are the newest addition to their treat range, Love Marlenka kindly offered a selection of their honey based treats to one of my readers.

To enter the giveaway and be in with a chance of winning selection of Love Marlenka sweets including their new Napoleonky simply complete the Gleam below.

#win a selection of Love Marlenka honey treats

T&C:
1. Open to UK readers only.
2. This giveaway is sponsored by Love Marlenka.
3. There will be 1 winner chosen at random from all valid entries by Gleam.
4. The winner will receive a selection of Love Marlenka 100% natural treats including the new Napoleonky. The prize will only be fulfilled by Love Marlenka.
5. The winner will have 7 working days to claim the prize, after this time, a new winner will be selected.
6. Closing date for the giveaway is Sunday 07/06/2015 at 23:59pm, any entry made after this time will not be counted.

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Do healthy sweets and treats actually exist?

We all know that eating too much sugar is bad for us… It has been shown that it is actually far worse than fat on our bodies. When you look around at products in your supermarket you will often see lots of fat free or reduced fat products but what about that sugar? A lot of companies are changing recipes and ingredients to reduce sugar in their products but is it enough?

Children aged 4 to 8 who average 1,600 calories per day should limit added sugar to about 3 teaspoons (12 grams) a day. This is such a small amount of sugar! You can find it in just one serving of breakfast cereals 🙁 And when you start looking at the ingredients list of product, sugar is almost everywhere even in your salted crisps or ketchup… we eat sugars in foods we wouldn’t normally expect it to be, for example it was in a salad bowl I bought for lunch one day, why? And then comes pudding time and time for a treat…

So my question is: Do healthy sweet treats actually exist?

Do healthy sweets and treats actually existWell, seek and you will find!

Have you ever heard about Marlenka Honey Cakes?

Marlenka is a delicious all natural honey and nut cake made according to an old Armenian family recipe. A secret family procedure is used to make the milk and honey cream mixture that holds the layers of cake together. The top of the cake is drizzled with chocolate icing. Thanks to its unique taste and attributes it has quickly become a favourite delicacy in many European countries and now it is present in the United Kingdom as well.

Marlenka cakes are 100% natural – no preservatives, synthetic colouring or thickeners.

Yes, they are sweet and yes, they contain sugar which is found in the honey but these are natural ingredients not processed, and natural products are much more healthy and beneficial for us, especially kids.

The Love Marlenka online shop offers a lovely selection of sweet treats suitable for any occasion. There are:

  • Snack Bars in classic honey, cocoa honey and lemon honey flavour. These are perfect one person snacks and have an RRP of just £0.99
  • Mini Cakes which come in original honey and cocoa honey flavour. These make a perfect treat for sharing or just for satisfying bigger individual sweet cravings and have an RRP of £1.99
  • Honey Cakes which come in original honey and cocoa honey flavour and are idea for a family celebration or just an after dinner treat. They retail at £11.99
  • Honey Nuggets, which yet again comes in a choice of three flavours just like the snack bars: classic honey, cocoa honey and lemon honey. Each box retails at £5.99 and contains 10 honey nuggets so a lot of small treats to go around.

I find that Marlenka products do not taste like anything else you can buy from the shops. They taste home baked and give me this warm fuzzy comfort feeling.

I love honey and I love cakes (which you most likely know judging by the amount of bakes on my blog) so a honey cake is simply the perfect combination for me; add to this that it’s all natural ingredients and you have the perfect sweet treat, which not only taste delicious but is good for you too.

Have you ever tried any Marlenka products?

What is your choice for a healthy sweet treat?

Are you concerned by the amount of sugar in our diet these days?

Infographic – Manuka Honey – How to buy a real deal

Following on from my last year post about Manuka honey, that many of you seem to love, I came across this wonderful infographic from GreenBay that I wanted to share with you. It gives a no nonsense outline of what officially makes a honey a Manuka honey.

Educate yourselves so you don’t fall prey to the cynical marketing companies approach that if the jar of honey passed a Manuka plant on the way to the shops it must be a Manuka honey!

It is not cheap, so if you’re going to spend your life savings to buy a pot and reap the benefits of the medicinal properties of this glorious honey then make sure you are getting the authentic article.

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