Toasted Nuts & Soy Seeds

These snacks are super easy to prep if you’ve already got the oven on for something else, like your dinner. The temperature doesn’t have to be exact as you can toast them for longer or shorter time depending on the temperature. I always make sure we’ve got a tub of both these snacks on hand. The nuts are great with fruit as a snack. The seeds can be used as snacks but also sprinkled on any dish that needs a salty hit or a crunchy texture, such as soups and salads. They’re great as part of your weekend prep to have in the cupboard for quick snacks during the week. www.midlifemenu.com/recipes/nuts-and-seeds

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

I absolutely love peanut butter and when combined with dark chocolate, I’m in heaven! If you have a weakness for Reece’s peanut butter cups then I think you’re going to like this recipe. Am I saying they’re healthy? Well…not exactly but they’re certainly lower sugar and higher protein than the bought versions so they are steps in the right direction. You can make them with all different nut or seed butters or even tahini. www.midlifemenu.com/recipes/dark-chocolate-peanut-butter-cups

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Almond chocolate bites

If you’re after a (slightly) lower sugar alternative to chocolates, try this recipe for almond chocolate bites. With dark chocolate and whole nuts, there’s no nasties or processed ingredients. Perfect for that little pick-me-up just when you need it without undoing all your healthy eating habits. Enjoy! midlifemenu.com/recipes/almond-chocolate-bites

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Cauliflower mash

I’ve been a bit slow to embrace the cauliflower alternatives. This was mainly because I was only trying cauliflower rice and not adding any spices to zing it up a bit (check out the cauliflower rice ideas). I found it all a bit bland. But now I’m a convert - flavour it up a bit and it’s great, especially as per this picture where I’ve put it on top of a shepherd’s pie mix. midlifemenu.com/recipes/cauliflower-mash

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Dairy free nut/seed milk

I tend not to use dairy milk at home since noticing I get snuffly if I drink too much. I usually use soya milk for convenience but it's really not that difficult to make your own. My preference is for almond milk or sunflower seed milk but have a go and see what you prefer.  midlifemenu.com/recipes/nut-seed-milk

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Matcha green tea latte

I use matcha green tea as an alternative to coffee. It still contains some caffeine but it's packed full of nutritional value and doesn't spike my blood sugar levels like coffee can. But matcha green tea can taste a bit 'grassy' on it's own! This recipe is the one that I use. See my tip at the end for adapting the recipe.  midlifemenu.com/recipes/green-tea-latte

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Super simple grilled salmon

Fish cooks really quickly making it ideal for a mid-week dinner. You can easily get this meal on the table within about 20 minutes including all prep and serving too.  And if you double the ingredients you can take the extra for lunch the next day. This saves time and stress in the morning trying to organise a packed lunch. Plus it ensures you've got a healthy lunch too.  midlifemenu.com/recipes/simple-grilled-salmon

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Homemade 'healthy' chocolate

Do you struggle with liking chocolate a bit too much?! It can derail the best healthy eating intentions as soon as that lovely silvery wrapper is undone. This recipe is designed to have all that lovely chocolatey flavour but without the sugar spikes which can trigger cravings for more.  midlifemenu.com/recipes/homemade-healthy-chocolate

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Golden turmeric latte

The trouble with bought turmeric lattes is they can contain large amounts of sugar, which as you know I try to reduce as much as possible. But turmeric is a bit 'earthy' so what's the solution? A homemade one which uses one of the better sweeteners that doesn't spike the blood sugar levels. This is a hug in a mug! midlifemenu.com/recipes/turmeric-latte

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